Project Duga translates to Project Rainbow, where the rainbow symbolizes a covenant as seen in Noah's story after the flood. It represents God's covenant with "every living soul" where everyone has an equal opportunity to live through His Life. Our project and its name have absolutely nothing to do with LGTBHKLMOP politics or any other political agenda.
Our project is located in "Kordun" (formerly Krajina), an abandoned region in the inland of Croatia, near the border with Bosnia. The region is characterized by the presence of minorities: returning Serbs, Croatian Muslims, and Croatians who fled from Bosnia after the war. It is a forgotten region, presenting a great challenge to work towards reconciliation and a bond of friendship. The project has been active since May 1999 and focuses on single seniors, children, and youth.
The project has its own campsite accommodating 30 to 50 people. It consists of three camping cabins, each with six beds, a sleeping loft with 16 beds, several caravans, a simple kitchen, and a café in a stable ("Café Bethlehem"). The campsite is maintained by local youth and children from "The Lion Gang" and by visiting groups.
Projekt Duga started in 1999 as an initiative of Dutch and Croatian volunteers from different churches. At the moment the project is mainly supported by the Evangelical Congregation Jonah in Ede, but volunteers are participants from different (types of) churches.
Welcome to Hostel Croatia, in The Middle of Nowhere but still easily accessible and with all basic amenities such as running water and electricity. There are 45 beds for rent and they all cost 15 euros per night. Are you coming with more than two people or with children? Then a discount is possible. In all cases, please contact us via the contact page
Hostel Kroatie, or Hostel The Blue House (Hostel Blue House Croatia) - will only be available as a hostel from summer 2022. From 1999 this location has been used as a volunteer and youth project. It is a place where many activities have taken place that were organized for the local youth. Unfortunately, due to a lack of economic prospects, these young people have left this region. And then came corona. The lockdowns have been used to pay attention to the renovation of the location. The result is a nice sleeping loft, some nice camping cabins, shower building, inn with cooking facilities, playing fields and so on.
The hostel (the juegdherberg) was first used by VWO 6 students from the Pantarijn in Wageningen. In the fall of 2021, 40 students had a fantastic week here. In the spring of 2022, a group of 35 Havo 4 and VWO 5 students experienced the same week at the hostel and at the project location. The summer of 2022 will be used to further develop the project location. In the meantime, the hostel is ready as a sleeping accommodation and groups of up to 45 people are very welcome. Individuals, families, smaller groups are also very welcome at Hostel Blue House Croatia.
Get in touch via the contact page .
In the middle of Croatia, in the middle of nature and wooded area, near Plitvica, secluded and quiet, yet on the main road and easily accessible, in "The Middle of Nowhere" but actually in "The Middle of Everything", that is where Camping Croatia is located . Or do we call the campsite "Camping the Blue House"? Or "Camping Duga"? Come by, stay a few days and make an offer. Welcome to our adventure and choose an active holiday or a relaxing holiday with lots of rest.
The campsite / camping area offers a lot of space. Not only because of the camping houses and caravans, but also because we have access to 2 hectares of land. Enough space for your tent, caravan or camper. In addition, the camping site is located at the Youth Hostel or the Hostel "The Blue House Croatia" where there are also about twenty sleeping places.
In the last two years a lot has been done to renovate the Projekt Duga camping area. That worked out well.
At the moment we offer:
The location is very suitable as a group accommodation and for group travel. Camping with groups of up to 50 people is very well possible.
Would you also like a camping adventure in this beautiful area? Then come back to this website for more information or contact us via the contact page.
Below is some information about a successful group trip in the context of Traveling abroad for students from the Netherlands. It concerned a group of 40 people who all found a place to sleep in our camping houses and in the attic of the Youth Hostel / Hostel "Blue House Croatia".
Soon we will be traveling again. From April 16 to April 22, we expect a group of 40 students at our project location "In the Middle of Nowhere". In this article some practical information for those who also consider coming to visit us. This time a trip abroad, organized by the RSG Pantarijn, a secondary school in Wageningen. Let us know via the contact page if your school is also interested in a similar adventure and a fully organized trip abroad for your students.
We get the complete project location in use from "Projekt Duga". See Google Maps for more info: https://goo.gl/maps/rXkN1HoqbiYJCAPU9 - Furthermore, we use four days for four domestic excursions. Check out this padlet for some information:
Also this year we would very much like to distribute 20 Christmas packages to the single elderly and the families we know in Croatia and Bosnia. Every year I forget to ask for donations in advance because of the hustle and bustle of work and life in the Netherlands, but every year it eventually works out. Here's the info:
Meindert A. Jorna
Traveling again to our project in Croatia. This time as a complete family. That's been a while ago. Last summer was the last time. In the meantime I have traveled back and forth four times and usually I also make a travel vlog. Not always anyway. This time it did, and that's season 5 as far as these travel vlogs are concerned. Stay informed about the goings-on in Croatia, the corona measures while traveling or during your stay in Croatia and about the renovation of our camping site, the camping houses, our own house and so on. In season 5 a lot of attention is paid to the transformation of our house: from filthy to the most beautiful house in the Balkans. Blue, artfully painted, unique.
There are currently two concrete projects in Croatia for which we are looking for donors in the short term.
Here is a preliminary list of points of interest as I noted them on arrival in Croatia on July 20, 2020
Condition of the houses:
It is estimated that this will cost 700 euros per house in terms of materials.