Worldwide Friends

Short-term volunteering

This information applies to every project mentioned above:

Study theme

In the year 2023 global warming and marine plastics will be the study themes in all our camps. Each working day the volunteers will have study sessions and practical training on how to reduce our personal impact on climate change.

Camp language

Volunteers are required to have at least a basic knowledge of the English language.

Volunteer excursions

WF Iceland will organize reasonably-priced weekend or one-day excursions with professional drivers to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. To see the excursions, press here.

Camp leaders

There are always two or more leaders for each camp, depending on the size of the group. Leaders represent the link between the hosting community and the group of volunteers. They coordinate the work, organize free-time activities and plan excursions, shopping and cooking sessions. Apart from these additional responsibilities, they are equal to the other volunteers. Most of our camp leaders are from other countries, as we are very open-minded in hosting international leaders from other organizations. All our leaders start their program with one week of training.


Veraldarvinir provides a third-party liability during the duration of the camp. WF Iceland does not provide volunteers with a medical insurance. Therefore, we strongly recommend that the volunteers purchase an insurance for their stay here in Iceland. European volunteers should bring their European Health Cards (former E111).

Some practical matters

We highly recommend volunteers to bring a sleeping bag, warm and waterproof work clothes, hiking boots and swimming suits. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring information about their country, such as photos, music, songbooks, games or musical instruments.


Volunteers will be staying in the houses of Worldwide Friends. The houses are fully equipped with several dormitories each. Each house has fully equipped kitchens, several bathrooms, common areas, workshop rooms, and galleries. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags, but beds and sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.


Food is included for the duration of the workcamp and everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. We provide a well-balanced and healthy options of food products that includes a wide variety of whole grains, seasonal fruits & vegetables, pantry staples, dairy products, vegetarian/vegan options. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes (and spices) from home!

Terminal & meeting point

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The meeting point is at 08.30 am at the first day of the camp in Tjarnargata 11 which is the city hall of Reykjavik 

Volunteers with special needs

Our camps are open to everyone. If you have volunteers with special needs, please contact us. We will do our very best to find a way to host them.


You can apply to our workcamps through your local volunteer organizations. To see the list of our partner organizations, press here.