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It was a sleepy morning for the volunteers
whom arrived around Europe, Jordan,
Bahrain and the USA. From having traveled
for long hours, everyone needed to sleep
in and refresh before starting the day.
After registration was done and T-shirts
were handed out, the group headed to
lunch which was provided by Petalo Cafe.
After lunch was a presentation by Dr Pierre
Lombard on this history of Qal’at
al-Bahrain and the archeological
history of Bahrain. Afterwards every-
one went outside for a group photo and
an hour to relax, tour the fort and walk
the beach before going to Food City for
dinner.
After breakfast the volunteers took a short walk from the hotel to Qal’at al-Bahrain where
they went for a tour of the site guided by Dr. Pierre Lombard. The group learned more
about the history of the fort, different archeological periods found in excavations and the
purpose of different rooms found in the fort. A tour of the Bahrain fort museum
followed. The museum explained even more about the archeological findings discov-
ered in excavations and showcased the best and most historical pieces. A nice lunch was
sponsored by the Al Leewan Resturant following the tours. After lunch the group headed out to
visit the Bahrain Pearling Trail(UNESCO site) were the volunteers learned about
Bahrain’s pearling history and notable people involved. The group then headed back
to the hotel where two volunteers cooked dishes from their countries for dinner.
Group photo with Ms. Masoumeh, the Owner of Al Leewan Restaurant
Today began the first day of site work on
the fort which involved uncovering and
dusting off the ruins of a building on the
site. Volunteers cleaned and shoveled away
dirt for a few hours before taking a break
for rest and water. Lunch was sponsored by
Food City before traveling to the UNESCO
AWHC where the volunteers went through
a workshop further explaining world
heritage and conservation in the Arab
region. After the volunteers had a chance
to ask questions and take a group photo a
trip to the Al Fetah Grand Mosque followed.
The volunteers toured the mosque while
learning about Islam. The day ended with
dinner which was provided by Food City.
Sh. Ebrahim Al Khalifa
Vice Director - Arab Regional Center for World Heritage
The second day of work on dusting and cleaning began.
The weather was much nicer today with some cloud
cover and a light breeze. Volunteers enjoyed working
while listening to local music on the radio. After a
break work continued for another hour before head-
ing to lunch provided by Naseef Cafe. where volunteers
enjoyed local Bahraini cuisine.
After, the group toured Bab AlBahrain and a few hours
walk through Souq Al Manama.
Volunteershadachancetowalkthroughtheolderparts
of Manama while viewing shops and historic houses.
The evening concluded with dinner provided by Food
City.
Mss. Amena Naseef
The owner of Naseef Restaurant
Today the volunteers started excavating on the fort. Work
consisted of dusting and clearing dirt from the ruins. A copper
coin and pieces of pottery were found. Volunteers learned excava-
tion techniques, such as working in small sections at a time while
making sure not to dig down too deep. Dr. Pierre Lombard (The Direc-
tor of the French archeological mission in Bahrain) oversaw the work and
explained the historical value of the artifacts found. Lunch was
catered to the hotel before volunteers got a chance to visit the new mall in
Bahrain, The Avenues. The group enjoyed restaurants and shops for a few
hours before attending a lecture by Alexis T. Boutin about life and death
in early Dilmun. Pizza for dinner at the hotel concluded the evening.
Sh. Khalifa Al Khalifa
Director, Museums Directorate
Another busy day of site work began for
the volunteers. Dusting, cleaning and
excavation continued. The weather was
windy with light rain which made the
work in sand harder, however the group
happily continued. Shells and pieces
of pottery were found during the day.
Lunch was provided by Food City before
the group took a short boat ride over to
Bu Maher Fort where they learned more
about the pearling history in Bahrain.
A trip to the national Bahrain Museum
followed. Volunteers learned about
Bahrain’s cultural history, traditions,
medicine and more abvout the Dilmun.
The group then headed to the Moham-
med bin Faris House where they enjoyed
listening to traditional music. Dinner
was provided by the Arab House Founda-
tion.
Group photo with our sponsor
Food City Restaurant
With the weekend finally here, the volunteers enjoyed sleeping in before heading to the our sponsor ART Amwaj Rotana
resort. The group spent half the day relaxing on the beach, swimming and enjoying the jacuzzi. Lunch was provided by Food
City before everyone headed to the City Centre Mall to tour for a few hours. Volunteers spent time looking in many different
shops and enjoying ice cream. After the long, but relaxing day the group headed back to the hotel to rest.
Todays activity on the fort was bird watching! The volunteers met with a special-
ist at the fort that taught about the importance of bird watching and monitoring the
local wildlife. Volunteers learned about the different types of birds in Bahrain, how to
identify them as well as methods for counting. Afterwards, lunch was provided by Food City
before the group headed to the Bahrain Military Museum where they learned the history of
Bahrain’s military and had the chance to view military vehicles, military relics and artwork.
Group Photo with the director of Bahrain Military Museum Our Sponsor Sh. Nouf Al Khalifa, the owner of Deliceux Coffee shop
The day started with a trip to Arad Fort. Volunteers toured the fort
while learning about it’s construction and history. Afterwards the
second day of birdwatching began. Volunteers spotted flamingos
and a few other unique types of birds while learning even more
about Bahrain’ wildlife. Lunch provided by Food City followed. After
a rest at the hotel one of the volunteers cooked a pasta dinner before
certificates for the completion of the program were handed out.
The group enjoyed the last evening togeather by cultural exchange
activities.
The Bahraini Archipelago represents nowadays one of the rich-
est areas in terms of archeology in the Arabic Gulf.
Due to its strategic position and its artesian sweet water springs,
it became easily an important center for civilization and one
of the main trading ports of the Middle East since the Ancient
Times.
By taking part to the International Camp for Voluntary Work, it
has been an honor to discover this country starting from its an-
cients roots: Qual’at al-Bahrain.
The UNESCO site of Qal’at al-Bahrain represents the greatest
book of the Bahraini history: here every historic period refers to
a specific layer in the stratigraphy of the soil, which are
all still visible and make it possible to reconstruct its develop-
ment from the Dilum civilization to the Portuguese colonial em-
pire, passing through the Tylos and the Islamic Periods.
During the camp we had the chance to contribute to the mainte-
nance of this amazing site and his historic features. Under the su-
pervision of Dr. Pierre Lombard and the collaborators of the site,
we have been led to the discovery of the precious hidden artifacts.
Furthermore, besides the archeology, we have been involved into
the study and the observation of the current inhabitants of the
area: the birds. Through the activity of birdwatching, we have been
able to capture and to recognize the numerous species that have
found in the northern coasts their perfect habitat.
Together with the volunteering work experience and all the
activties focused on the built and natural heritage of the islands,
we have been completely immersed in the welcoming Bahraini
culture. A culture and a way of living, which I’ve never expected
it would amaze me so much. Traditions and rituals, together with
the delicious foods and music, are still kept alive in the everyday
life contrasting with the modern skyline of Manama, which on the
other side constantly reminds how fragile the old tows are in front
of the development.
Bahrain taught me a lot about its heritage and most of all about
how crucial it is to raise its awareness among the local population.
TheBahrainicitiesaregettingmoreandmoredense,whilethecosts
are expanding through the numerous land reclamations, changing
the topography and modifying the ancient tracks. The possible con-
sequences of these actions are not only involving the
human scale, but also the natural one.
Most of the time we take our heritage, our roots for granted and
we do not take care about it, inevitably forgetting it and destroying
it.“If we do not honor our past, we lose our future.
If we destroy our roots, we cannot grow.”, as an Austrian artist said
once.
I felt really privileged to take part to the program and to get to
know this tiny fascinating country, which thanks to its protected
sites and unmeasurable potential is a valuable example of progress
and cultural awareness in the Arabic region.
I will come back, inshallah.
Ten days in Bahrain proved to be an incredible experience which provided a unique opportunity
to discover the archeology, culture, world heritage, local people, religion and traditions of the
Kingdom of Bahrain.
Working in the UNESCO site of Qal’at al-Bahrain with the guidance of dr. Pierre Lombard helped
us immerse into history and archeology and take our own part in working for a goal which we
believe in. We particularly enjoyed birdwatching as it demonstrated that Bahrain owns not just a
rich cultural heritage but also a very rich natural heritage.
We are very grateful to the programme organizers that they showed us the most valuable and
interesting parts of the country outside of our volunteering working hours. The museums, the
guided tours and the best restaurants of Bahrain where we could try out traditional food, all con-
tributed to get the most out of this lifetime experience.
Being a member of an international group with the nicest people from allover the world helped
us feeling relaxed and comfortable from the first moment as we arrived. We made friends with
whom we will stay in touch in the future.
We would like to express our gratitude again for this unique experience which we will never for-
get. Thank you.
(Sophia, Dominik and Susan)
Voluntariado UNESCO YesEuropa

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Voluntariado UNESCO YesEuropa

  • 1.
  • 2. It was a sleepy morning for the volunteers whom arrived around Europe, Jordan, Bahrain and the USA. From having traveled for long hours, everyone needed to sleep in and refresh before starting the day. After registration was done and T-shirts were handed out, the group headed to lunch which was provided by Petalo Cafe. After lunch was a presentation by Dr Pierre Lombard on this history of Qal’at al-Bahrain and the archeological history of Bahrain. Afterwards every- one went outside for a group photo and an hour to relax, tour the fort and walk the beach before going to Food City for dinner.
  • 3. After breakfast the volunteers took a short walk from the hotel to Qal’at al-Bahrain where they went for a tour of the site guided by Dr. Pierre Lombard. The group learned more about the history of the fort, different archeological periods found in excavations and the purpose of different rooms found in the fort. A tour of the Bahrain fort museum followed. The museum explained even more about the archeological findings discov- ered in excavations and showcased the best and most historical pieces. A nice lunch was sponsored by the Al Leewan Resturant following the tours. After lunch the group headed out to visit the Bahrain Pearling Trail(UNESCO site) were the volunteers learned about Bahrain’s pearling history and notable people involved. The group then headed back to the hotel where two volunteers cooked dishes from their countries for dinner. Group photo with Ms. Masoumeh, the Owner of Al Leewan Restaurant
  • 4. Today began the first day of site work on the fort which involved uncovering and dusting off the ruins of a building on the site. Volunteers cleaned and shoveled away dirt for a few hours before taking a break for rest and water. Lunch was sponsored by Food City before traveling to the UNESCO AWHC where the volunteers went through a workshop further explaining world heritage and conservation in the Arab region. After the volunteers had a chance to ask questions and take a group photo a trip to the Al Fetah Grand Mosque followed. The volunteers toured the mosque while learning about Islam. The day ended with dinner which was provided by Food City. Sh. Ebrahim Al Khalifa Vice Director - Arab Regional Center for World Heritage
  • 5. The second day of work on dusting and cleaning began. The weather was much nicer today with some cloud cover and a light breeze. Volunteers enjoyed working while listening to local music on the radio. After a break work continued for another hour before head- ing to lunch provided by Naseef Cafe. where volunteers enjoyed local Bahraini cuisine. After, the group toured Bab AlBahrain and a few hours walk through Souq Al Manama. Volunteershadachancetowalkthroughtheolderparts of Manama while viewing shops and historic houses. The evening concluded with dinner provided by Food City. Mss. Amena Naseef The owner of Naseef Restaurant
  • 6. Today the volunteers started excavating on the fort. Work consisted of dusting and clearing dirt from the ruins. A copper coin and pieces of pottery were found. Volunteers learned excava- tion techniques, such as working in small sections at a time while making sure not to dig down too deep. Dr. Pierre Lombard (The Direc- tor of the French archeological mission in Bahrain) oversaw the work and explained the historical value of the artifacts found. Lunch was catered to the hotel before volunteers got a chance to visit the new mall in Bahrain, The Avenues. The group enjoyed restaurants and shops for a few hours before attending a lecture by Alexis T. Boutin about life and death in early Dilmun. Pizza for dinner at the hotel concluded the evening. Sh. Khalifa Al Khalifa Director, Museums Directorate
  • 7. Another busy day of site work began for the volunteers. Dusting, cleaning and excavation continued. The weather was windy with light rain which made the work in sand harder, however the group happily continued. Shells and pieces of pottery were found during the day. Lunch was provided by Food City before the group took a short boat ride over to Bu Maher Fort where they learned more about the pearling history in Bahrain. A trip to the national Bahrain Museum followed. Volunteers learned about Bahrain’s cultural history, traditions, medicine and more abvout the Dilmun. The group then headed to the Moham- med bin Faris House where they enjoyed listening to traditional music. Dinner was provided by the Arab House Founda- tion. Group photo with our sponsor Food City Restaurant
  • 8. With the weekend finally here, the volunteers enjoyed sleeping in before heading to the our sponsor ART Amwaj Rotana resort. The group spent half the day relaxing on the beach, swimming and enjoying the jacuzzi. Lunch was provided by Food City before everyone headed to the City Centre Mall to tour for a few hours. Volunteers spent time looking in many different shops and enjoying ice cream. After the long, but relaxing day the group headed back to the hotel to rest.
  • 9. Todays activity on the fort was bird watching! The volunteers met with a special- ist at the fort that taught about the importance of bird watching and monitoring the local wildlife. Volunteers learned about the different types of birds in Bahrain, how to identify them as well as methods for counting. Afterwards, lunch was provided by Food City before the group headed to the Bahrain Military Museum where they learned the history of Bahrain’s military and had the chance to view military vehicles, military relics and artwork. Group Photo with the director of Bahrain Military Museum Our Sponsor Sh. Nouf Al Khalifa, the owner of Deliceux Coffee shop
  • 10. The day started with a trip to Arad Fort. Volunteers toured the fort while learning about it’s construction and history. Afterwards the second day of birdwatching began. Volunteers spotted flamingos and a few other unique types of birds while learning even more about Bahrain’ wildlife. Lunch provided by Food City followed. After a rest at the hotel one of the volunteers cooked a pasta dinner before certificates for the completion of the program were handed out. The group enjoyed the last evening togeather by cultural exchange activities.
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  • 13. The Bahraini Archipelago represents nowadays one of the rich- est areas in terms of archeology in the Arabic Gulf. Due to its strategic position and its artesian sweet water springs, it became easily an important center for civilization and one of the main trading ports of the Middle East since the Ancient Times. By taking part to the International Camp for Voluntary Work, it has been an honor to discover this country starting from its an- cients roots: Qual’at al-Bahrain. The UNESCO site of Qal’at al-Bahrain represents the greatest book of the Bahraini history: here every historic period refers to a specific layer in the stratigraphy of the soil, which are all still visible and make it possible to reconstruct its develop- ment from the Dilum civilization to the Portuguese colonial em- pire, passing through the Tylos and the Islamic Periods. During the camp we had the chance to contribute to the mainte- nance of this amazing site and his historic features. Under the su- pervision of Dr. Pierre Lombard and the collaborators of the site, we have been led to the discovery of the precious hidden artifacts. Furthermore, besides the archeology, we have been involved into the study and the observation of the current inhabitants of the area: the birds. Through the activity of birdwatching, we have been able to capture and to recognize the numerous species that have found in the northern coasts their perfect habitat. Together with the volunteering work experience and all the activties focused on the built and natural heritage of the islands, we have been completely immersed in the welcoming Bahraini culture. A culture and a way of living, which I’ve never expected it would amaze me so much. Traditions and rituals, together with the delicious foods and music, are still kept alive in the everyday life contrasting with the modern skyline of Manama, which on the other side constantly reminds how fragile the old tows are in front of the development. Bahrain taught me a lot about its heritage and most of all about how crucial it is to raise its awareness among the local population. TheBahrainicitiesaregettingmoreandmoredense,whilethecosts are expanding through the numerous land reclamations, changing the topography and modifying the ancient tracks. The possible con- sequences of these actions are not only involving the human scale, but also the natural one. Most of the time we take our heritage, our roots for granted and we do not take care about it, inevitably forgetting it and destroying it.“If we do not honor our past, we lose our future. If we destroy our roots, we cannot grow.”, as an Austrian artist said once. I felt really privileged to take part to the program and to get to know this tiny fascinating country, which thanks to its protected sites and unmeasurable potential is a valuable example of progress and cultural awareness in the Arabic region. I will come back, inshallah. Ten days in Bahrain proved to be an incredible experience which provided a unique opportunity to discover the archeology, culture, world heritage, local people, religion and traditions of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Working in the UNESCO site of Qal’at al-Bahrain with the guidance of dr. Pierre Lombard helped us immerse into history and archeology and take our own part in working for a goal which we believe in. We particularly enjoyed birdwatching as it demonstrated that Bahrain owns not just a rich cultural heritage but also a very rich natural heritage. We are very grateful to the programme organizers that they showed us the most valuable and interesting parts of the country outside of our volunteering working hours. The museums, the guided tours and the best restaurants of Bahrain where we could try out traditional food, all con- tributed to get the most out of this lifetime experience. Being a member of an international group with the nicest people from allover the world helped us feeling relaxed and comfortable from the first moment as we arrived. We made friends with whom we will stay in touch in the future. We would like to express our gratitude again for this unique experience which we will never for- get. Thank you. (Sophia, Dominik and Susan)