UNESCO Service Project - Kandersteg

Activity overview

Become a heritage guardian! Spend a day in the tremendous mountain landscape, helping conserve parts of the UNESCO world heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region

During the service project you will be outside all day, doing physical work alongside local farmers. Each participant will learn about UNESCO, the sustainable development goals and the environmental issues in the Swiss alps. After the service project each participant should have had received the information needed in order to plan, execute and evaluate their own Service Projects. 

The main tasks around the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region revolves around cleaning alps (fields high up in the mountains) of rockfall to ensure usability for farmers, as well as removing certain alien species which would otherwise spread and decrease bio-diversity. Each Service Project will be unique and could contain other tasks as well as the tasks mentioned above.

08:30 Meet your KISC & UNESCO Guide outside the chalet, receive information for the day. 
08:45 Meet your local UNESCO Service Project facilitator, prepare to leave. 
09:00 Leave to the location of the Service Project. Transportation provided by the UNESCO Service Project facilitator. 
12:30 Eat lunch provided by the UNESCO Service Project facilitator. Participants with dietary requirements should bring their own lunch. 
17:00 Arrive back to the Centre to evaluate the day and receive the Patrimoniti award for your service to the UNESCO World Heritage! 
Important information 
  • Availability of this activity might be limited and your activity request must be completed before 1st May. You will receive information if your project is possible by the start of June. 
  • A leader or responsible person over 18 years old must be present as part of the group.
  • Working gloves are provided by the center.
  • Please bring your own working clothes that can get dirty.
  • Each participant will need equipment to stay outside for the day, including a water bottle. 
  • You do not need to bring any packed lunch. Food will be provided during the service project. If you have any allergies, please bring your own food.


Awards & Badges 

You can get closer to achieving the following awards and badges, by completing this activity:

  • Eco Award
  • Patrimonito Award

More information about the awards and badges can be found here.

Patrimonito Award

Both the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) hopes to create a future where young people are empowerd with the knowledge to protect the heritage of the world. Kandersteg International Scout Centre is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region (UNESCO SAJA) and each year we contribute to this initiative through Scouts and Guides who takes part in our UNESCO World Heritage Service Project. Doing service to local communities is a key aspect of the Scouting Programme, and WOSM are providing the framework which allows Scout and Guides to make a difference through volunteer action: The Better World Framework. The framework contains various Programmes and initiatives, including the Scouts of the World Award - a Programme focused on Rover Scouts taking action for their local community in different areas: peace, environment and development. Any successful Scouts of the World Service Project taking place inside a UNESCO World Heritage site will grant the participants the Patrimonito Award to highlight the actions made to preserve the local culture and heritage for future generations. 

KISC's role is to coordinate each project together with UNESCO SAJA, and each project is executed by participating Scouts and Guides who's staying with us. As each project is planned and reveiwed by KISC, participants will not be able to include the service hours into their personal Scouts of the World Award journey. However, each participant will be granted the Patrimonito Award to recognise thier volunteer action in the UNESCO World Heritage site. 

By taking part in this activity each participant will learn about the Better World Framework, the UNESCO World Heritage and the sustainable developement goals. Participants will also learn how projects can be planned, executed and reveiwed which will help you to plan your very own community service project towards your Scouts of the World Award journey. 

Better World Framework: https://www.scout.org/better-world-framework
Scouts of the World Award: https://www.scout.org/swaward
Patrimonito Scout Badge: https://www.scout.org/patrimonito
UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch: https://www.jungfraualetsch.ch/en/


Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Guided externally
Kandersteg surroundings
Duration 1 day
Price adult 
Price child 
Programme theme 
Eco Adventure
Service Project
Group size 8 - 31
Minimum age limit 
from 14 years