Nature conservation on island Helgoland

Nature conservation on island Helgoland

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Soort werk
Handarbeid, Natuur, Thema
27 augustus t/m 10 september
Sustainable Development Goals
13. Klimaatactie, 14. Leven onder het water
Aantal deelnemers
10 (5 mannen en 5 vrouwen)

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Helgoland is located 65km from the mainland and is one of the most extraordinary places in Germany. Nowhere else nature, culture and history can be experienced in such a small space. The island is a very popular destination, so every year thousands of visitors come to Helgoland by ferries.
Helgoland consists of two islands - the main island, where all the main facilities such as the harbor, supermarkets, etc. are located, and the dune, which was separated from the main island by a high tide in 1721. On the dune there is a small airport, a camping site, a small bungalow village, a swimming beach and a beach area where seals and grey seals stay and wading birds and seagulls breed. You will stay on the main island at the hostel and do the conservation work mostly on the dune. An area will be cleared of invasive plant species, especially potato rose, which overgrows and displaces natural vegetation. The plants are mowed down, raked and removed from the area. To a lesser extent, other conservation work takes place on the main island in cooperation with the Jordsand Nature Conservation Society. On 3 to 4 days trash is collected in the Lummenfelsen nature reserve. This work takes place every few years in an area that is normally not accessible.
During the work you will be supervised by two experienced staff members of the State Office for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (Landesamtes für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume), who have already accompanied many ijgd-workcamps.
But you will not only work practically, you will also learn a lot about nature and history of the island. There will be guided tours by the nature conservation association Jordsand and the municipality of Helgoland, where you will visit the breeding bird colonies as well as the grey seals and seals. There will also be lectures by experts on Helgoland's eventful history (extreme bombing during and after World War II) and its importance today as a peace island.

You will stay at the youth hostel Helgoland in rooms with 3/4 beds and receive full board. Vegetarian or vegan meals are possible. Please indicate any intolerances when registering.

You work and live on Helgoland and thus in the middle of the vacation paradise, which is visited by thousands of people every year. In your free time you can explore the main island and the dune by hiking. But you can also play mini golf, jump on the trampoline, go to the cinema, swim in the North Sea every day and watching beautiful sunsets on one of the sandy beaches every evening.

The ijgd has been organising volunteer service programmes since 1949. We are an independent, non-profit association for international youth work, a recognised independent youth welfare organisation, and one of the largest and oldest workcamp organisations in Germany. Each year, we assist around 5,000 young people into volunteer work in Germany and abroad. We give them the opportunity to be creative, act in solidarity, take responsibility for themselves, and discover their own true potential and strengths. Our principles: Ecological learning, voluntary contribution, self-organisation, social development, intercultural learning, gender equality, anti-racism/anti-discrimination and political education.
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The State Office for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas (Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume) is a higher state authority in the portfolio of the Ministry for Energy Transition, Agriculture, the Environment, Nature and Digitalization (Ministerium für Energiewende, Landwirtschaft, Umwelt, Natur und Digitalisierung) of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Six so-called Integrated Stations are locally active institutions for the implementation of nature conservation goals in particularly significant natural areas of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. They combine ideas from the fields of nature conservation, agriculture, regional development and "soft tourism" and thus bring together various locally active stakeholders. Each year, the ijgd run a workcamp with a different Integrated Station - in 2022 with the Integrated Station Unterelbe, which is also responsible for the North Sea island of Helgoland, among other places.
For 114 years, the Jordsand Association (Verein Jordsand) has been committed to the protection of seabirds and coastal birds as well as to nature conservation on the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts and in the greater Hamburg area. It is resonsible for many nature reserves in Schleswig-Holstein and also the nature reserves on Helgoland.

Covid Rules (may change depending on the course of the pandemic): 3G+: Participation possible for vaccinated, or recovered or fresh tested persons. ALL participants must arrive with an official negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or PCR test (not older than 48 hours). On arrival we will ask again to do a self-rapid test. Thereafter, the entire group must perform a rapid self-test at least every 72 hours. We will provide self-rapid tests for the arrival and the whole camp period!
Subject to changes! You will receive more detailed information after confirming your registration and at least 3 weeks before the start of the camp with the specific info sheet for your camp.

You should have a good level of fitness as some of the work could be physically demanding. You should be able to swim. You should be sure to bring work clothes and (water)sturdy shoes (ideally rubber boots); crossing to Helgoland will be by catamaran from Hamburg (tickets will be paid, more information after registration).


Nature conservation on island Helgoland


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Soort werk

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Aantal vrijwilligers

10 (5 mannen en 5 vrouwen)


18 t/m 26 jaar

Lokale bijdrage

€ 95



Sustainable Development Goal


Het inschrijfgeld voor dit project bedraagt € 295, exclusief € 50 studentenkorting.
Let op: naast het inschrijfgeld betaal je ter plekke nog een lokale bijdrage van € 95.