Promoting biodiversity in Neckertal (Bütschwil-Ganterschwil SG)
Description: The "Landschaftskonzept Neckertal" is a project involving three communities to enhance the biodiversity of the landscape by improving the quality of habitats for animals and plants. Since 2006 they have been operatively working together with volunteers, state civil servants and asylum seekers in favour of the project goal. This year they will welcome a group of SCI volunteers for the 5th time.
Type of Work: To go on with the project, there are various tasks to be done, like cleaning parts of the forest after wood-cutting, opening up meadows in and around the forest to ensure biodiversity. More specifically, you will do activities like e.g. cutting small trees, making piles of the branches, raking cut grass.
Study Theme: One person involved in the project "Landschaftskonzept Neckertal" will present it to you. A person trained in biology and nature education will inform you about the endangered plant and animal species your work helps to protect.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted by a SCI member who lives together with his family in a big old renovated house in a nearby village. You will sleep either in the attic of the house which is not heated but well protected from wind and rain or in a beautifully renovated site caravan, so you need to bring an inflatable mattress as well as a warm sleeping bag.
Language: The workcamp language is English. The project partner speaks German but it is not required. The local language is Swiss-German.
Requirements: You absolutely must bring good mountain shoes. Gym shoes won't do! The working area is very steep and might be slippery. Bring also work clothes, a raincoat and clothes for both warm and cold weather. Last but not least, please, be aware that the work can be physically demanding.
Approximate Location: The working areas are situated within the communities of Hemberg, Neckertal and Oberhelfenschwil in Eastern Switzerland. The region has deep valleys and steep hills and is quiet and green. You will get to the working place every day with a minibus.
Notes: This workcamp is an exception, aiming to give particularly young people under 25 volunteer and cultural exchange opportunities. Keep in mind that the campsite is located near the mountains, so even in the summertime the nights can be cool. The group will cook by itself, so don’t forget good cooking recipes. There is a small shop in the village where you get some basic food and you can use some of the vegetables which are growing in the garden. There is a possibility to access internet on a computer in the house as well as a LAN cable connection to plug in your own device if preferred/needed.
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