Mountain Paths and Pastures (Maloja GR)
Description: Salecina is located at the border of Upper Engadin and Bergell in one of the most beautiful landscapes. It is a self-administered holiday centre with an uncomplicated and open atmosphere. The guests cook, clean and do their own things. The house is available to young and old travelling alone, as families or groups eager for education or engaged in social issues. It is a unique place for meetings and discussions. Together with the municipality Bregaglia we offer this workcamp. Bregaglia is an idyllic alpine valley that connects the canton of Graubünden to the north, with Italy to the south. Steep, elegant granite mountains and beautiful forests protect the small villages rich in art and history. It is a paradise for hikers and mountain climbers, but also a quiet refuge for artists.
Type of Work: The work will involve mainly cleaning and maintenance of paths and pastures. We will also root out neophytes in Maloja with Pro Natura (Swiss nature protection organization). As far as possible, we will work in the Maloja area, but for certain kind of works we will also be in the Bregaglia valley. So be aware there may be relatively long journeys to and from work.
Study Theme: Self-administration and grassroots democracy project Salecina, hiking paths, region Bregaglia, Engadin, biodiversity, nature protection…
Accommodation: Salecina has 2-, 4-, and 12-bedded rooms, sitting rooms, a library and a room for lectures/seminars and activities. Mattresses, blankets and bed sheets are provided. Towels and sturdy house shoes/slippers should be brought. Shared washrooms and toilets are situated on each floor. The use of the washing machine for 5.- CHF / washing needs to be arranged with the workcamp hosting partner. Access to the internet is available in some of the living rooms. Food is organized by the employed team. All guests perform daily domestic chores: cooking, doing the dishes and cleaning tasks around the house.
Language: The holiday centre guests as well as locals mostly speak German and Italian. If you have additional German or Italian skills, this would be nice (but not obligatory). The house is situated in an area where German or Italian is spoken.
Requirements: Most of the work involves fixing the hiking paths. For this reason the volunteers need to be good on their feet and be able to walk on narrow mountain paths. Please bring warm work clothes (we are at 1800 meters above sea), good walking boots, towels and sturdy house shoes/slippers. Also bring things for your personal comfort.
Notes: Due to the remote place mobile connection is low at the place of the accommodation. // SCI Switzerland likes the concept of the self-administered holiday house Salecina and supports the municipality in their work for the public service and the local environmental organization.