The concept of volunteering is fairly new to Estonia, but the trend is growing. For now most of the volunteering options are limited to conservation projects. Such projects allow volunteers to contribute in the world’s most valued conservation locations.
Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve makes use of volunteers to help protect this critical habitat of migrating birds and other wildlife. The area is one of the largest flood plains in Europe, and part of a larger wetland system. Due to a halt in traditional management techniques, a large variety of wildlife is in danger. Volunteers help to re-establish the traditional methods of making hay and grazing to help preserve the natural habitats.
Laelatu Wooded Meadow has an unusually high biodiversity in each square foot. It took centuries for the systems to form but takes less than ten years to destroy. The habitats are being lost due to changing farming methods in the area. Volunteers help to educate, and train local farmers to mainta in traditional methods and minimize the loss of this important habitat.
These volunteer locations are remote and offer a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Nightlife in this area is spent in the company of bats and owls. Unique experiences include hiking tours, boating and canoeing to see amazing wildlife, and an opportunity to explore southern Estonia. Volunteers to the Laetatu Meadow get to stay in an 80 year old former railway station that is itself part of a renovation project.