Volunteers live and work for a foundation that manages a nature reserve.The valley has been under protection for more than a century. Particularities of the Bavona valley are so called «hanging gardens» which are situated on large rocks. In terraced fields former settlers have been cultivating potatoes and other vegetables to survive in a harsh environment. Nowadays many of the villages still don’t have electricity. Five of the volunteers in this project will be asylum seekers from the Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and four participants are international volunteers. It is a cooperation between the Swiss Red Cross (Sezione del Sottoceneri), the organisation Caritas, the Canton of Ticino and the Fondazione Valle Bavona.
Volunteers are in charge of the maintenance of the park; trim shrubs and the lawn, help to repair stone walls. They have to maintain and create path and pastures.
The volunteers will stay in a small hostel at the village of Cavergno. It is simple, but there is a kitchen, toilets and showers.
Cavergno (TI) is a small village situated in the southern alps of Switzerland 450m above sea level and surrounded by mountain -peaks natures impresses in many respects. Beautiful hikes take you to other picturesque villages and refreshing rivers just a stone-throw away. Lake Maggiore is about 50 km away. Catching a train from Locarno it’s just about an hour to Lugano connected with Milano. You can reach Luzern and Zürich within approximately four hours.
SPECIAL REMARKS/ REQUIREMENTS:
Volunteers are working outdoors what can be physically demanding. They should bring along warm, robust working clothes, sun and rain protection and hiking shoes.
FREE TIME ACTIVITIES:
This region is famous for hiking tourists. It’s also possible to visit the surroundings of Locarno on the weekend.
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