Mountain Hiking Trails (Maloja GR)
Description: Salecina is located at the border of Upper Engadin and Bergell in one of the most beautiful landscapes. It is a self-administered holiday centre with an uncomplicated and open atmosphere. The guests cook, clean and do their own things. The house is available to young and old travelling alone, as families or groups eager for education or engaged in social issues. It is a unique place for meetings and discussions. Together with the municipality Bregaglia Salecina offers this workcamp. Bregaglia is an idyllic alpine valley that connects with canton of Graubünden to the north & with Italy to the south. Steep, elegant granite mountains and beautiful forests protect the small villages rich in art and history. It is a paradise for hikers and mountain climbers, but also a quiet refuge for artists.
Type of Work: The work will involve mainly cleaning and maintenance of hiking trails. We will work with light hand tools, shovel and pick. One part of the work will also be to remove the advanced vegetation on the trails with trimmers and air fans. In case of bad weather with heavy rainfall we will repair and maintain signalation material (stakes, laths, signs) in a dry depot. There might also be some painting work. One day we will root out neophytes in Maloja or Bergell. Most work will be done in the Bergell area, but for certain kind of works we will also be in the Maloja area. So be aware that there may be relatively long journeys to and from work. One of the days in the workcamp you will work at Salecina, the place where you will stay during the workcamp.
Study Theme: Self-administration and grassroots democracy project Salecina, sustainability in tourism, sensibility and project at Salecina for climate protection, hiking paths, biodiversity, nature protection and region Bregaglia & Engadin.
Accommodation: Salecina has 4-, and 12-bedded rooms, sitting rooms, a library and a room for lectures/seminars and activities. Mattresses, blankets and bed sheets are provided. Towels and sturdy house shoes should be brought. Shared washrooms and toilets are situated on each floor. The use of the washing machine for 5 CHF / washing needs to be arranged with the workcamp hosting partner. Access to the internet is available in some of the living rooms. Food is organised by the employed team. All guests & volunteers perform daily domestic chores: cooking, doing the dishes and cleaning tasks around the house.
Language: The holiday center guests as well as locals mostly speak German and Italian. If you have additional German or Italian skills, this would be nice (but not obligatory). The house is situated in an area where German or Italian is spoken.
Requirements: Most of the work involves fixing the hiking paths. For this reason the volunteers need to be good on their feet and be able to walk on narrow mountain paths. Please bring warm work clothes (we are at 1800 meters above sea), good walking boots, towels and sturdy house shoes/slippers.
Notes: Due to the remote place mobile connection is low at the place of the accommodation. SCI Switzerland likes the concept of the self-administered holiday house Salecina and supports the municipality in their work for the public service and the local environmental organisation.
Max. 2 minor volunteers can be accepted.
INCOMING/ADDITIONAL FEE for volunteers applying via Partner organisations & Contacts of SCI: https://scich.org/en/incoming-fee/