Ecovillage - One with Nature

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founded in 2001
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Coordinator | Sebastian
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High­lights

Disconect from the daily routine and experience the Icelandic Nature
Volunteer alongside participants from all around the world
Aproach sustainability from a new way of life
Join in the Golden Circle excursion and discover waterfalls, national parks, and the Geysir
Either work at the forest planting trees and taking care of them or give a hand at the greenhouses and practice organic agriculture
Volunteers at the one and only Ecovillage in the South of Iceland. You will have the opportunity to do forestry work, organic agriculture, and workshops. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
Project Location:
Sólheimar, Iceland‘s first and only eco-village, is located in southwest Iceland, 80 kilometers long (50 miles) east of Reykjavík. Founded in 1930 by a young visionary named Sesselja Sigmundsdóttir (1902-1974), the place has become reputable for its innovation and its ecological concept, attracting visitors and volunteers from all over the world. 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. 

About the Ecovillage:
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 one of an equal and sustainable one. The foundation of the ideology of Sólheimar derives from the visions and lifework of Sesselja herself. 

Work:
The main work in this camp will be with the 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. 

Our work will depend on the needs of the local community and the season. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are on average 5-6 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, WF, and the group of volunteers. They coordinate the work, organize leisurely activities and plan excursions, shopping, 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. All our leaders start their program with one week of training. 

During the Camp:
Depending on your work camp, the first morning usually is a late one, as everybody is tired from the long travel. On the first day, your Camp Leader will explain about: ➔ The House ➔ Community/area ➔ Waste Recycle ➔ Daily cleaning ➔ Work ➔ Leisure Activities You will all participate in the elaboration of a Week Schedule, dividing the tasks equally between all the volunteers and camp leaders, which will include: Cooking, Cleaning, Work, Free time. Breakfast is free, which means volunteers will cook their own. For Lunch and Dinner usually, you will cook in 5 pairs, depending on the total amount as well for the cleaning afterward. Remember as you will be spending time with people from different backgrounds/cultures sometimes it will be difficult to adjust to different ways than yours. To prevent or resolve conflicts that may occur in any social interaction, you should maintain an attitude of respect for others, be open-minded and willing to compromise, and know how to work together calmly to resolve conflicts. Understanding different cultures is not only critical, but it also promotes ample coexistence. You will have free time during the camp. We know sometimes we all need time for ourselves. Weekends are free, and it’s usually when we have the excursions. However, when this is not possible the camp leader will still plan activities with the group, it usually involves hiking, planning a picnic, or even going for a swim. 

Last Day:
Before you depart on the last day, all the camp will have a general house cleaning. You will all make sure that you don’t leave any rubbish behind. it is always nice to leave the house cleaner than the way you found it! We recommend packing lunch for your day trip. Make sure you leave your room clean & tidy. Please remember to change your bedsheets. Please make sure you have completed your Evaluation Form. Ask your camp leader for the link. Make sure you have packed all of your belongings! You will be picked up in the afternoon. Arrival in Reykjavik is around 18:00 hrs. Please note that we will drop you off at City Hall or at the BSI bus station.

Typical day

Morning:
Volunteers usually wake up at 8 to have breakfast and get ready for work. Work always starts at 9:00 and lasts till 12:00, you have a coffee break before lunch. 

Afternoon:
You have a 1 hour lunch break and then continue working till 16:00. After work, you may have some environmental workshops given by the camp leaders or staff members. After dinner, you can organize a movie night or a game night. 

Free-time activities

Excursions:
WF Iceland will organize reasonably-priced weekend or one-day 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 (Included in the camp fee) ● Snaefellsnes Peninsula ● South Coast ● Geldinganes volcano ● And more…. You can check out all the excursion descriptions available for each camp on our website (https://wf.is/excursions/) 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. You should not go for high or steep mountains without a professional guide. 
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports
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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers must be able to do physical work.
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
Th

e fees include:

  • Transportation from the meeting point to the project location and back
  • Golden Circle tour
  • Housing
  • All the meals
  • Volunteering activities

Accommodation

The house is fully equipped with:

  • Laundry room
  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Double rooms with a private bathroom

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Meals:

  • For breakfast, every volunteer has to prepare their own meals and clean after themselves
  • Lunch is provided at the cafeteria during the working days
  • Diner, volunteers take turns cooking and cleaning
  • Groceries are provided for preparing the meals
  • All different diets are welcome

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

First and last day of the program:

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 work camp in the morning and arrive again at the Meeting point / BSI station in Reykjavik in the evening on the last day of the workcamp. Meeting Point: Reykjavik City Hall, Tjarnargata 11 (Bus stop #1 Ráðhúsið). Please be at the meeting point at 8:30 a.m. so we can complete the incoming procedure before the minibus departs.

From September, the program will start on Monday and end on Monday.

Note: the night of the last day of the camp is NOT included. Keep in mind that you need to arrange for your stay in Iceland before and after the work camp. We strongly recommend arriving in Iceland at least one day before the first day of the camp and to depart no earlier than one day after the last day of the program.

Dates: Monday to Sunday
  • 07.03
  • 21.03
  • 04.04
  • 18.04
  • 02.05
  • 16.05
  • 30.05
  • 13.06
  • 27.06
  • 11.07
  • 25.07
  • 08.08
  • 22.08 
Dates: Monday to Monday from September
  • 05.09
  • 19.09
  • 03.10
  • 17.10
  • 31.10
  • 14.11
  • 28.11
  • 12.12
  • 26.12
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 16 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$666
4 weeks
$1,332
6 weeks
$1,998
8 weeks
$2,664
10 weeks
$3,330
12 weeks
$3,996
14 weeks
$4,662
16 weeks (max. stay)
$5,328
Average fees
$333 /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.
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Final Payment (85%)
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Ecovillage - One with Nature

Volunteers at the one and only Ecovillage in the South of Iceland. You will have the opportunity to do forestry work, organic agriculture, and workshops.

$300/week

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