One earth, our home - Let's prevent global warming

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Coordinator | Sebastian
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High­lights

Discover the amazing nature of Iceland, come and explore glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and geysers.
Experience new cultures through the cultural dinners that every volunteer prepares with traditional food from their country.
Enjoy the White Nights in summer and the magnificent Northern Lights during winter.
Learn to be a leader, improve your english, and participate in our environmental workshops.
Help in the fight against plastic pollution by cleaning the coast of Iceland and be surprised by seals.
This program focuses on environmental education, environmental activities, and sustainability. The main tasks are beach cleanups, seed collection, and renovation work. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

*Pre-camp in Reyjavik

2022

  • Day 1: Arrival day -Pick up - Accommodation in Reykavik
  • Day 2: South Coast Excursion - Accommodation in Reykavik
  • Day 3: Visit to Perlan Museum & departure to Workcamp accommodation

2023

  • Day 1: Arrival day -Pick up - visit to City Center -Accommodation in Reykavik
  • Day 2: Golden Circle Excursion - Accommodation in Reykavik
  • Day 3: Departure to Workcamp accommodation

*Project Location

Worldwide Friends Iceland is running a center of Environment & Sustainability near the crossroads to the West, and North of Iceland. The center is called BRÚ, and it is located in Hrutafjordur which is 36 km long fjord in Hunathing vestra, on the R1.  

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.


The house is more than 1.000 m², it has double rooms, triple rooms, quadruple rooms, two kitchens, several bathrooms, common areas, rooms for workshops, and galleries. We do not have gender-separated rooms and you may have to share a room with a male or female. Our long-term plan is to equip the center with its own hydropower plant to produce electricity for heating and daily use. This will make Brú completely sustainable from an energetic point of view and will contribute to the production of clean energy for the region.

*Work:
This work camp is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues, and intercultural learning.

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 project’s 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. 

*Participants: We host international volunteers, most of them around 18 to 25 years old.

*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, 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

*Arrival

Volunteers can arrive on the starting day in the afternoon. At 20:00 is the last pick-up from the BSI Bus Station

*Departure

Departure from the camp to Reykjavik is on the last day of the project, on Tuesday. The group will be back in Reykjavik around 18:00. Participants cannot have their return flight earlier than 18:00

We strongly recommend arriving in Iceland at least one day before the first day of your workcamp and departing no earlier than one day after the last day of your workcamp. From 2023 the program will start on Monday and finish on Wednesday. Keep in mind that you need to arrange for your stay in Iceland before & after the workcamp.

*Accommodation

Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags and towels, but beds and bed sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The rooms are double or quadruple, and share a bathroom. Food is included for the duration of the 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, ingredients, and spices from home!


*What to pack?
Icelandic weather can be unpredictable, so you need to be prepared for anything. You will need:
  • Hiking boots that are waterproof 
  • Warm sleeping bag (we only provide bedsheets) 
  • Swimsuits and towels (to take advantage of the traditional swimming pools and hot springs) 
  • Warm and waterproof clothes/shoes (you will spend time outside) 
  • Slippers/shoes for indoors, we don’t bring shoes inside the houses! 
  • Raincoat 
  • Pillow 
  • Medication 
  • Food, photos, or anything interesting related to your country for intercultural nights 
  • Hairdryer (optional) 
  • Cash (ISK or EUR) for extra excursions
  • Baggage allowance: 1 large suitcase & small carry-on 

Typical day

A typical working day has the following schedule:

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-16:00 Work
  • 13:00 Lunch 
  • 16:00-17:00 Free time 
  • 18:00 Workshop
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Movie Night

Free-time activities

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. 

Extra activities that volunteers can book are Horseback Riding, Kayaking, and more. The extra activities have an extra cost and they have to be paid in cash.

Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Winter Sports

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
For 2022 the fees include:
  • Housing
  • South Coast Excursion
  • Perlan Museum
  • Transportation-related to the project
  • Breakfast, lunch, & dinner
For 2023 the fees include:
  • Housing
  • Golden Circle Excursion
  • Transportation-related to the project
  • Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

Accommodation
Worldwide Friends volunteers stay in the Worldwide Friends sustainable center offering good facilities. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags and towels; beds and bed sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. We have double, triple, and quadruple rooms. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge, freezer, stove, oven, microwave, and a coffee machine. The bathrooms are shared.
Bedroom (Double) Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Food is included for the duration of the 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, ingredients, and spices from home! 

We can accommodate special diets such as gluten-free, vegetarians, vegans, or any allergies. 

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 start dates are every two weeks on a Wednesday and end on a Tuesday.

For 2022:

  • 20.07
  • 03.08
  • 17.08
  • 31.08
  • 14.09
  • 28.09
  • 12.10
  • 26.10
  • 09.11
  • 23.11
For 2023, the program will start on Monday and end on Wednesday
  • 13.03
  • 27.03
  • 10.04
  • 24.04
  • 08.05
  • 22.05
  • 05.06
  • 19.06
  • 03.07
  • 17.07
  • 31.07
  • 14.08
  • 28.08
  • 11.09
  • 25.09
  • 09.10
  • 23.10
  • 06.11

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 16 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,308
6 weeks
$1,962
8 weeks
$2,616
10 weeks
$3,270
16 weeks (max. stay)
$5,232
Average fees
$327 /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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One earth, our home - Let's prevent global warming

This program focuses on environmental education, environmental activities, and sustainability. The main tasks are beach cleanups, seed collection, and renovation work.

$300/week

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