About the local hosting organizationThe ‘Drentsche Aa’ area is a varied old cultural landscape, shaped by age old interplay of agriculture and nature. The ‘Drentsche Aa’ is also the name of the stream that meanders through this area and creates a typical landscape that is declared National Park. It includes 16 authentic villages. The partner in this project is the Dutch State Forestry, commissioned by the Dutch government to manage a large part of the nature reserves in the Netherlands. In 2017 it will be the 10th Anniversary of this project in Oudemolen and they will organise some special activities to celebrate this.
About the volunteer workThe participants will do different activities of nature protection like cutting, dredging, pilling up the paths, haymaking and light construction work. You will also work together with other local people who do voluntary nature work. The local rangers are very supportive and looking forward to host you in their beautiful area.
Local accommodationVolunteers are expected to bring their own tent, airbed or matrass and sleeping bag. You will stay at the beautiful situated private campsite of the State Forestry location Oudemolen. The group will cook for themselves in a barn that is equipped with all cooking facilities. There is one shower and one toilet. Bicycles will we provided, this will be your transportation to the various worksites.
About the project locationBecause of the 10th Anniversary there is a special event. On Saturday the group will go 'mudwalking' in the Wadden area; a Unesco World Heritage Site because of the worlds largest area of intertidel asnd and mudflats. The plan is to walk to one of the Wadden Sea Islands and take the ferry back. A unique experience! Other activities during the week can be swimming, biking, visit the city of Groningen or visit Westerbork transit camp (where Anne Frank was prisoned). The camp leaders will have ideas for a recreational program but of course it’s possible for the volunteers to put forward their own ideas for this program! Leisure time will also be spent on the theme: "Sustainability: Create before it's too late!".
Requirements• Tent, an airbed/mat and sleeping bag • Old/working clothes • High top sneakers (needed for mud walking) • Rubber boots (working fields can be very muddy!) • Rain is spread out over the year, so bring warm clothes, a raincoat and a swimming suit!