Chestnut forest & alpine agriculture (Vezio TI)
Description: The project “Alma” is situated in Alto Malcantone, a Southern Swiss Alps Municipality with 5 small villages in which 1400 people are living all year long. The farm works mainly with Scottish highland cows. During summer, the main work is taking place in the mountains and forest: collect old trees, clean chestnut forest and pasturages, ameliorate the roads, reconstruct the fountains and fix broken fences. The work is hard and living conditions are simple. The public benefits of the project consist in the preservation of the landscape through agricultural activity and production of high quality natural food. // As this project takes place at the periphery of the country and Swiss trains are really expensive please check local transport prices before applying under www.sbb.ch.
Type of Work: Collect wood (old fallen trees), clean the chestnut forest and the pasturages, ameliorate paths and fix broken fences. Specific work tasks depend on the weather and other circumstances. In the beginning of each day, you'll receive more details, where and how you can help. Pay attention when lifting heavy things to your back and always protect your fingers!
Accommodation: Mainly in a civil protection dormitory (sometimes in alpine barns). In the dormitories, there are beds with mattresses, shower, kitchen and you need a sleeping bag only. The project partner will do the shopping and you'll cook with the provided products. On the alp (accommodation for 1 night in an alpine hut) you have to bring a small mattress and a sleeping bag in a mountain backpack.
Language: The workcamp language is English. Languages that can be spoken as well, but are not required are Italian, German and French. The local language is Italian.
Requirements: Work is physically demanding and lasting 6-7 hours a day. If possible, please choose environmentally friendly transportation like train or bus.