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

Madárkórház Alapítvány

Hortobágy, Hungary

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Activity description

Venue: Hortobágy, Hungary (a village in the middle of the Hortobágy National Park) Dates: 1-30 May 2020 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), helping with the cleaning of cages, changing water, feeding, 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 activity

on-arrival training, 3 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: 1-5), later weekly meetings with the mentors; community activities: workshops on photography, treasure-hunting in the pusta, rowing on Hortobagy river, carriage-ride, handcrafts)

Participant 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. We need a CV and 4-5 sentences of motivation.

Activity dates

A total of 4 week(s) during the period 01/05/2020 to 30/05/2020


Activity location

Petőfi tér 6., 4071 Hortobágy Hungary


Looking for participants from

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo * UN resolution


Activity topics

Environment and natural protection

Creativity and culture


Deadline for applications

Application deadline: 28/03/2020