Today was Shopping Day! We had brought a few supplies for the camp with us from the UK, but we really wanted to make sure that a lot of the materials we used at the camp were things that could be sourced in Kosovo. This would mean that the students would be able to take the skills they learn back with them and have the materials they needed to implement their learning. So, armed with lists and samples of polyester wadding and Tyvek we split into two groups on the hunt for cotton, cocktail sticks and brushes (among many other things).
You’d be surprised at how easy somethings were to locate, and how difficult others were. A whole shelf of the local supermarket was filled with cocktail sticks (which we will be using to make cotton swabs for cleaning).
Polyester wadding was however, a toughie. After a couple of tours around the local haberdasheries we were told that nowhere in Kosovo sold it. However, a last trip to a materials shop outside of town, a bit of searching and a helping hand from our Albanian speaking colleagues from Cultural Heritage Without Borders and we managed to find some wadding- and the shopkeeper was kind enough to give it to us for free! Having small samples of materials we were looking for was a really helpful way to help find out what different shops had in stock, or problem-solve for similar materials.
For me as a newbie to the Heritage Without Borders camps it was a real eye opener to how you need to adapt resources to what is available. But by the end of the day however we had most of the things we needed, which was great.
We will keep you updated as to how we use all the bits we picked up today throughout the camp. Tomorrow the students will be arriving and we are really looking forward to meeting them!