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Live, Work & Travel in Switzerland & Austria


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Gap Year & Voluntary Work in Switzerland and Austria

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Amadeus Association - Provides German language courses in Vienna, vocational training and work experience programmes throughout Austria including ski and snowboard instructor courses with paid work experience in the Austrian Alps.

Bergwald Project - Campaigns against the destruction of mountain forests in Switzerland, arranging for volunteers to be able to experience the ecosystem first hand.

Gruppo Voluntari della Svizzera Italiana - The Group of Volunteers of Italian Switzerland (GVSI) organises one week long community service workcamps between June and September.

Grenzenlos - An Austrian NGO based in Vienna, Grenzenlos is a non profit association aiming to promote world peace and tolerance through international non formal education programmes. They can help organise internships and workcamp placements in Austria.

International Conference Volunteers - Voluntary work assisting with conferences available in Switzerland.

Landdienst-Zentralstelle - Agricultural vacation work in the farming cantons of Switzerland. Details in English, French, Italian and German.

WWOOF Austria - Working vacations on organic farms in Austria. In German and English.

WWOOF Switzerland - In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.

Living in Switzerland & Austria

Real Estate and Resources for Staying Long Term

About Austria - Provides a list of estate agents in the living in Austria section plus travel information and city guides.

Travelling in Switzerland & Austria

Accommodation & Getting Around

Alpbach - Austrian village surrounded by 160 km of well marked hiking trails and 45 km of family friendly ski runs.

Austrian Tourist Office

Swiss Backpacker News - Low cost travel guide to Switzerland.

Swiss Backpackers - Hostels in the Alps.

Swiss Federal Railways - Features an online timetable, fare finder and ticket ordering.

Swiss Tourist Office

Tourist Office Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Other Useful Websites

Culture, News...

ABC-Zentrum Sprachinstitut Vienna, Austria - German courses in Vienna.

Alpha Sprachinstitut Austria - Learn German in Vienna. Intensive German courses, cultural programmes, accommodation. Following the system of the Goethe-Institute, courses prepare for internationally recognized certificates.

DeutschAkademie - German Course Vienna at DeutschAkademie. Intensive language training with modern and communication oriented methods in small groups of five to nine students. - Study German in Vienna. Beside theory and communication training in class you will experience Vienna by various interactive learning actions.

Swiss Embassy, London