Save Vernazza voluntourism project has started for another season in the Cinque Terre with 50 Busabout guides and drivers spending a morning getting their hands dirty and learning about the project so they can pass on the information to their clients.
It’s the Fourth Season of the “Turisti nei Cian” project which over the past 3 years:
- 450 travellers joined 50+ excursions to provide direct assistance to save Vernazza’s fragile territory and to promote sustainable tourism.
- 20 different landowners were helped to rebuild terracing and stonewalls (for which Vernazza and the Cinque Terre have been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), restore olive groves, cultivate vineyards and harvest grapes.
- Busabout guests donated over €6.600 to assist with Save Vernazza’s restoration and preservation efforts, including building five dry stonewalls and restoring land above the train station (to prevent further landslides onto the tracks).
While still a drop in the ocean in restoring damaged land after the 2011 flood, recuperating abandoned land terraces, or recovering olive groves, the project has made a significant contribution to the community.
Landowners were already smiling as they recounted the first day’s experience, as there is nothing better than being surrounded by enthusiastic young people giving a helping hand and enjoying the experience.
The Busabout staff felt satisfied and at the end of the morning enjoyed a well earned lunch and laugh together.
The agency is part of the Treadright Foundation which is committed to ‘Sustainable Tourism, to keep this world beautiful!’
So if you are over this way and want to participate, check the calendar here and contact Save Vernazza – Irene di Martino project manager and sign up. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or Whatsapp: +39 3485306953
I guarantee you will find it a rewarding experience, the guides are young locals, the farmers all with a good story to tell and the lunch is super. You don’t have to be a Busabout client to participate in the Voluntourism project and your contribution (€ 19) for the morning’s work and lunch covers equipment and expenses for the day. It is hard work and often hot so be prepared, but it will get you away from the madding crowds and give you an insight into the real community of Vernazza.
And as Save Vernazza’s motto says: ‘Even paradise needs a gardener!’