This project aims to empower youth and cooperate with the local community. Volunteers will be working in the promotion and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage associated with water resources. The restoration of ponds, fountains and old paths will contribute to the sustainable development of this rural area.
– Inventory and geolocation of relevant natural and cultural elements around existing water resources in the municipality of Cerveruela and Huerva riverbanks.
– Clearing vegetation, cleaning up waste, carrying equipment and materials.
– Excavating hollows, pipe installation, rebuilding stone walls or similar.
– Clearing/cleaning, improvements and signposting of paths and rural trails.
– Design of a guidebook, a leaflet and an information panel based on natural/cultural resources and itineraries proposed.
Volunteers will be lodged in common rooms in El tio Carrascon (www.eltiocarrascon.com), a rural hostel with all basic facilities you might need: bathrooms, dining room, rest area, free Wi-Fi, 2 working rooms, bar and a spacious backyard with shaded areas next to Huerva river. Rooms are equipped with wardrobes, bedding and blankets. At a very short walking distance from the hostel we find the school farm and the village. The hostel counts with a professional staff in the kitchen that will cook a rich an varied mediterranean menu based on local and seasonal food. Special diet needs will be attended.
Cerveruela is a municipality in the province of Zaragoza -autonomous region of Aragon-, Spain. Cerveruela lies at an elevation of over 800 metres above sea level. It is a tiny village located on top of a rock in the Iberian System range, next to the Huerva river, in one of the most depopulated areas of Europe. Cerveruela is popular by the name of the island as the mentioned river completely surrounds the village. The area is also well known by its high biodiversity of flora and fauna. A few kilometres away, we find the Gallocanta Lake, one of the most important stopover sites for common cranes and other migrating birds in Europe.
COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES: integral part of the camp is the knowledge of the environment as well as culture and history of the community.
1. informal sessions on historicalcultural heritage and land stewardship, provided by experts and local people. 2. Environmental workshops (birdwatching, tools for identifying animal tracks, analysis & diagnosis of river ecosystems, signposting and intepretation of environmental trails, nocturnal birds monitoring, etc).
LEISURE ACTIVITIES: Local inmersion (intercultural evenings with local people, active participation in the village celebrations along with the community, driving to natural and cultural attractions in nearby towns medieval Daroca, and natural hotspots, Gallocanta Lake, Hoces del Rio Piedra), farming and animal care at the school farm, evening events / games, non-formal group sessions on youth empowerment and multiculturality, swimming in rivers, movies outdoor, nocturnal photography workshop, bivouac, etc.
For more than 25 years, Fondo Natural has been carrying out volunteer programs and environmental education in Spain, conservation of biodiversity, restoration of degraded spaces, custody and valuation of heritage through ecotourism, employment promotion, green entrepreneurship and responsible consumption, generally in inter-associative and institutional cooperation initiatives.
We have in the field of youth participation and volunteering with an extensive background as promoters and organizers of camps, work camps, exchanges, campaigns, meetings and courses, both nationally and internationally framed in the European Erasmus + program.
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