This is a non-profit organization; it was created in 2015 as a response to the bush fire that burnt 8,600 hectares in Sierra de Gata, Extremadura, Spain. We are an International Volunteer Group, who is committed to nature restoration and a healthy lifestyle. Our mission is to support the conscious development of a society that values and cares for the natural environment that supports us. We believe we are capable of living in harmony with nature. Yet taking into account the responsibility for its degradation, we do our best to restore the abundance and diversity of the planet. Our actions are self-managed; we collaborate with local administrations but do not depend financially on them. The government of Extremadura gives us permits, materials and plants from their nurseries. Every year between November and February volunteers work with us to collect and sow seeds, plant new trees and maintain the plantations that were planted in previous years. In June every year we mainly do maintenance work and observe/analyze the progress of our work. During our campaigns the council of Villasbuenas de Gata, Extremadura, Spain, provides the local hostel for our volunteers. We cook and eat meals together everyday and sometimes organize activities for the volunteers, for example yoga classes, foraging walks, pizza parties and trips to local areas.
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During their stay we teach volunteers correct planting techniques for trees and the best methods for sowing seeds in the Mediterranean climate, as well as about the native plant species we are working with. Volunteers also benefit from a cultural exchange with other volunteers who come from several different countries. We aim to build a community where we can help and take care of each other, while learning how to live harmoniously in a communal space by sharing equally the cooking, cleaning, maintenance etc.
Our volunteers help with collecting and sowing seeds from native plants as well as planting trees and maintaining plantations. Maintenance work is putting or exchanging protection tubes and creating swells around established trees. We work in any type of weather so please bring comfortable clothing suitable for all weather conditions and outdoor work.
Please note the work can be physically demanding, while you don't need to have experience you should be prepared to work outdoors and with tools.
Our volunteers stay in an hostel in either a twin or triple room, or for shorter stays in a dorm for 10 people. We have a kitchen and communal dining room where we have our meals together. On the days we are working in the fields lunch will be cooked for us. For breakfast and dinner we organize within the group who will prepare each meal. On the days off volunteers are responsible to prepare food for themselves. We have a task calendar for general cleaning of communal spaces. We also have a washing and drying machine for the volunteers to use in the hostel.
We usually have a group of volunteers staying with us and taking care of each other. If the volunteers would like to visit areas local areas, we do our best to help them with everything they need. The local transportation is limited but in and around the village of the hostel there are many hiking trails and lots of nature to discover. If the volunteers would like to organize activities we will do what we can to help and organize materials necessary. We have an outside space as well with an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven that we use for our pizza nights.
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week