Roll Up Your Sleeves – Preserve the Landscape (Austria and Germany)
Description: This special international work camp will be held jointly by the associations “World Heritage Municipalities Wachau” and “Zweckverband Welterbe Oberes Mittelrheintal” and will take place for one week in Austria /Wachau (Aug 12th to Aug 18th) and for another week in Germany / Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Aug 18th to Aug 25th). Thus, you will get the opportunity to discover two World Heritage landscapes in Europe in just one work camp. The focus of the work camp lies on the preservation and conservation of the unique cultural landscapes of these two regions. Together with winemakers, biotope keepers and landscape conservationists, you will do work such as mowing grass and clearing out shrubs on steep slopes
Type of Work: Dry stone walls are part of the landscape in both areas and will be renewed under expert guidance. Mowing and clearing of dry lawn meadows (mainly in the Wachau), restoration and renovation of dry stone walls (mainly in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley)
Study Theme: Biotope care and landscape conservation, UNESCO world heritage, steep slope viticulture, dry stone wall construction, comparison of landscape and culture in Austria and Germany.
Accommodation: In Austria: In a local B&B, such as e.g. Pension Haidn in Agggsbach Dorf (2 or 3 bed rooms with shower and toilet) In Germany: CVJM-Gäste- und Tagungshaus Elsenburg (hostel with single, double and some three-bed and four-bed rooms, some of the rooms are equipped with shower and toilet) You will be provided with all meals (three meals a day, one of them a warm lunch or dinner, snacks in the work breaks, drinks).
Requirements: Interest in nature and landscape protection, viticulture, the UNESCO World Heritage, development of cultural landscapes. Ability to physical work. Working with simple power tools (e.g. bush cutters) is possible, but not essential. An interest in digital and social media is an asset.
Notes: During leisure time, you are invited to discover the enchanting landscapes with their vineyards, castles, palaces, medieval towns and villages and much more. In addition to that, you will follow the work camp with different media. Your impressions will later be mounted to a short movie video. Travel costs between the two regions, all entrance fees and leisure activities are included! It is essential to bring with you high-top work shoes with tread or hiking boots (work on slopes) as well as sturdy work clothes! The work assignments can exceed 5-6 hours on several days, but there will be leisure compensation. There is also a possibility of excursions to the sights in the Wachau (e.g. guided tours in the cities of Krems and Melk, visiting a wine tavern, ruins, bathing in the Danube, …)
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