Volunteering in Switzerland 2019

With this year’s Swiss project partners, we are present at seven locations in five cantons and all language regions: Workcamp Switzerland is also committed to the integration of refugees in Swiss projects in 2019.

ALP FLIX in Sur (GR) 22.06 – 06.07.19

Through centuries of extensive use, a unique moorland and cultural landscape with raised and flat moors, hay meadows and pastures has developed on the mountain terrace of Alp Flix. Alp Flix is a nationally protected moorland landscape. The Parc Ela Nature Park is leading a project to restore traditional dry-stone walls. The volunteers will build and repair dry-stone walls.

Requirements: Volunteers in this workcamp must be physically fit and skilled. Summer weather is usually hot, but there are also rainy and cold days at 2000 metres above sea level. Working hours are 8 hours a day, four days a week.

Location: Sur GR

Accommodation & Food: Cottage Tga Zia in the village Sur within the park Ela with shared rooms and modern comfort. The volunteers are preparing the meals themselves.

Alp Flix

VALLE BAVONA in Cavergno (TI) 07.07 – 20.07.19

The volunteers are committed to the Fondazione Valle Bavona foundation, which manages a nature reserve that has been protected for centuries. The Bavona Valley is characterised by its hanging gardens. These gardens are located on terraces that were originally used by settlers to grow potatoes and other vegetables to ensure survival in this harsh region. Even today, some villages have no electricity. The villages attract tourists interested in the historic stone houses, nature lovers and hikers. The volunteers are responsible for the maintenance of the park, cutting bushes and lawns, helping to repair old dry-stone walls. These are used for the maintenance of pastures and paths.

Leisure programme: On Saturday, 13.7 (full day) and Sunday, 14.7 (half day) there will be an improvisation workshop with the professional clown instructor Nadja Moraes. Topic of the workshop: «Find your place through humor».

Requirements: Most of the volunteers work outdoors. They must be physically fit. Work clothes, good footwear, sun and rain protection must be brought along. The camp language is English.

Location: Cavergno TI

Accommodation & Food: The volunteers will live in a small, simple hostel with shared rooms in the village of Cavergno. The hostel is equipped with a modern kitchen, toilets and showers. Volunteers are responsible for preparing their own meals.

Valle Bavona

ORGANIC FARM BUEHLMATT in Teuffenthal (BE) 20.07 – 03.08.19

Five people and many animals live on the organic farm Bühlmatt. The farm is also the workplace of some adults with psychological problems. The project offers these people professional care, work on the farm and a home. The tasks of the volunteers are maintenance work around the farm and in the forest, depending on the needs of the farm and the weather. For example, volunteers will help cut and prepare firewood for the winter months and clean the forest. More than half of the volunteers in this project will be asylum seekers from the canton of Zurich.

Leisure programme: Every afternoon from 24.7 to 28.7, the Malaika refugee theatre organises a theatre workshop together with the asylum seekers and the international volunteers.

Requirements: The volunteers will mainly work outdoors. They must be physically fit. Old work clothes, good shoes, sun and rain protection must be brought along. The camp language is English.

Location: Teuffenthal near Thun lies in the Bernese foothills of the Alps. The village consists of farmhouses spread over the hills and has 180 inhabitants. Thun, just over 10 km away, is a charming small town with a magnificent view of the lake and mountains. From Thun it is only 20 minutes by train to Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

Accommodation & Food: The volunteers will sleep in dormitories in a small hut near the Bühlmatt farm. There is a kitchen, a simple toilet and a shower outside the house. It is a beautiful but very simple accommodation for real nature lovers*. The main meals are prepared by the family. All participants are responsible for the main cleaning and the observance of the house rules.

Organic farm Bühlmatt

ALP SUMMER at the Alpinum Schatzalp in Davos (GR) 05.10 – 26.10.19

The Berghotel Schatzalp carries, maintains and cares for the Alpinum, the botanical garden on the Zauberberg. This work is supported by the Verein der Freunde des Alpinums. Over 5,000 plant species and varieties can be admired in the five-hectare botanical garden. A place for plant and nature lovers*. This workcamp is for volunteers who enjoy working in nature and have a flair for gardening and agricultural work. The volunteers will make compost, weed, furnish beds, hay, build paths and tend to trees.

Requirements: Volunteers should be physically fit. A flair for gardening and agricultural work is required. The camp language is English, knowledge of German is a plus. A letter of motivation is desired.

Location: Schatzalp Davos GR

Accommodation & Food: The volunteers will sleep in old staff rooms of the hotel. Meals are taken with the staff in the canteen of the Hotel Schatzalp.

Schatzalp

MUNT LA REITA in Cimalmotto (TI) 05.10 – 19.10.19

The mountain farm Munt la Reita is situated in the Ticino mountains at 1430 m above sea level, approx. 1 km west of Cimalmotto, at the back of the Valle di Campo, a side branch of the Maggia valley. From the very beginning the farm has been managed according to ecological and biological principles. Its existence is mainly ensured by the production of cheese. In the small farm cheese dairy, the milk of the 13 cows is processed into a semi-hard, full-fat mountain cheese.

The volunteers help in the permaculture management: creating terraces, preparing the ground for berries and hightrees etc.

Requirements: Volunteers in this workcamp must be physically fit. The working time is 6 hours per day.

Location: Cimalmotto

Accommodation: Mattress camp with a total of 19 beds on the barn floor.

fiLingue – 16 language and art camps for young people from spring to autumn in Liddes (VS), Estavayer (FR) and Schwarzsee (FR).

For data, see project search.

The aim of the organisation friLingue is to offer young people (10 – 18 years) a two-week language camp. Language courses are held in the mornings and afternoons are reserved for leisure activities such as sports, music, dance, theatre or cinema. These projects bring together young people from German and French-speaking Switzerland. The language camps help to get to know each other’s culture and language. French and, in some camps, English are also taught. The volunteers from Workcamp Switzerland cook for the young people, cleaning the rooms and sanitary facilities as well as other household chores are also part of their tasks. In the afternoon, they support the young people in their leisure activities.

Prerequisite: Language English, affinity for French and possibly German are an advantage. More mature personalities 20+ (autumn and spring camp 18+) are in demand here as volunteers. Volunteers should be able to prepare simple meals for groups. The art camp in Schwarzsee is looking for volunteers with an art background. A letter of motivation is desired.

Places: Schwarzsee (FR) and Liddes (VS)

Accommodation & Food: In shared rooms. Meals are prepared and taken together with the young people.