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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Travel to Veliko Tarnovo today to have a cultural exchange and service experience with Bulgarian High School students.
Another day providing service at the theatre
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.
Wake today and cherish the memories you have made as we head back to the US.
Payment can be made in full or following the payment schedule below.
Due: December 1, 2019
Due: January 1, 2020
Due: March 1, 2020