WF202 East of Iceland – Photographing and journalism 16/04 – 26/04 ART/STUDY 6 vol
WF203 East of Iceland – Photographing and journalism 30/05 – 09/06 ART/STUDY 6 vol
Project location: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbors depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful views.
“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. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.
Work: Every year WF Iceland hosts hundreds of international volunteers participating in projects all around the island. WF Iceland publishes a magazine called UNA where people can read about the life of the organization.
In the beginning of the project volunteers will receive an introduction about the tasks – afterwards we will choose a topic for the newsletter. This is a great opportunity to step into different projects and to get to know Iceland even better. The group will take photos, create videos and conduct interviews with volunteers, local hosts and people living in the area. The outcome will be published in the UNA WF magazine.
At the end of the project we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it online.
During this time of the year the weather in Eskifjörður can be very unfriendly and cold. We strongly recommend you to bring along warm and waterproof clothes. You should also be aware of the fact that the weather can get so extreme that it will not allow us to leave the accommodation for some days. Don’t forget to bring your cameras and tripods because we will also go for some Auroras hunting.
In addition, we will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening volunteers from different countries will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater – the form of introduction is up to you! Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers.
This work camp gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.
Keep in mind: If you own a camera and a tripod, please bring those with you. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy. In addition, please bring warm clothes with you since we are going to spend our time in an isolated place, where the temperatures can get very low. If possible, please bring along traditional food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for intercultural evenings.
Additional Information: There is an extra participation fee of 220 Euros for this workcamp.
Leisure: WF Iceland will organize reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.
The area in the east is also good for hiking so please bring your hiking shoes. There is a free access to the geothermal heated swimming pool in Eskifjordur.
Accommodation and food: Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in the WF houses. WF offer basic facilities. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.
Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favorite recipes from home! Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.
Language: A basic knowledge of English is required for this workcamp.
Requirements: No special requirements
Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport to the camp site is Egilsstaðir airport, which is 40 km away from the location of the project.
Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. WF Iceland will offer a minibus trip from Reykjavik to the east for a fair price (160€ for the round trip which is almost 1,400 km in total). On the way to the camp we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the camp we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik, if the road conditions are favorable. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.