WF MTV – 04 Workcamp leader in Hveragerdi in south Iceland

Placement in the field:  Environmental, educational and renovation Work / Group Management

 

Dates                                                                   Number of placements

12.02.2018      07.05.2018                  2

30.04.2018      23.07.2018                  2

11.06.2018      03.09.2018                  2

27.08.2018      19.11.2018                  2

12.11.2018      04.02.2019                  2

 

Duration:  12 weeks

 

Location: The leaders will spend their time in Hveragerði which is in the south 40 km away from the capital Reykjavik. They will also have the opportunity to visit Reykjavik. They will also have the opportunity to visit one or two projects in another area of Iceland

Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field, which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses! The name Hveragerði means ‘hot springs garden.’ Geothermal energy is Hveragerði’s lifeblood, and you probably won’t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely ‘Steam Valley’ behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.

Our host is the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic, which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland.  Every year approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients’ own health. The Clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care of patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland.

Short description of the project/projects:  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 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 organisation 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.

At the end of each camp the project coordinator will be expected to produce an evaluation of the projects and their results.

 

Accommodation and Food:  The leaders will share a double room in a house offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.

Food is provided in the restaurant of the Health clinic,

There is internet connection available in all houses.

 

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.

 

Profile of the organisation:  Veraldarvinir, Worldwide Friends (WF), was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organisation 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 organisation with international scope.

Salary per month:  No salaries or pocket money are paid

 

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:  People with a good knowledge or education in the field of Agriculture or environmental science. 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.

 

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

 

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