Botanical Garden Alpinum Schatzalp (Davos GR)
Description: The private botanical garden “Alpinum Schatzalp” is part of the Art Nouveau mountain hotel Schatzalp in the heart of the Swiss mountains. Occupying about 5 ha at the height of 1864m above the sea level, there are over 5000 different species and types of plants from all over the world that are cultivated here. Like all botanical gardens our goals are:
- Conservation and collection of plant species from all over the world
- Education of visitors
- Local recreation
The botanical garden is a part of the Berghotel Schatzalp the Alpinum.
Type of Work: During your stay you will get an insight into horticulture, especially into the field of alpine gardening. Volunteers will mostly be working with different invasive species, such as Neophytes, and work on nature conservation. Apart from that, you will prepare compost, propagate plants, maintain the garden grounds, and prepare flower-beds.
Study Theme: The person responsible for the Alpinum will tell you about plant conservation, about Alpine horticulture and gardening.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be located in shared rooms inside the hotel; each volunteer will have a separate bed. Sheets and blankets will be provided. The shared toilets and showers are located on the floor. There is a washing machine which costs 3 CHF per load. There is also WiFi available. Food will be provided through the hotel cantine.
Language: Swiss German, German, English
Requirements: As there was a quota of 4 people for this camp to happen, we are happy to inform you that by now we have 4 volunteers, who have confirmed their participation, so the camp will happen!
Good quality shoes and working clothes are necessary!
NEW INCOMING FEE for volunteers applying via Partner organisations and Contacts of SCI: https://bit.ly/3iiJWI5
Notes: The Alpinum is willing to offer a lot of knowledge, especially in the field of gardening and horticultural/botanical sciences. Therefore volunteers should be interested in the abovementioned topics.
You should keep in mind that volunteers will have to work hard (although not inhumanely hard!) in order to keep up with the high standards of work.
The volunteers organise their free-time activities themselves: there is a huge amount of beautiful hiking places (starting with the hotel grounds and Davos itself). The Alpinum usually organises evening bonfires or evening get-togethers, but not on a daily basis.