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"Empowered by Nature" - a short-term group volunteering - 30 days

Madárkórház Alapítvány

Hortobágy, Hungary

Project description

Venue: Hortobágy, Hungary (a village in the middle of the Hortobágy National Park) Dates: 2-31 May 2019 Topic: Empowered by Nature - nature as a source of self-development, creativity and cooperation Age of participants: 18-30 years Volunteering activities: The following works will be done on location in smaller groups - following a preparation: Maintaining the Bird Park resort: cutting grass (huge territory), painting the wooden gates, the fences, the bike stands, re-painting some of the recovery rooms, building the walking-path of the park. Helping with the recovery of the injured birds: feeding 4-times a day the little birds, helping with the preparation for examination, moving birds from cages to other cages (because of cleaning or examination), releasing birds back to nature

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Accommodation: stone house, shared rooms for volunteers of the same gender (2-3 volunteers share a room), fully equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms + 6 separate toilets, the house uses solar energy, equipped with air-conditioning in each room. The house has a big training room for meetings and gatherings + a big garden. The house is just 5 minutes walk from the Bird Park, the venue of the volunteer activities. Food: 6 EUR/ day - transferred on the first working-day after arrival (180 EUR for 30 days) Pocket money: 5 EUR/day 2 free days/ week Nearest airport: Debrecen/ Budapest

Training during the project

on-arrival training, 5 days after arrival (intercultural communication, team-working, cultural input on Hungary, cultural adaption, Youthpass and insurance matters, conflict management, self-awareness, goal setting, mini project planning, basics of English and Hungarian language; non-formal language animations will be available in English every week; mentoring: at the beginning daily meetings (days: 1-7), later weekly meetings with the mentors; community activities: workshops on photography, treasure-hunting in the pusta, rowing on Hortobagy river, carriage-ride, handcrafts)

Volunteer profile

This project is planed for young people with fewer opportunities, who are facing different difficulties in their lives (social, economic, educational, territorial), NEET unemployed, minorities, low-level or unfinished education, family or economic problems, etc. There is no need for a good or any command of English.

Placement dates

A total of 4 week(s) during the period 02/05/2019 to 31/05/2019


Placement location

Petőfi tér 6., 4071 Hortobágy


Looking for volunteers from

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom


Placement topics

Environment and natural protection

Creativity and culture


Placement deadline

Application deadline: 01/04/2019