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Puntos Salientes

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+
Solteros y solteras
Parejas
Grupos
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 vegetables 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 patient's own health. Since its foundation in 1955, the clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, for the personal and effective care of patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland. In the last few years, this ongoing camp has been the most popular camp in our organization.

*Work:

The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where Worldwide Friends volunteers work most of the time. Volunteers will be working in the greenhouses planting and harvesting vegetables, doing weed control and sometimes you will also be gardening. The agriculture that is practiced in the center is organic/bio.

The main activities, but not limited to are; Agriculture: cultivating soil; planting; raising, and harvesting crops. Horticulture: growing fruits, vegetables, and plants. Renovation around the property. During winter the work might include snowplowing.

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 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and volunteers will have a coffee break in the morning and a one-hour lunch break.

*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

 

*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 with share bathrooms.

 

*Arrival

Volunteers must be at Reykjavik BSI Bus Station at 9 am on the starting date to start the program.


*Departure

The group will be back in BSI Bus Station (Reykjavik) around 18:00 (Keep this in mind while booking your flight). For the departure, volunteers will be picked up in the afternoon of the last day of the program, Monday.


We strongly recommend arriving in Iceland at least one day before the first day of your workcamp and depart no earlier than one day after the last day of your workcamp.

*What to pack?

  • Hiking boots 

  • Work gloves

  • Water bottle

  • Work clothes (for outside & inside the Greenhouse)

  • Warm sleeping bag (we only provide bed sheets)

  • Towel

  • Swimsuit (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

  • Cash (ISK or Euros) for camp fees and excursions as we do not accept credit card payments on the spot.

  • Baggage allowance: 1 large suitcase & small carry-on 

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
  • 18:00 Workshop
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Planned activity (Ex. Movie night, Game night, Aurora hunting)

Free-time activities

 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, and even icebergs. The two excursions that we offer are the Golden circle which is included and the South Coast excursion which has an extra fee of 80 EUR.

Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Requi­sitos

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.
Other Skills
Volunteers must be in good health and capable of doing physical work.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

Servicios incluidos

Services by Worldwide Friends
The fee includes: 
  • Trip from the meeting point to the accommodation 
  • The Golden Circle excursion
  • 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 and pillow, but beds and sheets are provided. 

Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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 Islandia.
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 Islandia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Islandia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Islandia.

Fechas y Costos

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

  • The volunteering activities start from Monday to Monday. 
  • Volunteers should arrive in Iceland at least one day earlier before the project starts. Volunteers must be at Reykjavik BSI Bus Station at 9 am on the starting date to start the program.



  • Dates: Monday to Monday 
      • 05.09
      • 19.09
      • 03.10
      • 17.10
      • 31.10
      • 14.11
      • 28.11
      • 19.12
  • For 2023, the program starts on Monday and ends on Monday:
      • 02.01
      • 16.01
      • 30.01
      • 13.02
      • 27.02
      • 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
      • 20.11
      • 04.12
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 13 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$654
3 weeks
$981
4 weeks
$1.308
5 weeks
$1.635
6 weeks
$1.962
7 weeks
$2.289
8 weeks
$2.616
13 weeks (max. stay)
$4.251
Average fees
$327 /week

La organización cobra sus honorarios en EUR. La tabla de precios en USDestá sujeta a las fluctuaciones monetarias. Worldwide Friends le hará saber el precio final durante el proceso de solicitud.
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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