Volunteering is an ideal instrument to bring abandoned or overlooked heritage sites back to the awareness of the public. This may happen for different reasons: because a heritage site is in danger to fall in decay, because a heritage site which had been so far accessible for the public is endangered by privatisation, because important elements of a bigger heritage ensemble are in danger to become forgotten, or others.

In most of the cases the voluntarily engagement can be only the first step to draw the publics’ attention on the particular heritage site or on its state of conservation, and in a second step more substantial measures must follow. But sometimes interventions on a voluntary base which originally had been planned only as a singular or temporary action become the starting point of a long and sustainable process, of substantial and responsible activities for endangered heritages.

Also European Heritage Volunteers’ own history had started in that way – with small, temporary and very specific measures in order to protect endangered heritage sites from decay – as repairing roofs, undertaking water management measures, creating supporting constructions for the static stabilisation of heritage sites and similar activities. Having these own experiences in mind European Heritage Volunteers supports initiatives which are willing to overtake the – temporary or permanent – responsibility for endangered heritage sites by organising volunteering projects at these sites.

Conservation of Baroque church interior
Benedictine Abbey Tyniec / Malopolska Region
POLAND

Volunteering Project 2021
Documentation of historic monastery walls
World Heritage site Yuso Monastery, San Millán / La Rioja Region
SPAIN

Training Course 2021
Documentation & Preparation of later conservation measures
Mariabrunn Monastery Complex / Vienna
AUSTRIA

Training Course 2021
Conservation of traditional wooden architecture
Kenozero National Park - Gorbachikha Village / Arkhangelsk Region
RUSSIA

Volunteering Project 2021
Documentation of a manor house from the 19th century
Aleksander Melik-Pashaev House Shaumiani Village / Marneuli Region
GEORGIA

Volunteering Project 2021
Restoration of historic windows at a monastery complex
Schlierbach Monastery / Upper Austria
AUSTRIA

Training Course 2021
Conservation measures at a windmill and a wooden water mill
Sagalund Open Air Museum & Tappo water mill and dam / Kimito island / Aboland Region
FINLAND

Volunteering Project 2021
Conservation of historic plasters and mortars & heritage documentation
Former synagogue and mikweh Halberstadt / Saxony-Anhalt
GERMANY

Training Course 2021
Conservation works at roof constructions & roofs of a historic ensemble
Lohra Castle / Thuringia
GERMANY

Volunteering Project 2021
Conservation of a medieval wall and adaptation of a tower ruin
Ensemble of the fortified church Movile / Sibiu County
ROMANIA

Volunteering Project 2021
Roman and Medieval lime plasters and mortars & fresco techniques
World Heritage site Studenica Monastery / Raška District
SERBIA

Training Course 2021
Architectural documentation of traditional wooden architecture
Kozichkovi houses / Kotel / Sliven Region
BULGARIA

Training Course 2021
Conservation works at a fortified church ensemble
Ensemble of the fortified church Hosman / Sibiu County
ROMANIA

Volunteering Project 2021
Documentation & Conservation of coloured surfaces and stucco elements
Effendi Villa Kobuleti / Autonomous Republic of Adjara
GEORGIA

Training Course 2021
Conservation & Restoration of sculptures at a castle complex
World Heritage site Historic Centre of Vienna, Upper Belvedere Castle
AUSTRIA

Past Training Course
Traditional masonry & rebuilding of traditional vaults
Tematín Castle / Trencín Region
SLOVAKIA

Past Training Course
Rescue & Conservation works at a Neo-Gothic mausoleum
Halsbrücke / Saxony
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Conservation of a traditional wooden chapel & a wooden water mill
Kenozero National Park / Archangelsk Region
RUSSIA

Past Volunteering Project
Conservation of the roof of a church from the 14th century
St. Mary's Church at Maligrad Island / Korca Region
ALBANIA

Past Volunteering Project
Conservation of Baroque furnishings
Church of Benedictine Abbey Tyniec / Malopolska Region
POLAND

Past Training Course
Restoration of plasters and coloured surfaces in a Renaissance castle
Erxleben Castle / Sachsen-Anhalt
GERMANY

Past Training Course
Abolishment of recent conversions & uncovering of the original state
Former Grand Hotel Waldlust Freudenstadt / Baden-Württemberg
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Marking of the excavated outline of a former chapel with flagstones
Marksburg / Rhineland-Palatinate
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Preservation of a church from 1303 and of surrounding monuments
Zorats Chutch / Vayodz Dzor Region
ARMENIA

Past Volunteering Project
Preservation of a church from the 11th century
Himara / Vlora Region
ALBANIA

Past Volunteering Project
Traditional stone techniques in a fortress complex
Couchy Castle / Aisne Départment
FRANCE

Past Training Course
Conservation of Baroque marble elements
Church of Benedictine Abbey Tyniec / Malopolska Region
POLAND

Past Training Course
Documentation of Baroque wall paintings in a monastery church
Pidkamin / Lviv Oblast
UKRAINE

Past Volunteering Project
European Heritage Volunteers