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- Hosting organisation support: 50 Euro
Description: Estonian 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 restoration of mire of Laukasoo in North-Estonia. Mires are freshwater reservoirs and crucial for carbon fixation. Lahemaa National Park is located on the northern coast of Estonia and it is considered an important forest conservation area in Europe. The national park comprises scenec bogs, picturesque shorelines and large boulders that have been here since the end of the last ice age. You can also find a number of old majestic mansions here, such as Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula.The Laukasoo mire is located in Lahemaa National Park. The worksite is not accessible via car, which is why we will have to walk 1-2 km to the site, whilst carrying the work equipment (shovels and buckets). We will be digging peat and using the blocks to create a dam on a drainage ditch. Closing of the drainage network is necessary for restoring the water regime of the mire. The work is physically demanding, but doable for people with average physique and stamina.
Type of Work: The work in Laukasoo mire will be building dams out of peat blocks. 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: Simple accommodation on mattresses or in beds with sleeping bags. Showers and kitchen are available. One evening will be reserved for the traditional Estonian sauna. 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 50 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-19th August. Around noon: arrival to Tallinn Airport. Public transport: train from Ulemiste station (ca 1 h and 6 euros) or bus from Tallinn Coach Station to the town of Rakvere (ca 1,5 h and 6 euros). Pick-up from Rakvere with ELF minivan.-20th and 22nd August. Work in Laukasoo mire (North-Estonia).-21st August. Free day to explore the Lahemaa National Park.-23rd August. Drop-off to Rakvere. Public transport: train or bus (ca 1,5 h and 6 euros) to Tallinn.Leisure timeBoard games, sauna, swimming, hiking and exploring the local surroundings, etc. Exploring Lahemaa National Park https://www.puhkaeestis.ee/et/ponevad-paigad/pohja-eesti/lahemaa-rahvuspark