Murilo Moletta

Age:

21

Country:

Brazil

Occupation:

Student

Expedition: 

Acuatic restoration

Year: 2017

Joining the Wild Scandinavia was the best experience during my student exchange and one of the best in my life!

Having the opportunity to learn and help conserve nature was incredible, even more with the opportunity to see all the different landscapes that we saw and enjoy them.

My stay in Sweden was really nice, the summer really invites you to enjoy the lakes, rivers and go hiking and camping. Doing all these things during the weekend or after work was also really worth it.

Living with the other volunteers was also really good. Being able to learn their culture and habits was interesting and cool. Plus at the end of the program you have a new group of friends. 

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Pietro Montanino

Age:

28

Country:

Italy

Occupation:

Teacher

Expedition:

Wildlife monitoring & Deep wilderness

Year: 2021

It’s difficult to describe three weeks in the wilderness in just a few words. I’ll start with the people: five people who didn’t know each other became a group. Five strangers became true friends, growing day after day a strong and meaningful bond. That’s something very valuable and normally very rare, but maybe it’s just what normally happens when you share so many little daily things and great experiences into the wild. Then there is the nature. You can really tell that what you are seeing, the ground you are walking, everything is truly wild, truly untouched. It’s not always easy, nature is harsh, is true, it won’t give you anything for free. But if you learn to adapt, to follow the natural flow of the wild, to stand when the situation demands a reaction, you will soon begin to grow a new and deeper perception about nature around you. You will not only overcome every obstacle, but you will understand when there is no need to. And you will feel truly alive and truly connected with a world that is not offering you comforts and beautiful lies. It’s offering you the truth of nature. And through this journey you won’t be alone! Your comrades, your fellows will be there for you, especially your guide, Sebastian. He will guide you, teach you, help you, but he will also let you find your own way. And, in the meanwhile, he will never stop quoting films and tv shows to make you laugh and forget that you are freezing.

Dylan Harris

Age:

21

Country:

United Kingdom

Occupation:

Student

Expedition:

Aquatic restoration

Year: 2017/2018

My stay with Wild Scandinavia has surpassed my expectations tenfold. I did not enter with many expectations as every volunteer program varies but Wild Scandinavia was outstanding. The accomodation was brilliant and tailored to each participant. 

Amentities such as food and cleaning facilities were well thought out. Supervision of volunteers was amazing with each participant being considered and catered to. With acceptance and respect for personal limits. 

Encouraging, reasonable, fair, considerate, realistic, flexible and generous are but a few words that could describe our leader and supervision of us over this month. If anything we'd all like to be able to give back more to him. Thank you Seb!

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Lois Vangangelt

Age:

21

Country:

The Netherlands

Occupation:

Student

Expedition:

Aquatic restoration

Year: 2018

Before I left for Sweden I didn't know what to expect. Now I am looking back at an amazing experience! The group was amazing and we had loads of fun. I really liked the camping and being in nature all the time. I enjoyed the canoeing and the river mappingthe most. 

Also the things we did on the side where very exiting, for example listening to the wolves howling in the wild!!!

If anybody would ask me if they should join Wild Scandinavia, I would definitly recommend it. Thanks Seb for everything! I had an amazing time and a great experience.

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Yorrick Grobbem

Age:

22

Country:

The Netherlands

Occupation:

Student

Expedition:

Wildlife monitoring & Deep wilderness

 

Year: 2021

The Deep wildernes wildife monitoring project has just come to an end. Looking back on my experience I can say I got more than my moneys worth. Next to the peace I found in the valley, I feel that we really bonded as a group and I learned a lot of skills that I am really grateful for. Seb is a leader of a kind and always managed to keep the spirits high, even when the weather conditions were a bit demanding. I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to join in this amazing project. The dinners were amazing.

 

Thanks again for everything and I really hope to see you again sometime! Good luck with the upcoming projects.

Frances Mills

Age:

21

Country:

United Kingdom

Occupation:

Student

Expedition:

Beaver & otter research

Year: 2017

Sweden and Wild Scandinavia has been an amazing experience. The was varied and we always knew the purpose of what we were doing, how it would help. We were allowed to go at our own pace but also challenged enough.

I feel I have learnt more in this month about nature conservation and Swedish culture than I would learn in a year at home. The group of volunteers was diverse and we felt like a team almost immediately. I am really glad to have met them and learnt from them. I would recommend Wild Scandinavia to anyone with an interest in conservation and hope to be able to return someday.

Máté Kardos

Age:

23

Country:

Ireland

Occupation:

Anthropologist

Expedition:

Aquatic restoration

Year: 2017/2018

Living and working here in Sweden as a volunteer has fulfulled my expectations and many more besides. We got to experience the pathless solitudes of the forest, the pines swaying in the morning winds and the warm campfires glowing in the evening half-light. And got to help and to conserve nature, species and aid local people's fight for nature. We learned things we never knew before and have come to see things in a new light. The call of birds, and of wild animals like moose and bear. 

Often the work was tough, the midges in legions. But that's what made it rewarding and we knew it was worthwile. In our free time we did not linger, but explored the woodland vastness or descended down northern rivers in canoes, camping by the shore. At the end of the month, the open road calls, but if the wilderness beckons once again, I would surely answer the call. 

Ciarán Ó Cuív

Age:

19

Country:

Ireland

Occupation:

Student

Expedition:

Nature conservation & wildlife monitoring

Year:

2017

My two weeks volunteering at Wild Scandinavia were some of the best in my life. The combination of work and education while out in the field made every day different and therefore fresh and interesting which in turn meant that I looked forward to the next day with anticipation rather then dread as could be when there are days of manual labour in close succession.

The work itself while tiring at times provided me and the rest of the group with a strong sense of satisfaction when complete. Clearing fields of invasive species that compete with native ones remain for me one of the clearest examples of how satisfying the work is by the end of each day. These fields, once covered in invasive flowers was by the end of our work day a field where native species coud now prosper. 

Living together with volunteers of different nationalities was also an eye-opening experience and overall I grew as a person. By the end of our first day in Sweden we'd all become friends. 

What struck me the most was the level of organisation Sebastian, the project manager and all the others who helped us along the way put into making sure that we would learn, work and enjoy ourselves during our stay.

Marta Cimatti

Age:

27

Country:

Italy

Occupation:

Conservation Biologist

Expedition:

Acuatic restoration

Year: 

2017

This was an amazing experience. Being in a new country that I have wanted to visit for a long time. Getting used to new things like sharing a little beautiful house with seven other people you have never met before. 

It wasn't just about the work experience it was definately about personal growth. The intence physical work was totally payed back by new knowledge and good vibes. I had the good fortune to be part of a very close-knit group which, although tired was always ready to keep going. I didn't know what to expect from this first volunteering experience but it was definately good and I would gladly do it again.