Closed for Maintenance, Open for Voluntourism

The initiative

 

The Faroe Islands is one of the most unspoiled and unpolluted places on earth and we are keen to ensure that our green islands remain so. Therefore, in April 2019 we launched an initiative where we over a weekend closed eleven popular tourist sites for regular tourists but opened them for everyone who wanted to help maintain them. In return for a helping hand, volunteers were gifted both accommodation and food over the three-night maintenance period by the Faroese nation.

Our idea was, quite simply, to close for maintenance and open for voluntourism over the last weekend of April 2019 – and to repeat and expand on this idea each year.

The campaign worked with local villagers and communities to identify several areas where a little TLC would help to preserve the infrastructure and would pave the way for a sustainable future for the islands.

We hope that our initiative may inspire other countries to follow suit, and to set up their own Maintenance Crews, thereby encouraging tourists to help in whatever way is needed to deal with the particular problem/s affecting that destination.

 

Below is a short film that captures the essence of the maintenance working days.

The initiative

 

The Faroe Islands is one of the most unspoiled and unpolluted places on earth and we are keen to ensure that our green islands rema...

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2022

 

We are excited to announce the return of the Maintenance working days in 2022. The dates are 4 – 6 May 2022.

For 2022, some 10 popular tourist sites will be closed to the general public on 5 and 6 of May 2022. We are in the process of identifying the projects together with local municipalities, tourism centres and local villagers. The specific projects will be announced here later.

Again in 2022 we will invite 100 volunteers from all over the world who will be chosen at random from the mass of applications.

Participants will receive free accommodation, food and transport on the islands over the three-night maintenance period (Wednesday 4, Thursday 5 and Friday 6 May). They will work alongside Faroe Islanders who will also be given the opportunity to take part.

 

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2022

 

We are excited to announce the return of the Maintenance working days in 2022. The dates are 4 – 6 May 2022.

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