Volunteer with WWF Switzerland:
Envirotrek Series 2012
Respect the Mountains organizes in cooperation with main sponsor KEEN Footwear the third edition of the EnviroTrek Clean Up Series. These will take place at six fantastic locations in Europe.
What is an Envirotrek? An Envirotrek is an adventure outdoor event where, aside from an the opportunity to try an outdoor activity, the participant will give back to the environment. Both locals and tourists alike can join in the fun!
The day will take a format similar to the following.
Maximum participants: 80
09.30: Gathering and start Clean-Up;
12.30: BBQ Lunch;
13.30: Outdoor activities: Either rock climbing, raft building or mountain biking;
16.00: Goodbye + Goodie bag
Envirotrek All-Inclusive Costs
Adults – 10 Euros
Youth under 12 – Free * Minimum Age – 6 years
Envirotrek 2012 Events Dates and Locations are various and to be confirmed. Last years events were at the following locations:
Naturpark St. Pietersberg, The Netherlands
Naturpark Southern Schwarzwald, Germany
Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
Einruhr-Sinmerath, Eifel, Germany
SIGN UP VIA Envirotrek website
The main aim is to improve acceptance of predators such as wolves, bears and lynx in the alpine range. This will be done by helping alpine farmers reduce predation damage through herd protection measures. An extra goal is to increase the understanding of these species in both city and mountain-dwellers.
Successful herd protection is essential
The re-colonization of Switzerland by lynx, bears and wolves can cause problems for the local population. The implementation of specific herd protection measures can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of attacks by the large carnivores. Furthermore the maintenance of traditional shepherding can benefit the ecological quality of high mountain pastures and forests. Protection measures however, are often frowned upon by herd owners because they require additional work and expenditure.
Herd protection measures need help!
WWF volunteers will attend an introduction course. They will then be allocated to a farm for a period of time. During this period they will implement protection measures in accordance with a scheme developed in France called “PastoraLoup”. The volunteer’s role is to actively participate in the daily work routine: they will spend the night outdoors with the guarding dogs to stand watch over the herd; they will inform tourists on the role of guarding dogs and will explain which behaviours to adopt when encountering one. Volunteers will also help raise protective fencing in specific areas. An unforgettable experience. Nights spent out in the open, long walks following the herd in beautiful mountain ranges: volunteers will experience both the joys and hardships of a shepherd’s life. Participating in the ‘Help the shepherd’ programme is a concrete action you can take. You will help the environment, by promoting sustainable farming, and you will facilitate the wolves’ return to the Alps. It is also an extraordinary adventure!
If you are interested in particiapting in this incredible opportunity: http://www.wwf.ch/fr/cequevouspouvezfaire/soyezactifs/devenezbenevole/aideauxbergers/ or if you interested in the French equivalent http://www.ferus.fr/benevolat/pastoraloup.
If you want to take part in a conservation project and experience life in another country, these are the roles for you.
From bird monitoring in Asia to installing artificial nests in Bulgaria or training birdwatchers in Africa, you’re sure to have an adventure unlike any other.
To do any of these placements you must speak English and be over 18. You can browse our opportunities below.
ASK is currently recruiting student volunteers for our 2012 Spring/Summer Programs.
This Spring we are organising Peer Mentoring and Monthly Kids and Teens Socials, as well as preparing for our Geneva and Leysin Summer Camps.
We have about 5 young adults who are interested in being peer mentored. This peer mentoring activity will begin in April and we are looking for a group of students to plan outings with our mentees, to be positive role models and provide positive peer interaction whilst helping the mentee in developing their own social skills. For more information on this program please visit:
Monthly Kids and Teens Socials
Also starting in April, we are looking for students who are interested in volunteering and getting involved in monthly weekend activities with children aged 6 to 16. This activity provides a great opportunity for the children with special needs and learning differences to meet new people in a friendly, relaxed environment, whilst also developing their social skills. The student volunteers will be learning a sensitive, positive approach to dealing with children with different social abilities. For more information please visit:
Our Geneva day camp begins on 16th July for four weeks, ending with a final fifth week of intensive study skills. We have added a new camp this year in Leysin, a two week, sports focused camp. We are looking for out-going, fun, enthusiastic individuals who are keen to work with children and who will act as positive role models, developing the confidence and social skills of the children whilst taking part and assisting in the activities. For more information please visit:
The Red Cross of Geneva are looking for volunteers to lend a hand in their new project: “Me, Elderly”.
- to improve the daily lives and well-being of elderly people across Geneva
- to develop and facilitate aid between generations
- to visit retirement homes in Geneva and spend time with the elderly
Are you young, motivated and willing to make a difference to the lives of the elderly?
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Pays de Gex the yearly food collection in supermarkets by the French Banque Alimentaire is going to take place on Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26. Spoken French is fine, but not a necessity, if at least someone in each group of students speaks French. (There are many English speaking customers.
The Croix Rouge (Red Cross) is coordinating the event and volunteers are needed in:
- Carrefour La Poterie (the big Carrefour in Ferney-Voltaire)
- Migros in the shopping center Val Thoiry
It is suggested that students from College du Leman participate after school on Friday afternoon until the shops are closing,
- 4.30 – 9.00 PM (or until the shops close)
- 8.30 AM – 9.00 PM or
- 8.30 – 10.00 AM
- 4.30 – closing.
It is necessary to fill in and sign a form at Croix Rouge beforehand and show a passport and leave a copy of the passport. For those below 18 years of age, the parent has to sign.
Minors need written permission from their parents, and an adult (min 18 years) needs to be in the group of four at any time.
The students need to fill in their REACH forms and take them to the supermarkets, so they can be evaluated and signed or handed in to the Red Cross on the same day.
If you are are interested you can get in touch with the Red Cross:
Please get in touch with:
Catherine Bollard, Tel. +33 474 51 87 84 or +33 623 84 42 14 e-mail: email@example.com. for further information. Mme Bollard speaks French and very little English.
Fiona Roynette Tel: +33 450 40 60 23 The Red Cross in Prevessin and responsible for the food collection at Leclerc speaks English and French.
Délégation Pays de Gex
453, Route du Nant
Present wrapping in Geneva’s department stores – December
Wrapping presents at Payot in order to raise money for kids in Geneva and orphans in an Eastern European country.
Choose a time a minimum of 3 hours.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Panda club in Vaud, organises outings all year round for 7-14 year olds to take them on the walking paths in the canton of Suisse Romand. All the outings are based around the central WWF themes: such as protection of the environment, the discovery of animals or an environment. The outings are lead by Panda Club monitors and are normally accompagnied by a specilist.
Go to the following website for further information and information to sign up. http://www.wwf-vd.ch/