Volunteers will be working on various wildlife monitoring projects in central Sweden. This is a country with many different types of landscapes. From the cold mountains in the north, to deep forest in the interior and vast coastlines stretching over 2400 km. But it is also a country where human encroachment is threatening many fragile ecosystems and help is needed if we are to reach our climate goals and preserve our heritage for the coming generations.
Projects take place mostly in rural areas. Be prepared for the weather. Even though it will be summer, Sweden can offer challenging weather with heavy rainstorms. Temperatures can vary from 15 to 25 degrees celcius.
Volunteer work and contribution:
During these four weeks volunteers will work on a variety of projects.
The work will consist of conservation work in various protected habitats around central Sweden. Duties may include:
- Building/maintenance of hiking trails
- Habitat restoration
- Heritage restoration
- Weed control
- Removal of invasive species of plants
- Flora and fauna surveys
Working hours and free time:
Project hours are generally between 8am to 4pm but these times can vary. The evenings are at your leisure. There will be a fixed schedule for work days and off days.
Volunteers will be living in shared housing on off days. During projects we will be living in tents, shared camping cabins or housing provided by the project sites. Volunteers will have to share accommodation with other volunteers. Volunteers should be advised that some of the working locations will be out of range for cellphones. There are plenty of opportunities for BBQ’s under the night skies and socializing around a fire.
Three meals per day will be provided. On the first workday of every workweek volunteers will have to organize their own breakfast and lunch. Meals will either be served at the living facility itself or taken as a pre-packed serving. Volunteers are responsible for the preparation of meals on a rotational basis. The food that is served will be only vegetarian with meat as an option on the side. People with allergies can also be catered for if notice is given in advance! Please keep in mind that we might not be able to cater for every dietary requirement. In the wilderness the cooking facilities are rather limited. We ask for your understanding in this.
Sweden is a country with many sights. If volunteers wish to go hiking or camping on free days, there are many manned campsites to visit where you can rent canoes or kayaks. They also make great starting and end points for hiking trips.There is also very good network of public transportation if voluteers wish to see more of the towns and larger cities. Travelling expences during free days are also paid by the volunteer.
Age 18 yrs and upwards.
Good physical fitness
Personal qualities of flexibility and adaptability.
Self-motivated: A carefully structured full programme is provided each week, but volunteers need to be adaptable to some programme changes depending on variables in the running of the project. Free time is also factored in, and volunteers need to be independent and mature enough to make constructive use of such recreational time.
A genuine interest in the natural world.
How to get here
You will need to arrange flights to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. You will be picked up and dropped off at Stockholm Arlanda Airport by a representative from the organisation.
Passport, visa and insurence
A valid passport is required to enter Sweden. Since visa requirements vary from country to country, please check with your local embassy as to whether a visa is required to enter Sweden. All volunteer must sign a comprehensive travel insure before starting this project. During the application process you will have to scan and send a proof of insurence by e-mail.
Dates & Price
Location of Project: Central Sweden. The county of Örebro.
Project Length & Dates: June 30th 2018 - August 26th 2018. You can choose to participate for 1 or 2 months.
Maximum number of participants: 8
Age limit: 18 yrs and up
Costs: 1 month/300 EUR, 2 months/500 EUR
Transport: Pick-up and drop-off at Stockholm international airport. Transportation to and from project sites.
Orientation: All necessary instructions will be given upon arrival
Accommodation: Bunkhouse, tents, shared housing
Food: When we are based in tented camps, three meals per workday will be provided. On the first day of every workweek volunteers will have to organize their own breakfast and lunch. Snacks and soft drinks are not provided!
Pre-departure kit: Full project details will be sent following your registration
Uniform: A shirt to work in will be given to the volunteers.
What's not included
Insurence: Every volunteer must pay for their own insurence. This insurence must cover volunteer work. A copy of the insurence must be sent via e-mail to Scandinavian Conservation Volunteers before the volunteer is allowed to start working for the organization.
Meals during off-days.
Breakfast and lunch on the first day of every workweek.
Snacks and soft drinks