Mid-Term-Volunteer Placement Description:
Placement in the field: Environmental, educational and renovation Work / Group Management
Number of placements: 4
Location: The leaders will do their project in Fjardabyggd in the East of Iceland and in Hveragerði which is in the south 40 km away from the capital Reykjavik.
“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.
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.
Short description of the project/projects: The four workcamp leaders will work as a team under the supervision of the management of the organization. They will be involved in preparing, organizing, running and evaluating nature-oriented and environmental protection projects in Iceland. Those projects are organized with international volunteers and usually last for 2 weeks. In each group there are one or two leaders from the organization.
At the beginning of the stay here, they will receive qualified training from the organization members. This training will capacitate them to perform the projects´activities, which vary between cleaning beaches, planting trees 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.
Once the season to working on the field arrives, the work will consist in supervising and developing the projects, coordinating groups of 8 to 15 international participants staying two Weeks at a time. At the end of each camp the project coordinator will be expected to produce an evaluation of the projects and their results.
Activities: Our primary activity is organizing environmental-related projects where people coming from different countries perform voluntary work. In organizing them, much emphasis has been put on making sure the volunteers see that their work is important, they help a community in need, or they work for the protection of the environment. In the meantime, they themselves form a community and get in close contact with locals as well as with other participants of the project from different cultures and nationalities. They find out about each other’s habits and ways of life, also getting an insight to the problems of the area and its inhabitants.
The volunteers will lead the following camps:
East of Iceland – close to nature.
Health and environment in Hveragerði
Profile of the organization: Veraldarvinir, Worldwide Friends (WF), was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organization promoting nature and peace oriented activities for volunteers wanting to spend some time in Iceland. We also send local volunteers intending to have similar experiences abroad. WF aims at promoting active participation of people and its mobility, intercultural learning and voluntary service, through non-formal educational activities. The main activities offered are workcamps, seminars, local events and exchange programmes suitable both for young people and adults.
WF is a non-profit organization with international scope.
Salary per month: No salaries or pocket money are paid
Starting dates: 01.06.2015 – please keep in mind that the on arrival training will start in the following day. volunteers which can not join the on arrival training cannot join the project.
Duration: Three to six Months
Further support from the organisation:
Provides accommodation: Yes
Food is provided: Yes
Local travels: You will have the opportunity to travel all around Iceland free of charge with the scheduled minibus trips organized by WF Iceland.
Int. travels: Not paid
Insurance: not provided. You have to get a health and accident insurance for your stay in Iceland.
Desired Profile: 22 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.
Linguistic skills: English spoken and written needed. Other languages are seen as an advantage.
Technical skills: Management of basic data processing packages as Microsoft Excel and Project Management, Word, Outlook and Explorer. Driving license is necessary.
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.
Documents to be submitted: CV and motivation letter