We will work on the meadows to make hay, and in the woodlands to clean them from neophytes. The core idea is to assist the Organisation with the traditional-art of work that aims to preserve the area and its wildlife.
Also, we will help at the European-Roller festival
(A protected bird from the region). Moreover, we will also have excursions to the wonderful protected species living on the side and visit the Mur-river for swimming.
Please bear in mind that we are going to be working with our hands under the sun and that some hard-work is expected! Also be aware that the work will take place outdoor all the time, different weather conditions should not be a big problem for you (you should like to be outdoor most of the time).
As integration with the community is a key element, we will have cultural interactions with the people in Straden and in the surrounding.
Accommodation: We will be hosted in a school in Straden.
Things to bring: You need to bring with you a sleeping bag (we have mats in the house), working clothes, working shoes, raincoat, swimming suit, sun protection. If you require any medications (e.g. because of an allergy), don’t forget to bring them with you.
We’ll work in nature and the natural habitat of ticks. There’s a small risk of tick-borne encephalitis. Make sure you protect yourself with repellent or a vaccination.
Food: We will cook for ourselves. (Please inform us whether you require a special diet). Your accommodation and food are covered – however, we recommend you to bring some pocket money: the currency used in Austria is Euros. Furthermore we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot of motivation!
Straden is a small town in the South of Styria and close to Graz (around one hour by train). The area of the south of Styria it is known as the Austrian Tuscany for its wines and cousine.
We will work together with the “LEiV” (Verein Lebende Erde), a landscape protector group in the European NATURA2000-site “Teile des Südoststeirischen Hügellandes”.