Conservation holidays are becoming more and more popular throughout the world. It’s a way of holidaying that combines recreational activities with much needed conservation work.
ELF Conservation Holidays consist of practical conservation work, getting to
know the area, a hike and meeting the local ranger or guide. Holidays normally last for 3 - 5, but sometimes up to 10 days. Evening activities include camp-fires and sauna.
You do not need to have any special skills or be very fit to carry out voluntary conservation work. Your Group Leader will ensure that you have a level of work that suits your abilities.The working day normally lasts around 6 hours so there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the evening activities.
In the past, if a farmer asked others to help out with some kind of work, the lady of the house would cook a big meal for everyone and the man would provide the tools. Most of ELF’s expenses (tools, transport, office costs and in most cases accommodation and leisure activities) are covered by different funds and sponsors, but there is no longer anyone in the food providing role. So volunteer’s payments cover that cost.
The Group Leader is there to provide help and support to the volunteers. They are in charge of food, transport and everyday planning. The Group Leader also ensures project work is carried out safely and has First Aid training.
A leader will also give you precise info on practical matters before the holiday starts.
Two biggest areas of work for ELF’s conservation holidays are restoration and maintaining habitats and managing visitor facilities in protected ares. Do accomplish these we: cut and clear brush wood, make hay, build fences, build and renew trails and campsites. Each holiday has it's own conservation goal and ways to achieve it - that's described under every description of the holiday. Use of tools and techniques are quite simple and easy to learn by anyone.