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Japan Japan: Oi 21 (NICE-24V-0524A)

Dates

24/05/2024   -   28/05/2024

Tags

Agricultural
Manual Work

Already accepted volunteers from

Colombia Spain + more

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
JPY 9000 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
3 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
The nearest int'l airport is Kansai (Osaka). From Osaka to the meeting point in Tokushima, it takes 3 hours by highway bus. Volunteers are recommended to arrive at Japan one or more days before the workcamp starts and leave Japan one or more days after the end. Volunteers need to take a local train from the meeting point to the campsite about 2.5 hours. Volunteers need to arrive at the meeting point at 14:00 on 1st day and can leave project site around 13:00 on last day.
Map

Work

  1. Supporting for harvesting and shipping during the peak of the Japanese star anise (shikimi) harvest season. 2) Supporting for harvesting and shipping of sudachi (Japanese citrus fruit) at the peak of harvest season. 3) Supporting for activities such as writing English guides in various places in the town for foreign pilgrims. 4) Cleaning of vacant houses, support for carrying out furniture, pruning of cedar cypress branches in abandoned mountain forests, picking up plastic rubbish from the sea and river, and utilization of vacant houses. 5) Maintenance of Asagimadara flying sites, maintenance of firefly flying sites, etc.

Accomodation and food

Home staying at local farmhouses. All meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is NOT necessary.

Location and leisure

Oi-cho, Anan city, Tokushima pref. Visiting Kakurin-ji temple.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with the local group since 2019. This village has been welcoming Ohenro (pilgrims) who visit 88 temples in Shikoku since long time ago. The pilgrims walk through this village before visiting Kakurin-ji temple; the 20th temple out of 88 temples of the Shikoku Ohenro Pilgrimage. However, there are problems which should be solved such as aging and depopulation of the community these days, and locals haven't been able to find solutions for those problems. On the other hand, since more and more people from overseas visit for the Shikoku Ohenro Pilgrimage locals are trying to find new ways for omotenashi (hospitality). Volunteers who have been working on the project have come up with ideas for the reuse of vacant and abandoned land. Local host Oi have finally decided that they can freely renovate and modify the vacant houses. Moreover, the site is in a good location, with mountains, a river and fields. It is up to the volunteers from now on to decide how to develop the project. The aim is for the volunteer members to clean up the abandoned houses and village landscape and transform it into a village that people will want to visit to take photos, as it used to be a village where people came and went since ancient times.

Additional comments

Finding ways for sustainability of a depopulated village, Pass down the osettai culture to the next generation, Helping senior citizens to host foreigners

Requirements

Positive attitude, a willingness to work hard and communicate with local people!

Iceland Iceland: SEEDS 020. Environmentally Aware & Trash Hunting (SEEDS 020.)

Dates

25/05/2024   -   02/06/2024

Tags

Environmental
Study
2
Place(s)
left

Already accepted volunteers from

Serbia China

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 350 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Work

These cleanup tasks 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 learn how to plan and do their own trash hunting projects back at home. This project is based on similar activities around the world, where outstanding results have been achieved with volunteers. One of the two options below is also included in this camp as a hands-on volunteering activity day:
A day trip combining a visit to the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant, a trash hunt in the area; and the Hot River Hike, a hike up a valley filled with hot springs where one can bathe.
A day trip to the Reykjanes peninsula, combined with a coastal cleanup in the area.
All the activities are dependent on conditions such as weather and availability of our partners.
This camp combines learning, sharing, hands-on work and fun. No previous experience is needed. Volunteers should prepare to share environmental issues from their countries and be ready to spend time outdoors, walk medium distances during the cleanups, as during other activities and sightseeing. As a part of the project happens outdoors, volunteers should be ready to adapt and be flexible with the work and free-time schedule, as depending on the changeable weather, we may not be able to perform some of the activities (as) planned.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS volunteers will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, shower, and a washing machine. Everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep in shared rooms/dorms of up to 6 people. Please bring your own towel.
Volunteers will receive food supplies and will be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Please note the food SEEDS provides will be vegetarian. Do not forget to bring some traditional/typical food, drinks, recipes, music, games or movies from your country for the intercultural 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

Reykjavík is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

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 and supports the Icelandic ministry for Environment and Natural Resources and the City of Reykjavík on a project to clean up the Icelandic coastline; the Blue Army, an organisation dedicated to the cause of coast cleaning; 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; SORPA, the organisation in charge of waste collection & management in the Reykjavík area and other local stakeholders.
This camp allows volunteers to learn about global and local environmental issues through non-formal activities such as workshops, discussions, presentations and visits, as well as to contribute directly to environment protection by joining outdoor cleanup tasks.

Directions to meeting point

Meeting time will be 18:00 (6:00 pm) on May 25 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik. 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). The fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid in cash on arrival. It includes transport from the meeting point to the camp (on the first day), activities available; and one trip combined with the trash collection activity (Hot River or Reykjanes).
Meeting time will be 18:00 (6:00 pm) on May 25 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.
Other excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, the South Shore and/or Snæfellsnes) can be arranged at discount fares if there is additional free time after the camp workshops/sessions.
It may be cold and/or rainy, so we recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) and good walking shoes, as some of the activities take place outdoors.

Iceland Iceland: SEEDS 030. Awareness, Engagement & Action! (SEEDS 030.)

Dates

25/05/2024   -   02/06/2024

Tags

Environmental
Study
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 300 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ)

Work

This camp allows volunteers to learn about global and local environmental issues through non-formal educational activities such as workshops, discussions, presentations and visits, as well as to contribute directly to environmental protection by joining outdoor coastal cleanup tasks in the shores and beaches.
Additional work will be undertaken in the area of our accommodation such as removing old fences dangerous to wildlife and visitors, as well as helping with renovation and maintenance of the house. We may also be marking some walking paths and, depending on the advance of the mentioned tasks, volunteers might do some forestry tasks in a small forest planted in the area, like trimming the vegetation or planting some trees.
This camp combines learning, sharing, hands-on work and fun. No previous experience is needed. Volunteers should prepare to share environmental issues from their countries and be ready to spend time outdoors, walking during the cleanups. Volunteers should be ready to adapt and be flexible with the work and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the planned activities.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS volunteers will stay in an old farm which has been transformed into an environmental-education centre. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, shower, and a washing machine. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms, up to 6 people per room. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
Volunteers will receive food supplies and will be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Please note the food SEEDS provides will be vegetarian. Remember to bring some traditional/typical food, drinks, recipes, music, games or movies from your country for the intercultural 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

The accommodation is located 1 hour drive south-east from Reykjavík. The house serves as an environmental-educational centre where visitors can have a look at an extensive stone and stuffed animal collection. The house sits under Ingólfsfjall, The Mountain of Ingólfur, with a view to Eyjafjallajökull where the volcanic eruptions started in March and April 2010.
The place is registered as natural Icelandic heritage; the nature, vegetation and birdlife is rich in variety and quantity. The volunteers can enjoy outdoor activities in a peaceful and beautiful location with a small stream and a pond nearby. Hiking trails with maps about cultural heritage can be found spread around the area, which is a popular attraction among foreign and local visitors.
The nearest town, Selfoss, only 10 minutes-drive away with 6500 inhabitants, is a centre of commerce and small industries where you find a geothermal swimming pool, shops, museums, cafés and bars.

Project hosted by

The Awareness, Engagement & Action project is part of a series of camps organised by SEEDS in cooperation with different partners, where we try to raise awareness about current environmental issues and encourage the volunteers to take action! One of our main goals for the next few years is to contribute to a nation-wide project aiming at cleaning up the Icelandic coastline.
SEEDS works along and supports the Icelandic ministry for Environment and Natural Resources, the Icelandic Environmental organisation Landvernd, the Environmental Agency of Iceland, Umhverfisstofnun and other partners in order to draw attention to the issues of ocean pollution, plastic waste and to engage volunteers in cleaning up actions around the country.

Directions to meeting point

Meeting time will be 13:00 (1:00 pm) on May 25 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik.

Requirements

Participation fee EUR 300 (Euros). The fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid in cash on arrival. It includes accommodation, food and one trip to the Hot River area in Reykjadalur.
The fee does not include the transportation from Reykjavík to the camp and back, which costs EUR 30 one way or EUR 60 both ways. Meeting time will be 13:00 (1:00 pm) on May 25 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik.
Other excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, the South Shore or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares if there is additional free time after the camp activities. It may be cold and/or rainy, so we recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) and good walking shoes.

France France: Zoom sur le Festival Plein la Bobine ! - Zoom on the Festival Plein la Bobine! (ANEC03)

Dates

27/05/2024   -   08/06/2024

Tags

Festival
Art

Already accepted volunteers from

Spain Hong Kong

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
7
Still room for
3 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Clermont-Ferrand (CFE)
Nearest bus/train station
La Bourboule railway station
Map

Work

Tu seras immergé.e dans les équipes salariées et bénévoles locaux·ales qui font vivre le festival depuis 22 ans. Avant le début du festival, tu prendras part à l'installation. Pendant, tu participeras activement à son succès (accueil et information du public, aide à la logistique à l'organisation, entrées des séances, aide en régie etc...). Le rythme de ce chantier est intense parce qu'il y a toujours des choses à faire mais tu pourras bien évidemment assister à des projections ! Durant le festival, tu seras accompagné·e de bénévoles locaux. Connaître quelques mots en français serait un plus, mais pas un frein à ta participation! Après le festival, tu aideras à faire le bilan, le rangement et la désinstallation du site puis ce sera le moment de dire au revoir aux bénévoles avec qui tu auras passé des moments uniques !

You will be immersed in the local staff and volunteers who have been making the festival happen for 22 years. Before the festival starts, you will take part in the installation. During the festival, you will actively participate in its success (welcoming and informing the public, helping with the logistics of the organisation, entering the sessions, helping with the management, etc.). The rythm of this workcamp is intense because there are always things to do but you will of course be able to attend screenings! During the festival you will be accompanied by local volunteers. Knowing a few words in French would be a plus, but not a hindrance to your participation! After the festival, you will help with the debriefing, the tidying up and the uninstallation of the site and then it will be time to say goodbye to the volunteers with whom you will have spent some unique moments.

Accomodation and food

Hébergement en dur : - à la Bourboule, dans des appartements spécialement loués pour les bénévoles, comprenant des chambres avec des lits dortoirs (4 par chambre) avec cuisine et coin salon.
-à Issoire,: dans les bungalows du camping municipal accueillant 6 personnes par chalet.
Nourriture : avant, pendant et après le festival, vous serez nourris comme les bénévoles locaux : soit un système de catering, soit des tickets repas pour manger dehors les midis et/ou les soirs.


In La Bourboule, in apartments specially rented for volunteers, with rooms with dormitory beds (4 per rooms) with kitchen and living area.
In Issoire : in the bungalows of the municipal campground accommodating 6 persons/cottage.
Food: before, during and after the festival you will be fed like the local volunteers: either a system of catering, or meal tickets to eat outside midday and/or in the evening

Location and leisure

Le Festival, et les différents lieux de projections vous permettront de découvrir les villes de la Bourboule et d'Issoire. Elles se situent à 45 et 30 minutes de Clermont-Ferrand. La région est riche de son patrimoine historique, et de ses magnifiques espaces naturels. Les animateur·ice·s prépareront des jeux et activités, mais tu seras invité·e à créer et proposer tes propres animations ! Fais appel à ta créativité ! L'organisation du festival reste le cœur du projet, et beaucoup d'activités seront liées à la rencontre des bénévoles locaux·ales.

The Festival, and the various places of projections will allow you to discover the cities of La Bourboule and Issoire. They are located 45 and 30 minutes from Clermont-Ferrand. The region is rich of its historical heritage, and of its magnificent natural spaces. The animators will prepare games and activities, but you will be invited to create and propose your own animations! Use your creativity! The organization of the festival remains the heart of the project, and many activities will be linked to the meeting of local volunteers.

Project hosted by

Le Festival Plein la Bobine est un Festival International de court métrage jeunes publics (3-16 ans) mais qui s'adresse à toutes les générations confondues ! Le Festival accueille des chantiers de bénévoles depuis plus de 7 ans ! Cette année, nous allons célébrer la 22ème édition du festival avec la thématique Bande à part : amitiés et groupes de copains. Il aura lieu du 28 mai au 7 juin prochain en itinérance entre deux villes : La Bourboule et Issoire, toutes deux au coeur du Parc Naturel des Volcans d'Auvergne. Vous aurez ainsi l'occasion de découvrir ces villes et de rencontrer leurs habitant·e·s au cours des projections dans plusieurs lieux culturels. Tu veux découvrir l'envers du décor d'un festival de cinéma ? Tu es prêt·e à t'engager pour faire de cet évènement une réussite? Tu as envie de soutenir une association locale et de collaborer avec les bénévoles du coin ? Alors ce chantier est fait pour toi! Passionné de cinéma ou pas, viens soutenir et découvrir le Festival Plein la Bobine :
Site internet : www.pleinlabobine.com
Facebook : Festival Plein la Bobine


The Festival Plein la Bobine is an international short film festival for young audiences (3-16 years old) but it is open to all generations! The Festival has been hosting volunteer work camps for over 7 years! This year, we will celebrate the 22nd edition of the festival with the theme Bande à part : friendship and friends circles. It will take place from May the 28th to June the 7th, travelling between two towns: La Bourboule and Issoire, both in the heart of the Parc Naturel des Volcans d'Auvergne. You will have the opportunity to discover these towns and meet their inhabitants during screenings in several cultural venues. Do you want to discover the backstage of a film festival? Are you ready to get involved to make this event a success? Do you want to support a local association and work with local volunteers? Then this workcamp is for you! Whether you are a film fan or not, come and support and discover the Festival Plein la Bobine:
Website: www.pleinlabobine.com
Facebook : Festival Plein la Bobine

Directions to meeting point

La Bourboule railway station

Requirements

no access for wheelchairs

Iceland Iceland: Hveragerði - Health & Environment (WF12)

Dates

27/05/2024   -   10/06/2024

Tags

Agricultural
Environmental
Agricultural

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 35
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
3 Male + 1 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
BSÍ Bus Terminal
Wi-Fi
Yes
Map

Work

Our host is a non-profit organization called the NLFI Rehabilitation and Health Clinic, which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland.
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 be working in the greenhouses, weeding, planting and harvesting vegetables, such as tomatoes, and cucumbers; Making tea made out of Icelandic herbs.
The work will also include Weed control & Gardening. Environmental work on the property (Renovation when needed). The agriculture that is practiced in the center is organic/bio.

Main Activities, but not limited to are; Agriculture: cultivating soil; planting; raising, and harvesting crops. Horticulture: growing fruits, vegetables, and plants. Renovation around the property when needed. During winter the work might include snowplowing.

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: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a coffee break in the morning and a lunch break.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be staying in the house of The Natural Health Association in Hveragerði. The house is within the medical compound and has 5 double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, and a common area
Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags, but beds and sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Watching machine available

Food is included for the duration of the work camp; however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. We provide a well-balanced and healthy variety of food products that includes a wide variety of whole grains, seasonal fruits & vegetables, pantry staples, dairy products, and vegetarian/vegan options.

Location and leisure

Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur.
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.

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. Golden Circle is Included in the camp fee!

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.
The area around the house is also great for hiking. Plan ahead, share your travel plans, stay on the trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, and do not approach or feed wildlife. Don't go for high and steep mountains without a professional guide.

Project hosted by

Worldwide Friends (WF), was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organization promoting nature and peace-oriented activities for volunteers wanting to spend some time in Iceland. Our main theme for this year is to give education about the 17 Sustainable Goals of the United Nations and to clean the whole coastline of Iceland. The main activities that we offer are workcamps, seminars, local events, and exchange programs suitable both for young people and adults.

Directions to meeting point

9:00:00 a. m.
Reykjavik City Hall, Tjarnargata 11 (Bus stop #1 Ráðhúsið)
Main Entrance
Look out for our Logo!

Additional comments

The first day of the camp is Arrival Day and the last day of the camp is Departure Day. The minibus will be at the meeting point in Reykjavik on the first day of the workcamp in the morning and arrive again at the Meeting point / BSI station in Reykjavik in the evening on the last day of the workcamp.

Remember that you must arrange for your stay in Iceland before and after the work camp.

Requirements

Volunteers should bring clothes appropriate for outdoor work, but also clothes for working inside the warm greenhouses!

Iceland Iceland: Hveragerði - Health & Environment (WF11)

Dates

27/05/2024   -   10/06/2024

Tags

Agricultural
Environmental
Cultural
3
Place(s)
left

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 35
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
2 Male + 1 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
BSÍ Bus Terminal
Wi-Fi
Yes
Map

Work

Our host is a non-profit organization called the NLFI Rehabilitation and Health Clinic, which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland.
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 be working in the greenhouses, weeding, planting and harvesting vegetables, such as tomatoes, and cucumbers; Making tea made out of Icelandic herbs.
The work will also include Weed control & Gardening. Environmental work on the property (Renovation when needed). The agriculture that is practiced in the center is organic/bio.

Main Activities, but not limited to are; Agriculture: cultivating soil; planting; raising, and harvesting crops. Horticulture: growing fruits, vegetables, and plants. Renovation around the property when needed. During winter the work might include snowplowing.

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: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a coffee break in the morning and a lunch break.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be staying in the house of The Natural Health Association in Hveragerði. The house is within the medical compound and has 5 double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, and a common area
Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags, but beds and sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Watching machine available

Food is included for the duration of the work camp; however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. We provide a well-balanced and healthy variety of food products that includes a wide variety of whole grains, seasonal fruits & vegetables, pantry staples, dairy products, and vegetarian/vegan options.

Location and leisure

Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur.
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.

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. Golden Circle is Included in the camp fee!

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.
The area around the house is also great for hiking. Plan ahead, share your travel plans, stay on the trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, and do not approach or feed wildlife. Don't go for high and steep mountains without a professional guide.

Project hosted by

Worldwide Friends (WF), was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organization promoting nature and peace-oriented activities for volunteers wanting to spend some time in Iceland. Our main theme for this year is to give education about the 17 Sustainable Goals of the United Nations and to clean the whole coastline of Iceland. The main activities that we offer are workcamps, seminars, local events, and exchange programs suitable both for young people and adults.

Directions to meeting point

9:00:00 a. m.
Reykjavik City Hall, Tjarnargata 11 (Bus stop #1 Ráðhúsið)
Main Entrance
Look out for our Logo!

Additional comments

The first day of the camp is Arrival Day and the last day of the camp is Departure Day. The minibus will be at the meeting point in Reykjavik on the first day of the workcamp in the morning and arrive again at the Meeting point / BSI station in Reykjavik in the evening on the last day of the workcamp.

Remember that you must arrange for your stay in Iceland before and after the work camp.

Requirements

Volunteers should bring clothes appropriate for outdoor work, but also clothes for working inside the warm greenhouses! (gloves, hiking boots)

Iceland Iceland: Sólheimar-The Ecovillage (WF408)

Dates

27/05/2024   -   24/06/2024

Tags

Agricultural
Environmental
Cultural

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 500 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 35
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
BSI Bus Station
Wi-Fi
Yes
Map

Work

The heart of the Sólheimar ideology is to give all individuals a fair chance and to maximize their potential. By focusing on individuals' possibility instead of their limitations, Sólheimar aims to create the space for each resident to take every opportunity that arises for each person to grow and develop.
Versatility is the strength of Sólheimar so people with special needs that reside here will always be the center of the community. This works through the idea of reverse integration: those without special needs adapt to the abilities of those who do, they can work together to make their community of an equal and sustainable one. The foundation of the ideology of Sólheimar derives from the visions and lifework of Sesselja herself.

The main work in this camp will be in forestry called Ölur and also in the greenhouses which are called Sunna. Volunteers will be working in the greenhouses planting and harvesting vegetables, doing weed control and sometimes you will also be gardening. The work might involve work around the property painting or fixing things. During the winter volunteers will also have to help remove snow and keep the walk paths clear for the residents.
Working hours are 09.00 to 16.00 with one hour break for lunch and there are some coffee breaks as well.

Our work will depend on weather conditions, which is why we must be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, as they say: if you don’t like the Icelandic weather, just wait 5 minutes it might change.

It is a community where people with or without special needs live and work together. Sólheimar is a pioneer of practicing organic farming. In Sólheimar there is an organically certified greenhouse, forestry, and arboretum. Other environmental-friendly projects in Sólheimar include geothermal energy and recycling.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be staying in the house of Worldwide Friends in Sólheimar. The house is across the village and has 4 double rooms with a private bathroom each, a fully equipped kitchen, and common areas. The common areas are shared with some of the local workers.
Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags, but beds and sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.
Food is included for the duration of the work camp; however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. We provide a well-balanced and healthy variety of food products that includes a wide variety of whole grains, seasonal fruits & vegetables, pantry staples, and dairy products. We try to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet by cutting down our meat intake and we usually encourage volunteers to try more sustainable foods.

Location and leisure

Sólheimar, Iceland‘s first and only eco-village, is located in southwest Iceland, 80 kilometres long (50 miles) east of Reykjavík. The area around the house is 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 – 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.

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. Golden Circle is Included in the camp fee!

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.

The area around the house is also great for hiking. Plan ahead, share your travel plans, stay on the trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, and do not approach or feed wildlife. Don't go for high and steep mountains without a professional guide.

Project hosted by

Worldwide Friends (WF), was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organization promoting nature and peace-oriented activities for volunteers wanting to spend some time in Iceland. Our main theme for this year is to give education about the 17 Sustainable Goals of the United Nations and to clean the whole coastline of Iceland. The main activities that we offer are workcamps, seminars, local events, and exchange programs suitable both for young people and adults.

Directions to meeting point

9:00:00 a.m.
Reykjavik City Hall, Tjarnargata 11
(Main entrance)

Additional comments

The first day of the camp is Arrival Day and the last day of the camp is Departure Day. The minibus will be at the meeting point in Reykjavik on the first day of the workcamp in the morning and arrive again at the Meeting point / BSI station in Reykjavik in the evening on the last day of the workcamp.

Remember that you must arrange for your stay in Iceland before and after the work camp.

Requirements

Volunteers should bring appropriate clothes for outdoor work (waterproof), but also clothes for working inside the warm greenhouses.

Estonia Estonia: VIKINGS VILLAGE I (EST VV1)

Dates

02/06/2024   -   09/06/2024

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Construction

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 140 is to be paid after acceptance.

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Age
17 - 77
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Tallinn (TLL)
Nearest bus/train station
Tallinn
Map

Work

The main work is the keeping up of Vikings Village which involves cleaning, fixing, painting. Other part of work is helping with various event preparations such as decorations set up, putting tents and tables and other odd jobs depending on event. The work is physical.

Accomodation and food

The accommodation conditions are very simple - in Viking house but beds are provided. Please bring your sleeping bag. Toilets and showers are available on site. There are fireplaces where you can prepare meals on Fire, while some meals will be prepared for you indoors at the main house.

Location and leisure

Location30 km from Tallinn along Tartu road, at Pirita river shore. More information: www.viikingitekyla.ee TerminalAirport, harbour, bus station in Tallinn. From the airport or Tallinn Bus Station (Bussijaam) or Train station (Baltijaam) you can take bus nr 138 to Saula. Timetables are available online at www.transport.tallinn.ee But hosts plan to provide group pick up at the meeting point within walking distance from the airport.Leisure timeThere are a lot of interesting natural and historical sights and places around the area. This camp is perfect for people who enjoy being close to the nature and are interested in traditions and history. On the last evening there will be a theatrical and special FX performance at the fortress. You can help in preparations of show and other events and enjoy it.

Project hosted by

Estonian people have lived in these lands since ancient times and ancient Estonians were known as a wise and mysterious people. They have been described as a nation of witches and sorcerers, and for good reason. While later periods of Estonian history can be learned about in a number of places across the country, the Viking Age (8th to 11th century) in our lands has not received much attention. The Viking Village is the result of one man s long-lived dream and the boldness and initiative of young enthusiasts. It all started in 2005, when the current chieftains of the Viking Village discovered an ancient and mysterious location on the scenic bank of the Pirita River, which could not have been a better place to build an ancient Estonian Viking village.The mission of the Viking Village is to give people a sense of what ancient life was like and to provide a place to relax and learn to know themselves as well as their environment. It is a place where you can take a break from fast-paced modern life and discover the Viking within yourself. The Viking Village is constantly being expanded and improved. Today, we have completed roughly half of the planned village, which means that there is at least as much to come More information: www.viikingitekyla.ee

Directions to meeting point

TBC

Requirements

Special requirementsYou need to be open-minded and willing to adapt to the simple conditions of life in Vikings Village. Be ready for independent work as well as teamwork. It is helpful if you have some technical skills: repairs, building, woodwork, fire etc. Driving license is an advantage. Smoking and drinking alcohol are not permitted during the work days. Age of participants 17Participation feeDue to the lack of financial support for the project the participation fee of 175 Euro is requested from volunteers to cover the costs of board, leisure activities and administration. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp. If you cannot make bank transfer please contact your sending organization for solution.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Estonia Estonia: ALLIKSAARE HORSE FARM II (EST AL2)

Dates

03/06/2024   -   28/06/2024

Tags

Animals

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

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EUR 60 is to be paid after acceptance.

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Age
18 - 88
Max number of volunteers
6
Still room for
3 Male + 1 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Tallinn (TLL)
Nearest bus/train station
Nurste
Map

Work

Alliksaare Farm s main direction is horse breeding. At the moment there are around 150 horses on the farm. The work is diverse: it is to take care and maintain the pastures located by the sea - clearing around the pastures, building or removing fences, repairing fences, cleaning the stable. Another work is cleaning the coast nearby the farm from rubbish brought by storms. There can be some work for preparing food for horses for a winter time. But the most important work is with horses directly - taking care of them and to train horses. We have horses of any age, but mostly young horses, so depending on your experience and willingness to learn, it is possible to learn how to take care and train horses of all ages. For example socializing and training foals, halter train yearlings and saddle and/or carriage train young horses. The work will be mainly outdoors. Working time is 6-7 hours a day. Work will be done under some supervision and guidance of the local host but also quite a lot independently.

Accomodation and food

The accommodation conditions are very simple - in caravans, however beds are provided. Please bring your sleeping bag. Toilets and showers are available on site. There is a kitchen with all necessary equipment for cooking. Ingredients for food will be provided, but you need to cook by yourselves. We ask you to keep the living and common areas clean (washing dishes, cleaning the floors, etc).

Location and leisure

LocationAlliksaare farm is located in Nurste Kula, Emmaste parish, Hiiumaa island. Hiiumaa is situated in the western part of Estonia, 130km from Tallinn. More information available on the following websites: www.emmaste.ee, www.hiiumaa.ee, www.visitestonia.com TerminalAirport, harbour, bus station in Tallinn. From Tallinn airport plane to Hiiumaa leaves twice a day https://eestilennud.ee. Or you get there by bus. For this take bus nr 2 or 15 going to the city centre. Buses stop at Tallinn Bus Station (Bussijaam). From there buses go to Hiiumaa two times per day taking you straight there (including ferry transportation from the mainland). Timetables are available online at www.tpilet.ee (bus from Tallinn to Hiiumaa), https://transport.tallinn.ee/ (transport in Tallinn).Leisure timeThere are a lot of natural picturesque sights on the island as well as good possibilities for swimming in the sea or hiking in the forest. It is planned to visit other parts of Hiiumaa Island on the week-end. Hiiumaa offers a lot of various cultural events in summer time and you will have the possibility to join them. In spring and autumn you can enjoy birds watching as their migration route goes over island. This camp is perfect for people who enjoy being close to the nature and are interested in traditional way of rural living.

Project hosted by

Hiiumaa, according to the Nordic sagas, emerged from the Baltic Sea as a small islet more than 10 000 years ago. The island of Hiiumaa was first mentioned in historical documents as a deserted island called Dageida in 1228. The first inhabitants settled down at the end of the 13th century. Nowadays, Hiiumaa is the second biggest island of Estonia with an area of 965 sq. km and a population of around 9 000. It has many historical and nature sights, and there are kind people known for their hospitality and good sense of humor. The island is referred to as a remote area of Europe, and EstYES feels particularly proud developing international voluntary projects for over twenty years there. EstYES has been cooperating with eco-farms all over Estonia for solidarity and practical support to local people who work in the agricultural sector keeping traditional lifestyle and developing new eco-farming despite all difficulties. Alliksaare Farm on Hiiumaa Island is one of such projects. This is an organic farm promoting sustainable lifestyle, and this camp is proposed for volunteers who appreciate and share its values, want to learn more about it and to help hard working people. Alliksaare Farm breeds an endangered breed of horses called Estonian Native horses. Alliksaare Farm also has an important task taking care of coastal meadows which are international birds migration area under protection of NATURA Program.Video of past camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEAc2Sch6f8

Directions to meeting point

TBC

Additional comments

It is possible to join for several camp shifts in a row

Requirements

Special requirementsYou have to be open-minded and ready to adapt to the simple conditions of the common life in Estonian countryside. Be ready for independent work staying without permanent supervision. Please consider that the work is mainly farm work which can be hard at some time. It is great if you have experience with horses. It is helpful if you have some technical skills: repair machines, building, use chainsaws, etc. Driving license is an advantage. Smoking and drinking alcohol are not permitted on the farm. Participation feeWe ask participants to contribute a single fee of 60 Euro towards the costs of general administration. Fee does not depend on the duration of your stay. This fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp to the bank account. If you cannot make bank transfer please contact your sending organization for solution.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Life on Land
Iceland Iceland: SEEDS 023. Photography & Midnight Sun in Reykjavík (SEEDS 023.)

Dates

03/06/2024   -   11/06/2024

Tags

Art
Study
2
Place(s)
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Already accepted volunteers from

Vietnam

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 600 is to be paid after acceptance.

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Age
16 - 20
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
BSI Bus Station

Work

Participants will have time to put the theory about photography into practice, walking around and exploring the city. At the end of the camp, the best photographs from each participant are selected for an online exhibition on SEEDS' social media. Participants should bring their own digital cameras, lenses, tripods and laptops if possible.
While learning about photography, the participants have the opportunity to explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by displaying their work during the camp. One of our objectives is to empower young people to use photography to draw attention to environmental and cultural subjects and issues.
Participants should be ready to spend time outdoors walking medium distances during activities 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.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, showers, and a washing machine. Everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep in shared rooms/dorms of up to 6 people. Please bring your own towel.
Participants will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Please note the food SEEDS provides will be vegetarian. Do not forget to bring some traditional/typical food, drinks, recipes, music or games from your country for the intercultural 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

Reykjavík is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

Project hosted by

This is the seventeenth year (since 2008) that SEEDS organises a series of International Photo marathons, while we started organising camps open for teenagers in the year 2010.
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 to create conceptual frameworks highlighting the participants’ individual style.

Directions to meeting point

Meeting time will be 18:00 (6:00 pm) in the afternoon of June 3 at the SEEDS office. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp location. Those arriving earlier the same day are welcome from 10:00 am to the office to drop their bags/luggage and wait for the meeting time.

Additional comments

This camp is open to participants aged 16 to 20. During their stay SEEDS organises a programme that combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland and its culture, and having fun while exploring the city and some of the most stunning natural attractions in the Golden Circle and Reykjanes Peninsula excursions.

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. It includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp (on the first day), the Golden Circle and Reykjanes excursions. We will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, a volcano crater, the Thingvellir National Park and much more.
Meeting time will be 18:00 (6:00 pm) in the afternoon of June 3 at the SEEDS office. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp location. Those arriving earlier the same day are welcome from 10:00 am to the office to drop their bags/luggage and wait for the meeting time.
Additional excursions (eg. Hot River Hike, the South Shore or Snæfellsnes 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 bringing warm and/or waterproof clothes.

Iceland Iceland: SEEDS 033. Awareness, Engagement & Action! (SEEDS 033.)

Dates

03/06/2024   -   11/06/2024

Tags

Environmental
Study
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 300 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ)

Work

This camp allows volunteers to learn about global and local environmental issues through non-formal educational activities such as workshops, discussions, presentations and visits, as well as to contribute directly to environmental protection by joining outdoor coastal cleanup tasks in the shores and beaches.
Additional work will be undertaken in the area of our accommodation such as removing old fences dangerous to wildlife and visitors, as well as helping with renovation and maintenance of the house. We may also be marking some walking paths and, depending on the advance of the mentioned tasks, volunteers might do some forestry tasks in a small forest planted in the area, like trimming the vegetation or planting some trees.
This camp combines learning, sharing, hands-on work and fun. No previous experience is needed. Volunteers should prepare to share environmental issues from their countries and be ready to spend time outdoors, walking during the cleanups. Volunteers should be ready to adapt and be flexible with the work and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the planned activities.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS volunteers will stay in an old farm which has been transformed into an environmental-education centre. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, shower, and a washing machine. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms, up to 6 people per room. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
Volunteers will receive food supplies and will be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Please note the food SEEDS provides will be vegetarian. Remember to bring some traditional/typical food, drinks, recipes, music, games or movies from your country for the intercultural 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

The accommodation is located 1 hour drive south-east from Reykjavík. The house serves as an environmental-educational centre where visitors can have a look at an extensive stone and stuffed animal collection. The house sits under Ingólfsfjall, The Mountain of Ingólfur, with a view to Eyjafjallajökull where the volcanic eruptions started in March and April 2010.
The place is registered as natural Icelandic heritage; the nature, vegetation and birdlife is rich in variety and quantity. The volunteers can enjoy outdoor activities in a peaceful and beautiful location with a small stream and a pond nearby. Hiking trails with maps about cultural heritage can be found spread around the area, which is a popular attraction among foreign and local visitors.
The nearest town, Selfoss, only 10 minutes-drive away with 6500 inhabitants, is a centre of commerce and small industries where you find a geothermal swimming pool, shops, museums, cafés and bars.

Project hosted by

The Awareness, Engagement & Action project is part of a series of camps organised by SEEDS in cooperation with different partners, where we try to raise awareness about current environmental issues and encourage the volunteers to take action! One of our main goals for the next few years is to contribute to a nation-wide project aiming at cleaning up the Icelandic coastline.
SEEDS works along and supports the Icelandic ministry for Environment and Natural Resources, the Icelandic Environmental organisation Landvernd, the Environmental Agency of Iceland, Umhverfisstofnun and other partners in order to draw attention to the issues of ocean pollution, plastic waste and to engage volunteers in cleaning up actions around the country.

Directions to meeting point

Meeting time will be 13:00 (1:00 pm) on June 3 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik.

Requirements

Participation fee EUR 300 (Euros). The fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid in cash on arrival. It includes accommodation, food and one trip to the Hot River area in Reykjadalur.
The fee does not include the transportation from Reykjavík to the camp and back, which costs EUR 30 one way or EUR 60 both ways. Meeting time will be 13:00 (1:00 pm) on June 3 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik.
Other excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, the South Shore or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares if there is additional free time after the camp activities. It may be cold and/or rainy, so we recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) and good walking shoes.

Iceland Iceland: SEEDS 024. Environmentally Aware & Trash Hunting (SEEDS 024.)

Dates

03/06/2024   -   11/06/2024

Tags

Environmental
Study
3
Place(s)
left

Already accepted volunteers from

Serbia

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 350 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
1 Male + 2 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Reykjavik (KEF)
Nearest bus/train station
Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Work

These cleanup tasks 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 learn how to plan and do their own trash hunting projects back at home. This project is based on similar activities around the world, where outstanding results have been achieved with volunteers. One of the two options below is also included in this camp as a hands-on volunteering activity day:
A day trip combining a visit to the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant, a trash hunt in the area; and the Hot River Hike, a hike up a valley filled with hot springs where one can bathe.
A day trip to the Reykjanes peninsula, combined with a coastal cleanup in the area.
All the activities are dependent on conditions such as weather and availability of our partners.
This camp combines learning, sharing, hands-on work and fun. No previous experience is needed. Volunteers should prepare to share environmental issues from their countries and be ready to spend time outdoors, walk medium distances during the cleanups, as during other activities and sightseeing. As a part of the project happens outdoors, volunteers should be ready to adapt and be flexible with the work and free-time schedule, as depending on the changeable weather, we may not be able to perform some of the activities (as) planned.

Accomodation and food

SEEDS volunteers will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, shower, and a washing machine. Everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep in shared rooms/dorms of up to 6 people. Please bring your own towel.
Volunteers will receive food supplies and will be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Please note the food SEEDS provides will be vegetarian. Do not forget to bring some traditional/typical food, drinks, recipes, music, games or movies from your country for the intercultural 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

Reykjavík is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

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 and supports the Icelandic ministry for Environment and Natural Resources and the City of Reykjavík on a project to clean up the Icelandic coastline; the Blue Army, an organisation dedicated to the cause of coast cleaning; 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; SORPA, the organisation in charge of waste collection & management in the Reykjavík area and other local stakeholders.
This camp allows volunteers to learn about global and local environmental issues through non-formal activities such as workshops, discussions, presentations and visits, as well as to contribute directly to environment protection by joining outdoor cleanup tasks.

Directions to meeting point

Meeting time will be 18:00 (6:00 pm) on June 3 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik. 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). The fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid in cash on arrival. It includes transport from the meeting point to the camp (on the first day), activities available; and one trip combined with the trash collection activity (Hot River or Reykjanes).
Meeting time will be 18:00 (6:00 pm) on June 3 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.
Other excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, the South Shore and/or Snæfellsnes) can be arranged at discount fares if there is additional free time after the camp workshops/sessions.
It may be cold and/or rainy, so we recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) and good walking shoes, as some of the activities take place outdoors.

Kenya Kenya: NEWSTAR DRAMA GROUP (KVDA/STV/06B)

Dates

03/06/2024   -   24/06/2024

Tags

Art
Educational

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 300 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
20
Still room for
8 Male + 12 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Nairobi (NBO)
Nearest bus/train station
International Arrivals at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, KENYA
Map

Work

Manual work and Intercultural activities:
• Newstar Drama Group office work.
• Performing arts training.
• Live drama performances.
• Mentorship for artistes.
• Promotional activities including marketing theatre productions.
• Submit Project Report to KVDA

Accomodation and food

• Volunteers will stay in a house provided by the local people with very basic living conditions.
• Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges.
• KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns.
• Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking water should be boiled or medicated. Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended.
• The Government policy to install ICT in primary schools has seen connectivity to the national power grid for most educational institutions in Kenya and this makes it easy for volunteers to use electric appliances while at the project.
• Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot of motivation!

Location and leisure

EDUCATIONAL TOURS
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.

Project hosted by

Newstar Drama Group was founded in 1993 at Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) Nairobi and was registered in 1996 by the Ministry of Culture and Social services. The group is a traveling theatre group that has performed at many high schools, universities, colleges, primary schools, social forums and Kenya National Theatre. Newstar is a member of International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA).

VISION: To advocate for a better life on this earth as the educator to mankind like diseases, education, investment, human rights, good governance, community theatre and youth development.
MISSION STATEMENT: To tap, train and contract performing artistes e.g. Actors, actresses, playwrights, poets, narrators, comedians and theatre arts` directors.
OBJECTIVES
• Educate the society on diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and health related issues.
• To promote environmental activities in schools and public forums.
• To perform current Kenyan examination-oriented literature SETBOOKS in high schools like “An Enemy of the people” by Henrik Ibsen, “The River between” by Ngugi wa Thiongo & “Utengano” by Said Mohammed.
• To champion for women empowerment and girl child education.
• To perform community theatre e.g. human rights, good governance, drug abuse awareness, poverty eradication, and development.
• To host and participate in international exchange forums like IDEA WORLD CONGRESSES among others.
• To organize international and local training drama workshops/seminars.

Project activities
• Creative, educational, entertaining and informative plays, comedies, narratives, poems, skits, traditional dances & training workshops
• Live performances on Kenyan examination literature set books e.g. “An Enemy of the people” by Henrik Ibsen and “The River between” by Ngugi wa Thiongo in secondary schools in Kenya.
• HIV/ Aids awareness program in both learning and non-learning forums.
• Running peace building and reconciliation program.
• Junior artistes’ program (children drama 6yrs - 15yrs)
• International artistes training and attachment program (1 month to 6 months) in Kenya, i.e. we attach performing artistes to our group performing projects between 1 month to 6 months.
• Entertainment and educative drama program.
• Exchange program with other artistes’ groups to share experiences.
Project activities
• Creative, educational, entertaining and informative plays, comedies, narratives, poems, skits, traditional dances & training workshops
• Live performances on Kenyan examination literature set books e.g. “An Enemy of the people” by Henrik Ibsen and “The River between” by Ngugi wa Thiongo in secondary schools in Kenya.
• HIV/ Aids awareness program in both learning and non-learning forums.
• Running peace building and reconciliation program.
• Junior artistes’ program (children drama 6yrs - 15yrs)
• International artistes training and attachment program (1 month to 6 months) in Kenya, i.e. we attach performing artistes to our group performing projects between 1 month to 6 months.
• Entertainment and educative drama program.
• Exchange program with other artistes’ groups to share experiences.

Directions to meeting point

Arriving volunteers should assemble at the exit point where KVDA staff will have a pager emblazoned KENYA VOLUNTARY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION and it will also have the full names of the volunteers arriving on the specific dates.

In the unlikely event of delays at the entry into Kenya, kindly reach out to KVDA on telephone number +254721650357

Additional comments

THEME: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION, PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
• Gender equality implies a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of life. Equality between men and women exists when both sexes are able to share equally in the distribution of power and influence; have equal opportunities for financial independence through work or through setting up businesses; enjoy equal access to education and the opportunity to develop personal ambitions.
• A critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances and giving women more autonomy to manage their own lives. Women's empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the realization of human rights for all.
• The project aims to empower the women to actively continue with the struggle to enhance their capacities and ultimately take the lead in community development. This takes cognizance of the fact that despite being overrun by pro-men cultural foundations, women remain the pillar of families and the most vulnerable gender in the current societal set-up.

Requirements

What to carry?
This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch/flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others
DONATION AND GIFTS:
• These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community.
• Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a donation or long-term intervention on the project.

Kenya Kenya: HAPPY ME HAPPY YOU (KVDA/STV/06A)

Dates

03/06/2024   -   24/06/2024

Tags

Children
Educational
Manual Work

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 300 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
20
Still room for
8 Male + 12 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Nairobi (NBO)
Nearest bus/train station
International arrivals at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya
Map

Work

Manual work and Intercultural activities:
• Teaching
• Playing with children
• Empowering the vulnerable in society with focus on children
• Promotion of safe male circumcision
• Home visits to the orphans and the vulnerable in society
• Inter-cultural education to foster global cooperation

Accomodation and food

• The host community will provide a house to accommodate the volunteers with basic living conditions.
• Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges.
• KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns.
• Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking water should be boiled or medicated.
• Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended.
• There is electricity connection at the project and solar energy in case of power outages and the volunteers can charge electric appliances at the project.

Location and leisure

EDUCATIONAL TOURS
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.

Project hosted by

Happy Me Happy You is a community-based organization set up to break the cycle of poverty in communities in Western Kenya.
• The group is passionate not only to support beneficiaries but enhancing the program at the grassroots to make the difference.
• The CBO has children as the priority with the number of students growing rapidly. The majority of the children are orphans who have grown up in extreme poverty with food scarcity
• By supplementing their nutritional needs, providing clean water and other basic necessities, the CBO is dedicated to provide a conducive environment for learning.
• The CBO supports parents and guardians to break the cycle of poverty in the community through food supplies, water filters, seedlings and generally enhancing the food security situation.
Project Location:
• The project is located in Kipkiran village, Kipchekwen sub-location, Banja location of Vihiga County.
• The project is located 15 Kms from Majengo township along the main Kisumu Kakamega road.

Directions to meeting point

Arriving volunteers should assemble at the exit point where KVDA staff will have a pager emblazoned KENYA VOLUNTARY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION and it will also have the full names of the volunteers arriving on the specific dates.

In the unlikely event of delays at the entry into Kenya, kindly reach out to KVDA on telephone number +254721650357

Additional comments

THEME: Girl child education
• Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school. It is also about ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in school; complete all levels of education with the skills to effectively compete in the labor market; learn the socio-emotional and life skills necessary to navigate and adapt to a changing world; make decisions about their own lives; and contribute to their communities and the world.
• Girls’ education is a strategic development priority. Better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn higher incomes, have fewer children, marry at a later age, and enable better health care and education for their children, should they choose to become mothers. All these factors combined can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty.
• According to UNESCO estimates, 130 million girls between the age of 6 and 17 are out of school and 15 million girls of primary-school age—half of them in sub-Saharan Africa— will never enter a classroom.
• Poverty remains the most important factor for determining whether a girl can access an education. For example, in Nigeria, only 4 percent of poor young women in the North West zone can read, compared with 99 percent of rich young women in the South East. Studies consistently reinforce that girls who face multiple disadvantages — such as low family income, living in remote or underserved locations, disability or belonging to a minority ethno-linguistic group — are farthest behind in terms of access to and completion of education.
• Violence also negatively impacts access to education and a safe environment for learning. For example, in Haiti, recent research highlights that one in three Haitian women (ages 15 to 49) has experienced physical and/or sexual violence, and that of women who received money for sex before turning 18 years old, 27 percent reported schools to be the most common location for solicitation.
• Child marriage is also a critical challenge. Child brides are much more likely to drop out of school and complete fewer years of education than their peers who marry later. This affects the education and health of their children, as well as their ability to earn a living. According to a recent report, more than 41,000 girls under the age of 18 marry every day and putting an end to the practice would increase women’s expected educational attainment, and with it, their potential earnings. According to estimates, ending child marriage could generate more than $500 billion in benefits annually each year
• Every day, girls face barriers to education caused by poverty, cultural norms and practices, poor infrastructure, violence, and fragility. The WBG has joined with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral organization, the private sector, and donors to advance multi-sectoral approaches to overcome these challenges. Working together with girls and women, the WBG focus includes:
• Providing conditional cash transfers, stipends or scholarships;
• Reducing distance to school;
• Targeting boys and men to be a part of discussions about cultural and societal practices;
• Ensuring gender-sensitive curricula and pedagogies;
• Hiring and training qualified female teachers;
• Building safe and inclusive learning environments for girls and young women;
• Ending child/early marriage; and
• Addressing violence against girls and women

Requirements

What to carry?
This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch/flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others
DONATION AND GIFTS:
These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a donation or long-term intervention on the project.

Kenya Kenya: Osani Community Health and Development Centre (KVDA/STV/06C)

Dates

03/06/2024   -   24/06/2024

Tags

Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 300 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
Close

Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
20
Still room for
10 Male + 10 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Nairobi (NBO)
Nearest bus/train station
International arrivals lounge at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Map

Work

The number of patients we serve on a daily basis keeps on rising on a day-to-day basis; this is attributable to the services we offer, which include;
1. Consultant Outpatient Clinic
ii. Consultation Room
iii. Diagnostic Radiological and Laboratory services
iv. Clinical Nurse Specialists in the areas of Diabetes, Continence Management, Respiratory Care, Health Promotion, Infection Control, Palliative Care and Pain Management
v. A dietetic service providing nutritional assessment, dietary advice, education and evaluation
vi. Physiotherapy and Pharmacy services
vii. Maternity Services
viii. Child Health Care Service

Accomodation and food

• Volunteers will stay in a house provided by the local people with very basic living conditions.
• Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges.
• KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns.
• Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking water should be boiled or medicated. Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended.
• The Government policy to install ICT in primary schools has seen connectivity to the national power grid for most educational institutions in Kenya and this makes it easy for volunteers to use electric appliances while at the project.
• Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot of motivation!

Location and leisure

KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.

Project hosted by

Osani Community Health & Development Centre is a registered Health Facility under Medical Practitioners and Dentist Act and is administered and managed in accordance with a Scheme of Management approved by Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board. The Health Facility has the interest of the Community at heart. The Hospital has a total of 40 In-Patient beds and 3 Day Care beds. The In-Patient specialties are General Medicine, General Surgery and Gynaecology. We also have an Urgent Care Centre incorporating a Local Injuries Unit and Medical Assessment Unit.
Motto: Giving health, saving lives & improving livelihoods.
Mission Statement: We provide hope, care and cures to help every patient live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.
Vision and Values: OSANI COMMUNITY HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE will be an innovative leader in human health and wellness through our unsurpassed quality, clinical care, relentless spirit of inquiry, and compassion for human wellbeing. Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was at inception.
We will care for all patients in our region, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Directions to meeting point

International arrivals lounge at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Additional comments

THEME: HEALTH EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
• Gender equality implies a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of life. Equality between men and women exists when both sexes are able to share equally in the distribution of power and influence; have equal opportunities for financial independence through work or through setting up businesses; enjoy equal access to education and the opportunity to develop personal ambitions.
• A critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances and giving women more autonomy to manage their own lives. Women's empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the realization of human rights for all.
• The project aims to empower the women to actively continue with the struggle to enhance their capacities and ultimately take the lead in community development. This takes cognizance of the fact that despite being overrun by pro-men cultural foundations, women remain the pillar of families and the most vulnerable gender in the current societal set-up.

Requirements

This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch/flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others