Roll Up Your Sleeves (Austria and Germany)
Description: This special international Workcamp will be held together with the associations “World Heritage Community Wachau” Wachau and the association “Welterbe Oberes Mittelrheintal” and will take place for one week in Germany and for another week in Austria / Wachau. The focus of the Workcamp lies on the preservation and conservation of the unique cultural landscapes of these two world heritage regions. Together with winemakers, biotope keepers and landscape conservationists, you will do work such as mowing and clearing out shrubs on steep slopes. Dry stone walls are part of the landscape in both areas and will be renewed under expert guidance. During leisure, you can discover the enchanting landscapes with their vineyards, castles, palaces & medieval towns.
Type of Work: Mowing and clearing of dry lawn meadows (mainly in the Wachau), restoration and renovation of dry stone walls (mainly in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley).
Study Theme: Biotope care and landscape conservation, UNESCO world heritage, steep slope viticulture, dry stone wall construction, comparison of landscape and culture in Austria and Germany.
Accommodation: In Germany:Jugendherberge Kaub in shared room. In Austria: Gasthof zur Wachau, Familie Zeller, 3621 Mitterarnsdorf 55 in double and shared rooms.
Requirements: Interest in nature and landscape protection, viticulture, the UNESCO World Heritage, development of cultural landscapes. Ability to physical work. Working with simple power tools (e.g. bush cutters) is possible, but not essential. An interest in digital and social media is an asset.
Approximate Location: The first week in Germany takes place in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, the other week in Austria / Wachau. Both regions are botanically and agriculturally similar, in the way vineyards are cultivated on steep hillsides as well as concerning the use of natural stone walls to protect the soil from erosion.
Notes: Attractions in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley: e.g. Loreley, Koblenz, castles and palaces, visit to a winery with wine tasting, boat trips on the Rhine river. Further information and here. Attractions in Wachau.