Novi Vinodolski Dorm
The Red Cross dorm of the City of Zagreb “Villa rustica” is located in Novi Vinodolski, the oldest town of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera.
At the heart of Medvednica Nature Park, at an altitude of 955 meters above sea level, on the ridge of Malo Sljeme is the Red Cross Dorm of the City of Zagreb. Today, we can be proud of almost a century of tradition in the work of the Dorm.
Department of Homes Activity
Officer in the Department of Homes (HQ Administration):
Mob: +385 99 465-9483
Red Cross Dorm Sljeme
Sljemenska cesta 28, Zagreb
Tel: 01/4555-855, 4555-836
Mob: +385 98 429 896
Mob: +385 99 310 2300
Contact Novi Vinodolski
Red Cross Dorm „VILLA RUSTICA“
Senjska 5, 51 250 Novi Vinodolski
Tel: +385 51 791 005
Fax: +385 51 244 420
Tel: +385 51 244 420
Mob: +385 99 257 2546
Fax: +385 51 244 420
Mob: +385 473-6598
Mob: +385 98 313 592
Tel: +385 51 244 420
Fax: +385 51 244 420
General about the Villa Rustica dorm
The Red Cross home of the City of Zagreb “Villa rustica” is located in Novi Vinodolski, the oldest town of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera. In the heart of the Croatian coast, Novi Vinodolski has developed a centuries-old tourist tradition thanks to the extraordinary climate characterized by warm summers and mild winters, as well as Mediterranean vegetation and clear sea.
The Red Cross home “Villa rustica” was built on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Red Cross in Croatia in 1980 and was completely renovated in 2004 when it got a new, more modern and functional look.
The home has 185 beds arranged in dormitories, divided into blocks of two or three rooms that share toilets. Almost all rooms are facing the terraces and facing the sea. Teachers and group leaders have double rooms with private bathrooms.
Classrooms / classrooms are equipped with all audio-visual aids for the smooth running of classes, seminars and other facilities. The home has a multifunctional hall of 100 seats. The hall is converted into two rooms for smaller groups by partition walls.
The home kitchen is equipped to high standards that fully comply with HCCP principles. The kitchen prepares four meals a day (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner) made from freshly delivered food. For the needs of groups and individuals, we customize the menu for specific diet regimens.
Home from the beach and the sea is shared only by the promenade of Prince Domagoj 2km long, which we reach the city port. The promenade is located between the sea and a park decorated with Mediterranean plants, dominated by oak oak, coastal pine and low Mediterranean vegetation.
The pebble-stone beach is located in front of the Red Cross House itself, and in the summer months there is a fenced area for swimmers to ensure protection from the vessels and the smooth performance of all activities organized on the beach and in the sea.
From the middle of June, after the end of the school year, until the beginning of September, the Red Cross House has a summer vacation program.
Summer programs can be organized as a holiday full of sun, fun and with interesting programs offered by the Red Cross House or as a program organized by your own group.
The environment in which the Red Cross House is located, as well as the resources at our disposal, are ideal for conducting various summer vacation programs:
sports and recreational programs (swimming school, sports competitions and sports schools)
creative workshops (fine arts, dance workshops, drama content, media culture workshops, technical culture workshops)
educational workshops (social, health and environmental topics)
trips to the surroundings (island of Krk-Vrbnik, Senj, Rijeka, Crikvenica, Plitvice Lakes, Istria)
All the programs we carry out are under the supervision of the Red Cross staff as well as the students of the Faculty of Teacher Education and Kinesiology. Social and health programs include volunteers from the Red Cross City Youth Club of Zagreb.
The best organization is best illustrated by the fact that some groups have traditionally come to our house for about twenty years.
About Novi Vinodolski
In the central part of the northern Croatian coast, from the old Frankopan fortress called Novigrad, the tourist town of Novi Vinodolski has developed. Novi Vinodolski is mentioned already in ancient Rome as a fertile valley which the Romans called “Valis Vinaria” or “Vineyard Valley”. Excavations and partially preserved walls of the pentagonal fortress Lopar (Lopsica) from the end of the 3rd or the beginning of the 4th century AD are located next to the Red Cross House on the promenade of Prince Domagoj. On the islet of St.Marin, 205 meters from the shore, there is an old Gothic church whose excavations have found stone inscriptions with the name of Empress Helena. Today there are eight stone benches on the islet that together form the Rose of the Winds, and a tuner has been erected as a remembrance of the once rich Novljansk fishing tradition. The rich history of the Vinodol valley and the town of Novi Vinodolski is revealed by many Glagolitic monuments, especially the Vinodol Law, which is one of the most important cultural monuments of our people and at the same time one of the most important European medieval documents.
This historical and cultural center of the Vinodol principality is the cradle of writers from the Mazuranic family. In the very center of the town is the house where the greatest Croatian writers Antun, Matija and certainly the most famous Ivan Mazuranic – the first Croatian ban folk – were born. His most famous work, Death of Smail-age Cengic, was published in 1846 and is one of the most significant literary achievements in Croatian literature. The cultural heritage of Novi Vinodolski also includes old folk customs, songs, a wooden instrument of the sopile, and especially the folk costume of Novalja. Today, the people of Novljan keep their tradition, and the folk costumes and souvenirs of the town can be seen and heard during a special occasion – the folk dance circuit that is danced for three consecutive days at the Mesopust festivities, the winter carnival. Certainly the highlight of summer in Novi Vinodolski is the summer carnival that has received an international note in recent years.
A city that counts more than 2300 hours of sunshine a year. The city of rich cultural and historical heritage, and especially the warm and warm population of Novi Vinodolski are an ideal choice for an idyllic holiday.
School in nature
Educational theory and practice have known the concept of school in nature since ancient times. The school in nature is a specific form of educational activity and is based on the idea of man’s basic need for connection with nature and its awareness of nature and the natural phenomena that surround it. Nature schools in Europe have been operating since the beginning of the 20th century, but perhaps their significance is greater today than ever before.
School in nature is one of the important forms of teaching outside the classroom. Learning in nature is done through the complete experience and learning of teaching content in the immediate reality, observing natural phenomena and noticing the cause and effect processes in the immediate natural environment. Educators argue that such active involvement of students in the learning process strongly enhances their motivation to learn.
The City Red Cross City Association of Zagreb in 2014 marks thirty-five years of continuous implementation of this important program for students, making Zagreb one of the top European cities for investing in these forms of educational programs in elementary education.
In addition to the regular curriculum provided by the teachers, an extracurricular program implemented by Red Cross staff and students of the Faculty of Teacher Education in regular professional pedagogical practice is an important part of the School in Nature program. Extracurricular programs are conducted in the form of field extracurricular classes, workshops and lectures with the use of audio-visual programs.
Health, social and environmental workshops are being held in Novi Vinodolski according to a program verified by the Agency for Education “Human Values - Education for Humanity”:
• A little first aid
• History of the Red Cross
• Pyramid of healthy eating
• Prevention of trafficking in human beings
• The rights of the child
• A sense of nature
• Prevention of violence
• “Don’t mock” and “Black Lamb” – from the UNICEF program
• Infectious diseases in childhood
• Dolphins – a happy sea friend
• Griffon Vulture
• Mediterranean Bear
• Forest-hugs a tree
• Arboretum of coastal plants
• Adriatic winds
• Orienteering walking in nature
At the School of Nature every week we mark important dates related to health, social issues and ecology, and customize the week with the theme set by the date on our calendar.
Weekend program / seminars / excursions
WEEKEND PROGRAM / SEMINARS / EXCURSIONS
On weekends, from Friday to Sunday, it is possible to organize one-day or two-day excursions and seminars with the implementation of workshops and programs offered by the Red Cross or organized by groups.
The exceptional geographical position of Novi Vinodolski, located in the heart of Kvarner, on the border of Primorje-Gorski kotar and Lika-Senj County offers the possibility of organizing a boat or bus excursion to the picturesque surroundings, which are rich in cultural and historical objects, but also nature that is very diverse in this area. .
CRIKVENICA is located near the mouth of the Dubračina stream and its valley connected to the interior of Vinodol, and is only 12 km away from the town of Novi Vinodolski. It was named after the church (cricket) of the Pauline monastery, erected by Nikola Frankopan in 1412 at the mouth of Dubračina into the sea.
Excursions to Crikvenica are organized by bus or boat, and there is a possibility to visit the Aquarium.
RIJEKA is a town and port in the Bay of Rijeka in the north, deepest in the mainland coast of the Kvarner Bay. It is the center of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, and is only a 45-minute drive from Novi Vinodolski.
In Rijeka, we would recommend sightseeing the city center, Rijeka’s corse and St. Vitus Cathedral, a walk around the Trsat shrine and hilltop, and a visit to the Natural History Museum and the newly renovated Planetarium on Vežica.
SENJ is about 20 minutes drive away from Novi Vinodolski. It is located on the coast, below the Trbusnjak hill, where the Nehaj fort is located. A visit to the City Museum is possible with the world-famous fortress.
VRBNIK a village and small port in the central part of the northeast coast of the island of Krk; altitude 49 m. The excursion to Vrbnik is organized by boat to which we sail from the port of Novalja for 45 minutes. Vrbnik is widely known for its Vrbnik žlahtina wine, but also as the city that gave the highest priesthood in Croatia. It is a picturesque town that today functions as a great monument to Glagolitic culture on the island of Krk.
A trip by boat or bus to the Biserujk Cave is one of our guests’ frequent choices. The Biserujka Cave is located 300 m north-northwest of the Rudine settlement in Dobrinj municipality on the island of Krk. The cave is designed for tourists to visit and is characterized by a wealth of cave decorations – calcite sigas, especially columns and stalactites.
NEW VINODOLSKI ENVIRONMENT
Pavlomir is located in the Vinodol valley, where vineyards were restored after more than a century, and Žlahtina was returned to the place where it was originally grown as one of the most valuable wine varieties in Hravtska. With the most important it is possible to organize a visit to the vineyards and learn about the winemaking processes with a lecture by oenologists.
In the village of Omar-Krmpote there is a unique glass chapel, which is a valuable example of the sacral heritage of this region.
Ten labyrinths have been drawn near the village of Krmpote on the 800-meter promenade. Some labyrinths are embedded in the dolce while others are stacked on slopes. The conceptual originator of the Heavenly Labyrinths is the artist Ingrid Butorac, and with her idea she enriched the City of Novi Vinodolski, and gave more importance to the hinterland, thus enriching the tourist offer.
The eyes of Vinodol
Recently, six vistas over Novi Vinodolski have been arranged, giving a bird’s eye view of the city and its surroundings. On clear days, the view touches almost the entire Kvarner Bay, and the islands of Rab, Goli and Cres.
General about the Sljeme dorm
At the heart of Medvednica Nature Park, at an altitude of 955 meters above sea level, on the ridge of Malo Sljeme lies the Red Cross Home of the City of Zagreb.
Today, we can boast of almost a century of tradition in the work of the House.
1932 to WWII
The dormitory was built in 1932 and served as a student excursion site, recovery center and summer school resort.
From World War II to 1984
After World War II, the home became the property of the Red Cross of the City of Zagreb. After a number of upgrades, the home was reconstructed in 1984 and adapted to modern standards for children, teaching and entertainment.
From 1984 – 2006
During this period, the School of Nature program is continuously implemented in the home.
A complete reconstruction and upgrading of the home was carried out according to the most up-to-date living standards (high comfort of accommodation, adaptation of the facility to persons with special needs, modern equipment for the implementation of the program of the School in Nature and other programs).
The home has 96 beds for students and 5 rooms with private bathroom for teachers. Today, the home can accommodate 4-5 classes and 10 teachers. The home is adapted for the stay of the disabled (from the entrance ramp, toilets, etc.) which will allow a smooth stay for the students with disabilities.
The Home’s spatial standard and its equipment guarantee a comfortable and safe stay for students and teachers, and teaching aids, as well as all audiovisual aids available to the Home, offer the possibility of conducting regular classes and extracurricular activities according to the highest European standards in education.
The home kitchen is equipped to high standards that fully comply with HCCP principles. The kitchen prepares four meals a day (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner) of freshly delivered foods, calorically and nutritionally adapted to the age and needs of the user. For the needs of groups and individuals, we customize the menu for specific diet regimens.
There are three classrooms in the House, which are equipped with LCD TV, DVD, loudspeaker, magnetic panels, didactic equipment, and the whole House is enriched with educational panels with wildlife of PP Medvednica.
On weekends, from Friday to Sunday, it is possible to organize one-day or two-day excursions and seminars with the implementation of workshops and programs offered by the Red Cross or organized by groups. During the summer months, immediately after the end of the school year, the Sljeme Red Cross House has a summer vacation program in its own group organizations or / and with the organization of experienced leaders of the Zagreb City Red Cross Society.
The pleasant temperature, clean air and beautiful nature of Medvednica make it a suitable destination even in the summer months. Summer temperatures on the summit of Medvednica rarely exceed 25 ° C, so the mountain destination is ideal for sports camps, people in rehab and anyone who wants to spend a pleasant active holiday in a green oasis.
Snow cover on Sljeme lasts an average of 100 days a year, and in the period from mid-January to mid-March, Medvednica is full of snow. Such snow conditions, together with a well-maintained sledding and ski resort located near the Red Cross House, provide excellent conditions for an active winter holiday.
During the winter holidays of elementary and secondary schools in the Red Cross House in Sljeme, it is possible to organize winter holidays both in their own arrangement of groups and with experienced leaders organized by the City Red Cross Society of Zagreb.
School in nature
School in nature is one of the important forms of teaching outside the classroom. Learning in nature is done through the complete experience and learning of teaching content in the immediate reality, observing natural phenomena and noticing the cause and effect processes in the immediate natural environment. Educators argue that such active involvement of students in the learning process strongly enhances their motivation to learn. An important goal of nature school is to develop in children a sense of belonging to nature and the need to coexist with the nature that surrounds us, on which we depend and of which we are an integral part.
In addition to educational goals, the school in nature enables the achievement of very important educational goals, above all the students adopt and master the rules of living in the community, the importance of fulfilling the obligations of each individual in the group and respecting the diversity of needs. By staying in the classroom for five days, students master the notion of tolerance and learn important life skills such as good behavior rules, adopting hygiene habits, healthy eating rules, and the importance of moving as a basis for a healthy life.
The school in nature can be divided into two closely related fields of work, namely teaching activities primarily related to the mountainous and hilly regions of the Republic of Croatia and the processing of regular teaching content, and no less important part of extracurricular content adapted to students.
Extracurricular content can be first of all divided into educational and entertaining ones. The Red Cross, in cooperation with the Faculty of Teacher Education, conducts regular practice for the 5th year students who conduct the following activities with students:
• Climate measurement
• A little first aid
• Workshop on Medvednica Nature Park
• Space orientation workshop
• Workshops in the social and humanitarian field
• Medvednica walks – fieldwork
• sports, recreational and entertainment facilities
For more than fifteen years, Zagreb Traffic Police have been implementing the Traffic Safety Program as part of a national traffic accident prevention campaign.
Mountain Rescue Volunteers volunteers for a workshop on staying safe while the Red Cross doctor runs a health workshop program.