Volunteering that fits your busy schedule


Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik, Iceland       12 projects of 10 days from May to December


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 project organisers.

In the beginning of the project, volunteers will receive an introduction about the tasks. Afterwards, we will choose a topic for the magazine. This is a great opportunity to get to know Reykjavik and the area around it in a different way. The group will take photos, create videos and conduct interviews with volunteers, local hosts and people living in the area. The outcome will be published in the magazine. The volunteers will also document the work in other projects running at the same time with a photo reportage. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it.

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

The Gay Pride festival in Reykjavík takes place during the August 8-18 project. In those days, Reykjavík is full of life. A huge, merry and colourful Gay Parade goes through the centre of town and a grand outdoor concert is attended by over 70,000 people – lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and straight, friends, relatives, fellow citizens and numerous foreign visitors - showing solidarity with the gay cause. The volunteers in this group will also participate in different activities related to the festival.

Reykjavik Culture Night takes place during the August 18-28 project. This event has become an essential part of the cultural life in Iceland with thousands of people strolling down the streets of the city on this exciting and eventful night. Culture Night offers a chance to enjoy a variety of activities ranging from traditional shows and exhibitions to more unusual happenings. A number of cultural institutions such as galleries, ateliers, shops, cafes, churches, restaurants and bars in downtown Reykjavik stay open until late. The immensely popular Reykjavik Marathon takes place on the same day and we really encourage our volunteers to take part in it. The volunteers in this group will also participate in different activities related to the event.

Special requirements: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in journalism and/or photography are welcome to join this project. You should bring your camera and your laptop with you.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the volunteers can enjoy Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can 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.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city, so you can enjoy pure nature and the city life of the capital at the same time. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags, but beds/mattresses and bed sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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 330,000 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: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 21 - May 31, 2019
May 31 - June 10, 2019
June 20 - June 30, 2019
June 30 - July 9, 2019
July 29 - August 8, 2019
August 8 - August 18, 2019
August 18 - August 28, 2019
September 17 - September 26, 2019
October 7 - October 17, 2019
October 27 - November 5, 2019
November 16 - November 26, 2019
December 16 - December 23, 2019

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Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland       May 23 - June 1, 2019

Volunteer project: This is the 12th year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Throughout the year, participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an immersive photography related learning camp. The coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.

When the workshop ends, we select some of our best pictures and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by displaying their work. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the locals through pictures made in the project.

Participants should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. They will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions. Participants should arrive ready to shoot and should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses, laptops and tripods if possible.

Please note that this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a regular workcamp. We may be able to organize some outdoor voluntary service activities but this depends on the weather conditions. Participants should use the opportunity to share something about their own culture, such as food, music, games or films with the international group.

The project combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, having fun, exploring the capital city and some of the most stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle excursion, which will be part of the project.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some excursions (e.g. South Shore, Hot River hike, Snæfellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares for the participants. Local leisure activities will also be offered such as cinema and flea market.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in an equipped house in Reykjavík, about 4 km from the center of the city. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, showers, a washing machine. The group will sleep in shared rooms. Please bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

The project happens around the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The bright nights are magical and staying awake enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience. During the time of the projects, participants will have the opportunity to experience the midnight sun as there are 24 hours of light even if the sun sets for short periods of time.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day), as well as the Golden Circle excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords
Fjardabyggd, Iceland       12 projects of 10 days from May to October

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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide 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, Breiðdalsvík and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with 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.

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in Fjardabyggd, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees and flowers, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. The team will work about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local swimming pool from the middle of June until the middle of September. The area in the East is also good for hiking.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer house in Stodvarfjordur. The house is almost 500m2 with seven dormitories, a big living room and another smaller one, and two fully equipped kitchens. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Fjardabyggd, Eastfjords

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favorable. This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stodvarfjordur and back which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 26 - June 6, 2019
June 6 - June 16, 2019
June 26 - July 5, 2019
July 5 - July 15, 2019
July 15 - July 25, 2019
July 25 - August 4, 2019
August 4 - August 14, 2019
August 14 - August 24, 2019
August 24 - September 3, 2019
September 3 - September 13, 2019
September 13 - September 23, 2019
September 23 - October 3, 2019

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Shoreline cleanup in Reykjavik
Reykjavik, Iceland       9 projects of 9 days from May to September

Volunteer project: The Shoreline Cleanup in Reykjavik is part of a series of camps organised in cooperation with different partners in the capital area of Iceland.
The project allows participants to learn about global and local environmental issues, especially regarding ocean plastic pollution, as well as to contribute directly to environmental protection by cleaning the coastline. This project is based on similar projects around the world, where outstanding results have been achieved with the help of volunteers. We aim to also host a public beach cleaning to get locals to join us. We hope participants will also learn how to plan their own coast cleaning projects and that they will create such events back home.

Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form as plastic takes about 500 to 1,000 years to degrade in nature. Plastic is approximately 90% of all the trash in the ocean and about 80% of that plastic comes from coastal dispersal by people. The best way to help fight this is to clean the coastlines, to avoid trash coming from the land entering the sea and to pick up trash from the sea that has washed up on shore.

Participants will visit local projects focused on the environment, such as a Geothermal power plant, and have a guided tour of the facilities via multimedia installations and presentations to learn about Iceland's geothermal energy utilization; and also a recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained.

The project combines learning, sharing, cleaning some of the Reykjavík shores, and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about environmental issues in their country with the group of international participants. Included is a trip to the Hot River Hike, which is a hike up Reykjadalur valley in the vicinity of Hveragerði. The valley is filled with hot springs and there is a hot river in which one can bathe.

No previous experience is necessary. Participants should be ready for spending time outside, walking along the coast for the cleanup, as well as for other activities and sightseeing. As part of the project is happening outdoors, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the changeable weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned.

Language: English

Leisure time: Other excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, South shore, Reykjanes and/or Snæfellsnes) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: Participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, kitchen, washing machine and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep 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- and hydropower. 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.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro for the projects until June 18; 350 Euro for the projects after July 3;
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day), as well as the visits to the Geothermal power plant, the recycling centre and the Hot River Hike excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 29 - June 6, 2019
June 10 - June 18, 2019
July 3 - July 11, 2019
July 12 - July 20, 2019
July 22 - July 30, 2019
July 30 - August 7, 2019
August 7 - August 15, 2019
August 15 - August 23, 2019
August 26 - September 3, 2019

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Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik, Iceland       4 projects of 10 days from June to December

Volunteer project: In the sustainable living project, we are renovating an old farmhouse on the outskirts of Reykjavik, 15 km from the city centre. Volunteers will do some renovation in the house and on the property, and will take care of the work on the farm. We have chickens, a cat, a dog, a greenhouse for growing herbs and vegetables, and a piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots and lettuce. Volunteers will help with all tasks related to the farm. The work varies depending on the season.

We will also have special topics to discuss in the project, such as food waste, recycling and renewable energy. We will go for visits related to those topics. We'll visit the power plant Hellisheiðarvirkjun and its Geothermal Exhibition which is presented via interactive multimedia installations, wall displays and presentations. It allows visitors to examine Iceland’s geothermal energy utilization in a clear and illuminating fashion. We will also visit the Recycling Center Sorpa where the volunteers will learn about recycling methods. The volunteers will also create documentaries, posters and brochures related to sustainable living, which will be introduced to children in Reykjavik.

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the volunteers can enjoy Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised 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, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city, so you can enjoy pure nature and the city life of the capital at the same time. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds/mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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 330,000 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. From September until the end of April, 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.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 10 - June 20, 2019
August 28 - September 7, 2019
September 7 - September 17, 2019
December 6 - December 16, 2019

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Organic gardening in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       8 projects of 1 wk from June to January


Volunteer project: This organic farm was established in 2013 in Tan Binh District, in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. The aim of the program is to provide a friendly environment where volunteers can have cultural exchange with local people while learning the techniques for operating a professional organic farm. After 4 years of research, investment, and standardizing the process of growing vegetables organically, the organic garden in Tan Binh has reached a stable output of over 10 kinds of leaf vegetables and some kinds of fruits. The core members of this project have been working strenuously to achieve their dream of growing healthy produce.

The volunteers will be guided and supervised by the manager of the farm. The general tasks would be: seeding new vegetables on the farm, spraying, weeding, creating new vegetable beds, etc. Moreover, the volunteers will have the chance to communicate with Vietnamese kids and show them around the garden when they come for educational tours. Volunteers are also encouraged to try and establish new ideas for improving the product quality on the farm.
Working hours are from 8:00am to 11:00am and from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be motivated, reliable, initiative and assiduous in their work on the farm. Most importantly, volunteers need to be friendly and patient, making good relationships with the local workers.

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, in the southern part of Vietnam.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), 20 minutes drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 USD for 1 week; 250 USD for 2 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 10 - June 17, 2019
July 22 - July 29, 2019
August 5 - August 12, 2019
August 19 - August 26, 2019
September 3 - September 10, 2019
September 16 - September 23, 2019
October 14 - October 21, 2019
December 30, 2019 - January 6, 2020

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Making dreams come true for disadvantaged children
Yeni Sakran, Izmir, Turkey       2 projects of 9 days in June and July

Volunteer project: “Children's dreams come true” is the motto of this special project, designed for disadvantaged children. The volunteers will be counseling a group of children aged between 10-14 years old, leading different activities for them. You will share the responsibilities of the leading team to take care of a group of kids from the beginning till the end of the camp, including field trips and all kinds of activities.

Please, note that you will be dealing with the kids through the given & intensive program all day long. You will spend most of your time with the kids in the camp area with a limited private life. Thus contact with the locals is very limited; however, you will have contact with the people working in the campsite. Volunteers may have fun together only after the kids go to bed and the team covers the daily late staff meeting in the camp. Leaving the camp area is not allowed due to unexpected emergency cases. Teamwork is essential.

We are looking for communicative, talkative, active volunteers who are at least 20 years old with some skills in teaching basic English, sports (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, chess), arts & crafts, music, dance, drama, in & outdoor group games.

Special requirements: A motivation letter with a pass size photo and Skype ID should complete your application.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the Youth Centre, in 2-3 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. The counselors will eat together with the group of children they are responsible for.

Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, in the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir Airport

Age range: 20 and over

All available dates for this project:
June 15 - June 23, 2019
June 30 - July 8, 2019

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Yoga experience in Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland       2 projects of 9 days in June and November

Volunteer project: After the success last year, we will again organise our yoga related projects. Expect a mixture of workcamp and yoga retreat with the focus on yoga. We will work together with yogias, a senior yoga teacher from Amsterdam.

Participants will live together in the centre of Reykjavík. Be ready for daily vinyasa style flow yoga classes as well as restorative yoga and meditation sessions amongst other yogic activities and surprises. We will establish a daily yoga practice in a gentle and regular schedule. There will be lots of opportunities for karma yoga, conversations and compassion. We will also have enough free time to explore the city and to dive into the local swimming pool, a truly Icelandic experience.

Participants should have an affinity for yoga and a motivation to practice daily. Although some yoga experience is beneficial, an advanced level is not required. Yoga is for everybody and every body. Make sure to bring your own yoga mat, clothes and maybe block and belt, if needed for your practice. A blanket and cushion would come in handy too. There will be no extra mats or props available. Maybe you’d also like to have a dear object or picture with you for your personal focus.

Please note this project is more of a learning/sharing camp and not a regular workcamp. We may be able to organize voluntary service on a couple of afternoons but it depends on our partners and the weather. The program combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, having fun, as well as exploring the capital city and some stunning nature attractions in the excursions or other destinations, which will be part of the camp.

Language: English

Leisure time: Other excursions (South Shore, Hot River hike, Northern lights or Snaefellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares for the participants in case there is additional free time after workshops and sessions.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The accommodation is basic or in this case, better said ashram style. We will create our space for yoga practice in the same house. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. We will keep a strict vegetarian diet in this camp.

Location: Reykjavík 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro for the June project; 400 Euro for the November project;
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the camp location, and one excursion (Golden Circle or Reykjanes Peninsula), which will be chosen within the group.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 19 - June 27, 2019
November 10 - November 18, 2019

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Cleaning the coastline and planting trees in the town of the elves
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland       6 projects of 10 days from June to August

Volunteer project: Hafnarfjörður is the third largest town in Iceland, with a population of over 26,000. A progressive municipality that focuses on ensuring a friendly environment. It is only 10 km away from the center of Reykjavik.

The town is famous for having one of Iceland’s largest settlements of elves, dwarves and the so-called ‘Hidden Folk’. Centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town’s centre. We do not doubt this at all. Though elves are visible only to those with second sight, many Icelanders believe in their existence. Indeed, there are many stories to support this belief and reports of cases where the construction of new roads or housing developments were hindered by strange happenings around. Hidden Folk are highly respected all over Iceland, especially in Hafnarfjördur. There is even a Hidden Worlds tour that takes to their home sites, including Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and narrates how the town developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk.

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in and around Hafnarfjordur, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. Our work will also depend on the weather conditions, so we need to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally heated swimming pool in Hafnarfjordur. 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 can 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 a community building offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities. 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, theatres, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: Hafnarfjörður is a unique town with an extraordinary history, where daily life and culture thrive in the middle of an old lava field. The town had a population of approximately 1400 when it was granted municipal status. Now, a century later, the population has exploded. However, the town retains its small-town air, its rural aura and its heart - which is not surprising given that it prides itself on the largest unbroken neighborhood of corrugated iron-clad timber houses in Iceland. The town has grown quickly over the past few years and the new neighborhoods have attracted a diverse community of people who understand that Hafnarfjörður offers a great range of commercial outlets and services, an active cultural life and plenty of activities.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 20 - June 30, 2019
June 30 - July 10, 2019
July 10 - July 20, 2019
July 20 - July 30, 2019
July 30 - August 9, 2019
August 9 - August 19, 2019

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English language camp for youth
Seferihisar, Izmir, Turkey       June 21 - June 30, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will support a local NGO aiming to socialize disabled people of the area through water sports. They rent a camping site where they teach swimming, canoeing and diving to disabled people. To raise funds to cover the cost of the camping site, they also run an English language camp. English speakers are invited to spend 10 days with a group of international youngsters who wish to improve their English in such a camp.

The volunteers will be practicing English through daily activities, games and manual work. They will be organizing and running the daily activities with local and international youngsters. Volunteers must be minimum 20 years old and agree to share responsibilities together with the group leader. Practicing English is the main aim of this camp. Thus, creative volunteers with some experience in teaching, outdoor or table games, music, drama, sport, will be preferred.

Special requirements: A motivation letter including Skype ID should be sent along with the application form.

Language: English

Accommodation: Basic, in camping tents or in huts. Sleeping bag and mat are necessary.

Location: Seferihisar is the first slow city (Citta Slow) of Turkey, located in Izmir Province in the west of the country. The project site is by the sea.

Terminal: Izmir Airport

Age range: 20 and over

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Help prepare meals for the poor in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       8 projects of 1 wk from June to December

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will help out at a charity restaurant that offers affordable meals to poor students, immigrants and local workers in Ho Chi Minh City. The restaurant does fundraising in order to be able to offer quality meals at a low cost of 2000 VND (less than 10 cents).

Volunteers are needed in this project to support the charity mission of the restaurant and help prepare meals for poor people. Volunteers with relevant experience can join the cooking. Most of the time, volunteers will help preparing food, washing vegetables, setting up tables.

The restaurant is located in the central part of Ho Chi Minh City. Participants in this charity project will be able to learn about life in the city which changes very quickly with a growing gap between different groups of society.

Volunteers' main duties in the charity restaurant involve preparing food, washing vegetables or setting up tables. They will also help serving meals, cleaning tables, washing dishes. Work hours are 7:30am to 1:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Study theme: Poor and disadvantaged people in Vietnam

Special requirements: Volunteers in this project are expected to be motivated, hard working, enthusiastic and attentive. Cooking experience is very welcome.

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house. The restaurant is 30 minutes by bus from the accommodation.

Location: In the central part of Ho Chi Minh city

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), 20 minutes drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 USD for 1 week; 250 USD for 2 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 24 - July 1, 2019
July 8 - July 15, 2019
August 12 - August 24, 2019
August 26 - September 7, 2019
September 9 - September 21, 2019
September 23 - September 30, 2019
November 11 - November 18, 2019
December 23 - December 30, 2019

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Tree planting and coastal cleanup at the edge of the Arctic Circle
þorshöfn, Iceland       5 projects of 10 days in July and August

Volunteer project: To truly sense the remote beauty of the north-east, the charming little fishing village of Þórshöfn on the north-eastern coast is the right place to go. Þórshöfn with its 400 inhabitants lies at the very tip of the Langanes peninsula, close to the Arctic Circle. There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from: hiking, salmon and trout fishing, as well as horse trekking in Iceland‘s most astonishing landscape. The Langanes Peninsula is also one of the best areas to spot Iceland‘s rich and varied birdlife. Þórshöfn is within driving distance of some of Iceland‘s most prized natural pearls, such as Myvatn, renowned for its geothermal activity, and Dettifoss, one of Europe‘s highest and most spectacular waterfalls. This village has a beautiful natural harbour and the inhabitants’ livelihood depends mostly on fishing, fish processing and commerce.

During the project, we will have different environmental tasks such as cleaning up the coastline, planting trees and maintaining hiking trails. The work will depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in the village. 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.
Some leisure activities will be organized by the local community. The area around the village is also good for hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a local community building. Mattresses and sheets are provided and everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag.

Location: Þórshöfn, in northeast Iceland

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to the project and back. We will travel with a Jeep because of the difficult road situation in the North. On the way to the project, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the project, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik (if road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to the project site and back which is almost 1,600 km in total and takes 2 or even 3 full days (on the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 3 - July 13, 2019
July 13 - July 23, 2019
July 23 - August 2, 2019
August 2 - August 12, 2019
August 12 - August 22, 2019

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Eistnaflug music festival
Neskaupstadur, Iceland       July 7 - July 14, 2019

Volunteer project: Eistnaflug is a metal festival in Iceland that has taken place annually since the summer of 2005. It is an indoor event taking place in Neskaupstaður, a quaint little town located on the Norðfjörður fjord on the Eastern coast of Iceland, 700 km away from Reykjavik. It started out as a small one-day metal festival, but has since grown into a four-day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock and indie bands share the stage. The line-up usually consists of 30-40 bands, most of which are Icelandic.

Musically, Eistnaflug is a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected foreign acts going up against a massive selection of all the great things the Iceland's music scene has to offer. There are no boundaries – from indie rock and hardcore to black metal - everything is accepted and embraced at Eistnaflug.
Among foreign bands that have graced the Eistnaflug stage are: Behemoth (PL), Enslaved (NO), Carcass (UK), At the Gates (SE), Havok (US), Triptykon (CH), Napalm Death (UK), Secrets of the Moon (DE), Rotting Christ (GR), The Monolith Deathcult (NL), Contradiction (DE) and Cephalic Carnage (US). Among notable Icelandic bands are Sólstafir, Skálmöld, Misþyrming, Momentum, Vintage Caravan, Kælan Mikla, Pink Street Boys.

Volunteers will help the organisers of the festival with different tasks. For example, they will take care of the venues before and after the concerts, control access to the festival area and prepare the camping site. They will also assist the local organisation in keeping the area clean during the festival.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Neskaupstadur. 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 can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.
Volunteers will also have free access to the concerts during the festival.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be staying in a house owned by the local community in Neskaupstaður / Eskifjordur offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided; however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag. Volunteers will shower at the local swimming pool and sports centre near the house. It is also possible to sleep in tents for one or two nights during the festival to get into the right spirit.

Location: Neskaupstaður is a medium-sized town by Icelandic standards. With its 1.420 inhabitants, it has the largest population in the East Fjords. The town has been growing and prospering since the early 1900s and is almost completely self-sufficient thanks to the fishing industry. Sitting in the middle of nowhere, away from other villages and communities, the town is equipped with all the necessary facilities and stores: a bakery, a local dairy, supermarkets, banks, a post office, a school, a sports hall, a swimming pool, a church, a hospital, a harbor, an airstrip, a hotel, a jazz club, a rescue centre, etc. As a matter of fact, it has all the services and professionals you would expect in a larger town, with the exception of an optician!

On the east of the town, there's a wildlife reserve and a large recreational area facing the ocean. In the lower section of the reserve, called Hagi, lies the famous Páskahellir (Easter Cave), a rock vault over the shore. Holes left by thick, 10 to 12-million-year-old tree trunks can be seen inside the vault and, in true Icelandic spirit, various folk tales are associated with the cave. Neskaupstaður can be reached only by driving through a one-way tunnel over the highest year-round pass in Iceland.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to the East and back. 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, if road conditions are favourable. 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to the project site and back which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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International Rock Festival of Dour
Dour, Belgium       July 9 - July 15, 2019

Volunteer project: Dour Festival is a five-day music festival with more than 200 artists performing on six stages. More than anything, it is a unique concept and a wonderful atmosphere. The line-up is more international than ever, however a large part of the program is dedicated to Belgian artists.

Once again we expect to relive Dour Festival’s unique atmosphere this year, which has gained the festival a reputation worldwide. Over the five days, an eclectic crowd live together, letting cultural and social differences slide. The festival-goers create a sort of energy that is hard to describe. Perhaps this is due to the diverse line-up – so abundant, coherent, and challenging that you get the impression that everything is possible. The festival crowd is open-minded and passionate for music in the broadest sense of the word.
On the media side of things, the coverage of the festival each year is vast, with more than 1000 journalists turning out. Last year we noted the presence of journalists from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Luxemburg, Poland, Reunion Island and the USA.

The volunteers will be part of the Green Brigade, helping keep the area clean and tidy. The team will collect and recycle waste to ensure nice and safe grounds for the festival-goers. Volunteers will also do some manual work: building stages, carrying materials, etc. The tasks could be heavy and repetitive at times.

The volunteers in this project will have the chance to discover various sides of the festival organization. Volunteers have to be flexible and enthusiastic. And most importantly, they must love music!

The volunteers will work about 6 hours a day, probably early in the morning. During the time off, volunteers are free to enjoy the festival and the concerts (concerts start at noon and end at 5.00 a.m.).

Possible free time activities: The nearby Dour and Mons offer various opportunities for free time activities (museum, Scientific Adventure Park, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, cinema, etc.). There are also opportunities for sports and outdoor activities, as well as many opportunities offered by the natural environment (La Chaîne des Terrils, le Parc Naturel des Hauts-Pays, l'Insectarium, les sentiers de grande randonnée, etc.).

Language: English or French

Accommodation: A camping site is reserved for the volunteers. It is well located, in a quiet environment outside the festival grounds. You need to bring your camping gear (tent, mattress, sleeping bag).

Location: Dour, Province of Hainaut

Nearest airports: Charleroi Bruxelles-Sud, Bruxelles (Zaventem), Lille-Lesquin

Nearest train station: Saint-Hislain, Mons

Nearest TGV stations: Mons, Bruxelles, Lille

Age range: 18 - 40 years old 

Extra fee: 60 Euro

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Art, renovation and environmental projects at the Arctic Circle
Raufarhöfn, Iceland       11 projects of 10 days from July to October

Volunteer project: There will be a variety of tasks in this project. Some days we will focus on renovation, painting, cleaning and fixing things around the volunteer house. Through the years, volunteers have been making beautiful drawings and paintings on the walls of the house. We will continue with that art work and we'll also make some sculptures. Other days, we will clean the coastline in the north near to the Arctic circle.

Raufarhofn is a magical place, full of energy and amazing landscapes. This is the right place to enjoy your free time taking photos and having walks along the coastline. Local people from the village are very interested to get to know you and to take part in some of our cultural dinners or workshops.
This project gives you the opportunity to spend 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: Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. The area in the North is also good for hiking.
We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

There are also a few other leisure time options in Raufarhofn. You can walk (about 18 km there and back) to the lighthouse, which is the most North Eastern point of Iceland. The line of the Arctic Circle frames that area of Iceland closing the water of the Atlantic Ocean and opening the gates to the Greenlandic Sea. Another positive thing about Raufarhofn, especially if you like birds, is that the village becomes a migrant birds nesting area giving so much life to the place.
Raufarhofn is the Icelandic tundra, full of blackberries and blueberries during the season. If you are volunteering while the berries are in season, you will have the opportunity to make your own jam, brownies, cake and other delicious meals based on wild berries. Also the tundra area is full of lakes where fishing is easy to do and free as well. We will have some small fishing equipment to try to get some fresh catch of the day :)

Accommodation: The group will stay in the volunteer house offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.

Location: 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.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to Raufarhöfn and back. On the way to the project, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the project, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik (if road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to the project site and back which is almost 1,600 km in total and takes 2 or even 3 full days (on the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 11 - July 21, 2019
July 21 - July 31, 2019
July 31 - August 10, 2019
August 10 - August 20, 2019
August 20 - August 30, 2019
August 30 - September 9, 2019
September 9 - September 19, 2019
September 19 - September 29, 2019
September 29 - October 9, 2019
October 9 - October 19, 2019
October 19 - October 29, 2019

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Counseling and leading activities for groups of children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran, Izmir, Turkey       July 19 - July 29, 2019

Volunteer project: Summer camps for groups of children will be organized in a youth center by the seaside. Each camp lasts one week. In the first week, we will have Turkish and international teenagers aged 14-16 whose families are financially supporting this holiday. The main theme of this camp will be shooting a short film. In the second camp, we'll have a group of disadvantaged Turkish kids aged 10-14. The funds raised by the family supported camp in the first week are used to support the camp for disadvantaged kids so they can have a holiday in the same center.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of kids/teens and leading several activities for them. The volunteers will share the responsibilities of the leading team to take care of a group of kids/teens including field trips and all kinds of activities.

Please, note that you will be dealing with the kids/teens through the given and intensive program all day long. You will spend most of your time with them in the camp area with a limited private life. Thus contact with the locals is very limited; however, you will have contact with the people working in the campsite. Volunteers may have fun together only after the kids go to bed and the team covers the daily late staff meeting. Leaving the camp area is not allowed due to unexpected emergency cases. Teamwork is essential.

We are looking for communicative, talkative, active volunteers to organize activities for kids and teens and to take care of them during the activities. The teen group will create a short film in the camp with the help of volunteers. Experience in short film making, as well as skills in any sport (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, chess), arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, in and outdoor group games is preferable.

Special requirements: A motivation letter with a pass size photo and Skype ID should complete your application.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the Youth Centre, in 2-3 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. The counselors will eat together with the group of children they are responsible for.

Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, in the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir

Age range: 20 and over

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Forestry and trail improvement in the West
Stálpastaðaskógur, Iceland       July 25 - July 31, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on a project in the beautiful forest Stálpastaðaskógur in the south-west of Iceland, doing nature and environmentally oriented tasks. We have been cooperating with the Icelandic forest service and our groups of volunteers have been helping out for more than 10 years with very good results for the participants, the projects and the Icelandic nature conservation and reforestation efforts.

The main task at hand is maintaining and repairing footpaths within the forest. The volunteers will perform four different types of tasks depending on the project needs at the time: Fixing steps on an old footpath; Cutting tree branches; Removing vegetation from the path; and Putting a new layer of wood chips on the footpath. The main tasks will be to maintain and repair existing hiking paths and build steps/stairs. Other tasks may be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near the trails.

Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing places without damaging the area and this important work also helps to improve safety for visitors. All work is done by hand with wheelbarrows and hand tools. Additional tasks may be cleaning or beautifying the area, like hand-picking garbage or collecting trash blown by the wind in the area and the surroundings.

The working day normally runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm with breaks for lunch and coffee. No previous experience is necessary but the work is demanding and might require a good physical condition. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule as, depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. Volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors on physical jobs and under changeable weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: The project takes place in a remote place, in a natural area of extreme beauty. Outdoor free time activities, for instance hikes or walks in the surroundings, will be arranged for the volunteers.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in an old farmstead owned by the Icelandic Forest Service, which is located approximately 5 km from the forest. The house is the old garage at the farm which has been transformed into a summer house. There are beds for 7 people, a small kitchen, a dining and a living room, a shower. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses provided, but please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: The work will take place in the forest Stálpastaðaskógur which is located about 25 km from Borgarnes and about 3 km from Bifröst. In the area there are many interesting places to visit, the waterfalls Glanni and Barnafossar, hiking trails and Húsafell, a summer house area with a camp site, hot springs, glacier view, golf course and a swimming pool.
West Iceland is famous for its Sagas. Most of the Icelandic Sagas were written in West Iceland. Egils Saga, Sturlunga saga and Laxdæla are all stories of farmers, Vikings and outlaws in year 850-1000. In West Iceland you will also hear a lot of stories of elves and trolls and folk tales. The area is very charming with a lot of history.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Help running the most popular Icelandic festival on Westman Islands
Heimaey, Westman Islands, Iceland       August 1 - August 7, 2019

Volunteer project: We are hosting this project for the 13th time and it has been one of the highlights each year. If you want to see the most famous or up-and-coming musicians in Iceland, then this is the project for you.

The Westman Islands consist of a group of fifteen islands which are situated within a short distance off the south coast of Iceland. They are named so because the Nordic settlers in the country called the Irish, after which the islands are named, "westmen" (the men from the west). All the islands were created in submarine volcanic eruptions during a comparatively recent geological time period. The colourful town, the beautiful bird cliffs, the new lava and volcanoes and the landscape in general, give the islands a scenic interest as varied in character as any in the country. Heimaey is the largest and only inhabited island in the group and is Iceland's longest off-shore island with an area of 13,4 km2. Fishing, fish processing and subsidiary trades are the main source of income. Heimaey is sheltered to the north by low mountains and the imposing Heimaklettur cliff teeming with birdlife, which protects the narrow cove at the end of which the harbour lies.

On the first weekend of August, Icelanders celebrate the 1874 grant of Icelandic sovereignty with a huge festival in the town of Heimaey. The celebration takes place in a tent city in Herjolfsdalur, west of the town, over an extended weekend of bonfires, dance and songs, with the most famous bands in Iceland entertaining the guests. This festival is the most popular one in Iceland.

The volunteers will help to keep the festival area clean. They will work 4 to 5 hours a day, after which they will have free time to enjoy this amazing festival, which is number one in Iceland when it comes to culture and music.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local swimming pool and free access to all festival activities. Take your hiking shoes so you can discover the great hikes on the island.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a community center in Heimaey, offering basic facilities. Participants are asked to bring their own warm sleeping bags and mats.

Location: Heimaey, Westman Islands

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 370 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to Vestmannaeyjar and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion + ferry fee.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Photography and environment workshop
Reykjavik, Iceland       8 projects of 10 days from September to December

Volunteer project: In this project, participants can learn about and share their love for photography and global and local environmental issues. If you love taking photographs or want to learn/develop your photography skills and are also interested in topics such as climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions, then this project is for you!

While developing your artistic and technical photography skills, you will also be focusing on different current environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops, discussions, and visits facilitated by the project coordinators. One of our aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers and travellers!

You will also have time to put the theory into practice, and walk around and visually explore the city. At the end of the project, a selection of the best photographs is made for an informal group exhibition at a local public venue in the city. Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses, tripods and laptops if possible. Participants should be ready to walk around the city for different activities and visits.

We may also get the chance to visit local projects focused on the environment and conservation, which can include hands-on volunteering activities or guided visits. Some examples include coastal and outdoors cleaning actions, a visit to a recycling centre, a geothermal power plant, a museum or exhibition, or a community dinner at a local NGO. These, however, are dependent on the availability of our partners and the weather conditions at the time.

Please note that this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a standard workcamp. Everybody is expected to contribute their own knowledge and experience. Participants should also take advantage of the opportunity to share something about their own culture and country, such as food, music, games or films, with the international group.

The program combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland and its culture, having fun while exploring the capital city and some stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle excursion or other visits which are part of the project.

In this project, we will organize a Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop in the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavík. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We cannot guarantee you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions but we will in any case organize the Night photography workshop.

Volunteers in the December group (December 9-18) will join the festive atmosphere on some days by handing out hot chocolate in the city centre as a way of fundraising for non-for-profit projects of the Icelandic Red Cross. We will help in the preparation by putting up the chocolate stations, decorating the tables, making the chocolate and taking it to the different stations around the city. At the end, we will assist in taking down the stations and leaving the areas clean.

Language: English

Leisure time: Other excursions (e.g. South shore, Hot River Hike, Reykjanes and/or Snæfellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The group will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with showers, kitchen, washing machine, and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep 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. 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

The RIFF - Reykjavík International Film Festival is an annual film festival which lasts 11 days (September 26 - October 6). The main goal is to present dramas and non-fiction films released by filmmakers from over 40 countries. Workshops, concerts and exhibitions with directors can be also attended by film-lovers. Festival passes are not provided but participants can attend free off-venue events and screenings.

Iceland Airwaves (November 6-9) is an annual music festival hosted in Reykjavik. There are performances from established and new artists in a host of different venues including art museums and record stores, among many others. Passes for the festival are not provided; there are however a lot of free events all around town to attend.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site on the first day, the Golden Circle excursion with a visit to a Geothermal Power plant, as well as the Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 9 - September 18, 2019
September 23 - October 2, 2019
October 7 - October 16, 2019
October 21 - October 30, 2019
November 1 - November 10, 2019
November 10 - November 19, 2019
November 25 - December 4, 2019
December 9 - December 18, 2019

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Renovating volunteer houses and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Fjardabyggd, Iceland       3 projects of 10 days in October and November


Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will take on different tasks related to the renovation and maintenance of volunteer houses in the East of Iceland. The work depends on each volunteer's skills and knowledge, but focuses mainly on tasks such as painting, cleaning, fixing small things. This project is very important for the future volunteer programs in the East. If the weather conditions are good, we will also help the local community with various environmental works.

In addition, winter time in Iceland means Aurora Hunting. If you like photography, the Northern Lights and sharing an amazing time with friends from all over the world, this is the perfect project for you. We will be on the lookout for Aurora Borealis at night throughout the whole project, so you will have the opportunity to take photos of this amazing and unique phenomenon. It is very important to bring your camera with you (only cameras that work in long exposure will catch those lights), and don’t forget your tripod. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

Leisure time: Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. The area in the East is also good for hiking.
We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer house in Stodvarfjordur. The house is almost 500 m2 with several dormitories, a big living room and another smaller one, and two fully equipped kitchens. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide beautiful sweeping views. This is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Northern lights (Aurora borealis).
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður Breiðdalsvík and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favorable. This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stodvarfjordur and back which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
October 3 - October 13, 2019
October 13 - October 23, 2019
October 23 - November 2, 2019

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Human rights education in Reykjavik schools
Reykjavik, Iceland       2 projects of 10 days from October to December


Volunteer project: This project focuses on human rights education activities that will be carried out by the volunteers in schools in Reykjavik. The aim is to increase awareness about human rights among elementary school-aged children and early adolescents through a non-formal education approach. Volunteers will have the opportunity to explore first-hand the Icelandic education environment and put in practice their passion for human rights.

The volunteers will be encouraged to learn more about human rights. In the process, they will also learn how to talk about human rights in an international environment and how to effectively communicate with children. The international volunteer projects are joined by people from diverse backgrounds and in different stages of their lives. This diverse environment represents a constant learning opportunity for the volunteers involved which will give the project a very international and cross-cutting profile. The mutual exchange will enrich both the volunteers and the children. Volunteers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves on how to teach a topic like human rights to children.

The volunteers and the group leaders will spend the first days of the project discussing and planning the activities they would like to carry out in the school. To do this, training materials on human rights education will be consulted and they will receive input from teachers on which topics to cover during the activities with the students. Discussions and free initiative among the volunteers will be encouraged in order to involve them as much as possible into the activity planning. Volunteers can be asked to do some research on the topic on their own before arriving.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the volunteers can enjoy Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can 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.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city, so you can enjoy pure nature and the city life of the capital at the same time. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags, but beds/mattresses and bed sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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 330,000 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: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
October 17 - October 27, 2019
November 26 - December 6, 2019

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Organic olive farm project
Yeni Sakran, Izmir, Turkey       October 21 - October 28, 2019

Volunteer project: The Youth Center in Yeni Sakran is a place where programs and activities are organized for disadvantaged youth and children, disabled people, teenagers and kids. In order to supply the annual olive and olive oil stocks, the center will host volunteers to pick up and process olives from the garden.

Volunteers will collect olives from the trees, separate according to quality, pack, make stripes on olives, etc. There is a chance to see olive oil making process in a factory. As the youth center will be shut after this project, the volunteers will be asked to help move some things and do some cleaning work as well, as part of their daily work.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the youth center, in double rooms with toilet and shower.

Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, in the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir

Age range: 35 and over

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Sustainable agriculture program
Kundapur, Karnataka, India       1 - 4 weeks

Volunteer project: The Sustainable agriculture program takes place in Kundapur, in the lush green, rural area of coastal Karnataka, which is home to breathtaking fauna and flora. The project base is surrounded by coconut and mango trees, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The program was initiated with a vision to evolve a model of sustainable agriculture and livelihood by involving and integrating different farming systems for efficient use of conservation and management of natural resources. The program is implemented across a 6.5 acres of farm land.

Depending on the season, volunteers will be engaged in any of the following activities:
• Maintenance of the natural landscape - soil and water conservation, live hedge fencing, fruit and forestry plantation
• Activities in the natural surroundings, planning a local food festival, forest-crop cultivation, composting, kitchen garden, medicinal plants cultivation, nursery management
• Sharing volunteers' interests and experience with farmers, so they can plan how to implement those skills and experience into the daily farm life
• Documentation of local traditional practices

Depending on the duration of the program, you will also be involved in activities with children in the local schools, i.e. teaching environmental protection through creative learning methods like art, games, etc. House visits and meetings with local people will be organized as part of the intercultural learning and you will witness and participate in cultural programs with the local community.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural and religious sites, family visits as part of the inter-cultural learning and participation in cultural programs with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the local training center, in shared rooms.

Location: Kundapur is a coastal town in Udupi district, Karnataka state in South India. Kundapur is located at the Arabian sea coast, 440 km north west of Bangalore, 91 km north of Mangalore and 35 km from Udupi. The nearest international airports are Bangalore and Mangalore. Kundapur can also be reached from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mangalore and Kerala by train/bus.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 6,200 Indian Rupees (about $87 US) for 1 week; 11,550 Indian Rupees (about $162 US) for 2 weeks; 13,860 Indian Rupees (about $195 US) for 3 weeks; 16,940 Indian Rupees (about $240 US) for 4 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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