Here you can find the most important information about One Caucasus International Volunteer Program.
Where can I learn more about One Caucasus Festival?
We recommend you to read about the Festival in our infopack: https://www.onecaucasus.org/images/docs/OneCaucasusInfoPack.pdf. You can also find a lot of videos showing our work at www.youtube.com/OneCaucasus.
What would I do in One Caucasus if I am selected?
It all depends what program and team you select. If you pick long-term program - 6-25 August - here are the teams you can sign up for:
- WORKSHOP TEAM (EDUCATION AND ART)
The team includes educators, culture animators, contemporary artists, filmmakers, cartoonists, video editors, activists, and practitioners of social sciences who work in small teams with kids, youth, and adults in Georgian, Azerbaijani and Armenian villages across the Kvemo-Kartli region. The results of their pre -Festival work are presented at the exhibition and cinema zones (and not only) of One Caucasus Town during the Festival.
- ONE CAUCASUS TOWN - CONSTRUCTION TEAM
The team includes craftsmen, carpenters, but also architects, students of architecture, designers - simply all people who enjoy and know how to construct. The team co-create the masterplan of One Caucasus Town and projects for its elements. Then construct the modules of One Caucasus Town (with wood/iron/other materials).
- PARTICIPATORY ARCHITECTURE TEAM
The team includes architects, students of architecture, interior designers and the practitioners of social sciences will be involved in conducting participatory planning processes for public spaces/objects in 3 villages of Marneuli - including research, workshops and developing the results of the workshops (visualizations/recommendations).
- PROGRAM TEAM
The team will include various background practioners who will focus on following challenges:
a) Music Program of the Festival - final arrangements with selected musicians, arranging travels and stay @ One Caucasus (together with logistics team), collecting information for the stage company and promotion, etc.
b) Non-Music Program - including planning exhibition of the creative workshops' results, cinema program and other activities,
c) Outreach - recruiting and working together with municipalities, art and culture institutions, NGOs, businesses which will be presented at the One Caucasus Bazaar.
- INFORMATION, PROMOTION and DOCUMENTATION TEAM
The team includes journalists, students of journalism, PR and media practitioners, designers, photographers, filmmakers, campaigners who work in a multilingual group creating promotional videos, documenting One Caucasus work and events, editing and translating information, creating content for the website and social media and finally creating and implementing original promotional actions both in Tbilisi, across Marneuli and on the web.
- COOKING FOR ONE CAUCASUS TEAM
Team includes cooks, managers & amateurs - people who love to cook and/or to organize the gastronomy. Their task will be to co-organize the kitchen for our international team (including preparing meals for volunteers) and later to create One Caucasus Restaurant with cuisines from all around the world - that will be open to the public during the festival.
- LOGISTICS SUPPORT TEAM
The team provides logistical support to our work for One Caucasus Festival. The team will be involved in on-going support for other teams (including transport, resources), arranging and supporting stay for the volunteers and planning medical, security, transport, camping, and other kinds of support for the One Caucasus Festival.
If you pick the short-term program - 19-25 August 2024 - here are your options:
- MUSIC SUPPORT TEAM
The team will support all elements of the music part of the festival:
This is the best team for getting involved in how One Caucasus music is made.
- taking care of the musicians,
- supporting preparations of rehearsals venues,
- working together with relevant One Caucasus teams and sound system company,
- organizing backstage,
- stages management, etc.
- ONE CAUCASUS VENUE SUPPORT TEAM
This is the team that makes One Caucasus Town works! The team will be responsible for:
- before the festival: final arrangements of One Caucasus Town including: small construction works, providing equipment on the site, arranging backstage and other festival venues, arranging parking zones and all info signs.
- during the festival: it will provide technical support for the festival events and small reparations in the venue.
- after the festival: the team will be responsible for deconstruction of the elements of One Caucasus Town that need to be stored for the next year.
- AUDIENCE SUPPORT / INFORMATION TEAM
This is the biggest team during One Caucasus Festival - and its work is essential for the image of the festival among the festival audience. The team will be responsible for taking care of One Caucasus audience and providing multilingual information. The team will be responsible for running the OC Info Desk - central point of One Caucasus Festival. The team will be briefed with all program and logistics information.
- EXTERNAL PARTNERS SUPPORT TEAM
Team will be responsible for final arrangements with participating institutions, companies including:
- Restaurants and other companies that will be present in One Caucasus Town (OCT),
- Art institutions, NGOs and municipalities that will have their stands in OCT.
- MEDIA SUPPORT AND DOCUMENTATION TEAM
The team will work with the Promotion, PR and Information (long-term) team. Its work includes:
- Supporting external media present during One Caucasus Festival,
- Providing quality documentation (film, video, photo, etc.) of the Festival,
- Editing film/video materials and providing quality news of the Festival during the event.
What should I cover if I become One Caucasus Volunteer?
One Caucasus volunteer covers their travel expenses to Tbilisi. All the other costs related with transport from Tbilisi to Tserakvi, transport in the region during the program, accommodation, and meals (3 times a day) are covered by organizers. If you come to Georgia for the first time - we would strongly recommend you come at least a few days earlier than our program starts or to stay in Georgia a few days after the program ends (Georgia is simply one of the best travel destinations).
Where would I stay if I am One Caucasus Volunteer?
Volunteers of One Caucasus are accommodated in the local public school in Tserakvi or in the camping field next to it. The living conditions are basic. The school is equipped with toilets and showers – however the water and electricity shortages happen. Each year, step-by-step we try to improve the local conditions.
What I would eat as One Caucasus Volunteer.
OC canteen provides 3 meals in a day. For volunteers it is free and you have the possibility to cook and present your national food as well. Audiences can buy food during festival days.
What about the Internet?
The school in Tserakvi will be equipped with a few wi-fi hot-spots – so we highly recommend you to take your laptop with you, as well as other equipment (such as photo/video camera, etc.) if you are selected.
What about the weather?
The weather in Tserakvi in August is usually hot and sunny - however due to the mountainous location it is usually cooler than in the Eastern part of the Marneuli region and Tbilisi (an average high-temperature in August is 31°C). During the second half of August it becomes chilly at night.
What should I take with myself to Tserakvi?
It is highly recommended to take your laptop, camera - basically everything what you need for your work (of course construction tools are available at the venue).
How to apply to become OC volunteer?