Health and Environment Supporter

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founded in 2001
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Coordinator | Sebastian
Coordinator | Sebastian
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High­lights

Enjoy a bath in a natural thermal river at Hveragerði.
Learn how Iceland cultivates food using greenhouses and thermal energy.
Explore the Icelandic south coast, visit the most impressive waterfalls, the unique black beach, and admire the Sólheimajökull Glacier.
Be surrounded by nature and embark on hiking adventures.
Meet volunteers from all around the world and learn new cultures and traditions.
Volunteer in a geothermal Greenhouse in the south of Iceland. You will have the opportunity to prepare organic medicines and learn from organic agriculture. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Project location:

Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field. 

This provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers, and vegetable are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses!  The name Hveragerði means“hot springs garden”.  Geothermal energy is Hveragerði’s lifeline and chances are you won’t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely “Steam Valley” behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles, and steam vents.
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. Every year approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients’ own health. Since its foundation in 1955, the clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, for personal and effective care of patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland. In the last years, this ongoing camp has been the most popular camp in our organization.


Work:

The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department. This includes forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where Worldwide Friends volunteers work most of the time. Volunteers will help with growing tomatoes, cucumbers and making tea made of Icelandic herbs, and also do some environmental work around the property. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. Volunteers should bring clothes appropriate for outdoor work, but also clothes for working inside the warm greenhouses. Working hours are usually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and volunteers will have a one-hour lunch break.

We will give a special focus on global warming during the camp and the volunteers will have workshops about climate change and sustainability. The issue of global warming is well known all over the world. Humanity must act in a more environmental and sustainable way. 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.

Typical day

  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 8:00 - 10:30 Working in the greenhouse
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Working in the greenhouse
  • 12: 00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Working in the greenhouse
  • 15:00 Free time
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:30  Planned activity (Ex. Movie night, game night, aurora hunting, pool)

Free-time activities

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur. WF Iceland will also organize reasonably-priced weekend excursions to  some  of  the  most  popular,  beautiful  areas and  natural  wonders  that  Iceland can offer.  Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Winter 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)
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 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Worldwide Friends
The fee includes: 
  • Trip from the meeting point to the accommodation 
  • The Golden Circle excursionn 
  • The accommodation
  • All the meals
  • Return trip from the accommodation to the meeting point on the last day
Accommodation
Worldwide Friends  volunteers will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double bedrooms and a living room.  Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds and sheets are provided.  Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.
Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
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 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

  • For this program, volunteers can join every week. 
  • The volunteering activities start every Monday. 
  • We suggest that our volunteers arrive at least one day earlier before the project starts. 
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$744
3 weeks
$1,116
4 weeks
$1,488
5 weeks
$1,860
6 weeks
$2,232
7 weeks
$2,604
8 weeks
$2,976
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,464
Average fees
$372 /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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Health and Environment Supporter

Volunteer in a geothermal Greenhouse in the south of Iceland. You will have the opportunity to prepare organic medicines and learn from organic agriculture.

$300/week

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