Long-term volunteering

Who are we looking for? 

Desired Profile:
Older than 21 years.

Course of studies:
Course of studies: Particular field of studies or defined subjects are not set in general. For some positions and tasks a specific profession or experience is needed (e.g. Journalism, Environmental Studies, Business Administration). For further information send us an e-mail. WF would like to host someone motivated to work for an NGO promoting environmental and peace oriented activities.

Skills and competencies:
Our leaders have to be positive and highly motivated to participate in group activities. Ability to organize on her/his own initiative. Time-management skills and ability to work under time pressure during high peaks of the season.

Linguistic skills:
English spoken and written needed. Other languages are seen as an advantage.


What will you do as work?

The workcamp leaders will work as a team under the supervision of the project manager of the organization. They will be involved in preparing, organizing, running and evaluating nature-oriented, agricultural and environmental protection projects in Iceland. Those projects are organized with international volunteers and usually last for 10 – 14 days. In each group there are one or two leaders from the organization. At the end of each camp the project coordinator will be expected to produce an evaluation of the projects and their results.

At the beginning of the stay here, they will receive qualified training from the organisation members. This training will capacitate them to perform the projects´ activities, which vary between cleaning beaches, planting trees, cutting lupine and different kinds of environmental-related tasks to taking care of environmental awareness campaigns. At the same time, will receive guidance in how to plan, organize and lead the projects, including topics as group management, conflict resolution, bookkeeping, development, leader roles, intercultural cooperation, motivation, etc. They will also receive practical information about planning a project, spare time activities, first aid, etc.

Duration:
You can choose to stay for a minimum of 12 weeks, 6 moths (most recommended) or one year.

Accommodation:
Depending on which workcamp you choose, you will stay somewhere else:

  • In the outskirt of Reykjavík, you will stay in a bungalow in Hveragerði.
  • In the east, you will stay in the Worldwide Friends’ house in Stöðvarfjörður.
  • In the North you will stay in the Worldwide Friends in Raufarhöfn.
  • In the West you will stay in the sustainable center in Brú.

Food:
Food will be provided; however, volunteers are expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning.

As a camp leader:
There are always two or more leaders for each camp, depending on the size of the group. Leaders represent the link between the hosting community and the group of volunteers. They coordinate the work, organize free time activities and plan excursions, shopping and cooking sessions. Apart from these additional responsibilities, they are equal to the other volunteers. Most of our camp leaders are from other countries, as we are very open-minded in hosting international leaders from other organisations. All our leaders start their program with one week of training.

As a office worker:
Your aim task will join the office team and help them out with different tasks. They could be planning the projects, do the bookkeeping, keep in touch with the intercultural cooperation, write projects for Europe Erasmus+, etc. Most of our office workers are from other countries, as we are very open-minded in hosting international leaders from other organizations. All our leaders start their program with one week of training.

Study theme:
In the year 2020 global warming will be the study theme in all our camps. Each working day the volunteers will have study sessions and practical training on how to reduce our personal impact on climate change.

how to apply:

You can apply either by sending us an e-mail with your CV to workcamps@wf.is or through your local volunteer organisation. To see the list of our partner organisations, press here.