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Hungary

Orchid Survey Program

Travel to the picturesque Drava Region, one of the wildest natural jewels of Central Europe, and volunteer in our orchid survey program! The area offers a wide range of habitats...

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Hungary

Versatile conservation in the picturesque Drava Region!

Volunteer in the picturesque Drava Region, one of the wildest natural jewels of Central Europe! The area offers a wide variety of habitats & ecosystems which are in need

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Hungary

Viper Habitat Restoration Program

Volunteer in the gripping Drava Region of Hungary and immerse in one of the wildest natural jewels of Central Europe. The area is home to one of the most spectacular reptiles...

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Drava Federation Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Orchid survey and its friends....

I had the fortune to spend two weeks in the Transdanubian Hills, this area of diverse habitats, with several orchid species growing around! Since I study environmental biology in my university in Denmark, I have gained more experience and practical field knowledge about botanical surveys. Also got familiar with several species: the military orchid, the Jersey orchid, the early marsh-orchid, my personal favourite the bee-orchid, and several others such as white helleborine and Ophrys fuciflora.

The Federation's colleagues were really helpful, and overall the program was well-organised. Miki and Janka picked me up in the airport, and they organised the transport back to it when I left on my last day. I have received a pre-departure orientation document which included important, practical infos about the program. At my arrival I received a brochure about the organisation, and before the volunteer work I participated in a Health and Safety Instructions session. However, the Federation doesn't provide travel insurance, therefore I had to get it myself in my home country.

About meals and housing I was fully satisfied. Luckily I had the chance to use two accommodations in two different areas: one is a lovely guesthouse near the River Drava and Mura confluence, in between amazing views and lovely hills. The other is in the city of 4500 inhabitants, a complex with statue park and cultural elements, such as a traditional yurt. Since we spent almost all of our time outside, usually I had my meals packed, but the colleagues always arranged me at least one warm meal a day.

After the volunteer activities - botanical surveys and some invasive plants' eradication - there was a fun activity organised: we have bathed in Lake Kotró, which was absolutely refreshing after the work done in the fairly hot weather! I have also tried kayaking and canoeing. Also a trip was organised to visit Lake Balaton - while we checked on an abundant mead with dozens of protected species nearby, and had a study tour in the highly protected Little Balaton, we also had some fun time for ourselves: checking on the lake itself and cultural values of Keszthely and Tapolca. Luckily few afternoons, I could just be myself: I made a tour around my accommodation, and walked around to see my surroundings.

I have to say, the volunteer activity itself wasn't demanding at all: we didn't convey the surveys for more than 3-4 hours, and always enrolled some rest time to listen to the bird species, or having a short walk to the natural sights nearby. Miki said it is also the work of conservationist to follow changes in the nature!

The only thing which was first a little bit surprising: this time I was the only volunteer and I thought I will be bored or feel alone. But honestly I didn't have the time to feel that way, since every day was promptly organised with programs, and I met several experts, botanists and zoologist. I was transported by Miki and Janka every day. We also visited Croatia to check out the other side and the oxbows of Drava.

And one more thing, I would like to say thank for Tyutyu and Ilike and their organisation who showed me their traditional press-house specific to this area - a little museum with 100 years old tools and equipments people used during their every day life. And thank for tasting your home made liqueurs, and that delicious edelflower syrup!!

Program: Orchid Survey Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Quite an experience

Visiting the beautiful River Drava, where Hungary and Croatia meet, was quite an experience. The traditional "pince" houses were interesting and I was grateful for the opportunity to visit and enter one. Most important of all, everybody I met while in Drava was immensely hospitable. My only regret is that I didn't have enough time to stay longer.

Program: Versatile conservation in the picturesque Drava Region!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

The time I’ve spent was like a dream

The time I’ve spent was like a dream.

One day I’m in Tokyo, Japan and the next thing I know, I’m in Hungary warmly welcomed to the Conservation Volunteer program. The program was professionally organized that I really had nothing to worry about.
Having a chance to travel around so many places within the short stay; Being able to feel and see the nature was a whole new experience for me.
Not only the nature but from the days spent, I’ve also got to learn about the culture and history. I already miss the wine haha

Can’t thank you enough for the unforgettable experience. I hope to come back another season and I hopefully by then, I’ll be able to somewhat communicate in Hungarian as well.

Program: Versatile conservation in the picturesque Drava Region!