Be a volunteer at Kysak Castle | ESC Volunteering in Slovakia (Fully Funded)

Open call for volunteers from European Union countries to join a two-week volunteering project in  eastern part of Slovakia. The volunteers will help in revitalising the old ruins of the small Kysak Castle. This volunteering project is hosted by INEX Slovakia organisation and funded by the European Solidarity Corps program of the European Union. 

About the project

"INEX Slovakia" is inviting 12 volunteers from EU countries to join two-week volunteering project "Be a volunteer at Kysak Castle" in which the volunteers will help in the renovation of a castle in the middle of the beautiful nature in Slovakia. 

Kysak Castle was a medieval castle. Nowadays there are only ruins left underground. Volunteers and visitors should note that the castle itself is not visible. Efforts in the town of Kysak are focused on conserving its cultural legacy. The camp main goal is to investigate the buried foundations of the castle tower through archaeological excavation. Volunteers will also assist in restoration efforts, including clearing the site and transporting materials such as sand, rocks, and water. Previous building or archaeological expertise is not required for participation.

The working hours will be from Monday to Friday, approximately 8:30 - 15:00 including the lunch break. By participating to this project, you contribute to protecting the local cultural heritage.

Eligibility | Who can apply?

- Young people aged between 18-30 years old from the following countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia)

- This is a Teams Volunteering project, so if you already participated in long/short term EVS/ESC volunteering project before you still can join this project. 

- Available to stay the whole duration of the project.

- Strongly motivated to step out from the comfort zone and become a volunteer .

- Able to communicate and work in English spoken and written.

Expenses and Benefits

- Volunteers will stay in the local town house in the Kysak town in the eastern part of Slovakia. There are two bedrooms with beds but sleeping bag is required.

- The house has a fully equipped kitchen, toilet and showers.

- Volunteers will be divided in the kitchen teams and together will prepare the breakfast and dinner for the lunch, it will be provided by the local partner "The Civil Association Rakociho cesta". Vegetarian meals will be provided on request.

- Kysak is a small town and railway hub close to second biggest city in Slovakia - Kosice and there is a good train connection from kysak and Kosice. There is a possibility to visit castles obisovce and Sokol.   

Your travel costs to and from Italy will be reimbursed after the project according to the distance between your home and the project venue as the following limits:

  • for travel distance between 10 and 99 km: 23 EUR / person
  • for travel distance between 100 and 499 km: 180 EUR / person
  • for travel distance between 500 and 1999 km: 275 EUR / person
  • for travel distance between 2000 and 2999 km: 360 EUR / person
  • for travel distance between 3000 and 3999 km: 530 EUR / person
  • Calculate your budget from HERE

  • IMPORTANT: keep all your travel documents! Online boarding passes and tickets for reimbursements. No documents = No reimbursement!
  • IMPORTANT: Please send your travel proposition per e-mail to the organisers and wait for their confirmation before purchasing your tickets!
- Participants will receive a YouthPass certificate after the project where you are expected to self-assess your own learning and you can add it to your CV.

What to bring?

- ID or Passport or any other document you use for travel.

- Sleeping bag, working clothes and gloves, warm clothes, and raincoat.

- Towels, flip flops, hygiene products, and a hairdryer, if you need one.

- Strong boots, swimming suit, insect repellent, flashlight, and a smile on your lips 

- Medicine, if you have any specific illness or medical condition.

- Your flight tickets, bus tickets, train tickets, or any proof you have that you came to Italy.


Application deadline: 03rd of August 2024

Arrival day: 10th of August 2024

Departure day: 25th of August 2024

Note: Application can be closed earlier than the scheduled time due to the number of the applications, so don't wait until the last moment and apply as soon as possible.

How to apply?

Step 1: sign-in to your account on the European Youth Portal, if you don't have an account create an account  as a YOUNG PERSON from HERE

Step 2: visit the opportunity page on the portal and click "Apply" from this page, you must write your motivation letter in English.

More Details

for more details, check the info-pack of the project from HERE

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By applying to this volunteering program, you take responsibility and risks. Inform yourself about the regulation and potential risks. "Opportunity 4U" cannot be held liable for any of the potential risks, and this post is only for informative and popularising purposes.

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