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European Volunteers for Nature Conservation
Start date: Feb 2, 2015, End date: Jan 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project "European Volunteers for Nature Conservation" is a continuation to the same project held in 2014 and La Team programme implemented by ELF (Eestimaa Looduse Fond/Estonian Fund for Nature) in cooperation with our partners during 2012-2013. The objective of this project is to promote conservation volunteering, young people´s active citizenship through volunteering, foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries, raise awareness of environmental and nature conservation problems in general. Volunteers from Spain, Germany and Hungary will participate and organize conservation holidays in Estonia during 6 months. In addition, they have opportunity to do wildlife monitoring, help in amphibian restoration centre and attend several volunteer training sessions to get knowledge about health and safety, working with motor tools etc. The main volunteer activities include assisting and conducting different habitat management and restoration projects along with other international and local volunteers. The role includes communication with participating volunteers, occasionally taking care of transport, catering, accommodation, conservation works, tools, leisure, domestic and welfare aspects of projects. Volunteers will write a blog about their experiences to share it with a wider audience. During the first month of the service, the volunteers will learn about our organization and participate in our conservation holidays to become acquainted with the essence and objective of our organization and our activities. Also the specialized trainings take place during the first two months of the service. In July, August and September volunteers will co-lead international conservation holidays together with local Estonian volunteers. The project promotes active citizenship that the local communities benefit. Participating organizations have an opportunity to create more long term projects in order to raise awareness of the importance of conservation volunteering in restoring and management of European landscapes.
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