About this project
I want YOUR help to run an experiential peacebuilding expedition through the Balkans Peace Park with young people from Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. Not only will your support allow the expedition to happen, but will also allow for seed money for a post-expedition community service project for the youth to implement and benefit all 3 of their communities, and a grass-roots publicity campaign to highlight program successes world wide.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK EXPEDITIONS
International Peace Park Expeditions combines environmentally friendly operating values with sustainable tourism practices; we throw in a dash of rugged adventure trekking, remote border crossing, and local organic gastronomic delights and build it all on top of an intimate cross-cultural experience within the framework of understanding about peace parks and their growing role in international diplomacy.
Our for-profit adventure expeditions support our non-profit Experiential Peacebuilding Expeditions, working with young people impacted by conflict from the different International Peace Park countries.
ABOUT EXPERIENTIAL PEACEBUILDING
These customized peacebuilding programs integrate and enhance the natural peace building potential that exists in outdoor experiential learning - both in single day excursions and extended wilderness expeditions.
The objective is to provide a rich, unique, peacebuilding experience which can develop the bonds, skills and compassion of emerging young leaders, so they can serve as catalysts for peaceful change in their communities.
ABOUT the BALKANS PEACE PARK
The Balkans Peace Park is a proposed trans-national, cross-border park in the adjoining mountain areas of Kosovo/a, Montenegro and northern Albania which would serve as a symbol of peace and cooperation, help to promote environmental conservation, and stimulate local employment while also promoting sustainable visitor activities in the region
ABOUT ME - See my Kickstarter profile.
The minimum for this project is $3,500. That would cover the cost of a plane ticket from the US to Tirana, Albania; the logistical planning and on the ground costs of running the expedition; the experiential peacebuilding activities and printing of participant information packets, and the costs to sponsor 3 youth from each of the 3 countries, and provide at least $1,000 in seed capital for the youth post-expedition community service project.
When the project exceeds the minimum funding goal, I will begin my work; and with each milestone above the minimum I will expand the projects effectiveness by including a professional photographer to document the expedition at $5,000, and any additional funding will increase the seed capital for the post expedition community service project.
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