Caro De Brouwer, a 27-year-old project manager from Kortrijk, had been to the Faroe Islands two years ago. "I was deeply impressed by the nature and the landscapes there", she told Het Laatste Nieuws. "After the trip, I kept following local social media. This is how I happened to see the appeal for volunteers less than 10 minutes after it had been launched. I immediately sent an e-mail and yes, I was among the first 100 to respond!"
Caro and various other nationalities travelled to the island for the weekend: they were offered food and accommodation, but had to pay the flight ticket themselves. Apart from the work, it was a unique feeling to have the island almost to herself: "It was a special experience, really nice."
We installed litter bins and information boards. It's important for tourists to know what they can and can't do
However, the volunteers came there to work in the first place: "We concentrated on the maintenance of bridleways. And we also installed litter bins and information boards. It's important to inform tourists about what they can and can't do. Otherwise, this place would turn into a mess soon enough. It's important to protect nature." The Faroe Islands are seeing an increase in tourist numbers of about 10 percent each year.
The islands belong to Denmark, but are situated somewhere in the middle between Iceland, Scotland and Norway in the middle of the sea. Just like Iceland, its attractiveness is made up of pure, unspoilt nature, endless views, clean air, puffins, its sheep - which largely outnumber the people living there - and dried mutton meat, among other things. And oh yes, they say it rains about 300 days per year in parts of the islands.