Help us managing a nature protected area in Aysén, Chilean Patagonia

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Chile

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    Última atividade

    16/06/2022

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    100.0 %

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    dentro 2 dias

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 Hospedagem min. solicitada: mínimo 3 semanas

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  • Descrição

    Descrição

    COVID-19: We can accept only fully vaccinated volunteers.
    A sanitary pass is still required to travel between regions and within the region, foreign vaccinations are not recognised automatically, a negative PCR test is not enough.

    The project:
    We are a retired but still very active couple, Australian and Swiss. After many years of work in international institutions dedicated to environmental protection, we decided to invest our efforts, time and knowledge to active hands-on nature restoration and protection.

    Our project is a private nature protected area and is focusing on several aspects of ecosystem restoration, the main being large-scale and nature-friendly reforestation with native trees, complemented by wetland and other ecosystems restoration, erosion control, de-farming activities, land conservation, protection from uncontrollably developing local tourism and long-term legal protection. Our project is an absolutely non-profit private initiative, it has now been in operation for about 15 years. The reason for such a project in that region is the fact that the ecosystems (mainly ancient forest) of the whole region of Aysen were severely and irreversibly destroyed by deliberate fires and subsequent cattle raising in the mid-XX century. The project is designed to attenuate, where possible repair, the catastrophic damage done to nature by the colonisation of the last century.

    It is located in Leones valley, in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, 260 km South of Coyhaique (the capital of the region and the airport), between the villages Puerto Rio Tranquilo and Puerto Guadal. The area is isolated and remote, far from any public transport, it is neighbouring the Laguna San Rafael National park. You will feel like at the end of the world, and it is the case indeed.

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Jardinagem
    Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
    Cuidar de animais
    Ajuda em fazenda
    Manutenção geral

  • Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos da ONU
    Erradicar a pobreza
    Erradicar a fome
    Saúde de qualidade
    Educação de qualidade
    Igualdade de género
    Água potável e saneamento
    Energias renováveis e acessíveis
    Trabalho digno e crescimento económico
    Indústria, inovação e infraestruturas
    Reduzir as desigualdades
    Cidades e comunidades sustentáveis
    Produção e consumo sustentáveis
    Ação climática
    Proteger a vida marinha
    Proteger a vida terrestre
    Paz, justiça et instituições eficazes
    Parcerias para a implementação dos objetivos
  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Depending on your interests, you will learn how to set up life in a remote place off-grid (energy supply, communication, sanitation etc.), different aspects of nature-oriented reforestation and problems related to it on regional and local levels, the reality of the degraded state of the ecosystems of the region, some scientific and other aspects of the project and our experience with it. There will be very limited exposure to the local, colonial culture, as the project is designed to repair the damage done by it. Also, there is no one around, only two old horses who were born and lived in the valley.

    As the damaged nature of the area does not need publicity encouraging additional stress, we will ask you not to instagram, or otherwise expose to mass social networks, the project, for the sake of nature protection and the volunteering programme. It is focusing on protection of the privacy of nature until the times when nature's rights are accepted as part of legislations.

    We would appreciate it if you came for the experience, not publicity. We would also appreciate it if you had minimal, if any, activity on social networks. Please do not apply if you are interested in photography, film making or sharing profusely on popular social networks.

  • Ajuda

    Ajuda

    Our project cannot be used as a life-changing experience: we would ask you to use the skills that you acquired in your professional or personal lives. The priority needs of the moment are:
    - preparing the seed beds and greenhouse - weeding, repairing watering system, transplanting seedlings;
    - pruning trees in orchard;
    - clearing trails and water lines;
    - house maintenance eg, repairing pipes (if necessary);
    - maintenance of off-grid energy system;
    - control of invasive plants;
    - feeding a cat and horses
    Depending on your skills you could also help with:
    - house-sitting when we are away from the property;
    - everyday care of the native plant nursery and the little organic garden;
    - maintenance of fences for protection from neighbours' cattle;
    - maintenance and reparations of the houses;
    - maintenance work and professional advice (if any) on independent sustainable energy supply systems, set up for the houses;
    - clearing and marking trails to the reforestation sites, making paths in thick bush;
    - setting up cameras for wildlife observation;
    - cutting grass and clearing around houses for fire protection;
    - transforming old orchards into orchards for wildlife;
    - cutting firewood;
    - moving out neighbours' cows if they get into the project;
    - making sure that tourists, passing to the national park, observe the indicated route and signs;
    - finding legal solutions for long term protection of such restoration projects;
    - looking for ways of reducing anthropogenic stress of the ecosystem;
    and other various tasks, proper to a de-farming lifestyle.

    Most probably, you will work by small individual projects. For the time being you will not participate in the tree planting as, in order to be effective, it is done by professionals and is season-depending, however it might be case soon.

    We would appreciate it if we can learn new skills from you.

    The jobs are mainly physical but rewarding, and depend on the season and weather. Life and work are not separated here, like on farms in the old days. In order to keep a humane dimension and a family style of the volunteering experience, we can host 2 volunteers (grand maximum 3), prepared for lonely life in the wilderness. The project operates in English, so you would need to speak English, we also welcome French-speakers so we can practice French. Some maturity is required for such an experience, we would appreciate it if you have a driver's licence and are not smokers, as smoking is not allowed in the project.

  • Idiomas

    Inglês: Fluente
    Francês: Fluente
    Espanhol: Intermediário

  • Acomodação

    Acomodação

    Accommodation is simple but comfortable: an independent small house with electricity, running water and cooking facilities. We will provide groceries, of course, but you will have to cook for yourself. There is no TV, and internet connexion is reasonable but not ideal, breaking frequently. We are not connected to the grid, the power is generated locally by small sustainable sources (you will have an introduction to those).

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    You will be able to travel in the region around the lake General Carrera. The national parks, including the neighbouring Laguna San Rafael park, have restricted access. You will not be able to visit the nearest glacier, glacier Leones, as this sector of the national park is closed for public visits. Other glaciers, such as Exploradores or Calluqueo, are within reach. You can also hike in the property and might have privileged encounters with wildlife (native foxes, armadillos, lots of birds). The region is interesting in terms of geology and geomorphology.
    Publications about the area are available.
    You shall be ready for difficult times with mosquitoes and horseflies. Lots of pollen in summer, allergies can occur.
    As we are not a business or a company, we are not covered by the same insurances as a business activity, so we should take it into account.

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  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    2

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    Horas previstas

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Essas classificações são opcionais e foram dadas junto com os comentários dos membros.A classificação média deixada por cada opção é exibida.

Precisão do perfil: (5.0)

Intercâmbio cultural: (4.7)

Comunicação: (5.0)















Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 949946794469