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Valbona
All Year: summer, maybe winter too
Area (ha): 8000
Persons: 6
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 29292
Country: Albania

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Last Updated: July 7, 2018

We have a small but very busy non-profit NGO with lots of projects, based in Valbona National Park. We work with many local guesthouses too, so we can use help with everything from running the collective booking system, fixing hiking trails, manning the information center, grant-writing, and renovation work. You name it, we do it (and probably really need help!) In 2018 we started renting a small building with the potential to become an amazing tourism info shop/center and community center (3 floors!) in the town of Bajram Curri BUT after 4 months STILL haven`t had time to fix it enough to move in . . HELP!!!

Right now I`m trying to balance spending HALF of my time doing the really boring stuff - emails, reports for our SIX ongoing grants . . and then HALF the time just saying "to hell with it" and spending time out in the field, exploring new trails, marking and fixing old ones, making new maps. Then there`s the shop and info center to run.

- basic construction skills to build an entire retail space out of pallets?!
- Computer Skills! We have a lot of ideas for stuff we could build online in order to connect tourists with local people - increasing economic benefit from Nature for local people, so that they become more invested in defending the nature!
- As our NGO functions as the `protector` of local nature and people, we are also leading the fight against some very nasty HPP developments - which means we get called to deal with a lot of media, protests, legal stuff, etc.

In the meantime we also do trail marking and maintenance, which we`d love to have help with. Given as said above that we`re moving into new areas it would be great to expand the trail network. We currently support 200km inside and around the NP, but there are whole new valleys to explore: Gashi, Tropoja and Curraj e Eperm.

Or if you have some special skills you`d like a chance to exercise, we`re open to projects of all sorts. For example, last year we had a filmmaker staying here, who`s made a great video about our community-based trailmarking project.

We are mostly interested in people who are planning on spending at least a month, as it takes a week or two to be able to work independently. Especially if you need to do a lot of hiking first, in order to be able to explain the trails to tourists!

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