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Festivals and art in the East of Iceland
Stöðvarfjörður          July 24 - August 6, 2014

Volunteer project: The project will take place in Stöðvarfjörður and the area around it. The settlement in Stöðvarfjörður started about 100 years ago along the fjord of the same name. The fjord is short and open to easterly weather. Rare rocks and minerals have been found in the vicinity, and the world's largest private collection of rocks which is based in Stöðvarfjörður, has specimens on display. Stöðvarfjörður has a thriving artistic life, and one of the most excellent centres for graphic arts in the country.

We will participate in two festivals in the area: French days in Fáskrúsfjörður which will take place July 26th-27th and Neistaflug in Neskaupsstaður July 31st - August 3rd.
The main tasks during the festivals will be organizing games and face painting for children, helping the locals to keep the area clean, etc.

We will also work with a group of Icelandic young people who are very much focused on sustainable living. We will collect herbs, berries, seaweed, among other things and make simple food out of those products. We will also work with the art centre in Stöðvarfjörður which is located in the former fish factory building.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will also be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice indoor community facility in Stöðvarfjörður offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. During the festivals in the other fjords, the volunteers will stay in tents. There will be internet connection available.

Location: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project, we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the North and West to Reykjavik. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Teen volunteer experience in Iceland
Eskifjörður          August 13 - August 25, 2014

Volunteer project: The teen project's aim is to provide fun and educative time for the young participants. During the 12 days of the program, participants will have the chance to get to know Icelandic nature, history and people. The team leaders of these projects will be trained on how to lead volunteers of this age group and how to organise the daily community life in a workcamp. The young volunteers will follow a program which is a mixture of environmental activities and games. We will also go for hikes to discover the fantastic landscapes in the East of Iceland. The volunteers will also help with renovation and environmental work in the area. Since the project is located in the east of Iceland, our young volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy a round tour around Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will visit several places in the area and enjoy the nature while travelling. We will play different kinds of sports together will local teenagers.
There is a free access to the local geothermal heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. Wi-Fi Internet connection is available.

Location: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.

“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Age range: 13 - 16 years old

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental work and exploring traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          August 13 - August 27, 2014
Mýrdalshreppur          October 1 - October 15, 2014

Volunteer project: For the third year, the volunteers in this project will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our hosts cultivate carrots, have cows and run a tourist accommodation.

We will mainly be doing some environmental and construction work in this particular project: beautifying the area and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. Volunteers will help with some renovation work as well, such as painting work, if weather conditions allow. Other tasks will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Those who are interested in animal husbandry should feel free to drop in on the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland, for working outdoors and be prepared to experience all kinds of weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area. This might include sight-seeing, hiking, etc.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a fully equipped house, in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011. It got all covered by ashes, but the natives here are strong minded and ‘folded up their sleeves’ as the Icelanders express it and proved the common belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly village. Mýrdalur is bordered by the glacial river Jökulsá to the west and the river Blautakvísl to the east. Its northern border is the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which caps the volcanic Mt. Katla, while its southern limits are black sands and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Among the many aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international magazines named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

New life for an old farm
Hvalfjörður          August 18 - August 29, 2014
Hvalfjörður          September 15 - September 26, 2014
Hvalfjörður          September 29 - October 10, 2014
Hvalfjörður          October 13 - October 24, 2014
Hvalfjörður          October 27 - November 7, 2014
Hvalfjörður          November 13 - November 23, 2014
Hvalfjörður          December 8 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: Hvalfjörður (Icelandic: Whale-fjord) is situated in the southwest of Iceland between Mosfellsbær and Akranes. The fjord is approximately 30 km long and 5 km wide. It is only 30 km away from the centre of Reykjavik.
The name Hvalfjörður is derived from the large number of whales which could be found and caught there. Until the 1980s, one of the biggest whaling stations in Iceland was located in this fjord. In the past, the fjord also contained a large number of herring fisheries. A hiking trail to the highest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur, has its origin at the innermost end of the fjord.

This fjord is one of the most beautiful fjords in Iceland and there are many farms located in the area. It will be a unique experience for our volunteers to live in a farm but still so near to the capital city.

This project is an opportunity to renovate and work at an old Icelandic farm. The idea of renovating old spaces in the countryside of Iceland and especially in areas where there isn’t much population has a lot of merit. On the one hand, we have the opportunity of giving life to an empty and old space, on the other hand, we are bringing life back to the area with the spirit and the ideas of international volunteers which will be very much welcomed by the local community.

The first part of this project will consist in renovating and putting the farm in good shape. The second part is to do some basic and simple farming, for example to plant vegetables and harvest them, do build a small house for chickens and take care of them, to build a small greenhouse, etc. The work on this project is a mix of renovation work and gardening. We will also take care of the property, plant trees, clean up the area, even clean up the coastline around the fjord.

There are a lot farms in the area, so the volunteers will have the chance to visit other farms around, learn about Icelandic farming methods and help the farmers with seasonal work.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the whole Whale fjord and the surrounding area, including a hike to the highest waterfall in Iceland.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will also be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: We will be staying in the farm. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag. There is a Wi-Fi connection in the house.

Location: Hvalfjörður (the Whale fjord). The farm is only 35 minutes from the city centre of Reykjavik.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

Food from the nature
Fljótsdalshérað          August 19 - September 1, 2014
Fljótsdalshérað          August 31 - September 14, 2014

Volunteer project: In the beautiful forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, the international volunteers will be working on nature oriented tasks in this project. Our tasks will mainly be focused on picking blueberries, stone bramble, tree cones and herbs. Our host has a small 100% organic food and herb production, which focuses on manually handpicked food ingredients. This is a great volunteer project for those who love food, outdoors and have an opinion about nutrition.

The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area surrounding the forest and of course on the weather conditions.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host, such as hiking and possibly horseback riding.

Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a local house, sharing rooms. It is fully equipped with access to kitchen and bathroom. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Hallormsstaðaskógur, the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 30 ha of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on ever since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The tree collection keeps an extensive variety of foreign trees and is renowned by professionals and travellers. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs.
The area offers great variety of walking paths, such as to the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent. Riding tours up to the mountains or in the woodland are also nice experiences. Small streams run through the land where children and adults can cool down in warm summer days.

The project is located in the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland's easternmost populous municipality; 17 km from the largest town in the Eastern Iceland - Egilsstaðir (population 2600). It is a young town, but which has become the largest town of east Iceland and offers a swimming pool, shops and museums among other main services.
The East Fjords is a region of a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains and the wild reindeers of Iceland are found here. The herd counts between three and four thousand animals.

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF); domestic airport and bus stop is Egilsstaðir.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Artistic and environmental projects at the Arctic Circle
Raufarhöfn          August 21 - September 2, 2014
Raufarhöfn          September 1 - September 13, 2014
Raufarhöfn          September 12 - September 24, 2014

Volunteer project: 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.

The purpose of this project is very diverse. Volunteers will be able to cooperate in different tasks. Depending on the season or the month, the themes will be different. The project base is the volunteer center in the village.
During the first months of the summer, the workcamps will be more focused on cultural activities for the people and the youth of the village. The activities include cultural coffees, international evenings, workshops which volunteers can develop, renovation work such us painting and cleaning the center and visual arts projects such as sharing knowledge on photography, video filming and editing.
During the last 2 months of summer, the volunteers will work more on environmental tasks such as cleaning the coastline. During this time, the local youth goes back to school and it's more difficult to gather people for cultural evenings. Another reason to avoid environmental work during the first 2 months is due to the migrant birds known as kria in Iceland. About this time they are nesting and it is not good to disturb the areas. At the end of August, they fly back again and it's perfect time for coastline cleaning. In August we will also pick berries and make some jam together. Also during this time, volunteers will have the chance to share photo skills, as well as video, edit and produce visual arts materials.

This project 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.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will do a lot of hiking during the project and we can also catch some fish in the port of Raufarhöfn.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will also be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.

Location: Raufarhöfn

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Thorshofn airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Raufarhöfn, which will be a trip around the island (total 1.400 km) starting from Reykjavik going through the North to the East of the island. After the project we will go through the East and South of Iceland. The trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents and icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"I am happy to tell you that I enjoyed the workcamp very much. It was very well organised. We not only were able to enjoy the volunteer work, but also had time to travel around on our days off. We had two very good team leaders and everyone in the group got along really well with the others. The local Icelandic people were also very kind and nice. We were invited for BBQs and dinners, fishing, rode on a Viking Boat. These were all great experiences. I’ve attached some of the photos taken during the workcamp.
          Thank you very much for your help and assistance."

Ho Lun C.,
Cadip volunteer 2009

 

Help run a local festival and create hiking trails in East Iceland
Egilsstadir          August 21 - September 2, 2014

Volunteer project: Egilsstadir is the capital of East Iceland with a population of a little over 2.600 inhabitants. The massive land area of the municipality is among the greatest in Iceland – stretches from the Vatnajökull National Park and the Eastern fjords to Hérðsflói bay in the North. The Lagarfljótsormur, Lagarfljót worm (or simply Iceland Worm Monster), is an Icelandic lake cryptid which is purported to live in Lagarfljót in Egilsstaðir. The serpentine creature is said to live and often be sighted raising its back above the water in Lagarfljót.

The local festival in Egilsstadir takes place over 10 days in the summer. It is a mixture of culture, art, traditional cooking, sport activities and other happenings with the participation of the whole community and guests coming from other areas of Iceland.
We will help the community with all necessary tasks during the last three days of the festival. For example, we will take care of the venues before and after the concerts, control the access to the festival area and take care of the camping site. We will assist the local organization in keeping the area clean during the festival. We will also enjoy the different activities offered. This is a perfect project for creative people interested in culture and art.

The festival ends on the 24th of August, and for the second part of the project, we will work in the forestry of the community. The main tasks will be to make hiking paths.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents.

Accommodation: We will stay in a community building. Mattresses will be provided.

Location: Egilsstadir, East Iceland

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is near the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir and back. On the way to the project, we will go through the South, and back from the project, we will go through the North, so this will be a trip around the island. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"I had an incredible time in Iceland in August, it was my first time doing a Cadip volunteer program and it was absolutely amazing, rewarding, challenging and fun. The nature was breathtaking and I enjoyed talking to people from all over the world and immersing myself in a new local culture. I enjoyed getting to know the values, traditions and daily routine of locals and expanding my knowledge of other cultures and ideals."

Maia N.,
Cadip volunteer 2011

 

 

Building an obstacle course and a challenge playground for children and families in the West of Iceland
Dalabyggð          August 25 - September 7, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will join the construction and maintenance of a natural obstacle course and a challenge playground in the West of Iceland. The aim of the project is to develop a stimulating and playful area for children and families and assist with building up a youth camp by assembling bunk-beds and doing some light carpentry work.
Mainly natural local Icelandic materials will be used for the construction: wood, rope, turf, rocks and stones are the primary building materials. The main tasks will be covering an existing obstacle course with protective oil and making a bonfire place. Other tasks may include making paths, planting trees and creating a garden grove.

The site is a youth activity and sports centre. The obstacle and training course will be used by the people staying at the centre and by visitors. With this project, we want to establish a platform for recreational/sports use of the local surroundings, as well as to increase the outdoor use and improve the healthy lifestyle of the inhabitants.

Special requirements: Volunteers applying for this project should have a motivation for working outdoors.

Language: English

Leisure time: Leisure activities will be organised for the group of volunteers including hiking, excursions and possibly horseback riding.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in the youth centre, a fully equipped house; sleeping in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project will take place in the countryside in the West of Iceland, in the district of Dalabyggð ('Valley district'), which is one of the smaller districts in Iceland and one of the most sparsely populated, with only one town, Búðardalur with about 250 inhabitants. Agriculture, especially cattle rearing has long been the occupation of the people here.
Búðardalur is the largest town in the area. The county has a rich history dating back to the first settlers of Iceland. It is also notable that Leif Ericsson, who discovered Vinland or America long before the time of Christopher Columbus, grew up in Dalasýsla.

The valleys of Dalabyggð have much to offer anyone enjoying the great outdoors, with varied landscapes, many walking paths and places of historical interest. Fishing, horse riding and historical walks through Laugar are among the attractions travellers are invited to enjoy in Dalasýsla. Few parts of Iceland are as rich in history as Dalabyggd, where records go back virtually unbroken to the Settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries. On July 24th, 2000, a replica of a Viking ship, Islendingur (Icelander), set sail from Budardalur harbour en route for Greenland and America, retracing the first Viking voyages to North America.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Promote art and sustainable living in the Eastern fjords
Stöðvarfjörður          August 29 - September 10, 2014
Stöðvarfjörður          September 9 - September 21, 2014

Volunteer project: The project will take place in Stöðvarfjörður and the area around it. The settlement in Stöðvarfjörður started about 100 years ago along the fjord of the same name. The fjord is short and open to easterly weather. Rare rocks and minerals have been found in the vicinity, and the world's largest private collection of rocks which is based in Stöðvarfjörður has specimens on display. Stöðvarfjörður has a thriving artistic life, and one of the most excellent centres for graphic arts in the country.

The purpose of this volunteer project is to use the resources that Mother Earth has to offer. We will work with a group of Icelandic young people who are very much focused on this topic. We will grow vegetables, collect herbs, berries, seaweed among other things and also go fishing from time to time. We will also work with the art centre in Stöðvarfjörður which is located in the former fish factory building. Other possible tasks will be planting trees, building hiking paths, etc.
Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for creative people who like outdoor work and challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will also be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: We will have access to a fully equipped house in Fjarðabyggð but part of the time we will also stay in a “Yurt” that we will build and maintain during the project.

Location: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project we will go through the North and west to Reykjavik. This way you will go all around the island. The trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords of Iceland
Eskifjörður          August 29 - September 10, 2014
Eskifjörður          September 20 - October 2, 2014
Eskifjörður          October 1 - October 13, 2014
Eskifjörður          October 12 - October 25, 2014

Volunteer project: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Most of the work will consist of cleaning and beautifying the towns and the surrounding area. We will also do some other environmental tasks, for example clean the coastline, plant trees or build hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. 

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents.

Accommodation: In a community centre in Eskifjordur. Mattresses will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. We will have access to showers at the local swimming pool and sports centre.

Location: Eskifjörður, Eastfjords

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project we will go through the North and west to Reykjavik. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          September 1 - September 11, 2014
Reykjavik          September 15 - September 25, 2014
Reykjavik          September 29 - October 10, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the seventh year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organising this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working flexible time schedule.

Volunteers with artistic skills, such as singing, juggling, playing music are encouraged to apply for this project as they will have the chance to help create a nice and friendly atmosphere.

For two days, the volunteers will work with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries. Volunteers will help with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens and work on the recycling system, among other tasks.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon or South Shore) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house in the beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          September 3 - September 17, 2014
Mýrdalshreppur          September 17 - October 1, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the third year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our hosts, a farmer’s family, cultivate carrots, have cows and run a tourist accommodation.

Our tasks in this project will be mainly connected with the carrots cultivation. We will be working in the fields, removing plastic wraps and other things from the carrot beds. There will be also some renovation and maintenance tasks awaiting the volunteers, for instance painting some of the machinery used in the carrot farming. If weather conditions allow, we will do some painting preparation work outdoors.
Some work might as well be in the stalls, such as milking the cows or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area, depending on the weather conditions.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a fully equipped flat, in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011. It got all covered by ashes, but the natives here are strong minded and ‘folded up their sleeves’ as the Icelanders express it and proved the common belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly village. Mýrdalur is bordered by the glacial river Jökulsá to the west and the river Blautakvísl to the east. Its northern border is the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which caps the volcanic Mt. Katla, while its southern limits are black sands and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Among the many aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international magazines named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

Forestry and gardening activities in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði          September 8 - September 22, 2014
Hveragerði          September 22 - October 6, 2014
Hveragerði          October 6 - October 20, 2014
Hveragerði          October 20 - November 3, 2014
Hveragerði          November 3 - November 17, 2014
Hveragerði          November 17 - December 1, 2014

Volunteer project: Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field which 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 lifeblood, and you probably 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 steaming vents.

Our host is the 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 patients’ own health. The Clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care for patients. It is the oldest and one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland.

The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where the international volunteers will work most of the time. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including a river heated by hot springs.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to 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, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double rooms. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided. Free wireless internet is available during evening hours, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they want to use it.
All meals are provided and cooked by our hosts, the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic. The menu for the project is primarily vegetarian, but two times a week it includes locally caught fish. The food at the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic is known throughout Iceland for its high quality.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"Hi, I volunteered in Hveragerdi, Iceland in the greenhouses through July and wanted to leave a recommendation for those perusing Cadip because I had such a wonderful time. The organization is perfect for getting an international and enthusiastic crowd together; it was wonderful to grow vegetables and learn about so many cultures in such little time. I highly recommend Cadip to anyone wanting to travel and am planning my next trip for this July!"

Samantha J.,
Cadip volunteer 2012

 

Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords of Iceland
Eskifjörður          September 9 - September 21, 2014
Eskifjörður          October 24 - November 5, 2014

Volunteer project: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Most of the work will consist of cleaning and beautifying the towns and the surrounding area. We will also do some other environmental tasks, for example clean the coastline, plant trees or build hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. 

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents.

Accommodation: In a community centre in Eskifjordur. Mattresses will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. We will have access to showers at the local swimming pool and sports centre.

Location: Eskifjörður, Eastfjords

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project we will go through the North and west to Reykjavik. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Improving a farmhouse in North Iceland's countryside
Skagafjörður          September 10 - September 24, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on environmental and nature oriented tasks in this project in the North of the country. Our tasks will mainly be focused on improving the environment around the farmhouse. The task list offers various activities to be performed by the volunteers such as: harvesting potatoes from the ground, picking berries and mushrooms, painting, beautifying the area around the house and attending to the small things that need attention in and around the buildings.

The work plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area surrounding the farmhouse and of course on the weather conditions.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities such as hiking and possibly horseback riding.

Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in an apartment, sharing rooms. The apartment is fully equipped with access to a kitchen and a bathroom. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Known as flashy dressers, the people of Skagafjörður were proud and often preferred to seek other work than farming. In this they were considered rather distinct from other Icelanders. Horsemanship was widespread in Skagafjörður and singing was given more weight than in many other regions; there culture and literature prospered.
Even though the vast majority of Skagafjörður residents make their living through agriculture, many were also engaged in fishing. Stagnation can be said to have marked many fields of life from about 1650 until 1850, when the impact of the industrial revolution began to be felt, and the Icelandic demand for increased independence from Denmark received a great deal of local support. Trade practices likewise began to change and the general population began to migrate from the countryside. Many moved to America, but others simply into villages and larger towns.
The previous history of Skagafjörður was decisively shaped by the presence of the bishop's seat. On the secular side, however, there were powerful chieftains living at such Skagafjörður estates as Reynistaður, Flugumýri and Ás, to name a few.

In Skagafjörður you will find many protected areas such as Orravatnsrústir, in the grazing commons Hofsafrétt; wetlands surrounding Orravatn lake and reaching north to Reyðarvatn lake. Another example of an exclusive area in Skagafjörður is the Upper end of Vesturdalur valley (Hofsárdalur valley): the innermost part of Vesturdalur, upstream from Miðmundargil gorge and including the canyon stretching inland from the valley - unusual, lush valley, encircled by cliffs and precipitous slopes with enchanting waterfalls on Fossá river.

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður          September 20 - October 2, 2014

Volunteer project: Every year, hundreds of international volunteers visit Iceland and participate in volunteer projects all around the island. The volunteers in this project will create and put together a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the organisers of these projects.

In the beginning of the project, volunteers will receive an introduction about the tasks - afterwards we will choose a topic for the newsletter. This is a great opportunity to step into different projects and to get to know Iceland in a better way. The group will take photos and make videos and interviews with volunteers, local hosts and people living in the area. The produced materials will be published in the magazine. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it online.

Don't forget to bring your cameras and tripods because we will also go for some Auroras hunting.

A part of this project will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, a different country will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their origin country and culture in a non formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the international evenings.
This project 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.

Special requirements: Visual Arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. There will be internet connection available.

Location: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project we will go through the North and west to Reykjavik. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Reykjavik International Film Festival
Reykjavik          September 23 - October 5, 2014

Volunteer project: The international volunteers will help the organizers of the Reykjavík International Film Festival with different tasks before and during the festival. Our group will work closely with the team of Icelandic volunteers who are in most cases students of the Universities in Reykjavik.

We will put up posters and hand out leaflets and brochures around the city before the festival starts; some of the volunteers might be asked to pick up international guests at the airport. During the festival, we will sell entrance tickets and festival passes, setup the venues before and after the movies and control the entrance if needed. There might be other tasks to be done and we will have to be flexible and willing to give a helping hand whenever necessary.

The festival is one of the most important cultural events in Reykjavik and the work of the volunteers is a crucial contribution to the event. Through participation in this international project, the volunteers have the opportunity to experience the amazing atmosphere of the festival.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the central location of the accommodation is ideal for enjoying Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theaters, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: 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 qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a 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.

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          October 14 - October 23, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the seventh year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organising this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working flexible time schedule.

Volunteers with artistic skills, such as singing, juggling, playing music are encouraged to apply for this project as they will have the chance to help create a nice and friendly atmosphere.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon or South Shore) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house in the beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.

In October you can see the Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in Iceland. In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

Iceland airwaves music festival
Reykjavik          November 1 - November 10, 2014

Volunteer project: Iceland Airwaves is an annual music event that started out in 1999 as a talent show for foreign record executives. Since then, Airwaves has grown and blossomed and is now an integral part of the cultural life in Reykjavík. The fruits of the festival's labour have been ripening and today many Icelandic artists such as Quarashi, Minus, Sigur Ros, Apparat Organ Quartet, Trabant, Leaves and others have made their way to the international music scene.
Airwaves festival attracts approximately 2.000 people annually from abroad (more than half from the music industry). Visitors come to sample the fresh sounds, or in search of new talents, others seeking inspiration or simply on a quest for adventure on the Arctic Circle.

We will help the organizers of the festival to carry out many tasks, such as preparing the venues before and after the concerts, helping with festival security, etc. Before and after the festival, we will help Reykjavik environmental department maintaining the green areas in Reykjavik.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the central location of the accommodation is ideal for enjoying Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation in Reykjavik is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theaters, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: 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 qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a 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.

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental education program for students
Eskifjörður          November 4 - November 16, 2014
Eskifjörður          November 15 - November 27, 2014
Eskifjörður          November 26 - December 8, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is about awareness. The volunteers will be the leaders of environmental education sessions for children in kindergartens and schools in Fjardabyggd. The main goal is to create awareness among children and teenagers and promote protecting the environment in daily life. The work will be divided between preparation of materials such as posters, brochure, info mobile centre with photos and explanations, power points, and videos. During the second week, the volunteers will visit schools and kindergartens to perform the session. We will use different kinds of art to make the awareness sessions more interesting for the kids.

A part of this project will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, a different country will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in a non formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the worldwide evenings.

This project 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.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. We will also have the opportunity to visit different villages in the area. Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Internet connection is available.

Location: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project, we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the North and West to Reykjavik. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Photography workshop in Reykjavik
Reykjavik          November 13 - November 23, 2014
Reykjavik          November 24 - December 4, 2014

Volunteer project: The purpose of this project is to involve international volunteers in a group experience where they can improve their communication and visual arts skills by capturing some memories in an unforgettable way using photographs and videos. Volunteers will put into action ideas about photography from capture to finished image. In this project, volunteers learn together from each other how to better express their vision and how to digitally edit images to highlight the same qualities that drew them to the scene to begin with. Volunteers will work on different themes, such as landscape, fishermen’s life, light and colour, local lifestyle, etc. In the evenings, the volunteers will gather together to share photos and the project will culminate in a photo exhibition.

This project 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 on photography with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning. So don’t worry if you’re not an experienced photographer, because the project doesn’t require advanced knowledge and it isn’t a competition.
Please note that volunteers need to bring their own cameras. The volunteers should also keep in mind that the leaders are not professional photographers.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the central location of the accommodation is ideal for enjoying Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to 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, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theaters, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: In Reykjavik you can easily feel the pure energy at the heart of Iceland‘s capital city - whether it springs from the underground boiling thermal energy or radiates from the green scenery surrounding the city. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, space, clean air, nature, culture - and Reykjavik has them in spades. Reykjavik offers both the features of a modern and innovative society and the marvellous traits of a unique natural landscape.
The population of the Reykjavik Area is about 200,000. Reykjavik is spread across a peninsula offering a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean from nearly every part of the city. In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again.
The world’s northernmost capital is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier towers over the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast.

Terminal: International Airport Reykjavík - Keflavík (KEF)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

Capture the magic of the Northern lights and the life of people in the Eastern fjords of Iceland
Eskifjörður          November 15 - November 27, 2014
Eskifjörður          November 26 - December 8, 2014
Eskifjörður          December 7 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: The purpose of this project is to involve international volunteers in a group experience where they can improve their communication and visual arts skills by capturing some memories in an unforgettable way using photographs and videos. Volunteers will put into action ideas about photography from capture to finished image. In this project, volunteers learn together from each other how to better express their vision and how to digitally edit images to highlight the same qualities that drew them to the scene to begin with. Volunteers will work on different themes, such as landscape, fishermen’s life, light and colour, local lifestyle etc. In the evenings the volunteers will gather together to share photos and the project will culminate in a photo exhibition.

Another part of the project will be focused on the Auroras Borealis. At this time of the year, it is very easy to see and experience this amazing spectacular phenomenon. Volunteers will be involved in a Time-Lapse project in order to catch the lights and have a common visual arts project. During this season, the weather in Eskifjörður can be very cold. You should be aware of the fact that the weather can get so extreme some days that it may not allow us to go out of the accommodation.
Don’t forget to bring your cameras and tripods if you have one, since big parts of the project are focused on Auroras hunting. The tripod is an essential tool to keep the camera working in a long exposure.

The third part of this project will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, a different country will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in a non formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the worldwide evenings.

This project 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. If the weather conditions are good, we can also do some environmental work.

Special requirements: Visual arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a nice house that used to be the school of the community long time ago. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. We will have showers in the local swimming pool. There will be Wi-Fi internet connection available.

Location: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project, we will go through the North to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the East and South of Iceland. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euros

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

Christmas and New Year in the Eastern fjords
Eskifjörður         December 18, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in Eskifjörður in the Eastfjords. One of the tasks is to decorate the area where our house is located by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group trough intercultural learning and exchange. We will learn Christmas songs from all over the world from each other and perform in the home for elderly people and in public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism. For New Year’s Eve, we will organize a small party for the volunteers and will enjoy Iceland´s spectacular fireworks. We will also organize an open house and invite the locals for a visit.

During this project, participants will take part in the production of a video documentary which will be focused on how Icelandic people celebrate Christmas in rural areas. It will be a mix of landscape shots and interviews of local people in order to find out how they feel about living there and what they think about international volunteers coming to the village.

Another part of the project will be focused on the Auroras Borealis. At this time of
the year, it is very easy to see and experience this amazing spectacular phenomenon. Volunteers will be involved in a Time-Lapse project in order to catch the lights and have a common visual arts project. In this season, the weather in Eskifjörður can be very cold. You should also be aware of the fact that the weather can get so extreme some days that it may not allow us to go out of the accommodation.
Don’t forget to bring your cameras and tripods if you have one, since big parts of the project are focused on Auroras hunting. The tripod is an essential tool to keep the camera working in a long exposure.

The third part of this project will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, a different country will cook for the rest of the group and will be
in charge of presenting their country and culture in a non formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the worldwide evenings.

This project 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.

Special requirements: Visual arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a nice house that used to be the school of the community long time ago. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. We will have showers in the local swimming pool. There will be Wi-Fi internet connection available.

Location: 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 harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður 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 a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project, we will go through the North to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the East and South of Iceland. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

Christmas and New Year at a volunteer center in Reykjavik
Reykjavik         December 21, 2014 - January 1, 2015

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in the area of the volunteer and cultural centre in Reykjavik by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange. We will learn Christmas songs from all over the world from each other and weather permitting will sing in the streets of Reykjavik and other public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism. For New Year’s Eve, we will organize a small party for the volunteers and we will enjoy Reykjavik´s spectacular fireworks in front of the cathedral. We will also arrange a visit to the ‘Imagine Peace Tower’ which was designed by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The tower is made up of 15 large searchlights surrounded by a number of prisms that act like mirrors, reflecting the light vertically into the sky, usually reaching an altitude of at least 4000 meters. Over half a million written wishes that people from all over the world have sent to Yoko Ono as part of her ‘Wish Trees’ project are buried underneath the tower.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the central location of the accommodation is ideal for enjoying Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag and towels, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation in Reykjavik is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theaters, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: 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 qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a 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.

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favourable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

In this time of the year, when conditions are favourable, you can see the Northern lights (Aurora borealis) glowing curtain of greenish yellow lights, dancing in the distance to a spectacular, multicolored fusion stretching across the sky.

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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