Wilderness Diary

Diary of Wilderness Volunteers

Volunteering at European Wilderness Society

Hi! We are writing from Tamsweg, Austria, where the European Wilderness Society is based. While Rebecca was the first volunteer, who wrote the earlier blog posts, the rest of us volunteers have taken up her mantle to keep this blog going. Here we write about the personal aspects of volunteering life and the adventures we get up to. In the office we each have differing roles but as a team we are all focused in helping each other, in order to meet the mission of making Europe wild again. Here you’ll read about our adventures in the mountains alongside office work and trips further afield.

Our destinations

Krampuslauf and visitors in Tamsweg

Ziva has told already told you how we joined the Climate strike and explored the christmas market of Salzburg. But that was not the end of that weekend. Abigail and Andi joined us in Tamsweg until Sunday morning to witness the famous Krampuslauf in Tamsweg. Please read: Ziva and I joined Fridays for Future in Salzburg After all the marching and standing in the cold, we slept like a log after the long drive back to Tamsweg. So, the morning began quite slowly, but after a rich brunch, we wanted to show Abigail and Andi our beautiful home. After eating, we set off to the St. Leonhard, the....

Fridays for Future Protest in Salzburg

On the Black Friday, the 29th of November, the European Wilderness Society team headed to Salzburg to participate at the Fridays for Future protest. At 15.30 we met in front of the railway station where the protest started, together with two other volunteers, Abigail from Baden, Austria, and Andi working in Munchen, Germany. Together we marched through the city centre of Salzburg for about two and a half hours, chanting along the following lines: “What do we want?” “Climate Justice!!!!” “When do we want it?” “Now!!!” 2 500 people attended the....

What happend so far in Tamsweg?

Here in Tamsweg, we had strange weather conditions in the last weeks. First, we had just a bit of snow. But then, the snow fell and fell and within 12 hours, everything was covered in a very thick snow cover. The world started to be slower then usual, but also more dangerous. The snow fell and fell and …. On the way to the office, I took the bike, which turned out to be not the best idea. The roads were not really cleared and I wished to have skies insted of wheels. But I made it more or less save and sound to the office. While sitting in the office, we could see that the snow kept....

What does the witch-hunt have to do with climate change

This text was written by two of the students, that participated in our Youth Green Conference.Author: Natalia Savko – student from UkraineTranslated by Anastasiia Banoi - student from Ukraine On the very beginning of October, a group of Ukrainian kids, NGO representatives, environmentalists and decision-makers took part in the Youth Green Conference 2019 about climate change, as a part of the Austrian-Ukrainian educational project of the same name. The European Wilderness Society and NGO FORZA, supported by the EU educational program ERASMUS+, implemented this project. After selection and a....

Four countries in seven days

Last two weeks were vey busy for me, as I went to my graduation ceremony in Oxford, followed by a meeting in Eberswalde. Thus, before I started my trip, there was also a lot of work in the office in the preparation for the Youth Green Conference, Insect Respect and Respect Nature projects next week. So last Tuesday I took the train back to Ljubljana in order to catch a flight to Oxford on the following day. With my family we still had a lot to pack, which was hindered by my friend visiting to watch our dog. As a result (not very unexpected), quite a few of my things stayed in Ljubljana, but....

Kick-off Meeting and Workshop for Whispering of the trees

On this late afternoon on the 5th of November 2019, the Kick-off Meeting for “Whispering of the trees” took place in the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development. “Whispering of the trees” is a Citizen Engagement Activity, supported from the Interreg Volunteer Youth Programme. With those so called CEAs one can implement own little projects to promote the EU Cohesion Policy. So we started the event with a cosy get together and tasty homemade chili con/sin carne. Together with cheese, tortilla chips and drinks we discussed the movie “The Meaning of....

  • 6 Volunteers so far
  • 7 Countries visited
  • 120 km Kilometres hiked
  • 30 + Diary entries