Worldwide Friends

Peace and children’s rights in the Eastern fjords


WF111 Peace and children’s rights in the Eastern fjords 15/01 – 25/01 STUDY/EDU/KIDS/SOCI 8 vol
WF116 Peace and children’s rights in the Eastern fjords 11/02 – 21/02 STUDY/EDU/KIDS/SOCI 8 vol
WF120 Peace and children’s rights in the Eastern fjords 10/03 – 20/03 STUDY/EDU/KIDS/SOCI 8 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 depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful views. This is one of the best places in Iceland to see the northern lights (Aurora borealis).

“Fjarðabyggð” is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður, Breiðdalsvík 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.

Work: This camp focuses on human rights education activities that will be carried out by the WF volunteers in schools in East Iceland. The aim of this camp is to increase awareness about human rights among elementary school aged – children and early adolescents through a non-formal education approach. Through this camp volunteers will have the opportunity to explore first-hand the Icelandic education environment and put in practice their passion for human rights.
The volunteers will be encouraged to learn more about them being human rights holders. This will bring them to learn also how to talk about human rights in an international environment using a communication that is accessible for children. WF camps are joined by all kind of people from any part of the world in any stage of their lives. The diverse environment of this camp represents a constant learning opportunity for the volunteers involved which will give the camp a very international and cross-cutting profile. The mutual exchange will enrich both the volunteers and the children. Volunteers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves about how to teach a topic like human rights to children. Structure of the activities: The volunteers and the camp leaders will spend the beginning of the camp discussing and planning the activities they would like to carry out in the school. To do this, training materials on human rights education will be consulted and they will receive inputs from the teachers about which topics to face during the activities with the students. Discussions and the free initiative among the volunteers will be encouraged in order to involve the volunteers as much as possible into the planning of the activities with students. Before their arrival, volunteers can be asked to consult some sources on their own too.

Leisure: The area in the east is also good for hiking, so please bring your hiking shoes.
WF Iceland will organise 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.

We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre – 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 workcamp 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.

Accommodation and Food: Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in the WF house in Stodvarfjordur. The house is almost 500 m2 with 7 dormitories, big living room and another smaller one, two fully equipped kitchens, four showers and five toilets. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags or borrow one from WF if they don’t want to bring it. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.
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!
Please keep in mind that usually we have around 20 to 25 international volunteers in the house at the same time

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

Requirements: No special requirements

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík.

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

Additional information: There is an extra participation fee of 450 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stodvarfjordur and back again which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first day of the camp and the last one). 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 road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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.