Bulgaria: High School Service Learning

Price
$2,400
Price
$2,400
July 23 - Aug 2, 2021
Available: 15 seats
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11-days
Boston*
Bulgaria
Max People : 24
High School, Service Learning
Tour Details

Do you love working with your hands, heart, and mind all while making a difference? Then this trip to Bulgaria is just for you!

Stone & Compass purchased a theater near our center in central Bulgaria. This new project will bring youth from around the world together to create their own interactive place. Take a “hands on approach” as you help transform this abandoned communist era theater into a brand new space that can be used for programs in theater, arts, drama, summer camps, and more. You will also have the opportunity to get to know and give back to the local community who will have access to all that this theatre can offer. The week will culminate in a village wide BBQ hosted by Stone & Compass and all of you; our service learning travelers!

On this eleven day tour you will have the opportunity to explore the great sites of Bulgaria while also completing 15 hours of service learning. Service will consist of helping refurbish and rebuild a theatre in the central square of the village of Stolat, Bulgaria. Travel to two major cities (Sofia & Veliko Tarnovo) see sites spanning 5000 years of history including a Roman amphitheater & a medieval castle. In addition to all the cultural excursions ample time will be provided to relax and adventure through the natural wonders of Bulgaria by hiking to a waterfall and enjoying our 2000 acre property in the Balkan Mountains.

This youth Service Learning trip is part of Stone & Compass’ Bulgaria Sustainable Development Project supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Bulgaria Project

Learn more about this sustainable development project

Departure & Return Location

Boston’s Logan Airport (contact info@stoneandcompass.com for quotes from other airports)

Ages

Ages for this trip are 14 to 18 and/or students who will enter 9th grade in Fall of 2021 through 2021 graduating seniors. Parent/guardian permission required.

Questions

info@stoneandcompass.com

Itinerary
Day 1
Travel to Bulgaria

We will take a late afternoon/early evening flight from the USA to Bulgaria. This will be an overnight flight with a stop in Europe. Arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria is on the afternoon of day 2 taking into account the 7 hour time difference.

Day 2
Arrive in Bulgaria

In the early afternoon we will arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria and transport via bus to the S&C 2200 acre Center in Stolat. Arriving in the evening everyone will enjoy a hearty meal and settle into accommodations for the evening. You can explore the outdoors with lawn games, pool, walking trails, horses, and more.

Day 3
Service Day at the Theater/Community Center

Today will include a full day of service to restore the communist era theatre to its glory. This will include cleaning and categorizing items left behind from days long ago.

Day 4
Veliko Tarnovo & Tsaravets Fortress

Today enjoy a day trip to the 2nd Bulgarian empire’s capital city of Veliko Tarnovo. Here you will have the opportunity to climb Tsaravets Fortress which was the hub of this medieval city. Shopping, gelato, and traditional crafts make Veliko a favorite of all who visit.

Day 5
Devetaki Cave & Krushna Waterfalls

Hiking out in the beauty of natural Bulgaria you will enjoy these magnificent caves and waterfalls in the morning. Return to the theatre to continue service in the afternoon/evening hours before enjoying some night time star gazzing at the center.

Day 6
Etara

Today you will visit an ethnographic open air living museum “Etara” where you will get to see craftsman working on traditional water powered machinery. A great place to sample traditional sweets and baked goods and buy handcrafts to bring home to your family and friends. In the afternoon we return to our work at the theatre.

Day 7
Cultural Exchange

Travel to Veliko Tarnovo today to have a cultural exchange and service experience with Bulgarian High School students.

Day 8
Service Day at the Theater/Community Center

Another day providing service at the theatre

Day 9
Sofia Tour

Depart Stone & Compass Center in the morning and drive to the capital of Sofia. Late afternoon/evening walking tour of Sofia, museums, relaxing & shopping. Check into the hotel and get a good night sleep for departure in the morning.

Day 10
Travel Home

Wake today and cherish the memories you have made as we head back to the US.

Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

  • All Inclusive
  • Rountrip AirfareFrom Boston's Logan Airport - contact us for quotes from other airports (info@stoneandcompass.com)
  • Airport Fees/Taxes/Transfers
  • Hotels
  • Meals
  • Translator
  • Museum/Historical Site Admission Fees
  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide(s)
  • Bulgarian Health Insurance (30,000 Euros)

Price Excludes

  • Private ExpensesSnacks, gifts, shopping, etc.
Payments

Payment can be made in full or following the payment schedule below.

Total Price

$2,400

Deposit

$200

Due:  December 1, 2019

Deposit #2

$1,100

Due:  January 1, 2020

Final Payment

$1,100

Due:  March 1, 2020

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