What the eco-village offers youth
The village's first guests will come from eight countries including Spain, Greece, Romania, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. More than 40 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 will come to ﬁavﬂat in June. Subaﬂ› said they do not seek special admission requirements but members should have background in ecology and/or architecture. For the first stage, village members will be invited to trainings on eco-architecture, eco-entrepreneurship and sustainability, as well as rescue strategies in nature and sports activities. "We have workshops and sessions to fully include the members into our concept. Members will evaluate limitations and possibilities of urban ecology and nature conservation," Subaﬂ› said, adding that the village will act as an exchange platform since participating countries will also share their own examples on sustainable living. The second stage involves the design of small houses by using eco-friendly materials. "We will build houses for the village by collecting our own materials in the surrounding nature," he stressed. Each house will be made of wooden pallets and be allocated for different purposes like the "youth center" and the "youth university." Members will even decorate the village with moss graffiti. Also called eco-graffiti or green graffiti, moss graffiti replaces spray paint, paint-markers or other such toxic chemicals and paints with a paintbrush and a moss "paint" that can grow on its own.
The Youth Village will be a space where members can come and stay anytime they wish, farm, create new ideas and meet people from countless different cultures. In the following periods, the village will undertake a social enterprise structure and host sports activities by Youthlympic. "Come and develop yourself by attending dozens of workshops and local and international projects. You will enjoy eating organic food, reading books, discovering new fields or just entertaining yourself with music," the village's official website says. The Avcala Youth Village will have four main areas and will remain faithful to the eco-friendly lifestyle.
Avcala Highland in Şavşat
Lying on the foothills of Mt. Düz, the Avcala highland is very suitable for nature tourism and sports. In the summer, local residents living in Çaml›ca leave their homes and go to the Avcala highland. Two natural lakes have become the highland's symbol, and the area is surrounded with mountain ranges on one side and rich forests on the other. Turkey's Black Sea coast is increasingly becoming a hot bed for alternative tourism, and the city of Artvin boasts a variety of locations like Mençuna Waterfall, Hatila Valley National Park, Çoruh Valley and Meydancık Balıklı Wildlife Development Area.