- Accommodation and food: 0.00 Euro
- Transportation: 0.00 Euro
- Activities: 0.00 Euro
- Hosting organisation support: 110 Euro
Description: ProjectEstonian Fund for Nature (ELF) is NGO dedicated to nature conservation. Its mission is to preserve endangered species and their habitats, natural landscapes and natural associations typical of Estonia. ELF has organized yearly nature conservation holidays where volunteers, participants and group managers work together in order to improve the living conditions of a certain species (i.e. natterjack toad, black stork) or maintain semi-natural communities. You can read on http://elfond.ee/en and see photos from volunteering camps of 2019: http://www.talgud.ee/galerii/2019 The aim of this camp is removing non-native invasive plant species the Himalayan balsam and the Canadian goldenrod. Karula National Park and the Himalayan balsamKarula National Park in South-Estonia is famous for its vast forests and a hilly landscape. This region is also an important habitat for the black stork which is a rare bird species in Estonia. The Estonian traditions and the old way of life are still alive in Karula. Historical farmhouses, old wagon trails, local dialect and smoke saunas are still here.The Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant species that has spread to Estonian nature from the gardens. It spreads quickly and competes with the local flora for habitats, forcing the latter to disappear. Luckily, the Himalayan balsam can be easily removed by plucking and this method has been proved effective over the last two years. The worksite is next to a lake: bring Your swimwearThe town of Tartu and the Canadian goldenrodTartu is the second largest town in Estonia and it houses the oldest and largest university of Estonia. The town is cut into two parts by Emajogi river, which creates a scenic recreation area in the city center. Town has many museums, cafeterias and districts of century-old wooden houses. Tartu is a peaceful and lovely yet lively and youthful town.The Canadian goldenrod is an invasive plant species that has spread from gardens. The Raadi district in Tartu was a secret military airfield in the Soviet Union. Nowadays it s a wasteland, but still an important habitat for many plant species, such as wild orchids. Thus, we need to stop the spreading of the goldenrod in Raadi, before this region becomes a monoculture of the latter species.
Type of Work: The Himalayan balsam is plucked up manually. We will use boiling water to destroy the Canadian goldenrod. A typical workday will last for 6 hours. Work equipment and gloves will be provided by ELF. Participants need to bring suitable clothes for work, rubber boots, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
Accommodation: The region of Karula: in beds of the local village center. Showers and kitchen are available. One evening will be reserved for the traditional Estonian smoke sauna.The town of Tartu: in beds of a local hostel. We will be cooking our own food throughout the camp. The Estonian group leader will compile the menu and buy the groceries.
Requirements: Special requirementsYou have to bring working clothes, warm clothes as nights can be rather chilly, wet weather clothing, summer clothes as days might be hot, wellingtons, sleeping bag and sleeping mattress, swimwear, towel, insect spray. Necessary tools and cloves provided by ELF.Participation fee You are kindly asked to contribute 110 Euro towards cost of board, lodging, programme, administration and for nature This fee has to be paid by volunteers either by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp or to the host upon arrival to the camp.
Approximate Location: Itineraries-29th June. Around noon: arrival to Tallinn Airport. Public transport (bus) from the airport to Tartu (ca 2,5 h and 10 euros). Pick-up from Tartu coach station to Karula with ELF s minivan.-30th June and 2nd July. Work in Karula: manually plucking up the Himalayan balsam.-1st and 3rd July. Free days to explore the region of Karula and the town of Tartu. -4-6th July. Work in Raadi and/or Anne districts in Tartu: the Canadian goldenrod.-7th July. Drop-off to Tartu coach station. Public transport (bus) from Tartu to Tallinn Airport.Leisure timeBoard games, sauna, swimming, hiking and exploring the local surroundings, etc. Exploring of Tartu https://visittartu.com/