The job consists of different activities:
•To cut down and remove bushes and smaller trees on the island (camping site, dykes, fields etc)
•To collect garbage on the dykes and on land
•To assist the local association to clean up the first floor on Brugsen (small grocery store) and prepare it for renovation
•And if time is right, depends on the weather, to post signs along routes and paths around the island
The job is mainly outside in all kinds of weather.
Kost og logi
Modern/new cabins at the camping site with living room and 6 beds in each cabin – 4 beds in one room, 2 beds in another room. Bring your own sleeping bag and towel. Pillows and duvets are available, but you have to bring bed sheets, duvet cover and pillowcase. Check out the camping site here: https://mandoebrugs.dk/camping
Next to the two cabins, there are bathrooms and toilets facilities. There is also access to the laundry machine.
You will cook your own food together with the other participants in the cabin. The camp leaders will organise some cooking teams.
Beliggenhed og fritid
The Island of Mandø is located in the middle of the National Park, with great walks, opportunities to see millions of birds, seals and unique nature. Oyster banks are found here and there. You are living next to fields with sheep and cows and nature-friendly agriculture. People have lived here since the 12th century and traditions, history and local culture is strong.
Kayaking, hiking, bathing is possible. Bring your own gear.
A guided trip to Ribe, Denmark's oldest royal town, and Wadden Sea Centre will be arranged. The Warden Sea Center is internationally rewarded for exceptional design interpretation of the Wadden Sea. Check out the centre here: www.vadehavscentret.dk
If the camp volunteers are in the mood for this, a barbecue evening will be arranged together with the local people of Mandø who are very open and friendly.
The camp project is supervised by a steering group including:
• The Association of people from the island of Mandø
• Wadden Sea National Park
• The Municipality of Esbjerg
• The Danish Agency for Nature
• The Danish Fund for Nature.
The Wadden Sea National Park was established in 2010 and is Denmark's biggest national park (1459 km2). The aim is to conserve, protect and strengthen the natural and cultural-historical values of the area and support a sustainable development, which can be beneficial for guests, local development and the local population. The Wadden Sea National Park is born into the trilateral collaboration with Denmark, Germany and Netherlands to protect the Wadden Sea.
The Wadden Sea is also UNESCO World Heritage – world heritage shared between Denmark, Germany and Netherlands - stretching over 500 km from Ho (Denmark) in the north to Den Helder (Netherlands) in the south.
The island of Mandø (8 km2) is located in the middle of the Wadden Sea in Denmark and the highest point (the dunes) is 12 m above the sea. It is a unique island with 30 local inhabitants and some tourists, mainly day-trippers, during summer, autumn and spring.
There are no bridges or ferries to the island, instead, you can drive by bicycle, car or tractor two times a day, when the tide is right.
People on Mandø are very active. They live in the village of Mandø and have organized themselves into local associations which aim for protecting the natural and cultural values of the island of Mandø as well securing workplaces, setting up local events and activities for the local population, visitors and tourists. On the island of Mandø, you will find a café, a bed & breakfast, a (small) camping site, an inn, a small hostel, some summer bungalows, a few farms, a church, a museum, a small grocery and open, friendly people, who are used to do things together and help each other. You can walk around the island in 1,5-2 hours.
The meeting point is at Ribe Train station at 17.00. Notice that the tide is low in this period of the day and later arrivals are not possible.
Bring practical clothing; some days in August can be a little cold and rainy.
English will be the only language spoken. All participants must be willing to speak English, even though being from the same country or having troubles with the English language. Try your best!
Unfortunately, we cannot accept participants with disabilities, due to the physical nature of the work.
Please write 1/2 a page about why you want to attend this camp.
Sustainable Development Goals