AiP Upcoming Adventures

 

Searching for an experience that combines exciting travel opportunities with learning new skills AND supporting a community initiative? Look no further! Our heritage preservation volunteer projects offer you a compelling combination of travel, education and adventure, topped with a healthy dose of cultural and architectural heritage conservation. Come, get your hands on history with Adventures in Preservation.

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2020

 
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AVAILABLE DATES:

May 3-17, 2020
(Session 1)

Scroll down for Session 2 of this adventure in September 2020.

Dunans from Telford to Turret

Dunan Castle
Cowal Peninsula
Scotland - UK

As conservation work progresses rapidly on the Thomas Telford bridge, jammers look longingly at the castle, hoping they’ll soon be able to take on repair of its massive stone walls. The time has come! Your days will be divided between castle turret and steeply arched bridge.

Dunans is an intriguing site in beautiful Argyll with a history dating back to the 1500s. Today Dunans Castle Limited, a Social Enterprise, has a direct impact on helping reverse the declining economy of the community. 

The west of Scotland offers stunning coastal views with ferries providing easy access to the isles of the Hebrides. We’ll explore the Isle of Bute, visiting the remarkable home of the Stuarts, the fernery and more.

If you plan ahead, dates are set for 2021. AiP will be at Dunans September 4-18, 2021. 

 
 

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AVAILABLE DATES

May 24 - June 6, 2020

LINKING ARCHEOLOGY WITH PRESERVATION IN ARMENIA

Kumayri Cultural
Museum Preserve

Historic City Center
Gyumri, Armenia

Armenia offers visitors a wealth of experiences from ancient sites to mountain hiking to cultural events and wonderfully fresh local cuisine. AiP jammers have taken advantage of all Armenia has to offer, while supporting efforts to save historic architecture damaged by the 1988 earthquake. 

The city’s striking 18th and 19th century architecture continues to draw increasing numbers of tourists each year, even as many buildings are abandoned and deteriorating. As new jobs are created through heritage tourism, the hope is that more buildings can be saved. 

It’s now time for a new venture – combining archaeology with preservation, the two keys to improving Gyumri’s economic future.  Take advantage of this opportunity and be one of the first to join archaeologists at an ongoing dig where layers as old as the 6th century BCE have been uncovered.

Join us! Gyumri’s future depends on it.

 
 

 
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Available Dates

August 15-23, 2020

Optional Tour of Galapagos Islands

August 23-29, 2020

Save Ecuador’s Traditional Architecture – Explore Galapagos Islands

Nuestra Senora de La Esperanza
Church & Convent
La Esperanza, Ecuador

Ecuador is a land of contrasts, from the Andean foothills to the Amazon to the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. This adventure will take you to the foothills where you will help save vernacular stone architecture perfectly designed to deal with the Andean landscape and climate. You will learn traditional skills as you join conservation efforts that hold the key to economic growth through heritage tourism.

After working with community members in La Esperanza, you have the option of exploring the amazing Galapagos Islands. Join AiP as we begin this adventure in Ecuador.

 
 

 
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AVAILABLE DATES:

Sept 5-19, 2020
(Session 2)

Scroll up for Session 1 of this adventure in May 2020.

Dunans from Thomas Telford to Castle Turret

Dunan Castle
Cowal Peninsula
Scotland - UK

AiP jammers are the first to begin conservation work within the Dunans castle walls! Your days will be divided between the massive stone walls of the castle turret and steep stone walls of the arched bridge.

Dunans is an intriguing site in beautiful Argyll with a history dating back to the 1500s. Today Dunans Castle Limited, a Social Enterprise, has a direct impact on helping reverse the declining economy of the community. 

The west of Scotland offers stunning coastal views with ferries providing easy access to the isles of the Hebrides. We’ll explore the Isle of Bute, visiting the remarkable home of the Stuarts, the fernery and more.

If you plan ahead, dates are set for 2021. AiP will be at Dunans September 4-18, 2021.

 
 

 
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JOIN US IN MONTANA IN 2020

Dates coming soon!

PRESERVE THE GHOSTS OF GRASSHOPPER CREEK

Bannack Ghost Town
Dillon, Montana - USA

Learn specialized preservation treatments to help sustain Montana’s built heritage and uncover valuable historical archaeology.

A flash flood tore through Bannack, Montana in 2015. Rushing water damaged many of the sixty historic buildings still standing in this 1862 gold rush ghost town. Work began immediately to address problems in order to save a remarkable remnant of the old west. Jammers (AiP volunteers) will have the opportunity to learn from specialists with expertise in both preservation and archaeology.

 
 

AiP Developing Preservation Projects

 

FUTURE BUILDING CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

As anyone working with historic building conservation knows, preservation can be a long process. AiP often spends two or three years working with project partners to lay the groundwork for our hands-on preservation sessions and get ready to welcome you, the jammers. Building your support and securing funding are the most critical, while we also foster community involvement and prepare the project site.

Here are projects we are working on and hope to offer them to you soon.

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY THROUGH HERITAGE TOURISM

AiP began our efforts in Gyumri, Armenia in 2011. We have a long and valued relationship with our onsite partner, Armena Hovsepyan, and continue to support his critically needed projects. With our current level of funding, AiP jammers have helped with documentation of damaged historic buildings and conservation of original doors and windows at the Mariam and Yeranuhi Aslamazyan Gallery.

Although our work has received accolades from local officials and gained attention at the national level, we continue to strive to make a greater impact on the extensive needs of Gyumri and surrounding rural communities. The focus must be on creating jobs that provide a sustainable income.

Our goal is to find funding that allows us to set up a summer field school providing hands-on experience for university students. Project objectives include:

  • Preserve and renovate damaged historic houses for use as B&Bs

  • Provide sustainable incomes for project beneficiaries through heritage tourism

  • Create successful business stories to serve as a model for other residents

The field school curriculum will include:

  • Structural engineering

  • Building conservation

  • Interior design

  • Tourism development

  • City planning

And more as the need arises.

Contact AiP with any creative ideas you would like to share about funding or about involving your university. Gyumri’s economy continues to struggle as residents leave by the hundreds due to lack of any source of income. The time to act is now!

ARCHAEOLOGY + PRESERVATION UNEARTHS & SAVES GHANA’S HISTORY

We are sad to report that AiP’s project under development in Ghana has been cancelled. Local interests have decided to allow developers to begin their project on the site immediately. This eliminates the option to first carry out archaeology + preservation.

AiP is disappointed that we won’t be able to uncover and save remnants of Ghana’s past. Our local partner, Sam Baddoo, is once again searching for a site that needs assistance from AiP and our jammers. You’ll be the first to know if we find something.

 

 

Nominate a Project

All AiP projects begin with suggestions from people like you.

We are operating near capacity with our current project load, so are being very selective as we look for new projects.

We welcome your requests regarding important historic buildings in need of conservation. Please provide as much information as possible about your building and proposed project as you fill in the form below.

In developing projects, we give priority to sites that:

  1. Have historical significance to the community or country in which they are located

  2. Need the assistance of volunteers to lower the cost of preservation work, which otherwise may not be able to proceed

  3. Contribute to community sustainability

  4. Provide a use after completion that benefits the community

  5. Offer a valuable training experience.

We will review all project nominations and notify you that review is underway.

 
Name *
Name
Provide any information about the site, including year built, current condition, materials, historical relevance. Also explain how AiP can help.
Location of the site (please include city and country)