Health and Environment Supporter

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opgericht in 2001
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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:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
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 

Dagelijkse activiteiten

  • 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)

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

 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.

Wandelen
Museum/
Opera
Paardrijden
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Bezienswaardigheden
Sport
Zwemmen
Watersport
Yoga/
Meditatie

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)
Vereiste documenten
CV
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Volunteers must be in good health and capable of doing physical work.
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 08:00 - 15:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door 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
Accomodatie
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.

Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Eten & Drank

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 toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavik. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar IJsland.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor IJsland biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in IJsland dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor IJsland.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

  • 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
Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
2 - 13 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
$654
3 weken
$981
4 weken
$1.308
5 weken
$1.635
6 weken
$1.962
7 weken
$2.289
8 weken
$2.616
13 weken (max. verblijf)
$4.251
Gemiddelde kosten
$327 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in EUR. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. Worldwide Friends zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Worldwide Friends gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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Kwaliteitsgarantie
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Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
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Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
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