Description: As one of the oldest cultural landscapes in Austria, the Wachau was declared as a protected zone in 1955, and in the year 1994, attained the European Diploma in Nature Protection. In December 2000, it was nominated to the status of a UNESCOWorld Heritage site. The Wachau is located in Lower Austria and contains the most valuable and endangered natural habitats in the river valley of the Danube. The river landscape surrounded by hills with small historical villages set in between makes it unique. On the slopes there are sunny wine terraces and old orchards, both maintained through hard work.
Type of Work: Together with local volunteers we will revitalize important ecological areas by cutting the grass, bushes and trees. In the floodplains along the river we will get rid of invasive species. For two weeks we will be in direct contact with the typical nature in this region and its people.
Study Theme: This project was part of the World Heritage Volunteer (WHV) Program of the UNESCO in the past years. Our study part will thus mostly focus on learning about the area that is considered a World Heritage: We might visit Stift Göttweig or other sights in the area, like the ruin castle of Hinterhaus. Depending on the weather we have planned to go hiking and we could also go swimming in the Danube.
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in the school in Spitz, they’ll have to bring sleeping bags along them.
Requirements: Small letter of motivation, where you should especially state your mountainous experience, but also your motivation.
Approximate Location: The workcamp will be organized in Spitz an der Donau, in the region of Lower Austria, eastern part of Austria.