About the local hosting organizationThe partner is a consortium of three agrupations: Camping Monte Holiday who is responsible to lodge the volunteers and has donated the land where the project takes place, De Amicitia who is the NGO responsible of developing international volunteer workcamps, and the association Sierra Carpetania who is responsible of the design of the ecological project.
About the volunteer workThe farm El Cerro is a local project of creating new natural and agrocultural reserve. The project is unique in the whole province of Madrid. The association Sierra Carpetania, together with Camping Monte Holiday are trying to create a complex project of an expanse of 200 ha. Thinking of all aspects – agronomy, pasturage and farming, protection of local fauna, tourism and education – this project leads to sustainability and protection of natural and cultural heritage. The work of volunteers will be manual and diverse, from Monday – Friday, approximatelly 5 hours per day. The type of tasks: to clean and maintain ecologic garden, construction of bird boxes and hives, discovery of natural springs, troughs for feeding animals, walls, mantaining touristic paths and making marks for those, and so on.
Local accommodationAccommodation is provided in small tents (places for 2) to share within participants, in the Camping Monte Holiday (http://www.monteholiday.com/en/home), with toilet area, hot water, washing machines and recreation areas, swimming pool and wi-fi connection contained. You need to bring lower sheet and sleeping bag. Food will be prepared by volunteers themselves under the supervision of an adult volunteer.
About the project location
The workcamp takes place in Gargantilla del Lozoya, a small village of Sierra Norte about 80km away from Madrid. Gargantilla is part of several municipalities of the Valley of Lozoya, most of these are little villages but you can find all you need to live. It’s near Buitrago del Lozoya or Rascafría, which are larger villages, where you can find banks and bigger shops as well. The project includes TWO NIGHTS in Madrid at a youth hostel where participants will be able to explore the city, including some cultural activities such as visit of the Prado Museum, under the supervision of an adult volunteer.
RequirementsLower sheet and sleeping bag required. Capacity to live in tents and in the countryside and to ride a bycicle. Participants should bring parent authorisation to allow them to go to Madrid. Smoking and alcohol totally forbiden. Participants who disobey this rule may be asked to leave the workcamp