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country Iceland: East Iceland - taking care of natur wf130
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5/07/2020 - 15/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 450
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Volunteers will 5 hours of environmental work during weekdays for example cleaning the coastline and rivers, planting trees and flowers, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. The work depends in the need of the local community. We also have the option to do a little bit of renovation in the house or taking care of the garden if needed. For two hours a day from Monday to Thursday we will give a special focus on global warming and the volunteers will have workshops about climate changes. The issue of global warming is well known all over the world. The humanity must act in a more environmentally friendly way. The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects’ participants. Within the project we will learn about green energy, sustainable house-holding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. In addition to the theoretical part we are going to practice sustainable work. For example, planting trees is one of the main exercises of the camps. Planting trees becomes a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air and prevent erosion's. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change! Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we must be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, but hopefully, the weather will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Accomodation and food

Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in the WF house in Stodvarfjordur. They will share apartment with four bedrooms, big living room fully equipped kitchens, showers and toilets. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags or borrow one from WF if they don’t want to bring it. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home! Please keep in mind that there is another apartment in the house as well on the second floor that is also used for international volunteers.

Location and leisure

The area in the east is also good for hiking, so please bring your hiking shoes. There is a free entrance to the local swimming pool from the middle of June until the middle of September. WF Iceland will organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs. We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre – the form of introduction is up to you! Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers. This workcamp gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

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“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður, Breiðdalsvík and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Additional comments

There is an extra participation fee of 450 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stodvarfjordur and back again which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first day of the camp and the last one). On the way to the camp, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the camp, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik (if road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.

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Organization Worldwide Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Iceland: Hitting the slopes - Blue Mountains SEEDS 055.
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5/07/2020 - 19/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 350
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Renovation
8 volunteers (2Male / 1female still needed)
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In the Blue Mountains, the main tasks will be maintaining the slopes and preparing them for the next ski season. The city and a few sports associations run lodges and mountain huts there and they might also need some renovation jobs, such as painting and/or cleaning. The working plan is flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local hosts. No previous experience is necessary but the work is demanding and requires a good physical condition. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. The landscape is raw and volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors and to experience isolated mountain areas. The camp happens around the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The bright nights are magical and staying awake and enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience. During the time of the camp participants will have the opportunity to experience the midnight sun as there are 24 hours of light even if the sun sets for shorts periods of time.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS volunteers will stay in one of the ski lodges in the mountains and sleep in a sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Do not forget some traditional/typical food, drinks, music and recipes from your country for the international evening.

Location and leisure

The skiing areas of Bláfjöll and Skálafell are both about 30 minutes drive away from the city. Bláfjöll is south-west of the city and Skálafell is located to the east of Reykjavik. Both areas have great slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding as well as tracks for cross-country skiing. Bláfjöll has 16 lifts and Skálafell has 4 lifts. The sports area in Skálafell is situated between the elevations of 380 and 700 m. The Blue Mountain range stretches to the west from the mountain Vifilsfell near the main road (#1) from the capital area to the South-western lowlands. The highest mountain in the range reaches 600 m and in 1968 the district became a very popular skiing resort among Icelanders. The areas are excellent for recreation, not only for alpine and cross country skiing, but outdoor activities as well such as hiking and mountain biking. Nature lovers are certain to find something they like there, but it’s important to be careful crossing the rugged lava fields because of the numerous caves underneath. The locations of the camp are remote and isolated, even though still close to the city. Free time activities in the surroundings are mostly hiking and trekking. Other excursions (Golden Circle, South Shore, Hot River hike or Snaefellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares for SEEDS participants in case there is additional free time after work or during the weekends.

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SEEDS volunteers will be working again with the Reykjavík municipality in two of the main outdoors skiing and recreational areas in the capital region, Bláfjöll (or the Blue Mountains) and Skálafell. In Skálafell the ski slopes are turned into a bike park during summertime and mountain bike enthusiasts can nourish their passion. The main tasks will include renovation and maintenance work on the bike trails; mainly raking and scraping them up. Other possible tasks may be related to general cleaning of the area.

Meeting point

Meeting and departure time to the camp will be at 19:00 (7:00 pm) on July 5 from the meeting point at SEEDS office in Reykjavik. After the camp we will return to Reykjavík in the afternoon of July 19.

Additional comments

Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros). Please note the fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival. The fee includes the domestic transportation from Reykjavík to the campsite and back (on the first and last day of the camp) and the Reykjanes Peninsula excursion.

Requirements

Volunteers shall be prepared for physical outdoors work & should bring good working shoes and clothes. In the mountains, the weather can change quickly and drastically. Even if it is summer, the weather can be cold or rainy. We recommend to bring good walking shoes/boots, warm and/or waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) as most of the tasks and activities take place outside. English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Organization SEEDS Iceland Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ). Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: HVERAGERDI i HEALTH and ENVIRONMENT WF14
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6/07/2020 - 20/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 350
Environmental
Manual Work
8 volunteers (3Male / 4female still needed)
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The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where Worldwide Friends volunteers work most of the time. Volunteers will help with growing tomatoes, cucumbers and making tea made of Icelandic herbs and also do some environmental work around the property. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. Volunteers should bring clothes appropriate for outdoor work, but also clothes for working inside the warm greenhouses. Working hours are usually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and volunteers will have a one-hour lunch break. We will give a special focus on global warming during the camp and the volunteers will have workshops about climate change. The issue of global warming is well known all over the world. The humanity must act in a more environmentally friendly way. The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects participants. Within the project we will learn about green energy, sustainable householding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change

Accomodation and food

Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several single and/or double bedrooms and a living room. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds and sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home

Location and leisure

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermally heated swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hverageroi is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur.WF Iceland will also organise reasonably priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland can offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs. Take a look at http://wf.is/excursions/ We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre i the form of introduction is up to you Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers. This workcamp gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

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Hverageroi is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavik. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field, which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruits, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses The name Hverageroi means hot springs garden. Geothermal energy is Hverageroi s lifeblood, and you probably won t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely Steam Valley behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.Our host is a non-profit organisation called the NLFI Rehabilitation and Health Clinic, which is part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland. Every year approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients own health. The clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care of patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland. In the last years this ongoing camp has been the most popular camp in our organisation.

Meeting point

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The meeting point is at 08.00 am at the first day of the camp in Tjarnargata 11 which is the city hall of Reykjavik. The minibus is included in the fee for the camp

Requirements

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Organization Worldwide Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Keflavik Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: Stykkisholmur – Secret of Snæfellsn WF402
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8/07/2020 - 22/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 450
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During the workcamp we will do different kind of environmental work, for example clean the coastline, plant trees and maintaining hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard, and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges Within the project we will learn about green energy, sustainable house holding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. In addition to the theoretical part we are going to practice sustainable work. For example, planting trees is one of the main exercises of the camps. Planting trees becomes a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air and prevent erosion. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!

Accomodation and food

The volunteers will stay in a local community building. Mattresses and sheets will be provided, and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bags and towels. The food will be supplied for the duration of the work camp and everyone is expected to do his/her fair share of the cooking/cleaning. It would be nice to try new and different dishes, so please remember to bring along recipes and specialities from your own countries.

Location and leisure

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in the village. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. WF Iceland will organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs. Take a look at http://wf.is/excursions/ We will also organize leisure activities for the group. The area around the village is also good for hiking so please bring your hiking shoes.

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The beautiful town of Stykkishólmur is situated in the western part of Iceland, to the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. With its 1,540 inhabitants, it is a centre of services and commerce for the area. Most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism. A ferry goes over the Breiðafjörður to the West Fjords. The village features picturesque old houses, the oldest of which, the Norwegian House, is a folk museum, where exhibitions are frequently held. The film „Secret life of Walter Mitty was filmed there. The Snæfellsnes peninsula and Breiðafjörður bay are renowned for their natural beauty and remarkable wildlife. Snæfellsnes is sometimes called „Iceland in miniature,” due to its many different kinds of geology all in one place, you can’t miss this if you want to capture the true spirit and beauty of the island. There are several pleasant hikes to be made within the Stykkishólmur area. A walk along Súgandisey by the harbour will reveal a unique panoramic view.

Meeting point

The meeting point will be on the first day of the camp 11/06/2019 at 08.00 am in Tjarnargata 11 - Reykjavik, in front of the City Hall.

Additional comments

Fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stykkishólmur and back again which is almost 1.000 km in total (excursions included

Requirements

Travel Information Document as provided, or any other equivalent document, required at workcamps@wf.is
Organization World Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Keflavik Int. airport Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: July Photo Marathon in Reykjavík SEEDS 057.
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9/07/2020 - 18/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 600
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8 volunteers (2Male / 3female still needed)
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Throughout the year participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an immersive photography-related learning camp. SEEDS coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants individual style. When the workshop ends, we select some of our best pictures from the camp and prepare those images for an informal online exhibition. While learning about photography the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by displaying their work during the camps. One of our objectives is to deliver environmental as well as cultural messages and draw the attention through pictures made in the camp. Participants should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions. Participants should arrive ready to shoot and should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses, laptops and tripodes if possible. Note this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a regular work camp; we may be able to organize some outdoor voluntary work but it depends on our partners and the weather. Participants should use the opportunity to share about their own culture or country, such as food, music, games or films with the international group. This camp is open to participants aged 16 to 20 years, during their stay SEEDS organises a programme that combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, and having fun while exploring the capital city and some of the most stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle and the South Shore excursions. The camp happens around the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The nights are magical and staying awake enjoying the surroundings is a unique experience.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS participants will stay in an equipped house, which is located about 4 kilometers from the centre of the city. The house includes basic facilities such as showers, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. The group will sleep in shared rooms and participants shall bring their own sleeping bag. Participants from other camps may also stay in the house. Participants will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Do not forget some traditional/typical food,recipes, music, games or movies from your country for the international evening.

Location and leisure

Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. It is an International city with a lively Cosmopolitan cultural scene. Additional excursions (eg. Snaefellsnes, Hot River hike or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares in case there is additional free time after the workshops and sessions of the camp. Weather may be cold or rainy, so we recommend to bring warm and/or waterproof clothes.

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This is the thirteenth year (since 2008) that SEEDS organizes series of International Photo marathons, while we started organising camps for teenagers in the year 2010.

Meeting point

Meeting time will be 18:00 (6:00 pm) in the afternoon of July 9 at the BSÍ bus station or at SEEDS office. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp.

Additional comments

Participation fee EUR 600 (Euros), which needs to be transferred to SEEDS the latest one month before the camp starts to confirm the placement of the participant/s. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp (on the first), with the Golden Circle and South Shore excursions (1 full day-trip each), we will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, a glacier, impressive coastline, a volcano crater, Thingvellir National Park and much more.

Requirements

Participation fee EUR 600 (Euros), which needs to be transferred to SEEDS the latest one month before the camp starts to confirm the placement of the participant/s. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp (on the first), with the Golden Circle and South Shore excursions (1 full day-trip each), we will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, a glacier, impressive coastline, a volcano crater, Thingvellir National Park and much more.
Organization SEEDS Iceland Age 16 - 20 Age
Nearest terminal Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ). Languages spoken English
country Iceland: HAFNARFJORDUR i THE VILLAGE IN THE WF343
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10/07/2020 - 19/07/2020
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Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in and around hafnarfjordur, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we have to be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, but hopefully, the weather will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Within the project we will have educational sessions to learn about green energy, sustainable house holding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you must understand the issues and tasks first. In addition to the theoretical part we are going to practice sustainable work. For example, planting trees is one of the main exercises of the camps. Planting trees becomes a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air and prevent erosion. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!

Accomodation and food

Worldwide Friends volunteers stay in a community building offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag and towels, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theatres, shops, museums, and bus stations.Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes (and spices) from home

Location and leisure

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in Hafnarfjordur. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.WF Iceland will also organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs. Take a look at http://wf.is/excursions/

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Hafnarfjordur is the third largest town in Iceland, with a population of over 26,000. A progressive municipality that focuses on ensuring a friendly environment. It is only 10 km away from the center of Reykjavik.Hafnarfjordur is a unique town with an extraordinary history, where daily life and culture thrives in the middle of an old lava field. The town had a population of approximately 1400 when it was granted municipal status. Now, a century later, the population has exploded. However, the town retains its small-town air, its rural aura and its heart - which is not surprising given that the it prides itself on the largest unbroken neighborhood of corrugated iron-clad timber houses in Iceland. The town has grown quickly over the past few years and the new neighborhoods have attracted a diverse community of people who understand that Hafnarfjorour offers a great range of commercial outlets and services, an active cultural life and plenty of activities.The town is famous for having one of Iceland s largest settlements of elves, dwarves and the so-called Hidden Folk. Centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town s centre. We do not doubt this at all. Though elves are visible only to those with second sight, many Icelanders believe in their existence. Indeed, there are many stories to support this belief and reports of cases where the construction of new roads or housing developments were hindered by strange happenings abound. Hidden Folk are highly respected all over Iceland, especially in Hafnarfjordur. There is even a Hidden Worlds tour that takes to their home sites, including Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and narrates how the town developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk. For more information take a look at: http://www.hafnarfjordur.is/english/ Additional information: There is an extra participation fee of 350 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point of the camp to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.

Meeting point

The meeting point will be on the first day of the camp at 08.00 am in Tjarnargata 11 - Reykjavik, in front of the City Hall.

Additional comments

Fee includes the transportation to/from the meeting point and and also the Golden circle excursion

Requirements

Travel Information Document as provided, or any other equivalent document, required at workcamps@wf.is

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action
Organization Worldwide Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Keflavik Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: Revegetation in the South-west of SEEDS 058.
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10/07/2020 - 24/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 350
Environmental
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13 volunteers (2Male / 1female still needed)
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The South-west is part of the volcanic belt of Iceland, with vast lava fields and erodible volcanic soils. Additionally, the area has suffered from overgrazing of sheep for a long time. Consequently the ecological condition is rather poor and some areas have completely lost their top soil. Materials like horse manure, garden waste and the likes are the best revegetation means available. The results of the efforts made so far can already be seen at a number of sites in the South-west of the country. Documentation is available and as can be seen, the role of SEEDS volunteers has been substantial. No previous experience is necessary but the work is demanding and might require a good physical condition; it can at times be repetitive and demanding but always rewarding. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. Volunteers need to be prepared for working outdoors in sometimes isolated sites. Be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and bring warm winter clothes as the tasks take place outside and it can get rather cold. Bring warm under-layers, waterproofs, walking shoes/boots, a good sleeping bag, hat, scarves and gloves. Keep in mind, our earth is getting warmer because of an overload of CO2 in the atmosphere. Also, green plants remove carbon from the atmosphere and capture it in biomass and soil. Revegetation is one of the most effective ways to fight off climate change, especially in a land so heavily eroded as Iceland.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be lodged in a school building with basic facilities in one of Reykjavik’s neighbouring towns. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses provided, please bring a sleeping bag. There is a shower in the school and volunteers will also have free access to the local geothermal swimming pool. Food ingredients will be provided and the group will be responsible for cooking and cleaning. Do not forget some traditional/typical food, drinks, music and recipes from your country for the international evening. Organic waste will be used for compost by the hosting organization.

Location and leisure

The work takes place in the vicinity of Reykjavík on different locations. The main emphasis will be on erosion control in ten different sites in the South-west of Iceland, mostly in and around the Reykjanes peninsula, area marked by active volcanism under its surface with numerous hot and sulphur springs around the Kleifarvatn Lake and in the Krýsuvík geothermal area. The Peninsula is famous for its wide network of hiking trails through colourful landscapes, amazing ocean cliffs, bird and whale watching sites and the Blue Lagoon. The camp happens around the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The bright nights are magical and staying awake enjoying the surroundings is a unique experience.

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Since 2007 SEEDS has been working with an organisation devoted to the re-vegetation of eroded soils and to mitigate climate change in the South-west of Iceland. The aim is to stop the downward spiral of erosion and to strengthen the ecosystem by enhancing its natural vegetation. SEEDS volunteers will perform three different types of work depending on the project needs each time: a) Revegetation and erosion control using organic materials, b) Removal of old fences and c) Monitoring the survival and growth of tree plantations of former years. These tasks will be performed at several different locations in the South-west of the country.

Additional comments

Participation fee is EUR 350 (Euros) which can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic kronas. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp on the first day, the Golden Circle and a full day-trip that will be decided according to weather conditions (either Snæfellsnes peninsula or the South Shore).

Requirements

Participation fee is EUR 350 (Euros) which can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic kronas. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp on the first day, the Golden Circle and a full day-trip that will be decided according to weather conditions (either Snæfellsnes peninsula or the South Shore).
Organization SEEDS Iceland Age 18 - 90 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: Preventing the soil erosion in Reyk WF342
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11/07/2020 - 24/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 400
Environmental
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Manual Work
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We will be working with GFF which is one of the leading environmental organization in south Iceland. The purpose of the association is to prevent the soil erosion around the capital area of Reykjavik and to make the eco system stronger and sustainable. To reach those goals GFF is planting natural species to restore lost land and at the same time create an environment that people in the capital area can enjoy in the future. The area of Reykjanes peninsula is very volcanic and full of lava fields, because of the that the vegetation is very poor in some places and a lot of need to revegetate the areas. We will help GFF to do that work. You can find further information is their website www.gff.is Within the project we will have educational sessions to learn about green energy, sustainable householding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you must understand the issues and tasks first. Our work will depend on weather conditions, which is why we must be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, but hopefully, the weather will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 to 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Accomodation and food

Worldwide Friends volunteers stay in a community building offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag and towels, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theatres, shops, museums, and bus stations.Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes (and spices) from home

Location and leisure

There are two excursions included in the project fee - The Golden Circle South Iceland excursion and The Snæfellsnes peninsula excursion. Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in Hafnarfjordur. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. WF Iceland will also organise other reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

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The work will take place in the Reykjanes peninsula which is located on a drift zone, between two continents, the North American plate and the Eurasian plate. It is a unique site where you can find different elements that exist because of the drift zone; geothermal energy and lava fields. There you can find a lot of natural phenomenon such as Gunnuhver hot spring, Krysuvik, the bridge between continents and Hafnaberg sea cliffs. The volunteers will be staying in Hafnarfjörður which is the third largest town in Iceland, with a population of over 26,000. A progressive municipality that focuses on ensuring a friendly environment. It is only 10 km away from the center of Reykjavik. Hafnarfjörður is a unique town with an extraordinary history, where daily life and culture thrives in the middle of an old lava field. The town had a population of approximately 1400 when it was granted municipal status. Now, a century later, the population has exploded. However, the town retains its small-town air, its rural aura and its heart - which is not surprising given that the it prides itself on the largest unbroken neighborhood of corrugated iron-clad timber houses in Iceland. The town has grown quickly over the past few years and the new neighborhoods have attracted a diverse community of people who understand that Hafnarfjörður offers a great range of commercial outlets and services, an active cultural life and plenty of activities. The town is famous for having one of Iceland’s largest settlements of elves, dwarves and the so-called ‘Hidden Folk.’ Centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town’s centre. We do not doubt this at all. Though elves are visible only to those with second sight, many Icelanders believe in their existence. Indeed, there are many stories to support this belief and reports of cases where the construction of new roads or housing developments were hindered by strange happenings abound. Hidden Folk are highly respected all over Iceland, especially in Hafnarfjördur. There is even a Hidden Worlds tour that takes to their home sites, including Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and narrates how the town developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk. For more information take a look at: http://www.hafnarfjordur.is/english/

Meeting point

The meeting point will be on the first day of the camp at 08.00 am in Tjarnargata 11 - Reykjavik, in front of the City Hall.

Additional comments

There is an extra participation fee of 400 euros for this workcamp, the fee includes two full day excursions. The Golden Circle South Iceland excursion and The Snæfellsnes peninsula excursion

Requirements

Travel Information Document as provided, or any other equivalent document, required at workcamps@wf.is
Organization World Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Keflavik Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: PURE NATURE NEAR TO THE ARCTIC CIRC WF258
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12/07/2020 - 22/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 450
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During the workcamp we will do different kind of environmental work, for example clean the coastline, plant trees and maintaining hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard, and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Within the project we will have educational sessions to learn about green energy, sustainable house-holding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you must understand the issues and tasks first. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!

Accomodation and food

The volunteers will stay in a local community building in Thorshofn and/or Bakkafjordur. Mattresses and sheets will be provided, and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bags and towels. The food will be supplied for the duration of the work camp and everyone is expected to do his/her fair share of the cooking/cleaning. It would be nice to try new and different dishes, so please remember to bring along recipes and specialties from your own countries.

Location and leisure

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in the village. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Some leisure activities will be organized by the local community. The area around the village is also good for hiking so please bring your hiking shoes.

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To truly sense the remote beauty of the north-east, the charming little fishing village of Langanesbyggd on the north-eastern coast is the right place to go. The town of Thorshofn with its 400 inhabitants lies at the very tip of the Langanes peninsula and Bakkafjordur with around 50 people living there. There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from: hiking, salmon and trout fishing, as well as horse trekking in Iceland s most astonishing landscape. The Langanes Peninsula is also one of the best areas to spot Iceland s rich and varied birdlife. Thorshofn is within driving distance of some of Iceland s most prized natural pearls, such as Myvatn, renowned for its geothermal activity, and Dettifoss, one of Europe s highest and most spectacular waterfalls. This village has a beautiful natural harbor and the inhabitants livelihood depends mostly on fishing, fish processing and commerce. For additional information, visit: http://www.langanesbyggd.is/category.php?catID=17. Additional information: There is an extra participation fee of 450 euros for this workcamp. There is an extra participation fee of 450 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik through the West and the North to Langanes and back again which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first day of the camp and the last one). This trip includes several stops where you will discover unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, lava fields, hot-springs and rhyolite mountain ranges.

Meeting point

The meeting point will be on the first day of the camp 03/07/2019 at 08.00 am in Tjarnargata 11 - Reykjavik, in front of the City Hall.

Additional comments

Fee includes the transportation to/from the meeting point in Reykjavik through the west and the North to Langanesbyggd - in total 1.400 km.

Requirements

Travel Information Document as provided, or any other equivalent document, required at workcamps@wf.is
Organization World Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Keflavik Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: ONE EARTH i OUR HOME, LETS PREVENT WF212
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13/07/2020 - 24/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 450
Renovation
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12 volunteers (4Male / 7female still needed)
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This camp has different kind of tasks. Some days we will focus on renovation, painting, cleaning and fixing things around and inside the house. We will also do some artwork for example paintings and sculptures made of driftwood. Other days we will clean the coastline and/or plant trees in the area. We will give a special focus on global warming and the volunteers will have workshops about climate changes. The issue of global warming is well known all over the world. The humanity must act in a more environmentally friendly way. The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects participants. Within the project we will learn about green energy, sustainable householding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. In addition to the theoretical part we are going to practice sustainable work. For example, planting trees is one of the main exercises of the camps. Planting trees becomes a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air and prevent erosions. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change This work camp is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Accomodation and food

Worldwide Friends volunteers stay in the Worldwide Friends sustainable centre offering basic facilities. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wi-fi is available for free. Food is included for the duration of the workcamp; everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home

Location and leisure

WF Iceland will organize reasonably priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs. The area around the place is also great for hiking.We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre i the form of introduction is up to you Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers.

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Worldwide Friends Iceland is opening a centre of environment and sustainability near to the crossroads to the West, South and North of Iceland. The centre called BRU is in the area of Hrutafjordur which is a 36 km long fjord in Hunathing vestra. In the neighbourhood you can find a lot of pure and unspoiled nature, beaches full of driftwood, Snaefellsnes peninsula, glaciers in the highlands, waterfalls, strong rivers, canyons and craters. The purpose of the centre is to protect the nature in the area and to raise the awareness of sustainability among the locals and the visitors which are coming to the area.The house is more than 1.000 m and has 16 double rooms, two kitchens, several bathrooms and common areas, rooms for workshops and galleries. It has its own generator to produce electricity for heating and daily use.

Meeting point

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The meeting point is at 08.00 am at the first day of the camp in Tjarnargata 11 which is the city hall of Reykjavik. The minibus is included in the fee for the camp

Requirements

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Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action Responsible Consumption and Production
Organization Worldwide Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Keflavik Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: East Iceland - taking care of natur wf131
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15/07/2020 - 25/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 450
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Volunteers will 5 hours of environmental work during weekdays for example cleaning the coastline and rivers, planting trees and flowers, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. The work depends in the need of the local community. We also have the option to do a little bit of renovation in the house or taking care of the garden if needed. For two hours a day from Monday to Thursday we will give a special focus on global warming and the volunteers will have workshops about climate changes. The issue of global warming is well known all over the world. The humanity must act in a more environmentally friendly way. The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects’ participants. Within the project we will learn about green energy, sustainable house-holding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. In addition to the theoretical part we are going to practice sustainable work. For example, planting trees is one of the main exercises of the camps. Planting trees becomes a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air and prevent erosion's. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change! Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we must be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, but hopefully, the weather will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Accomodation and food

Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in the WF house in Stodvarfjordur. They will share apartment with four bedrooms, big living room fully equipped kitchens, showers and toilets. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags or borrow one from WF if they don’t want to bring it. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home! Please keep in mind that there is another apartment in the house as well on the second floor that is also used for international volunteers.

Location and leisure

The area in the east is also good for hiking, so please bring your hiking shoes. There is a free entrance to the local swimming pool from the middle of June until the middle of September. WF Iceland will organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs. We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre – the form of introduction is up to you! Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers. This workcamp gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

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“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður, Breiðdalsvík and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Additional comments

There is an extra participation fee of 450 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stodvarfjordur and back again which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first day of the camp and the last one). On the way to the camp, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the camp, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik (if road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.

Requirements

No requirements
Organization Worldwide Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Iceland: Botanical gardens in Reykjavik 30+ SEEDS 065.
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19/07/2020 - 1/08/2020
Additional host fee EUR 350
Agricultural
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6 volunteers (2Male / 2female still needed)
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SEEDS volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff attending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to some of these events. The group of volunteers will be able to join them. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out with a short notice. The work can be repetitive as general gardening tasks tend to be and most of it is outdoors. The project starts early every weekday, working hours are from 8:00 - 15:00, except on Friday when work finishes at 12:00 as a part of an ongoing research into shortening the working week. Volunteers have to be motivated to join early in the morning, but in compensation they will have more free time in the afternoon. Lunch will be ordered on working days and shared with the local staff. No previous experience is necessary. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS volunteers will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting in the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 kilometres from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms/dorms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Please note that volunteers from other projects will also be staying in the same house. Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Do not forget some traditional/typical food and/or drinks from your home country for the international evening.

Location and leisure

Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Ocean on almost all sides. Visitors experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital, whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife. Closer than 100 km from Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit. Other excursions (South Shore, Hot River hike, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares for SEEDS participants in case there is additional free time after work or during the weekends. Participants in this camp will have a free pass to access one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated within walking distance from the camp’s accommodation. Weather is unpredictable and it can be cold and rainy, be prepared to experience all kinds of weather. We recommend to bring good walking shoes/boots, warm and/or waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) as most of the tasks and activities take place outside.

Project hosted by

This is the tenth year in a row SEEDS offers projects in the Botanical Gardens in Reykjavík. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2016. The garden’s main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000-plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.

Meeting point

Meeting point will be at SEEDS office in Reykjavík at 18:00 (6:00 pm) on July 19. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.

Additional comments

Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros), which can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival. The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the camp location (on the first and last day of the camp), and the Golden Circle excursion. Meeting point will be at SEEDS office in Reykjavík at 18:00 (6:00 pm) on July 19. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.

Requirements

Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros), which can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival. The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the camp location (on the first and last day of the camp), and the Golden Circle excursion. No previous experience is necessary. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned.
Organization SEEDS Iceland Age 30 - 90 Age
Nearest terminal Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ) Languages spoken English
country Iceland: Environmentally Aware & Trash Hunti SEEDS 064.
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19/07/2020 - 27/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 350
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12 volunteers (3Male / 3female still needed)
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This camp allows participants to learn about global and local environmental issues, through non-formal activities such as participation in discussion groups, workshops and presentations; as well as to contribute directly to environment protection by joining coastal, urban or green-spaces clean-up efforts. These clean-up efforts may be arranged in partnership with the above mentioned organisations or organised solely by SEEDS. We aim to also involve the local community, so some of our events may be open to the public. We hope participants will also learn how to plan and do their own trash-hunt projects back home. This project is based on similar activities around the world, where outstanding results have been made with volunteers. As a hands-on volunteering activity day, included also in this camp is one of the below options: A day trip combining a guided tour to the Hellisheiði Power Station, a trash hunt in the Blue Mountains area; and the Hot River hike, a hike up a valley filled with hot springs where one can bathe, or A day trip to the Reykjanes peninsula, combined with a coastal trash hunt in the area. We will try to visit the waste collection centre of SORPA, where a tour of the facilities and a lecture regarding waste management in Reykjavik will be provided. Some of the activities are dependent on conditions such as weather, human resources available, as well as availability from our partner organisations. This camp combines learning, sharing, hands-on work and having fun. No previous experience is needed. Participants should prepare and share about environmental issues from their countries and should be ready to spend time outdoors walking medium distances during the clean-ups, as during other activities and sightseeing. As part of the project is happening outdoors, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to do some of the activities planned.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food supplies and will be in charge of the cooking and cleaning. Please note the food SEEDS provides will be vegetarian. Do not forget some traditional/typical food, drinks, recipes, music, games or movies from your country for the international evening, please be aware some items or ingredients may be expensive in Iceland and you will need to buy them yourselves or bring them from your country.

Location and leisure

Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Other excursions (eg. Golden Circle, South shore and/or Snæfellsnes) can be arranged at discount fares in case there is additional free time after the work or sessions of the camp.

Project hosted by

The Environmentally Aware & Trash Hunting project is part of a series of camps organised by SEEDS in cooperation with different partners. SEEDS works with The Blue Army, an organisation dedicated to the cause of coast cleaning; Sea Shepherd Iceland, an organisation dedicated to defend, conserve and protect the oceans; with Whales of Iceland, an exhibition of life size models of whales and porpoises aiming at educating about their lives and human impact on their existence, and SORPA the organisation in charge of waste collection & management in the Reykjavik area.

Meeting point

Meeting time will be 17:00 (5:00 pm) on July 19 at the SEEDS Office. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.

Additional comments

Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros). Please note that the fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp (on the first day), the visits available and one trip combined with the trash collection activity.

Requirements

Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros). Please note that the fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp (on the first day), the visits available and one trip combined with the trash collection activity.
Organization SEEDS Iceland Age 18 - 90 Age
Nearest terminal BSI Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: HAFNARFJORDUR i THE VILLAGE IN THE WF344
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20/07/2020 - 29/07/2020
Additional host fee EUR 350
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12 volunteers (5Male / 7female still needed)
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Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in and around hafnarfjordur, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we have to be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, but hopefully, the weather will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Within the project we will have educational sessions to learn about green energy, sustainable house holding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you must understand the issues and tasks first. In addition to the theoretical part we are going to practice sustainable work. For example, planting trees is one of the main exercises of the camps. Planting trees becomes a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air and prevent erosion. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!

Accomodation and food

Worldwide Friends volunteers stay in a community building offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag and towels, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theatres, shops, museums, and bus stations.Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes (and spices) from home

Location and leisure

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in Hafnarfjordur. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.WF Iceland will also organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs. Take a look at http://wf.is/excursions/

Project hosted by

Hafnarfjordur is the third largest town in Iceland, with a population of over 26,000. A progressive municipality that focuses on ensuring a friendly environment. It is only 10 km away from the center of Reykjavik.Hafnarfjordur is a unique town with an extraordinary history, where daily life and culture thrives in the middle of an old lava field. The town had a population of approximately 1400 when it was granted municipal status. Now, a century later, the population has exploded. However, the town retains its small-town air, its rural aura and its heart - which is not surprising given that the it prides itself on the largest unbroken neighborhood of corrugated iron-clad timber houses in Iceland. The town has grown quickly over the past few years and the new neighborhoods have attracted a diverse community of people who understand that Hafnarfjorour offers a great range of commercial outlets and services, an active cultural life and plenty of activities.The town is famous for having one of Iceland s largest settlements of elves, dwarves and the so-called Hidden Folk. Centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town s centre. We do not doubt this at all. Though elves are visible only to those with second sight, many Icelanders believe in their existence. Indeed, there are many stories to support this belief and reports of cases where the construction of new roads or housing developments were hindered by strange happenings abound. Hidden Folk are highly respected all over Iceland, especially in Hafnarfjordur. There is even a Hidden Worlds tour that takes to their home sites, including Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and narrates how the town developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk. For more information take a look at: http://www.hafnarfjordur.is/english/ Additional information: There is an extra participation fee of 350 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point of the camp to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.

Meeting point

The meeting point will be on the first day of the camp at 08.00 am in Tjarnargata 11 - Reykjavik, in front of the City Hall.

Additional comments

Fee includes the transportation to/from the meeting point and and also the Golden circle excursion

Requirements

Travel Information Document as provided, or any other equivalent document, required at workcamps@wf.is

Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action
Organization Worldwide Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Keflavik Languages spoken English , English
country Iceland: HVERAGERDI i HEALTH and ENVIRONMENT WF15
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20/07/2020 - 3/08/2020
Additional host fee EUR 350
Environmental
Study
Manual Work
8 volunteers (3Male / 3female still needed)
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The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where Worldwide Friends volunteers work most of the time. Volunteers will help with growing tomatoes, cucumbers and making tea made of Icelandic herbs and also do some environmental work around the property. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. Volunteers should bring clothes appropriate for outdoor work, but also clothes for working inside the warm greenhouses. Working hours are usually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and volunteers will have a one-hour lunch break. We will give a special focus on global warming during the camp and the volunteers will have workshops about climate change. The issue of global warming is well known all over the world. The humanity must act in a more environmentally friendly way. The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects participants. Within the project we will learn about green energy, sustainable householding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change

Accomodation and food

Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several single and/or double bedrooms and a living room. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds and sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home

Location and leisure

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermally heated swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hverageroi is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur.WF Iceland will also organise reasonably priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland can offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs. Take a look at http://wf.is/excursions/ We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre i the form of introduction is up to you Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers. This workcamp gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Project hosted by

Hverageroi is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavik. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field, which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruits, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses The name Hverageroi means hot springs garden. Geothermal energy is Hverageroi s lifeblood, and you probably won t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely Steam Valley behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.Our host is a non-profit organisation called the NLFI Rehabilitation and Health Clinic, which is part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland. Every year approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients own health. The clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care of patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland. In the last years this ongoing camp has been the most popular camp in our organisation.

Meeting point

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The meeting point is at 08.00 am at the first day of the camp in Tjarnargata 11 which is the city hall of Reykjavik. The minibus is included in the fee for the camp

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Organization Worldwide Friends Age 18 - 70 Age
Nearest terminal Keflavik Languages spoken English , English
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