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Previous volunteer projects

WYSTC 2014 – Successful sea-buckthorn removal on Bull Island, Dublin

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volunteerprojectfinal_smallFor our fifth anniversary the local volunteer project landed in Dublin, Ireland with 40 willing volunteer delegates joining forces to tackle a rogue plant that’s threatening the future of a small island just outside the city.

A short coach trip took our volunteers to the beautiful Bull Island, a UNESCO biosphere reserve in Dublin Bay, which is located just 7 km from the bustling city centre.

At just 5 km long and 800 m wide, Bull Island is overrun by sea-buckthorn, a thorny plant that was introduced by local golf courses believing it would enhance the sand dunes and provide hedging.

Unfortunately the plant is having the opposite effect, turning the dunes from their original habitat into common grassland; it also prevents native plants from coming through and is contributing to coastal erosion.CVI_NPWS logo

After a short briefing from Conservation Volunteers Ireland, which provided the project with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the volunteers got to work on removing the sea-buckthorn.

Armed with saws, clippers and all-important safety goggles, the team moved around the dunes, cutting back the plant and covering the stumps with the clippings to reduce the possibility of regrowth.

“It was a great way to start WYSTC 2014,” said Martijn van der Put from Khaya Volunteer Projects, South Africa (first time WYSTC attendee). “I enjoyed doing my bit for the environment and also getting to know some of my fellow delegates in a completely different environment before the main event got underway.”

Thank you to everyone who took part in the project and helped to preserve Bull Island!

Read more about Bull Island and the sea-buckthorn management project >>

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WYSTC 2013 – Landscaping in Sydney

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Conservation Volunteers Australia provided the Sydney project. We headed to the Queens Park in Centennial Parkland, one of Australia’s best known and most historic parks. Our group of volunteers spent the morning painting heritage fences and mulching under large fig trees.

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 WYSTC 2012 –  Community and conservation in San Diego

parkreclogoConservation (outdoors): Our volunteers helped out the San Diego Parks and Recreation Office in supporting their aim of keeping the over 50 miles of beautiful shoreline of San Diego clean and welcoming for everyone.


CommSanDiego Foodbankunity (indoors): Food Banks play an important part of all community services; our volunteers lent a helping hand at the San Diego Food Bank, which provides food to over 350,000 people every month.

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WYSTC 2011 – Hands-on learning and food bank in Barcelona

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The InOut Hostel provided an opportunity to tour the grounds and gain an understanding of how the hostel runs, including its unique methodology and advanced efforts to stay green. Our volunteers then worked side-by-side the hostel’s employees, who are all disabled, which is what makes this hostel both exceptional and inspirational.


Barcelona food bank logoBanc dels Aliments (Food bank Barcelona) is a large non-profit organisation in Barcelona with a distribution system in place to help fight hunger. Each year, they collect nearly 4 million kilograms of food for over 90,000 people. Our volunteers helped with the sorting and boxing of food.
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WYSTC 2010 – Teaching in Beijing


EduChina provided our volunteers with the opportunity to provide English classes and to meet students and educators from one of Beijing’s most deserving schools Beijing Century Experimental School (Bai Nian School), as well as meeting representatives from local universities, media, educational and volunteer organizations, and the Chinese government at Wen Xian Hui, to meet and discuss the future of volunteer programs and international educational exchange in China.

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WETM-IAC 2010 – Haiti relief aid in Miami


Volunteers for International Partnership and the Educational Resource Development Trust (ERDT) arranged this project for us in Miami. Our volunteers worked alongside FANM, the Haitian Womens’ Organisation of Miami, and assisted in organising and sorting donations such as clothes, tents and hygiene kits to send to Haiti.