How do you become a workcamp leader:
Who are we looking for?
> 21 years old .
Course of studies:
Particular field of studies or defined subjects are not set. 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.
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.
This is for 12 weeks.
Where will it be?
Depending on which workcamp you choose, you will stay somewhere else:
- In the outskirt of Reykjavík, they will stay in a bungalow in Hveragerði.
- In the east, they will stay in the Worldwide Friends’ house in Stöðvarfjörður.
- In the North the volunteers will stay in the Worldwide Friends in Raufarhöfn.
- In the West they will stay in the sustainable center in Brú.
Food will be provided; however, volunteers are expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning.
Ass a camp leaders:
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.
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.