State Forestry Noard-Fryslân – ‘Twijzel’
Description: The working area of ‘State Forestry Noard-Fryslân’ offers a various landscape with a rough swamp nature. It is a perfect area to walk around so you can see the various landscapes. There are a lot of little lakes here in the north of Fryslân. The partner is the Dutch State Forestry, commissioned by the Dutch government to manage a large part of the nature reserves in the Netherlands. Working towards a sustainable living environment for man, plant and animal is central to their mission. It is a social organization, working for and on behalf of society, cooperating actively with Dutch citizens and the organisations and institutions that represent them.
Type of Work: The volunteers will work in the area surrounding Twijzel, a small village in Fryslân, known for its cultural-historic and blooming blue-grass landscapes and swamp forests. The participants will play an important role in the preservation of the flora and fauna of the area. Together with the state forest rangers the volunteers will do different activities such as cutting, dredging and maintaining the paths. Because of the unique status of the area this is work that cannot be carried out by machines. So the volunteers will play a vital role in the nature preservation. The rangers are very enthusiastic and will tell you all about the special species that live in this area. During the week they will organise excursions and volunteers will work together with local volunteers.
Study Theme: During the 2017 international volunteering projects SIW aims to encourage a discussion focussing on climate and sustainability between the participants and the local community. Participants can choose one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (source: 2030 Agenda UN) that is most relevant to their project. After a group discussion participants are invited to find a creative way, such as a play/performance, song, poetry or art out of recycling materials, to promote the targets that are part of the chosen SDG and how people can contribute to reaching them.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in small bungalows with 6 beds per bungalow. Each bungalow has its own bathroom, toilet and kitchen with equipment. The group will do groceries and cook together for themselves. The State Forestry provides bikes for every volunteer to go back and forth from the accommodation to the worksite.
Requirements: • Old/working clothes • Rubber boots (working fields can be very muddy!) • High top sneakers • Rain is spread out over the year, so bring warm clothes, a raincoat and a swimming suit!
Approximate Location: Twijzel, province of Fryslan