Aurora hunting January until April 2017

WF110   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             06/01 – 16/01     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF111   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             15/01 – 25/01     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF112   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             24/01 – 03/02     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF113   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             02/02 – 12/02     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF114   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             11/02 – 21/02     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF115   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             20/02 – 02/03     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF116   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             01/03 – 11/03     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF117   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             10/03 – 20/03     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF118   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             19/03 – 29/03     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF119   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             28/03 – 07/04     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 vol

WF120   Aurora hunting and Renovation in the East of Iceland             06/04 – 16/04     ART/MANU/ENVI/STUDY    15 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 harbours mean picture-postcard fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping 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:  The purpose of this camp is to involve young international volunteers in a group experience where they can improve their communication and visual arts skills by capturing some memories in an unforgettable way using photographs and videos. Volunteers will put into action ideas about photography from capture to finished image.  In this camp, volunteers learn together from each other how to better express their vision and how to digitally edit images to highlight the same qualities that drew them to the scene to begin with. Volunteers will work on different themes, such as landscape, fishermen’s life, light and colour, local lifestyle etc. In the evenings the volunteers will gather together to share photos and the camp will culminate in a photo exhibition.

Another part of the project will be focused on the Auroras Borealis. During this time of the year it is possible to see and experience this amazing spectacular phenomenon. Volunteers will be involved in a Time-Lapse project in order to catch the lights and have a common visual arts project.

During this time of the year the weather in Eskifjörður can be a little bit cold. We strongly recommend you to bring really 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 go out of the accommodation for some days. Don’t forget to bring your cameras and tripods if you have one since big parts of the project are focused on Auroras hunting. The tripod is an essential tool to keep the camera working in a long exposure.

We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening a different country will cook for the rest of the Group and will be in charge of presenting their origin country and culture in a non formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the Worldwide evenings.

This work camp is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.  If the weather condition are good than we could also do a little bit of environmental work.

Leisure: Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

WF Iceland will also organize reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation and Food:  Worldwide Friends volunteers stay in a nice house that used to be the school of the community long time ago. WE offer basic facilities. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. We will have showers in the local swimming pool.

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 favourite recipes from home!

There will be Wi-fi internet connection available.

To keep in mind, don’t forget your cameras and tripods if you have one. A Laptop could be very useful as well. Really warm clothes since we are going to a very isolated place which is very cold in winter. Please bring also traditional food from your country, photos and other things

Language:  A basic knowledge of English is required for this workcamp.

Requirements: No special requirements but visual arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.

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.

Additional Information: There is an Extra participation fee of 220,- Euro for this workcamp.

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