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Let's get Sustainable - 6 Weeks on the move

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6 - 16 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

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Volunteer project with the highest quality. This project sets unprecedented standards in quality - an unparalleled level of excellence.

Highlights

  • Embark on an adventure that will take you to explore the land or Fire & Ice
  • Share your culture and traditions with other international volunteers while improving your English.
  • This project will help you to be an environmentally conscious traveller
  • Experience the Northern Lights during winter and the white nights during summer.
  • Join excursions that will take you to Black Beaches, Geysers, & Waterfalls!

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

About the program

Learn about the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Embark yourself on an adventure that will take you to discover all of Iceland and its natural wonders.

During the six weeks, you will travel to Discover  Iceland! Starting at Krýsuvík. Afterward, you will head to BRÚ. Finally, visit the charming town of Siglufjörður


Krýsuvík


Work

The aim of the project is to develop Local, Organic, and Sustainable Agriculture. The main work of this camp will be ...

About the program

During the six weeks, you will travel to Discover  Iceland! Starting at Krýsuvík. Afterward, you will head to BRÚ. Finally, visit the charming town of Siglufjörður


Krýsuvík


Work

The aim of the project is to develop Local, Organic, and Sustainable Agriculture. The main work of this camp will be to take care of the land, in various ways. Working closely with the local associations our tasks will depend on the season. 


Location

Close by is the lake Kleifarvatn. It is the largest lake of the Reykjanes Peninsula (8 km²) and one of Iceland’s deepest lakes (97 m). There is no river feeding its water, all of it comes and goes from underground.

The landscapes surrounding are astonishing. Walking around the park is a very special experience. There are boiling hot springs, mud bubbles, and hissing steam is forced out of the earth from geothermal vents. 

Kleifarvatn is popular for hiking, fishing, or watching birds. Surrounding it is a trail to take a walk and enjoy the beautiful and ever-changing colors of the landscape.


Accommodation

Participants will be staying in the house of Worldwide Friends. The house is approximately 600 m² and has 10 rooms for 3 to 4 people each. A fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, and common areas. House capacity 30.



BRÚ


Work

The main activity is Beach Cleaning. Beyond the sheer tonnage of trash removed, and probably more importantly, we feel that cleanups are the gateway for volunteers and people from all walks of life to become aware of the issue and feel empowered to take action in their own way. Some days, when the weather conditions are not suitable, we will focus on renovation work; painting or fixing things around and inside the house. 


Location

Keep in mind that is a 1-hour drive to the closest city (Borganes). Based just off the main road, we are not set in a town, therefore the only way to get around is by car. Brú's stunning surrounding countryside offers the perfect tonic to relax and leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Around the house, you can find a lot of pure and unspoiled nature, waterfalls, rivers, canyons, and craters. The purpose of the center is to protect nature in the area and to raise awareness of sustainability among the locals and the visitors who are coming to the area.


Accommodation

Volunteers will be staying in the house of Worldwide Friends in Brú. The house is approximately 500 m² and has 12 double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, common areas, workshop rooms, and galleries. House capacity 24


Siglufjörður


Work

Our main activity is Forestry working with the Icelandic Forestry Association. Working closely with the local associations our tasks will depend on the needs of the local community and the season. 


Location

Siglufjörður is along with the community of Ólafsfjörður a part of The Municipality of Fjallabyggð, which came into being when the two communities were merged in 2006. 

The closeness to nature is always within reach, whether you wish to go on a hike, play golf, try ocean swimming or go skiing. The birdlife is varied, with some 2,000 birds of 16 to 18 species usually be found in the fjord, particularly in summer.


Accommodation

Volunteers will be staying in the house of Worldwide Friends. The house is approximately 300 m² and has 2 big dormitory rooms for 8 people each, 2 double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, and common areas. House capacity 15.


Workshops

Workshops will take place in the late afternoon. Our main focus during the project will be on Global Warming and how to prevent it. Throughout a series of different workshops, the goal is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects’ participants. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!


Participants Age

We host international volunteers, and most of our participants are between 18 to 25, however, we don't have a maximum age limit.

Camp leaders

There is 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, and organize the 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






Typical day

A typical working day has the following schedule:

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-12:00 Work
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 to 15:00 Work
  • 15:00 to 18:00 Free time
  • 18:00 Workshop
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Movie Night                             


Typical day

A typical working day has the following schedule:

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-12:00 Work
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 to 15:00 Work
  • 15:00 to 18:00 Free time
  • 18:00 Workshop
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Movie Night                             



Free-time activities

The areas around the houses are 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.

WF Iceland will ...

Free-time activities

The areas around the houses are 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.

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, and even icebergs;

We will focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening a volunteer from a different country will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, or theatrical – 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. There will be cultural dinners where volunteers prepare typical dishes from their country and share it with the groups. Bring any traditional ingredients that you want to share. 


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Worldwide Friends

The fee includes
  • Housing
  • Return Transportation to Reykjavík 
  • Domestic transportation related to the project
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Meaningful volunteering
  • Workshops

WF Cancellation fees & charges

As we start to incur costs from the time the contract is confirmed we will apply cancellation charges as shown below from the time when written notification of the cancellation is received:

  • With a notice of more than 30th days, the cancellation will be free of charge.
  • With a notice between 30th – 14th days, 50% of the total fee will be charged.
  • With a notice of less than 14th days, 100% of the total fee will be charged.
  • Any expenses that may occur due to early departure will be covered by the participant and not WF, no refund shall be given.


Code of Conduct

In order to have adequate conduct during the program, the following points are established that must be complied with without exception.


  • WF is committed to ensuring an environment that is free of discrimination and to fostering a climate in which all participants can have an exceptional experience.
  • Clothing. Appropriate footwear and suitable outdoor clothing must be worn. We reserve the right to refuse participation to participants who are dressed inappropriately or with inappropriate footwear since this will put the participant’s well-being and safety at risk.
  • Non-prescription Drugs. We reserve the right to terminate the program to participants we believe are under the influence of drugs, in such circumstances, no refund shall be given.
  • WF reserves the right to refuse participation and to cancel the stay to any participant whose conduct or manner is likely to cause offense, upset, or put other participants in danger. Any expenses that may occur due to early departure will be covered by the participant and not WF.

Accommodation


Accommodation Krýsuvík

Participants will be staying in the house of Worldwide Friends. The house is approximately 600 m² and has 10 rooms for 3 to 4 people each. A fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, and common areas. House capacity 30.


Accommodation BRÚ

Volunteers will be staying in the house of Worldwide Friends in Brú. The house is approximately 500 m² and has 12 double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, common areas, workshop rooms, and galleries. House capacity 24


Accommodation Siglufjörður

Volunteers will be staying in the house of Worldwide Friends. The house is approximately 300 m² and has 2 big dormitory rooms for 8 people each, 2 double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, and common areas. House capacity 15.


Please keep in mind that there will be other volunteers in the same houses at the same time as your group.

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. 

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. 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 dishes. We bake our own bread!


Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favorite recipes or ingredients from home!

*Breakfast is an individual activity

*Lunch is prepared by the group 

*Dinner is prepared by the group


Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Airport Pickup at Keflavik International Airport

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. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Arrival: Meeting Point: Reykjavik City Hall, Tjarnargata 11 (Bus stop #1 Ráðhúsið) Main Entrance. Please be at the meeting point at 16:00 hrs.

Departure: Departure from the camp to Reykjavik is on the last day of the project, on Wednesday. The group will be back in Reykjavik around 20:00hrs. Participants should not book their flights before this. Drop off BSI Bus Station

Note: the night of the last date of the camp is NOT  included. Keep in mind that you need to arrange for your stay in Reykjavik before and after the workcamp. 

The 2024 Program starts on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday, the dates are the following:

23-Apr

7-May

21-May

4-Jun

18-Jun

2-Jul

16-Jul

30-Jul

13-Aug

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

6 weeks (min. stay) 2,250€
8 weeks 2,900€
10 weeks 3,650€
12 weeks 4,400€
16 weeks (max. stay) 5,900€
Average fees 371€/week

Program fees

371€ per week 6 - 16 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

6 - 16 weeks

Deposit

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

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.


Meet your organization

Worldwide Friends

Very Good 4.3 rating (34 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2001

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

Coordinated by

Victoria

Spoken languages: English, Spanish

About the project

We are an environmental organization that focuses on 2 weeks workcamps or medium to long volunteering programs. Our main topics are climate change and sustainability.

Meet your organization

- Who are we?

Worldwide Friends (WF) was founded in 2001 as a non-governmental, nonprofit organization. Our aim is to promote nature and peace-oriented activities among people interested in spending time in Iceland as volunteers. 
The staff of WF consists of 5 members: 
  • Our director and founder - Toti Ivarsson.
  • 4 project managers: Valentina, Steini, Bjarki, and Sebastian.
Alongside the staff members, we have long-term volunteers that are crucial for our programs.
- What we do:
The main activities offered by WF Iceland are workcamps, exchange programs, and educational seminars. Our activities are suitable for anyone interested in discovering an exotic and safe destination. WF also sends Icelanders abroad who wish to have similar volunteering experiences elsewhere in the world. Our programs are a mixture of volunteering, excursions, cultural exchanges,  environmental work, and environmental education.
- Where we work:
Worldwide Friends is located in one of the safest countries in the world, the land of Ice and Fire, Iceland. We work all over the country but mostly in the east and west of Iceland where we have our two main centers. We try to have a balance between outdoor work and indoor work but most of the time it depends on the weather.
- Our mission/vision:
  • Promoting peace and friendship
  • Promoting intercultural education and awareness
  • Preserving Icelandic nature and raising awareness about environmental issues
  • Promoting voluntary work and a culture of volunteering
- Our goal:
To be able one day to live in a sustainable society that respects and protects the environment.
- Who are we looking for?
The biggest requirement that we have is that our volunteers must be interested in the environment. If you like to work outdoors, explore exotic locations, discover unspoiled nature, have a cultural exchange with volunteers from different countries, and improve your environmental knowledge then we are looking for you!
- Why choose us?
When you choose us, you are making the decision to volunteer with one of the biggest and more experienced organizations in Iceland. We have hosted thousands of volunteers in all these years, which grants us the opportunity to offer you the best experience possible. 

34 reviews · rating4.3

We were a group of 10 that spend two weeks together travelling around the island and taking care of the cleaning of the coastline and filming as well. I loved the volunteering and also the chemistry in our ...
it's really an amazing experience to stay in Iceland, meeting nice people and work with them together, the time that I spend here is the happiest moment in ...
Anna Sophia Heine rating4.6

2023 at Let's get Sustainable - 6 Weeks on the move

I stayed with worldwide friends for two months and traveled across the island, living in three different camps. Each one was super unique and the tasks were quite different. From Greenhouse work to beach clean up. On the weekends we had lots of opportunities to check out the nature and go on ...
I am so happy that I did this program last year. The moment that I came to Iceland I felt like home. The volunteering work and the area that we visited were fantastic and so few humans around which made it more special for me. To be in nature in a small group of good people is ...
I'll start by saying I had the best experience in Iceland. I even returned later to the organization as a long-term volunteer for 7 more months because I enjoyed it so much. I went into it with no expectations, and I think that helped, because some people that arrived had a clear idea of what they ...
The two weeks that I spent in the East of Iceland were absolutely amazing. We were 21 volunteers from 13 nationalities and we had a great time during working hours and also in the free time. I am for sure coming back next year and I will stay for 6 ...

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