Volunteering in the Nature Park Karwendel
Description: 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 4th time SCI volunteers work in the Nature Park Karwendel. The camp will take place in two different places within the nature park: In the first week, the volunteers will be in the beautiful Halltal valley. The second week will take place at an alpine hut at 1922 meters above sea level.
Type of Work: This camp includes physical work. The main task will be the construction and reconstruction of hiking paths, carrying stones and other material to/from the construction sites. Other tasks might include removing trees and creating information points for hikers.
Study Theme: The volunteers will learn about cultural and ecological aspects of the Alps. They will learn about the traditions around agricultural settlements on high pastures as well as about climate, vegetation and specialties of the Natura 2000 area that the camp is situated in. There is a possibility to do hiking trips.
Accommodation: 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 small restaurants that are run at the workcamp sites. The accommodation for the second week is isolated: There is no mobile reception, no WiFi and only cold water for showers (warm water is limited, but can be purchased though).
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.
Approximate Location: The camp will be organized in Tyrol, in the Western, mountainous part of Austria. The camp sites will be close to Innsbruck, which is the capital of the region.
Notes: Feel free to read the 2014 report of this camp, which partly took place in the same spots: 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 Nature Park: http://www.karwendel.org