European Wilderness Volunteer Diary

The Diary of the European Wilderness Society Volunteers

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From the Warmth into the Cold

Hello to anyone reading this 😉 ! My name is Emma Rubin, I am 18 years old, and I am the new EWS volunteer from Spain. This is going to be my first post and therefore, the point from where my new journey in Austria is going to start! Everything leading to the current present, started around may 2022. I was almost finished with my last months of Highschool. I was happy....

Late Arrival training in Wien

Hello,  Dear reader of my wilderness diary In the middle of October I attended the arrival training in Vienna. I have already spent more than a half of my project, but according to the dates that was the first available slot, so I decided it would anyway nice to share my tips and tricks with newly arrived volunteers and meet some friends all over the Austria. ....

2-days of Alpine adventures

The best weekend so far, I spent with my friend in mountains. We had the plan to go hiking a few days long ago, but exactly this week she had an opportunity to come to Lungau. We were inspired by photos from previous volunteers’ adventures.  My friend had an opportunity to come just for three days, so we decided to spend two of them on mountain trails. Then we....

The hills are alive…

For the last weekend before Elena would leave EWS, we decided to have a final trip together. We chose Werfen, a small town in Salzburg with a spectacular castle and even more spectacular ice cave. However, we opted for a third attraction – the picnic meadow from The Sound of Music! Let’s start at the very beginning… We got to Werfen later that....

Hiking adventures in Lungau and Pongau

The snow was melting, spring was coming to a close, and after a week in the UK, I was excited to head back to the mountains again. Every Friday since April, public transport has been free within the state of Salzburg so I wanted to take the opportunity to explore the region some more. One sight that caught my attention was the Liechtensteinklamm, one of the longest....

When the sun rises in the Alps

Hi! My name is Karolina and I’m from Ukraine. One month and a half ago I became an EWS volunteer. My story started in February. One of my work projects in Kyiv was coming to the end I had the feeling that I want to do something meaningful. After my quick research on European Solidarity Corps website, I found a lovely project about nature protection in Lung au....

Quarantine in Vienna

Upon arrival to Austria, I was graciously met by my EWS-colleague Nathalie and we headed straight to the vaccination. As a matter of fact, I already have a Russian vaccine, but since it’s not acknowledged by the EU I had to make another one.  The vaccination experience turned out to be surprisingly exciting, performed at the very heart of Vienna in....

An evening of food and culture

Hi, Vicky here! I’ve been a volunteer at the European Wilderness Society since October. So much has happened since then, and various daytrips, dinners and winter sport activities have let me properly settle into life in Tamsweg and get closer to everyone in the office. One thing I was really looking forward to was an international dinner, an EWS tradition. With just....

740-hour walk and all the wilderness I have skipped

Hi, Servus, Привет, my name is Elena and since January I’m the new ESC-Volunteer at the European Wilderness Society. Here’s the story of my 4297 km long journey from my hometown in Russia to Austria.  From the banks of Volga to the banks of Danube I cross multiple regions and countries, different ecological and time zones on my way to the EWS office. I move....