About the local hosting organizationSVI (International Volunteering Service), is part of the Spanish Institute for Youth (Instituto de la Juventud-Injuve), a Public Institution dependent on the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, whose main purpose is to promote international volunteering projects and activities among youth people. The SVI coordinates the international work camps organized by the Autonomous Communities and Autonomous Cities in Spain, and is responsible for managing the exchange of available places between the Work Camps in Spain and the International Organizations.
About the volunteer workAfter one year, the Youth shelter Cercado de Rodela, located in the foothills of Sierra de Guadarrama, resumes its activity. The Soto del Real City Council aims to make the town, which is located in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, a reference for environmental and nature conservation activities which contribute to the sustainable development of the municipality. Therefore, it is necessary to add value to all the didactic elements existing in the estate: ponds, botanical garden, bio-construction elements, dry stone walls, ditches, etc. This work is essential for the subsequent development of the program and use of the shelter. Restoration of the dry stone walls of the estate, to prevent the uncontrolled passage of livestock. Maintenance of the existing ponds on the estate, to favor the progressive increase of biodiversity. Recovery of the ditch that crosses the estate to improve the water supply to the Soto dehesa. Cleaning the Mediano stream of plant waste to prevent the erosion of its margins. Conservation tasks at the botanical garden and of existing trees and shrubs species in the estate. Conservation and improvement tasks of the stables area and all wooden structures to contribute to implement an ethnographic workshop. Replacement of planks of the bridge over the medium stream for pedestrian access to the shelter.
Local accommodationCentro de Actividades Medioambientales (Center for Environmental Activities) shelter at Cercado de Rodela estate.
About the project locationThere will be workshops and group leisure activities as well as a tour to Madrid for visiting the city.