Support the people who are volunteerly working on the conservation and cleanup of the almost forgotten Szadvar Castle in rural Hungary. It helps the local people by attracting more tourists to this underdeveloped part of the country. 'Friends of Szadvar' organizes 3 events every year: summer excavation week and regular cleaning of the castle area in the spring and in the fall. We provide tools, food and lodging for 30-60 volunteers including many children and students.
Szogliget is located in one of the poorest counties. After 1990, the state-sponsored factories and mines closed their gates leaving many people without jobs. The population fell below 800 as young people moved to the cities to find jobs. The village has a famous but neglected medieval castle and is located next to the UNESCO listed Aggtelek NP. The project aims to create a tourist destination by restoring part of the castle and bring 30000 visitors per year who will strengthen the local economy.
The project will clean up the castle grounds, search volunteers for archeological excavations and collect funds to eliminate danger by conserving the standing walls. Long term plan is to create a ruin park with lookouts to the surrounding hills, place signs and trash bins along the road and promote the castle in the region and the whole country. We also invite professionals to educate children and students about historic monument preservation and enviroment protection on our events
The project will allow children from different countries learn about each other's culture and history. The people of Szogliget will able to provide services to visitors and provide a better life for their families.