WF MTV – 08 ON THE ROAD AROUND ICELAND – TRAVEL PROJECT

Placement in the field:  Guiding – Driving small cars – Transport – pickup service, Administration,

Number of placements: 2

Short description of the project:

Planning and organizing the transport of the participants too and from the workcamps, free time excursions and also airport pickup/drop off.

Doing basic shopping for the camps

The volunteer has to be aware that he has a very special role – on the one hand he lacks the experience of living together with an international group of people for two weeks, and he is always a kind of “outsider” to the group. On the other hand, he meets all the different groups, sees all the camp sites, and thus gets a very good overview of everything. He also has the remarkable experience to bring a set of individuals to their camp, and take a close group back. For the camp coordinators he is the best personal connection to the WF headquarters and the other volunteers; for the participants, and at times also for the local contacts, he functions as an important representative of the organization.

The volunteer will have the opportunity to discover most parts of Iceland during his stay.

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 be located in the East of Iceland and also in Reykjavik

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 programs 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 cannot join the on arrival training cannot join the project.

Duration:  Three to six Months

Further support from the organization: 

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 Course of studies: Particular field of studies or defined subjects are not set but this project is perfect for people studying tourism or/and environmental science. WF would like to host someone motivated to work for an NGO promoting environmental and peace oriented activities.

The volunteer must be older than 23 years and with clean driving certificate for at least three years.  He has to be able to drive a car for 5 to 8 passengers.

Linguistic skills: Fluent 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: Ability to organize on her/his own initiative. Time-management skills and ability to work under time pressure during high peaks of the season. Secure driving on difficult roads, competence and calmness in pressurized situations, organization and communication skills.

Documents to be submitted: CV and motivation letter

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