Taking Care of Nature

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founded in 2001
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Coordinator | Sebastian
Coordinator | Sebastian
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High­lights

Go around the island and discover the natural wonders of the north and of the south of Iceland. You will travel on the whole "Ring Road", the main road of the country.
Participate in beach cleaning activities, do forestry work to preserve and improve the parks.
Experience the magic of the Aurora or the white nights with the midnight sun.
Wake up every morning with a breath taking view, on one side the mountains and on the other side the fjord.
Meet volunteers from all around the world, create new friendships, learn about other cultures and practice your english.
Embark on an adventure that will take you to the East of Iceland. You will take part in different environmental activities like beach cleaning and forestry work. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
Project Location:
Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks that contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbors depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads across the region, providing beautiful views. “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 of them are 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 rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will have the opportunity to explore the area during your stay in the east.

Work:
Volunteers will have 5 to 6  hours of environmental work during weekdays. The main activities can be cleaning the coastline and rivers, planting trees or picking seeds, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants, and fixing hiking paths. The work depends on the need of the local community and the season. We also have the option to do a little bit of renovation in the house or take care of the garden if needed. Some days we will give a special focus on global warming and the volunteers will have workshops or lectures about climate change. 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. 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 to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Camp leaders:
There are always one or more leaders for each camp, depending on the size of the group. Leaders represent the link between the hosting community and the group of volunteers. They coordinate the work, organize leisurely activities, plan excursions, grocery shopping, house chores, and cooking sessions. Apart from these additional responsibilities, they are equal to other volunteers. Most of our camp leaders are from other countries, as we are very open-minded in hosting international leaders from other organizations

Arrival and Departure:
Volunteers can arrive on the starting day either in the morning or in the afternoon but no later than 20:00.
The departure from the camp to Reykjavik is on the last day of the project, on Saturday. They leave the project location at 9:00 and arrive in Reykjavik around 20/21. The return flight cannot be earlier than Sunday morning. For the night of Saturday, volunteers must book a hostel. From 2023 the program will start on Monday and finish on Monday. 

Typical day

A typical working day has the following schedule:

8:00 Breakfast                                    8:00 Breakfast
9-12 Workshop                                   9-12 Beach cleaning
12:00 Free time                                  12:00 Free time
13:00 Lunch                                        13:00 Lunch
14-17 Forestry work                          14-17 Volunteer activity
17-19 Free time                                  17-19 Free time
19:00 Dinner                                       19:00 Dinner
21:00 Movie Night                             21:00 Game Nights

Free-time activities

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in Stödvarfjörður. 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. There is the option of horseback riding, excursions, and other activities for an extra fee.
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Worldwide Friends
The fees include transportation from Rekjavik to the project location and back, all the meals, housing, WIFI, visit to the Perlan Museum, workshops, volunteering activities, and the excursions of the north and south. 
Accommodation
Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in our house in Reykjavik for the first two days and after that in our house of Stodvarfjordur. The house is fully equipped, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags or borrow one from WF if they do not have one. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. 
Bedroom (Double) Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Food is included for the duration of the work camp; 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 favorite recipes or ingredients from home!
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavik. We assist you to find cheap flights to Iceland.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Iceland provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Iceland you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Iceland.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The program starts on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday. Volunteers can be picked up on Sunday from the BSI bus station or from a hotel in Reykjavik. On the last day of the camp, the volunteers will depart from the East to the city of Reykjavik. They will arrive no sooner than 20:00.

For 2022:

  • 17.07
  • 31.07
  • 14.08
  • 28.08
  • 11.09
  • 25.09
  • 09.10
  • 23.10
  • 06.11
For 2023:

  • 06.03
  • 20.03
  • 03.04
  • 17.04
  • 01.05
  • 15.05
  • 29.05
  • 12.06
  • 26.06
  • 10.07
  • 24.07
  • 07.08
  • 21.08
  • 04.09
  • 18.09
  • 02.10
  • 16.10
  • 30.10
  • 13.11



Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,248
6 weeks
$1,872
8 weeks
$2,496
10 weeks
$3,120
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,744
Average fees
$312 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Worldwide Friends will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Worldwide Friends during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Taking Care of Nature

Embark on an adventure that will take you to the East of Iceland. You will take part in different environmental activities like beach cleaning and forestry work.

$300/week

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