Let's get Sustainable - 6 weeks on the move

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Coordinator | Sebastian
Coordinator | Sebastian
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High­lights

Improve your knowledge about sustainability and learn the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Share your culture and traditions with other international volunteers while you improve your English.
Embark on an adventure that will take you to explore all of Iceland. Starting on Reykjavik, passing throught the north, east and south of Iceland.
Live the experience of the northern lights during winter and the white nights during summer.
Join excursions that will take you to Glaciers, Geysers, and waterfalls.
Learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Embark yourself on an adventure that will take you to discover all of Iceland and its natural wonders. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
During the six weeks, you will travel around Iceland starting in Reykjavik for two days, spending twelve days in our sustainable center in the Northwest, two weeks in Raufarhöfn near to the Arctic circle, and two weeks in Stödvarfjörður in the east of Iceland.

Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the denominators of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.

Brú the sustainable center of Worldwide Friends is near to the crossroads to the West, South, and North of Iceland in the area of Hrutafjordur which is a 36 km long fjord in Hunathing vestra. In the neighborhood, you can find a lot of pure and unspoiled nature, beaches full of driftwood, Snæfellsnes peninsula, glaciers in the highlands, waterfalls, strong rivers, canyons, and craters. The purpose of the center is to protect the nature in the area and to raise the awareness of sustainability among the locals and the visitors who are coming to the area.
The house is more than 1.000 m² and has 16 double rooms, two kitchens, several bathrooms, and common areas, rooms for workshops, and galleries. It has its own generator to produce electricity for heating and daily use. We are renewing the generator and it will be up and running at the end of the year. 

The village of Raufarhöfn is the community that lies farthest north in Iceland. It is located in the eastern part of Melrakkasletta close to the Arctic Circle. The population of Raufarhöfn is about 200 and most of the people there earn their living from fishing and fish processing. The harbor is very beautiful and partly shaped by nature itself. A wide and untouched open area surrounds the village with a lot of birds and varied vegetation. In summer one will observe wild migratory birds within the village being a part of the village life with the villagers most often waking up in the morning to the songs of birds. The coastline with its inlets and creeks is filled with driftwood and reaches out into the Arctic Sea. Away and on the surface of the sea various sea-birds will be spotted and an occasional seal. On the beach waders strut and inland on the grassy moorlands, there are dozens of lakes filled with trout. In the vicinity, many species of ducks, waders, and species that favor heaths and moorlands may be observed.

Stödvarfjörður
Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbors depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross 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 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 explore the area during your stay in the east.

Volunteers will do clean the coastline in different parts of the island and help to recycle the plastic which we are collecting there. Working hours are 4 - 6 hours per day five days a week. Most of the mornings during the program we will have workshops for two hours about the sustainable development goals of the UN with a special focus on climate changes. The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the participants. Within the project, we will learn about green energy, sustainable householding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption, and lots more. In addition to the theoretical part, we are going to practice sustainable work. The clean-up of the coastline is the main task but we will also plant trees during the camp. Planting trees becomes a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air, and prevent erosions. Our work will 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.

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 Volunteering activity              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

Free access to several geothermal swimming pools
• Access to Perlan geological wonders exhibition https://perlan.is/exhibitions/?lang=en
• Access to the geothermal baths in Mývatn https://myvatnnaturebaths.is/?lang=en
• Access to the seal museum in Hvammstangi
• Access to the hydroelectric power plant in Kárahljúkar
• Several hikes
• Day tour to the most remote area in Iceland called Strandir
• During the project the volunteers will be touring around Iceland and visiting most of the best known natural wonders on the ring road. For example Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Reynisfjara black beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, Hverir geothermal area, Goðafoss waterfall, Grábrók crater, and much more.

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, 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. 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. 

We also offer extra activities such as whale watching, fishing, excursions, and glacier adventures. 
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
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 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Worldwide Friends
The fees include transportation from and to the airport. All transportation related to the project, all the meals, housing, WIFI, visit the Perlan Museum, swimming pools, workshops, and the south coast excursions. 
Airport Pickup at Keflavik International Airport
We will pick you up at the airport and take you to our house in Reykjavik. 

Accommodation
Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in a hostel in Reykjavik for the first two days and after that in the WF houses in Brú, Raufarhöfn, and Stodvarfjordur. The houses are all fully equipped, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags or borrow one from WF if they don’t have one. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Food is included for the duration of the workcamp; 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!
Please keep in mind that there will be other volunteers in the same houses at the same time as your group.
Bedroom (Double) Dorm Room Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
All the volunteers are expected to cook. Each volunteer prepares his own breakfast and cleans after himself. 
For lunch and dinner, the volunteers will take turns cooking and cleaning. We can accommodate special diets such as vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free. 
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.
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 start dates are the folowing:

  • 27 .03 - 07.05
  • 10 .04 - 21.05
  • 24 .04 -  04.06
  • 08 .05 - 18.06
  • 22 .05 - 02.07
  • 05 .06 - 16.07
  • 19 .06 - 30.07
  • 03 .07 - 13.08
  • 17 .07 - 27.08
  • 31 .07 - 10.09
  • 14 .08 - 24.09
  • 28 .08 - 08.10
  • 11 .09 - 22.10
  • 25 .09 - 05.11
  • 09 .10 - 19.11
  • 23 .10 - 03.12

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
6 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 weeks (min. stay)
$2,835
7 weeks
$3,087
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,339
Average fees
$445 /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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Let's get Sustainable - 6 weeks on the move

Learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Embark yourself on an adventure that will take you to discover all of Iceland and its natural wonders.

$353/week

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