The Gorliz Auzolandegi (Youth Volunteer Camp) ends its season with great progress in the reconstruction of the bridge and recovery of the Urezarantza laundry
- The Auzolandegiak of Sopuerta, Lekeitio and Lemoa have also been completed
- Until August 29, young people from different backgrounds will participate in Bergara in the revitalization of the Mizpirualde Residence, in another Auzolandegi organized by the Basque Government Youth Directorate
Gorliz (Biscay-Basque Country), 08 17 2022
The Gorliz Auzolandegi -youth volunteer camp organized by the Basque Government's Youth Directorate, with the collaboration of the Bizkaia Territorial Council and the Gorliz City Council-, has finished its stay dedicated to the recovery of the environmental heritage of the town in the reconstruction of the bridge and recovery of the Urezarantza stone washing place. The group that participated in the Auzolandegi made up of young people between the ages of 14 and 17.
“The youth group is delighted and I am even more so. They have done a great job; meticulous and detailed, and for me it has been a real pleasure to have them with us these days”, comments Nagore Utxupi, mayor of Gorliz. According to Agurtzane Llano, Director of Youth for the Basque Government, “the Gorliz Auzolandegi has been carried out thanks to the collaboration with the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Gorliz City Council and the experience has been very satisfactory”.
The Gorliz Auzolandegi has served young people from all over the basque Country /Euskadi) to get to know the coastal town and have collaborated in the recovery of its heritage. The girls and boys who have participated in the Auzolandegi, in addition to volunteering, have also had leisure activities, especially in the evenings and on weekends, and have experienced the Andra Mari of Agirre y The Nieves festival.
Gorliz is located in the Uribe Kosta region, 27 km from Bilbao, and stands out for its wide beach, one of the safest and most beautiful on the Basque coast. The municipality of Gorliz works to value the historical heritage of its municipality. For this reason, the objective of the volunteer camp has focused on rebuilding the Urezarantza Bridge and the old stone washhouse thanks to cleaning, clearing, adaptation and recovery of these elements.
The program Auzolandegiak / Camps for Youth Volunteering, of the Youth Directorate of the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies of the Basque Government, encourages young people of different origins to participate voluntarily and selflessly in the development of social projection work for 15 days.
On August 15, the Sopuerta Auzolandegiak (related to the recovery of a road to unite the neighborhoods of the municipality and the recovery of the town's laundries), Lekeitio (dynamization in the Abaroa Nursing Home for the Elderly) and Lemoa (recovery of the trenches of the Iron Belt, in the surroundings of Lemoatx).
From the 15th to the 29th of August, young people from different backgrounds will participate in Bergara in the revitalization of the Mizpirualde Residence, in the last Auzolandegi that the Youth Directorate has organized this summer.
This year 2022, the Youth Directorate has organized 12 volunteer camps in the Basque Country, three of them exclusively for minors between the ages of 14 and 17: in Gorliz, with the collaboration of the Territorial Council of Bizkaia, in Alonsotegi and in Arraia-Maeztu. Two other camps have been international -Muxika and Murueta-, with young people from Euskadi and other countries. The rest of the camps have attended by young people from Euskadi and other Communities. In addition to the vacancies in the Basque Country, vacancies have also offered in other regions and countries.
Another novelty of this year's Auzolandegiak program has been the realization of the first volunteer camp within the framework of the New Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion (NAEN). 25 young people from the three Pyrenean regions participate in a volunteer camp in Lekaroz, Navarra.
In total, the Basque Country this year has organized camps with 295 places and minors (between 14 and 17 years old) and adults (18-26 years old; or 18-30 for people with functional diversity) have participated.