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country Austria: Volunteering in the Nature Park Kar AT-SCI 10.3
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22/06/2020 - 3/07/2020
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12 volunteers (6Male / 6female still needed)
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This camp includes physical work. The main task will be pasture maintenance, carrying stones and other material to/from the willows. Other tasks include removing small trees and bushes.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will sleep in beds, but should bring their own sleeping bag. Mostly traditional food from Austria and especially from Tyrol will be served in the hut. The accommodation is simple and quiet isolated on the mountain: There is almost no mobile reception, no WiFi and only cold water for showers.

Location and leisure

The camp will be organized in Tyrol, in the Western, mountainous part of Austria. The camp site will be close to Innsbruck, which is the capital of the region.

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The Karwendel is Austria's largest nature park and one of the most conserved and wild areas in the Alps. There are almost no residents within the area and most parts of the Karwendel are isolated. The participants will experience daily life in the mountains and will be able to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. This is the 5th time SCI volunteers work in the Alpine Park Karwendel. The camp will take place on Thaurer Alm, which is a mountain pasture on 1464 m above sea level. In summer they have a lot of cows around the hut that graze the pastures. More information: https://thaureralm.at/

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Feel free to read the 2014 report of this camp, which partly took place in the same spot: http://www.sci.or.at/volunteering-in-the-alpine-park-karwendel-july-2014/ For more information about the area go to the website of the Alpine Park: http://www.karwendel.org

Requirements

Small letter of motivation is required. It is especially important that you have mountainous experience, because you will have to hike to some of the working sites before starting work and because most of the work will be in relatively steep areas. You should be in good physical health and motivated to live in an isolated, non-urban environment. You should have good hiking boots.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Austria: Renovation and Gardening at Waldorf AT-SCI 13.1
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13/07/2020 - 24/07/2020
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Renovation
12 volunteers (6Male / 6female still needed)
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painting walls in the classrooms and other renovation work like gardening

Accomodation and food

The camp will have accomodation on mattrasses in our cooking-house. There are two sleeping rooms, a kitchen and a sitting room. You have to take a sleeping bag with you.

Location and leisure

The school is situated in a large parc. Schönau an der Triesting is a small village near Baden, around 30km southward from Vienna.

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In our waldorfschool in Lower Austria, Schönau an der Triesting, we have a lot of work to do in summer: painting walls in the classrooms, gardening. The SCI-team will be responsible for cooking as well - two of them always a day long. At weekend we offer a day in Vienna or in the mountains.

Requirements

None.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 80 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Austria: ”We r’ Green” GL03
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21/07/2020 - 4/08/2020
Additional host fee EUR 30
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Festival
7 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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We will work on the meadows to make hay, and in the woodlands to clean them from neophytes. The core idea is to assist the Organisation with the traditional-art of work that aims to preserve the area and its wildlife. Also, we will help at the European-Roller festival (A protected bird from the region). Moreover, we will also have excursions to the wonderful protected species living on the side and visit the Mur-river for swimming. Please bear in mind that we are going to be working with our hands under the sun and that some hard-work is expected! Also be aware that the work will take place outdoor all the time, different weather conditions should not be a big problem for you (you should like to be outdoor most of the time). As integration with the community is a key element, we will have cultural interactions with the people in Straden and in the surrounding.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation: We will be hosted in a school in Straden. Food: We will cook for ourselves. (Please inform us whether you require a special diet).

Location and leisure

Straden is a municipality in the district of Südoststeiermark in the Austrian state of Styria, close to the Slovenian border. The town is in the middle of vinyards and sunflower fields. The local host and mayor are always keen on showing the volunteers the surroundings and specialities.

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We will work together with the “LEiV” (Verein Lebende Erde), a landscape protector group in the European NATURA2000-site “Teile des Südoststeirischen Hügellandes”.
Organization Grenzenlos Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English , German
country Austria: Wachau Volunteer meets Thayatal Nat AT-SCI 10.1
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26/07/2020 - 8/08/2020
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8 volunteers (4Male / 4female still needed)
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Many old meadows and abandoned stone terraces rich in biodiversity are in danger. The numbers of livestock sent out by farmers has declined and so have the mowing activities. As a result, bushes, scrubs and trees are claiming back the grasslands and are overgrowing the stone terraces. Without action, a valuable biodiversity hot spot with hundreds of different species will become forest. Moreover, invasive species are spreading progressively, pushing back native plants and endangering the floodplains and their typical structure along the Danube. There are not many dry grassland areas left, and we are here to preserve the last ones. We will cut the grass, the bushes and trees and remove the biomass from the areas.

Accomodation and food

At Thayatal National Park we will be staying in the recently built Wildcat Camp. The facility is equipped with bedrooms for up to 6 persons with bathrooms, a common room and kitchen. Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner will be provided either in the camp, at the work site or in nearby restaurants. Wireless LAN will be available in the Camp. During our time in Spitz, we will be staying at the local secondary school – the Neue Mittelschule Spitz, located in the heart of Wachau. You will need a sleeping bag. During the camp we will also cook together.

Location and leisure

The conservation area of Thayatal National Park – the smallest of Austria’s national parks – covers part of the Thaya Valley river landscape. While cutting through the Bohemian Massif the river Thaya created an enormously diverse landscape with protruding meanders, steep wet slopes of forest, dry grassland upon outstanding rock formations and beautiful meadows along the river. Together with the adjacent Podyjí National Park in the Czech Republic, it is one of the most interesting and diverse river valleys in Central Europe.

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This outstanding Workcamp takes place in two unique Landscapes: One of the oldest cultural landscapes in Austria, the Wachau and the conservation area of Thayatal National Park. Participants will take part in nature conservation activities to help protect and restore the very diverse habitats in both regions. They also will get insights in the organization of the two protected areas, while having the chance to thier interests with like-minded persons from all over the world. Additionally there will be a lot of time to explore both the culturally rich regions and enjoy leisure time.

Additional comments

If you have any underlying conditions such as allergies (to food, bees, pollen, penicillin etc.), heart conditions, epilepsy, troubles with your circulation or blood pressure, troubles with your joints or eyes or if you are required to take any medication on a regular basis, PLEASE INFORM THE CAMP LEADER AHEAD OF TIME so that appropriate measures can be taken in the case of an emergency.

Requirements

We will be working about 6 hours – sometimes in steep terrain, on hot days, but also very cold or rainy days etc. Therefore, some basic fitness is required.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Austria: Renovation and Gardening at Waldorf AT-SCI 13.2
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3/08/2020 - 14/08/2020
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Renovation
12 volunteers (6Male / 6female still needed)
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Painting walls in the classrooms and other renovation work, gardening.

Accomodation and food

The camp will have accomodation on mattrasses in our cooking-house. There are two sleeping rooms, a kitchen and a sitting room.

Location and leisure

The school is situated in a large park. Schönau an der Triesting is a small village near Baden, around 30km southward from Vienna.

Project hosted by

In our waldorfschool in Lower Austria, Schönau an der Triesting, we have a lot of work to do in summer: painting walls in the classrooms, gardening. The SCI-team will be responsible for cooking as well - two of them always a day long. At weekend we offer a day in Vienna or in the mountains.

Requirements

None.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 80 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Austria: Youth for Nature - Wilderness Area AT-SCI 10.3
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10/08/2020 - 22/08/2020
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11 volunteers (6Male / 3female still needed)
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We will remove invasive plants in order to prevent irreversible anthropogenic effects on the ecosystem. Secondly, we will mow dry grassland areas and also selectively remove bushes and small tress to prevent the forest to overgrow these species-rich open habitats. We will also have time to get to know each other and enjoy the summer in Austria.

Accomodation and food

For the time of your stay at wilderness Dürrenstein you will sleep at different fully equipped bed and breakfasts. At Thayatal National Park you will be staying in the recently built Wildcat Camp. The facility is equipped with bedrooms for up to 6 persons with bathrooms, a common room and kitchen. Wireless LAN will be available in the Camp. Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner will be provided either in the camp, at the work site or in nearby restaurants. During the camp we will also cook together. This will also be an opportunity to share international food culture and cooking styles.

Location and leisure

Göstling is also a small village with two supermarkets, two sport shops, a bakery, a tobacconist’s, a post office and many cafés and restaurants. There are two local doctors and the next hospital is in Scheibbs, which is about 30 min. away by car. Hardegg (next to Thayatal Nationalpark) is the smallest town in Austria, with only 90 inhabitants, right at the border to the Czech Republic. Despite its remoteness it has a small grocery store and two restaurants and a local doctor, the closest hospital is in Horn (30 min by car). In the close by city of Retz you will find more Restaurants Cafés.

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In 2003 the Wilderness Dürrenstein was recognized as the first category I wilderness area in Austria, according to the criteria of the IUCN. They seek to protect the unique forest and landscape, endangered organisms and habitats, whereas the natural processes are allowed to unfold without human intervention. The area of the Wilderness Dürrenstein was expanded repeatedly, increasing the area of protected land to 3.500 hectares. Until this great accomplishment in some parts of these areas invasive plants have already been introduced unintentionally. We will remove invasive plants in order to prevent irreversible anthropogenic effects on the ecosystem. In addition to invasive species in Thayatal National Park, there are some very immensely diverse dry grassland areas to be managed.

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Contact for organizational issues in advance and adresses: Nina Schönemann Mail: office@wildnisgebiet.at Phone: +43 (0) 664 1255050 Meeting point: Train station Ybbs: Linzer Straße 16, A-3373 Ybbs an der Donau www.wildnisgebiet.at Christoph Milek Mail: christoph.milek@np-thayatal.at Phone: +43 (0) 664 22 73 884 Address: National Park Thayatal: Merkersdorf 90, A-2082 Hardegg www.np-thayatal.at

Requirements

We will be working about 6 hours, 4 days a week – sometimes in steep terrain, on hot days, but also very cold or rainy days etc. Therefore, some basic fitness is required. Before you sign up for this camp PLEASE make sure that you are healthy enough to participate. If you have any underlying conditions such as allergies (to food, bees, pollen, penicillin etc.), heart conditions, epilepsy, trouble

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Austria: Youth for Nature - Wienerwald & Do AT-SCI 10.2
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23/08/2020 - 5/09/2020
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12 volunteers (5Male / 6female still needed)
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Dry grasslands form a rare and endangered habitat in the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald. We will cut grass, bushes and trees, and remove the biomass from the areas to suppress the beginning of forest growth. In the wetlands of the Donau-Auen National Park we will selectively eliminate invasive alien plant species to support the native flora. We will also cut free little oak trees and manage areas between woods and meadows. Our goal is to conserve and enhance biodiversity in unique and rare habitats. This camp contributes to the Natura 2000-region objectives.

Accomodation and food

During your week in the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald you will be accommodated in a hostel in Hütteldorf (Vienna). You also will get breakfast there and you will get a packed lunch as well. We will have dinner at local restaurants. We will stay in bedrooms for either three or four persons with either private or shared bathrooms. There is also free WIFI, a washing machine and a dryer available. If you suffer from allergies or have special food requests (e.g. vegetarian, no pork), please let us know in advance!

Location and leisure

Situated between the European capital Vienna and Bratislava, the Donau-Auen National Park preserves the last remaining major wetlands environment in Central Europe. Here, the Danube is still free flowing and there is the lifeline of the National Park. In the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald is a wide range of wooded hills alternates with vast meadows, pastures and orchards as well as vineyards and dry grasslands - the result of centuries of human cultivation.

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The two local partners are the management of the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald and the authorities of the Donau-Auen National Park. Both are in charge of the protection and eco-logical development of their respective regions, each with its particular biodiversity. Some areas need ongoing management to form sustainable habitats for rare species such as meadows or dry grassland. The managements of national parks and biosphere reserves also lay great emphasis on environmental education and visitor management. This International Volunteer Camp is hosted by the SCI Austria, a national branch of a net-work of international volunteer exchange associations.

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During our time in Donau-Auen National Park we will stay at the Nationalpark-Camp Meierhof next to the castle of Eckartsau. We will sleep in big tents and therefore you will need a sleeping bag and perhaps a camping mat. In the camp there is also a house that contains common areas, kitchen, toilets and showers.

Requirements

We will work four days a week from about 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. for six hours a day with breaks in between. We will be in steep terrain, on hot days, on rainy days etc. Therefore, some basic fitness as well as solid ankle-high hiking boots are required. Before you sign up for this camp PLEASE make sure that you are healthy enough to participate. What is more, please send us a motivation letter.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 65 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Austria: Green Belt Workcamp - Northern Wein AT-SCI 10.1
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20/09/2020 - 27/09/2020
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Environmental
Manual Work
Renovation
11 volunteers (6Male / 6female still needed)
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International and local volunteers will help moving steep meadows and remove bushes from dry rocky grasslands, that are threatened to be over grown by bushes and trees. So they will contribute actively to preserve endangered species. Work will be physical (moving, raking, cutting so-called) and will last for about 5 - 6 hours every day. Warm and weatherproof clothes and boots are strongly recommended.

Accomodation and food

We will live in a big room at a Camping-Site in the village of Poysdorf. Please bring your sleeping bag and sleeping mat, as we will sleep on the floor. If you bring a tent, it is also possible to sleep in it. We will most of the time cook for ourselves (breakfast and dinner). Lunch will sometimes be packed, but we will also have lunch at a canteen or restaurant. Additional free-time activities like barbecue are planned depending on the weather.

Location and leisure

Poysdorf is located in the very Northeast of Austria, close to the common border of Austria with the Czech Republic and Slovakia and close to the rivers Dyje and Morava, which form beautiful floodplains in the area. Brno (CZ) and Vienna (AT) are the closest bigger cities.

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The dry grasslands of the so called “Weinviertler Klippenzone” in the European Green Belt along the border between Austria and Czech Republic are the habitat of a lot of different rare plant- and animal species. To maintain these habitats and to avoid invasion of bushes into the grasslands it is necessary to establish regular management. Biotope maintenance like mowing or removing bushes or neophytes will be implemented on rupicolous or steppic grasslands in protected areas - situated amidst a beautiful wine-growing landscape. This helps to preserve rare species like the critically endangered Feather Grass (Stipa tirsa) or the butterfly Mountain Alcon Blue (Phengaris rebeli).

Additional comments

| naturschutzbund nö | (Austrian League for Nature Conservation – Lower Austria) is an environmental NGO that supports and maintains protected areas in the region and that wants to contribute to conservation of species and ecosystems in Lower Austria. The work-camp is supported by the local communities of Poysdorf, Staatz, Falkenstein and Wildendürnbach. http://www.noe-naturschutzbund.at/

Requirements

A small motivation letter is required.

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
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