AYCH OCEAN: CÍES CAMP 2019
I had a fantastic four days volunteering for the AYCH Ocean Cíes Camp 2019 located on a national park just off the coast of Pontevedra Galicia, Spain. The days consisted of beach cleans, assessment of items found, watersports, prototype design and production and long walks around the islands.
Highlighting the impact of tourism and working to promote sustainability and more conscious enjoyment of the islands, around 120 volunteers stay at the camp each year to help keep the beaches clean to raise awareness of the wildlife. I was lucky to meet an international team of Spanish, Italian and Dutch volunteers and assisted with the design of a bag made from Eucalyptus bark, a non-native tree growing in abundance on the island which is being slowly replaced by original fauna.
Additionally we learnt more about the history of the island, got to see an area that isn’t open to the public and discovered the nature that resides within the forests and beaches. Truly stunning and more than just white sands and clear blue water to be found, thanks so much to the AYCH project for this opportunity and for having me be a part of the team.
AYCH OCEAN: PILOT PROJECT OF PROTOTYPING WITH PLASTIC IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE NATIONAL PARK OF THE ATLANTIC ISLANDS OF GALICIA
Cleaning the paths of Illa do Faro towards Faro do Monte Faro
The view from Praia de Rodas
As well as maintenance, another objective of Cies Volunteer Camp is to provide practical solutions for the benefit of the Islands and their natural environment. I assisted the team with designing and making a backpack (illustration above drawn by Victor) made from waste eucalyptus bark that tourists could use whilst visiting the islands and if they choose, take them home as a souvenir. With a tight time frame after a full day working and enjoying the environment, it was wonderful to see the creativity and passion behind each idea and I'm looking forward to hearing about the selections reviewed during an event in Porto, Portugal next year.