Volunteering that fits your busy schedule


Removing invasive plants in the Eastern fjords
Fjardabyggd, Iceland       5 projects of 10 days in June and July

Volunteer project: 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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide 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.

The main task of the project is to remove the Alaskan lupine from certain areas where other plants are growing. The lupine is not native to Iceland, but it was imported into the country to help prevent erosion in areas where almost nothing grows. The lupine is now overrunning native species in many areas, so it is very important to control it. The group will also do other environmental work if needed.

Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we have to be flexible. This project is a good fit for those who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 hours a day.

We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country 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 with the other volunteers.

This project 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.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Fjardabyggd. 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.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. The area in the East is also good for hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in one of the volunteer houses in Fjardabyggd. Beds and sheets are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Fjardabyggd, Eastfjords

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if the road conditions are favorable. The 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.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 26 - July 5, 2018
June 29 - July 8, 2018
July 5 - July 15, 2018
July 8 - July 17, 2018
July 14 - July 25, 2018

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Sustainable farming experience
Zhongshan, Guangdong, China       July 1 - July 9, 2018

Volunteer project: Growing population and increasing demand for food have led to industrial farming practices which are detrimental to both the environment and to our health. Sustainable farming is the way forward as it takes into consideration our health, the environment, local communities and animal welfare. It produces food in a way that allows for ecological balance and maintenance of biodiversity. Plants, animals and humans are all part of nature and we rely on each other to survive. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, depletion of resources and extinction of species are devastating results of our exploitation of nature. Rethinking our role in nature and our footprint on this planet is key to the survival of future generations.

The project host is an organic farm and sanctuary for many farm animals such as mules, ponies, pigs, turkeys, rabbits and dogs. This family-run farm was created with a mission to ‘reconnect urban dwellers to nature’ and ‘to promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle’ through their tailor-made activities for people of all ages. Cradled by the lush forests of Wen Bi Shan, this is a land of beauty and serenity where nature, animals and people all come together in harmony.

Project aims:
• To provide a unique experiential learning opportunity to enrich knowledge of sustainable farming and animal care
• To increase awareness of the negative impact of industrial farming on our health and on the environment
• To encourage volunteers to engage with nature physically, mentally and spiritually
• To cultivate a sustainable and harmonious co-existence with plants, animals and all other members of our ‘earth community’
• To spread the principles of environmental sustainability and raise active citizenship committed to a fairer society
• To inspire future changemakers who are impactful towards sustainable farming and animal care issues

Volunteer activities:
• Farming and harvesting herbs, fruits and vegetables
• Picking and packaging herbs, fruits and vegetables
• Caring of farm animals (feeding, grooming, exercise, etc.)
• Helping with daily operation and general maintenance of the farm
• Participating in discussions on changemaking ideas and examples of sustainable farming and animal care
• Other duties assigned by the farm staff
• Identifying Chinese medicinal plants and their healing properties (optional)
• Guided meditation in nature (optional)

Special requirements: Volunteers should love working with animals and have no allergic reaction to animals. They should also be willing to eat vegan food.

Language: English

Accommodation: Simple and basic accommodation is provided in the farm. Beddings are also available. Tents are available for volunteers who wish to camp. Volunteers need to bring a sleeping bag. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be from the farm. Please note that the meals will be all vegan.

Location: Zhongshan, Guangdong Province
Located on the western side of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province, Zhongshan is a city named after the founding father of modern China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen (aka Sun Zhongshan in Mandarin). You can visit a series of historical attractions related to Sun Yat-sen when you are here. Here you can also enjoy the famous Cantonese cuisine, while visiting the charming downtown river area and some beautiful Buddhist temples. Zhongshan covers an area of 1,800 sq.km and has a permanent population of some 1.4 million. The city is located in a subtropical humid zone with an annual average temperature around 23°C. The local languages in the area are both Cantonese and Mandarin, with most workers on the farm speaking Cantonese.

Closest airport: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)

Age range: 18 and over

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Tree planting and coastal cleanup at the edge of the Arctic Circle
þorshöfn, Iceland       5 projects of 10 days in July and August

Volunteer project: To truly sense the remote beauty of the north-east, the charming little fishing village of Þórshöfn on the north-eastern coast is the right place to go. Þórshöfn with its 400 inhabitants lies at the very tip of the Langanes peninsula, close to the Arctic Circle. There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from: hiking, salmon and trout fishing, as well as horse trekking in Iceland‘s most astonishing landscape. The Langanes Peninsula is also one of the best areas to spot Iceland‘s rich and varied birdlife. Þórshöfn is within driving distance of some of Iceland‘s most prized natural pearls, such as Myvatn, renowned for its geothermal activity, and Dettifoss, one of Europe‘s highest and most spectacular waterfalls. This village has a beautiful natural harbour and the inhabitants’ livelihood depends mostly on fishing, fish processing and commerce.

During the project we will have different environmental tasks such as cleaning up the coastline, planting trees and maintaining hiking trails. The work will depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in the village. 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.
Excursions and/or leisure activities will be organized by the local community. The area around the village is also good for hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a local community building. Mattresses and sheets are provided and everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag.

Location: Þórshöfn, in northeast Iceland

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík.
Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the project and back. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges and steam-vents.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 3 - July 13, 2018
July 12 - July 22, 2018
July 21 - July 31, 2018
July 30 - August 9, 2018
August 8 - August 18, 2018

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Environmental protection and trail maintenance in the geothermal town Hveragerdi
Hveragerði, Iceland       2 projects of 2 wks in July

Volunteer project: The volunteers will have the unique opportunity to work in the hot spring capital of the world Hveragerði, volunteering for the municipality. The town is built above a hot-spring field, and derives its name from the Icelandic word for hot spring: hver.

Volunteers will mainly be working in the town of Hveragerði and the surroundings. The main tasks include pulling and removing weeds and applying preservation on wood. The team will also do some work in a forested area in the municipality, like making walking paths. Other tasks might be cleaning up and light maintenance in the public recreational areas of the township. The work can be physically demanding and volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors and to be flexible to work in all the diverse tasks connected with the project.

Around this time of the summer solstice, the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The nights are magical and staying up enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience.

Language: English

Leisure time: It is easy to enjoy life in all its splendor in Hveragerði. Salmon and trout swim in the Varmá River, berries grow wild in fields to the west of town, and innumerable walking trails wind through the beautiful countryside. The volunteers will be able to explore the surroundings in their free time. Access to the local swimming pool will be provided. Excursions (South Shore, Reykjanes or Snaefellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a small local house with access to kitchen and bathrooms and will sleep on mattresses. Shower facilities in the building are basic but the participants will have access to the local swimming pool. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Hveragerði is a town in the south of Iceland renowned for its geothermal springs and greenhouse gardening. It is located 45 km from Reykjavik, and may be seen from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 5,000 year-old lava field. Pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs in the town may be seen rising up out of the ground. In summer the town is truly a green community, abounding in trees. A green revolution is taking place as areas of woodland expand in and around Hveragerði, with the locals working together in order to further develop their blossoming town.

A new hot spring area broke through the ground in the earthquake that shook Iceland´s south on the 29th of May 2008. It is situated in the hillside above the town. Several very active hot springs can be seen that throw colourful mud and clear water in the air, which is a spectacular sight.

The surroundings are a paradise for outdoor activities. There are good hiking trails within the town that link up with a network of trails at the foot of Reykjafjall Mountain and in Ölfusborgir. There are also hiking trails in the recreational area of Hamar Mountain. From the mountain there are excellent views of land and out to sea. To the north of town is one of the country’s largest geothermal areas, Hengill, where plumes of steam can be seen for miles. Hiking trails stretch from town through Ölfusdalur valley, into the Hengill volcanic area, all the way to Nesjavellir and Þingvellir National Park. Along the way are warm springs where bathing is possible.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as the Golden Circle excursion which includes the magnificent Gullfoss - Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Geysir – the first geyser known to modern Europeans, and Þingvellir National Park – a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 5 - July 15, 2018
July 15 - July 25, 2018

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Eistnaflug music festival
Neskaupstadur, Iceland       July 7 - July 17, 2018

Volunteer project: Eistnaflug is a metal festival in Iceland that has taken place annually since the summer of 2005. It is an indoor event taking place in Neskaupstaður, a quaint little town located on the Norðfjörður fjord on the Eastern coast of Iceland, 700 km away from Reykjavik. It started out as a small one-day metal festival, but has since grown into a four-day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock and indie bands share the stage. The line-up usually consists of 30-40 bands, most of which are Icelandic.

Musically, Eistnaflug is a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected foreign acts going up against a massive selection of all the great things the Iceland music scene has to offer every year. There are no boundaries – from indie rock and hardcore to black metal - everything is accepted and embraced at Eistnaflug.
Among foreign bands that have graced the Eistnaflug stage are: Behemoth (PL), Enslaved (NO), Carcass (UK), At the Gates (SE), Havok (US), Triptykon (CH), Napalm Death (UK), Secrets of the Moon (DE), Rotting Christ (GR), The Monolith Deathcult (NL), Contradiction (DE) and Cephalic Carnage (US). Among notable Icelandic bands are Sólstafir, Skálmöld, Misþyrming, Momentum, Vintage Caravan, Kælan Mikla, Pink Street Boys.

Volunteers will help the organisers of the festival with different tasks. For example, they will take care of the venues before and after the concerts, control access to the festival area and prepare the camping site. They will assist the local organisation in keeping the area clean during the festival. They will also do some environmental work in cooperation with the local community before and after the festival.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Neskaupstadur. 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.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.
Volunteers will also have free access to the concerts during the festival.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be staying in a house owned by the local community in Neskaupstaður / Eskifjordur offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided; however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag. Volunteers will shower at the local swimming pool and sports centre near the house. It is also possible to sleep in tents for one or two nights during the festival to get into the right spirit.

Location: Neskaupstaður is a medium-sized town by Icelandic standards. With its 1.420 inhabitants, it has the largest population in the East Fjords. The town has been growing and prospering since the early 1900s and is almost completely self-sufficient thanks to the fishing industry. Sitting in the middle of nowhere, away from other villages and communities, the town is equipped with all the necessary facilities and stores: a bakery, a local dairy, supermarkets, banks, a post office, a school, a sports hall, a swimming pool, a church, a hospital, a harbor, an airstrip, a hotel, a jazz club, a rescue centre, etc. As a matter of fact, it has all the services and professionals you would expect in a larger town, with the exception of an optician!

On the east side of the town, there's a wildlife reserve and a large recreational area facing the ocean. In the lower section of the reserve, called Hagi, lies the famous Páskahellir (Easter Cave), a rock vault over the shore. Holes left by thick, 10 to 12-million-year-old tree trunks can be seen inside the vault and, in true Icelandic spirit, various folk tales are associated with the cave. Neskaupstaður can be reached only driving through a one-way tunnel over the highest year-round pass in Iceland.

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport Egilsstaðir is 40 km from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the East and back. On the way to the project, we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the North and West to Reykjavik. 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.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Preserving traditional Chinese arts and cultural heritage
Fuzhou, Jiangxi, China       July 11 - July 19, 2018

Volunteer project: Fuzhou city has a long history of rich cultural heritage and resources that had profound impact on the Chinese history and modern celebrated culture. It has been named the “Hometown of Scholar and Talent” and the “City of Culture”. Many folk arts from years of heritage and techniques, such as bamboo knitting, hand-made mounting pictures, paper cutting art, songs, etc., had been passed down through many generations and can be discovered in this city. However, in today’s modern society where many products are mass-produced by machines, the art of practicing traditional craftsmanship faces the brink of extinction. Finding passionate new generation of young people who are committed to its practice and its teaching to the next generation is a challenge, and these once loved folk arts are losing in popularity compared to the modern taste. Educating the public of their value and importance, in addition to teaching of why and how to appreciate these forms of art, are all important in preserving the cultural heritage of the city and the country.

In this project, volunteers will cooperate with a non-profit educational and cultural organization formed by University and high school students. The aims of the organization are to serve the society and promote culture. With the idea of improving social atmosphere and development, they enhance the integrated capability of youth through cultural preservation, educational support and caring for left-behind children.

Project aims:
• To promote the preservation of traditional Chinese art and craftsmanship
• To enhance international exchange and folk art and culture
• To inspire future changemakers who are impactful towards arts and cultural heritage preservation

Volunteer activities:
• Observe and learn Chinese art and culture, such as calligraphy, carving, and paper cutting.
• Organize charity sales of local and international art and cultural products towards the end of the project
• Participate in discussions on changemaking stories or ideas on arts and cultural heritage preservation whether they are from your country or from others
• Assist the daily work of the school or the temple

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be staying in a school dormitory or a Buddhist temple. Simple meals will be provided three times a day at the cafeteria within the school or the temple. The temple serves only vegetarian food. Volunteers need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province
Located in the eastern region of Jiangxi Province, Fuzhou city is surrounded by mountains in the east, south, and west. It has hills, river valleys and basins spaced in the central region of the city. The main form of Chinese spoken is Mandarin Chinese. However, the majority of the local residents can also speak the Fuzhou dialect. Fuzhou has a humid subtropical climate with very hot and humid long summers and mild and dry short winters.

Closest airport: Nanchang Changbei International Airport (KHN)

Age range: 18 and over

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Health awareness program
Alegria, Cebu, Philippines       July 12 - July 22, 2018

Volunteer project: In this project, we cooperate with an educational organization in Alegria. They are committed to transform learners into service-oriented citizens who are globally competitive. The organization is 60 years old and has been offering different outreach program for the locals like Education, Health, Livelihood and Community. They have built 3 health centers in the upland barangays of Alegria which aim to deliver primary care to the marginalized communities. Over the years the organization has developed different programs to help the poorest of the poor such as organic farming and livelihood programs.

Volunteer activities:
- Organization of community outreach program
- Medical mission to the upland communities
- Experience rich historical and cultural exchange with students
- Exchange of cultures through music, sports/games, food, language, etc.

Language: English

Leisure time: Various eco-tourism adventures, rich heritage sites, marine sports with crystal blue clear sea waters, etc.

Accommodation: The international participants will be accommodated at a dormitory facility. Personal sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Alegria is a 4th municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. Alegria has an estimate population of 20,000.

Terminal: Cebu City

Nearest airport: Mactan Cebu International Airport, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Cleaning the coastline and planting trees in the town of the elves
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland       July 13 - July 19, 2018


Volunteer project: Hafnarfjörður is the third largest town in Iceland, with a population of over 26,000. A progressive municipality that focuses on ensuring a friendly environment. It is only 10 km away from the center of Reykjavik.

The town is famous for having one of Iceland’s largest settlements of elves, dwarves and the so-called ‘Hidden Folk’. Centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town’s centre. We do not doubt this at all. Though elves are visible only to those with second sight, many Icelanders believe in their existence. Indeed, there are many stories to support this belief and reports of cases where the construction of new roads or housing developments were hindered by strange happenings around. Hidden Folk are highly respected all over Iceland, especially in Hafnarfjördur. There is even a Hidden Worlds tour that takes to their home sites, including Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and narrates how the town developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk.

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in and around Hafnarfjordur, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and we need to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally heated swimming pool in Hafnarfjordur. 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.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a community building offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theatres, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: Hafnarfjörður is a unique town with an extraordinary history, where daily life and culture thrive in the middle of an old lava field. The town had a population of approximately 1400 when it was granted municipal status. Now, a century later, the population has exploded. However, the town retains its small-town air, its rural aura and its heart - which is not surprising given that it prides itself on the largest unbroken neighborhood of corrugated iron-clad timber houses in Iceland. The town has grown quickly over the past few years and the new neighborhoods have attracted a diverse community of people who understand that Hafnarfjörður offers a great range of commercial outlets and services, an active cultural life and plenty of activities.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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On the move against plastic pollution
Iceland       July 14 - July 24, 2018

Volunteer project: During this project, the volunteers will travel around Iceland as part of a campaign to reduce the use of plastic and encourage people to recycle. The focus in many of this year's projects in Iceland will be on the following issues: 1) Visiting primary schools and kindergartens to give the youngsters basic lessons about why it is needed to reduce the use of plastic and the importance of recycling; 2) Cleaning up the coastline and rivers; 3) Clean up activities around Iceland where the priority is given to protected areas

Plastic is produced from non-renewable resources, it is essentially indestructible, and yet it is used and thrown away with reckless abandon. A lot of it ends up in the ocean, where it pollutes the water and harms marine life; the rest is burned or buried. Plastic in the marine environment contributes to an estimated 100,000 marine mammal deaths per year. It creates a risk of entanglement, and turtles and whales have been found to eat it. Plastic is also problematic for humans as, over time in the marine environment, it degrades into micro-plastic and enters the food-chain once it has been consumed by fish.

We will do a monitoring survey of marine litter in several places on the coastline and along rivers. We will clean up plastic in certain areas (positions to be recorded by GPS on a map) in different parts of Iceland and classify it in a standard form. We will make photos of the areas where the cleaning will take place.
This project provides us the standard methodology needed to produce some serious data. At the end, we will create a scientific data useful to know more about the plastic pollution in the oceans and on the coastline.
We will also do clean up activities in some protected areas and in other places along the Ring road of Iceland. During those activities, we will involve local people and visitors in our work.

In this project, we will drive over 1.400 km in a circle around the whole island. During the travel, we will also have a chance to visit some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Some of these are unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.

Special requirements: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in scientific work and/or photographing are very much welcome to this project.
It is important that the volunteers are in good physical shape because we will do a lot of hiking and outdoor activities in this project.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will have free entrance to swimming pools. This camp is “On the move” so you will travel a lot and see beautiful places.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in community centres and in tents, depending on the location each time.

Location: Iceland

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 480 Euro
This fee covers also the transportation and extra accommodation costs of a full trip around Iceland, a total driving distance of nearly 1.400 km over several days. This travel is required in order to effectively carry out the study/visit part of the program.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords
Fjardabyggd, Iceland        12 projects of 10 days from July to October

Volunteer project: 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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide 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.

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in Fjardabyggd, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths.
Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges.

We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country 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 with the other volunteers.

This project 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.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated 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. The area in the East is also good for hiking.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in the volunteer houses in Fjardabyggd. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Fjardabyggd, Eastfjords

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if the road conditions are favorable. The 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.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 17 - July 28, 2018
July 25 - August 4, 2018
July 28 - August 7, 2018
August 4 - August 14, 2018
August 7 - August 17, 2018
August 14 - August 24, 2018
August 17 - August 27, 2018
August 24 - September 3, 2018
August 27 - September 6, 2018
September 6 - September 16, 2018
September 16 - September 26, 2018
September 26 - October 6, 2018

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Reviving a traditional market in Busan
Busan, South Korea       July 23 - August 1, 2018

Volunteer project: Traditional markets are central to the Korean culture, history, people, and daily life. With this project, we support the revival of the Seodong traditional market in the Geumjeong District of Busan.

After the Korean war, many refugees moved to Busan in the Southern part of the country. The Korean government in particular forced the refugees to move to the Seodong area, and it is still very congested today. In the middle of the busy Seodong traditional market, a special Art and Culture Center was established. This space is intended to energize the traditional market mixing daily life with art and culture. The center offers various programs to local children and residents including global citizenship education and cultural and artistic activities. Although Busan is the second largest city in Korea, opportunities for locals to take part in cultural experience programs and global citizenship education are still quite limited compared to the capital city. The programs and events in the center give a chance to Seodong residents to experience art and facilitate the community's cultural advancement.

The volunteers will support the global citizenship education program for local children through cultural exchange activities. The group will also help with some manual work in the traditional market to create a more lively atmosphere.

Special requirements: Volunteers are expected to have an interest in working and interacting with the local community and youth.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Volunteers will have a chance to visit historic places and enjoy the beaches of Busan during the free time.

Accommodation: In a university dormitory

Location: Geumjeong-gu, Busan

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Gimhae International Airport, Busan Central Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Urban regeneration project in Sejong
Sejong, Chungcheongnam, South Korea       July 23 - August 1, 2018

Volunteer project: Sejong City is located in the central inner area of Chungcheongnam-do and stretches north-south. In the past, the current city area was divided by the Charyeong Mountains and the Geum River into parts of Jeoneui, Yeongi, and Geumnam. However, with the recent road construction, those areas were merged into one. In 2012, by incorporating parts of Chungwongun and Gongju City, Sejong became a Special Self-Governing City.

Sejong Self-Governing City has developed in a relatively short period of time since this city was designed as a new administrative capital in 2003, one of the biggest national agendas. Nevertheless, a neighborhood called Chimsan-ri is falling behind in its development. In order to improve the environment for the residents and at the same time preserve nature, the "Sejong City Urban Regeneration Center" was established.

In this project, volunteers will interact with the local residents and will help them to renovate their town. They will do manual work in order to renovate old houses and the environment of the town, and will help residents to paint walls and houses. The volunteers will also join some community activities with the residents.

Language: English

Leisure activities: The group can visit famous places in Sejong in the spare time.

Accommodation: In a guesthouse in Chimsan-ri

Location: Sejong, Chungcheongnam-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Jochiwon Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Intercultural learning and renovation in a Buddhist temple
Bonghwa, Gyeongsangbuk, South Korea       July 26 - August 4, 2018

Volunteer project: Chookseosa Temple was founded in 673 during the reign of King Munmu of Shilla Dynasty. The founder, National Master Ui-Sang, dedicated his life to Korean Buddhism. Chookseosa means where the eagle, a symbol of wisdom resides, and also symbolizes the Bodhisattva. Ven Muyeo, one of the contemporary Korean Seon masters, has devoted himself to rebuilding Chookseosa. He has taught Seon meditation for couple of decades at Chuookseosa. This volunteer project is based in the Temple and participants will have the opportunity to experience monastic life.

The volunteers will clean and renovate the temple and its surroundings. They will also join in the Buddhist camp for children who come to experience temple culture. The volunteers will prepare intercultural learning classes through various activities. Participants should respect the temple lifestyle and follow some rules in regards to waking up early in the morning, attending morning service, sleeping, eating, etc.

Special requirements: Interest in Korean temple and Buddhism culture. Volunteers should have respect for temple rules and should enjoy playing with kids.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Trekking in the mountain and visiting various historic places

Accommodation: In the traditional temple house

Location: Bonghwa, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Bonghwa Bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Organic gardening in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       5 projects of 1 wk from July to December


Volunteer project: This organic farm was established in 2013 in Tan Binh District, in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. The aim of the program is to provide a friendly environment where volunteers can have cultural exchange with local people while learning the techniques for operating a professional organic farm. After 4 years of research, investment, and standardizing the process of growing vegetables organically, the organic garden in Tan Binh has reached a stable output of over 10 kinds of leaf vegetables and some kinds of fruits. The core members of this project have been working strenuously to achieve their dream of growing healthy produce.

The volunteers will be guided and supervised by the manager of the farm. The general tasks would be: seeding new vegetables on the farm, spraying, weeding, creating new vegetable beds, etc. Moreover, the volunteers will have the chance to communicate with Vietnamese kids and show them around the garden when they come for educational tours. Volunteers are also encouraged to try and establish new ideas for improving the product quality on the farm.
Working hours are from 8:00am to 11:00am and from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be motivated, reliable, initiative and assiduous in their work on the farm. Most importantly, volunteers need to be friendly and patient, making good relationships with the local workers.

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, in the southern part of Vietnam.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), 45 minute drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 USD for 1 week; 250 USD for 2 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 30 - August 11, 2018
August 13 - August 20, 2018
September 4 - September 10, 2018
September 17 - September 24, 2018
December 3 - December 15, 2018

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Help prepare meals for the poor in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       4 projects of 1 wk from July to September


Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will help out at a charity restaurant that offers affordable meals to poor students, immigrants and local workers in Ho Chi Minh City. The restaurant does fundraising in order to be able to offer quality meals at a low cost of 2000 VND (less than 10 cents).

Volunteers are needed in this project to support the charity mission of the restaurant and help prepare meals for poor people. Volunteers with relevant experience can join the cooking. Most of the time, volunteers will help preparing food, washing vegetables, setting up tables.

The restaurant is located in the central part of Ho Chi Minh City. Participants in this charity project will be able to learn about life in the city which changes very quickly with a growing gap between different groups of society.

Volunteers' main duties in the charity restaurant involve preparing food, washing vegetables or setting up tables. They will also help serving meals, cleaning tables, washing dishes. Work hours are 7:30am to 1:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Study theme: Poor and disadvantaged people in Vietnam

Special requirements: Volunteers in this project are expected to be motivated, hard working, enthusiastic and attentive. Cooking experience is very welcome.

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house. The restaurant is 30 minutes by bus from the accommodation.

Location: In the central part of Ho Chi Minh city

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), 45 minute drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 USD for 1 week; 250 USD for 2 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 30 - August 6, 2018
August 20 - August 27, 2018
September 10 - September 17, 2018
September 24 - October 1, 2018

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Decorate a village and renovate houses for elderly people in Jecheon
Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk, South Korea       August 1 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: Jecheon is about 200 km away from Seoul and is famous with the beautiful mountains around. There are some social issues in the city regarding the care for disabled people and dealing with the aging population. The international volunteers will take part in a voluntary service project in support of local residents. Participants will help physically and economically disadvantaged local elders by improving their living conditions. In addition, there will be cultural exchange events with the local people.

The group will do voluntary service for the local community. The volunteers will make a mural painting to decorate a local village, will renovate and maintain houses and public facilities for disadvantaged elderly, will help with farming activities.

Special requirements: Volunteers are expected to have an interest in working and interacting with the local community.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting historic places in Jecheon, experiencing traditional Korean food

Accommodation: In the community center

Location: Jecheon city in Chungcheongbuk-do province (2 hours by bus from Seoul)

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Jecheon Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Summer camp for children in Yeongwol
Yeongwol, Gangwon, South Korea       August 3 - August 12, 2018

Volunteer project: Yeongwol is the most nature-oriented and clean city in South Korea. It is about 200 km east of Seoul. The area is surrounded by mountains and a river. Local young people rarely have the opportunity to experience different cultures from abroad. This project is organised in cooperation with the Youth center in Yeongwol.

The volunteers will organise a summer camp program for a group of children. The sessions in the program are quite open; there will be various and exciting activities in the river, mountains and playgrounds. The project site has different equipment and facilities for outdoor and indoor activities such as music instruments and sports equipment, so any ideas for the camp are welcome. If you enjoy interacting with youth, working outside, swimming, you will have a fascinating time with many valuable experiences on this project.

Special requirements: Interest in outdoor activities and sharing your culture.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting historic places and exploring caves around the area.

Accommodation: In the youth center

Location: Yeongwol, Gangwon province

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Yeongwol Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Promoting the importance and historic value of Namhansanseong mountain fortress
Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea       August 3 - August 12, 2018

Volunteer project: Namhansanseong was designed as an emergency capital for the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), in a mountainous site 25 km south-east of Seoul. Built and defended by Buddhist monk-soldiers, it could accommodate 4,000 people and fulfilled important administrative and military functions. It is the only fortress that has been used as an emergency palace during a war so it has historical significance for the history of Korea. In recognition of its value, Namhansanseong was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. But so far it is more famous as a hiking, rock climbing and driving destination for local residents and visitors. Besides, many people have no idea that it is a World Heritage site. The aim of this project is promoting the importance and value of Namhansanseong as a World Heritage and preserving it.

The volunteers will organize a global culture camp for youth not only to raise their awareness of the World Heritage Site of Namhansanseong, but also to teach them about the importance of the world heritage in general and how other countries treat their heritage sites.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting Seoul, the capital of Korea

Accommodation: In the university dormitory

Location: Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. Seongnam is a satellite city of Seoul.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Seongnam bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Forest wildfire prevention project
Pampilhosa, Coimbra, Portugal        August 10 - August 19, 2018

Volunteer project: The general objectives of this project are: Prevention of the forest and population against fire; Promotion of sustainability, environmental awareness, and biodiversity protection; Promotion of intercultural relationships, good environmental practices, and citizenship; Promotion of specific skills in the field of environmental management, nature protection and biodiversity.

Besides the project activities, the volunteers will learn about nature conservation and will engage in conservation-training activities in a beautiful agro-forest which needs intervention in order to make it more resilient and fire-prepared. This forest also has an important role in protecting Pampilhosa village against fires, since it has water and may also function as an ecological corridor/shelter for fauna.

Volunteer duties include:
- Protection of the forests around the village of Pampilhosa (central Portugal) against forest fires;
- Control of pyrophyte alien invasive species;
- Management of fuelwood;
- Construction of a water point for irrigation/control of possible fires;
- Rehabilitation of a traditional water transport system;
- Cleaning of the bed and banks of the River Cértima, and restoration of the riparian forest;
- Improvement of local fauna, flora and landscape;
- Encouragement of international exchange and exchange of experience;
- Promotion of environmentally and socially responsible attitudes and values;
- Development of training actions focused on individual and collective learning.

Language: English

Free time activities: The amazing National Forest of Bussaco, one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal; Visit to Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage City that has one of the oldest universities in Europe; music, environmental movie night, traditional games, cultural and environmental tours.

Accommodation: Participants will sleep in a former firefighter’s headquarters that is currently managed by the Scouts of Pampilhosa. There are beds in shared rooms, and there are blankets, but participants have to bring their own sleeping bag.

Location: Pampilhosa, Coimbra

Terminal: Porto or Lisbon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Implementing a water phyto-purification system for a farm
Retournac, Auvergne, France       August 18 - August 28, 2018

Volunteer project: Volunteers will be welcomed on an educational farm in Retournac amidst a unique and preserved area, rich of natural heritage. The farm is unusual and unique place of agricultural production (vegetables, breads, cheeses), artistic creation and education. All these activities are carried out with respect to the environment and organic farming.

Water is an indispensable resource for life and it needs to be preserved! Thus, the farm has set up a system of Phyto-purification to treat water. This system works with plants. In order to enhance this approach the farm needs you to arrange the place. Thus, your mission will be to realize a dry stone wall, to design and realize wooden panels that introduce the system, to decorate the place and create an educational path for visitors. The diversity of these tasks will allow you to learn different crafts (working with stone and wood) but you will also develop your creativity! You will be guided by a technical supervisor. The work takes place in the morning for up to 4 hours. Afternoon and weekends are dedicated to other activities.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: During your free time you can discover with the group the fauna and flora along the Loire. The territory offers many possibilities for hiking along the river. Come and enjoy the freshness of our river with exceptional panoramas on the volcanoes of Velay. Finally you will have the opportunity to discover the different activities of the farm and experience the life of shepherds, bakers and farmers!

Accommodation: You will be accommodated in the lodge belonging to the farm with all the modern facilities. The cottage was built with ecological materials with respect to the environment. The cottage offers an exceptional setting for a unique stay. Bring your sleeping bag.

Location: The farm is located in Haute-Loire, in the town of Retournac. There are different places of interest near the farm: the amazing ruins of the Castle of Artias, the Loire Gorges (one of the most beautiful rivers in France), volcanoes mountains, etc.

Terminal: Retournac

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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Organizing a youth camp in Argao
Argao, Cebu, Philippines       August 20 - August 31, 2018

Volunteer project: In this project, we partner with the local government of Argao and youth associations who aim to promote the heritage of their town and showcase the rich culture of its people. The volunteers will develop better understanding of the local culture through active interaction with the local youth that is centered on participation, inclusion, culture and nature preservation.

The international volunteers will participate in the following activities:
- Organization and participation in youth camp activities.
- Undertaking environmental related activities like coastal clean-up and advocacy in specific communities.
- Interacting with local children and youth through art, sports and team building activities
- Exchange of culture through music, games, food, language, etc.

Language: English

Leisure time: Like any coastal town of Cebu, Argao is known for its scenic natural white sandy beaches, nature parks and is famously called “The Heritage Town” of Cebu due to its well preserved heritage sites and the rich culture of the happy and hospitable local people. During leisure time, volunteers can choose to experience various eco-tourism adventure activities around the town of Argao and climb mountains or explore its rivers, waterfalls and caves or head to nearby towns that are famous for whale shark watching. Rich heritage sites like churches and museums, nature parks and the world famous crystal clear sea waters are among the many other places that volunteers can visit, experience and explore.

Accommodation: The international participants will be accommodated at a local dormitory facility. You may bring a sleeping bag. Filipino food will be served.

Location: The municipality of Argao is located in the southeast of the province of Cebu which is 68 kilometers (42 mi) from Cebu City. Argao is exactly mid-way between Cebu City and the southern tip of Cebu island Santander. It has a population of around 70,000 people.

Terminal: Cebu City

Nearest airport: Mactan Cebu International Airport, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Promotion and maintenance of the historic Douro-Varosa Trail
Lamego, Viseu, Portugal       September 1 - September 10, 2018

Volunteer project: The historic Douro-Varosa Trail is located in the north of Portugal, starts in Peso da Régua, goes through Lamego and ends in São João de Tarouca, always along the river and with a great natural beauty. This trail crosses the Douro Valley, overlooking the surrounding mountains covered with vineyards and the river that flows at its feet and the Varosa Valley surrounded by the patrimony of the Cister Order. Last year we made the marking and cleaning of the route, this year we intend to work on the international promotion of the route.

This year's project tasks will be cleaning and maintenance of the route and signs; GPS route marking; making a photographic record of the natural beauty and landscape of the trail, as well as of the buildings that are part of the cultural heritage of the region; promotion on social networks; cleaning and maintenance of the forest.
Besides, we aim to provide a different experience for young people as it gives them the opportunity to learn about new sources of development, about a new culture and do practical work while getting to know the history of Portugal and its interior.

Language: English

Free time activities: Recreational and cultural exchanges with local residents, intercultural learning, cultural enrichment through visits in the region (Porto, Lamego, Régua, Pinhão and Douro valley) and leisure and environmental improvement activities. There will be also a traditional party, night game, gastronomic show and workshop, musical night, stars observation, farewell party.

Accommodation: In a building equipped with bunk beds.

Location: The project is located approximately 5km from Lamego and near the Douro region. Várzea de Abrunhais, where the chapel is located, beside Vila Pouca de Salzedas and next to Varosa river, is a rural village known for its great natural beauty.

Terminal: Porto or Lisbon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Protecting forests against fires
Lousada, Porto, Portugal       September 3 - September 12, 2018

Volunteer project: In this project, international volunteers will collaborate with a local environmental association which is committed to bringing nature and biodiversity to all. The general objectives of the project are: Prevention of the forest and the population against fire; Promotion of sustainability, environmental awareness, and biodiversity protection; Promotion of intercultural relationships, good environmental practices, and citizenship; Promotion of specific skills in the field of environmental management, nature protection and biodiversity.

Participants will perform environmental tasks and will also learn about nature conservation and engage in conservation-training activities in a forest near Lustosa (Lousada) which needs intervention in order to make it more resilient and fire-prepared. This forest also has an important role in protecting Lustosa village and Lousada against fires, since it has water and may also function as an ecological corridor/shelter for fauna. Volunteers' specific tasks include:
- Protection of the forests surrounding the village of Lustosa and Lousada (northern Portugal) against forest fires;
- Control of pyrophyte alien invasive species;
- Management of fuelwood;
- Construction of a water point for irrigation / control of possible fires;
- Rehabilitation of a degraded system for water transportation;
- Restoration of a small riparian forest;
- Improvement of local fauna, flora, and landscape;
- Encouragement of international exchange and exchange of experience;
- Presentation and discussion of the natural and social reality of the regions of origin of the participants;
- Promotion of environmentally and socially responsible attitudes and values;
- Development of action-training actions focused on individual and collective learning.

Language: English

Free time activities: Visit to Guimarães, a UNESCO world heritage city, cultural and environmental tours, fauna (bats, amphibians, birds) and flora observation, visit to Mata de Vilar.

Accommodation: Participants will sleep in Lousada Sports Center, in shared bedrooms (4, 5 or 9 beds)

Location: Lousada, Porto district, in northern Portugal

Terminal: Lisbon or Porto

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography in the East of Iceland
Fjardabyggd, Iceland       2 projects of 10 days in September and October


Volunteer project: Every year, hundreds of international volunteers visit Iceland and participate in volunteer projects all around the island. The volunteers in this project will create and put together a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the project organisers.

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 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 magazine. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it.

Don't forget to bring your camera and tripod because we will go for some Aurora hunting. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

A part of this project will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country 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 with the other volunteers.

This project 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.

Language: English

Leisure time: The 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. The area in the East is also good for hiking.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer houses in Eskifjordur and/or Stodvarfjordur. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide 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.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favorable. The 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.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 6 - September 16, 2018
October 6 - October 16, 2018

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Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik, Iceland       6 projects of 10 days from September to December


Volunteer project: In the sustainable living project, we are renovating an old farmhouse on the outskirts of Reykjavik, 15 km away from the city centre. The volunteers will help with the renovation in the house and on the property, and will take care of the work on the farm. We have chickens, a cat, a dog, a greenhouse for growing herbs and vegetables, and a piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots and lettuce. The volunteers will help with all tasks related to the farm. The work varies depending on the season.

We will have special topics to discuss in the project, such as food waste, recycling and renewable energy. We will go for visits related to those topics. For example, a visit to the power plant Hellisheiðarvirkjun and its Geothermal Exhibition which is presented via interactive multimedia installations, wall displays and presentations. It allows visitors to examine Iceland’s geothermal energy utilization in a clear and illuminating fashion. We will also visit the Recycling Center Sorpa where the volunteers will learn about recycling methods. The volunteers will also create documentaries, posters and brochures related to sustainable living, which will be introduced to children in Reykjavik.

We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country 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 with the other volunteers.

This project 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.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the volunteers can enjoy Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland can offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city, so you can enjoy pure nature and the city life of the capital at the same time. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds/mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik capital area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. From September until the end of April, and in favourable conditions, you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 7 - September 17, 2018
September 27 - October 7, 2018
October 17 - October 27, 2018
November 6 - November 16, 2018
November 26 - December 6, 2018
December 6 - December 16, 2018

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik, Iceland       5 projects of 10 days from September to December

Volunteer project: Every year, hundreds of international volunteers visit Iceland and participate in volunteer projects all around the island. The volunteers in this project will create and put together a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the project organisers.

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 Reykjavik 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 magazine. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it.

Special requirements: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in journalism and/or photography are welcome to join this project.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the central location of the accommodation is ideal for enjoying Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city, so you can enjoy pure nature and the city life of the capital at the same time. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds/mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 17 - September 27, 2018
October 7 - October 17, 2018
October 27 - November 6, 2018
November 16 - November 26, 2018
December 16 - December 23, 2018

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Renovating volunteer houses and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Fjardabyggd, Iceland        9 projects of 10 days from October to January


Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will take on different tasks related to the renovation and maintenance of volunteer houses in the East of Iceland. The work depends on each volunteer's skills and knowledge, but focuses mainly on tasks such as painting, cleaning, fixing small things and basic carpentry and construction. This project is very important for the future volunteer programs in the East. If the weather conditions are good, we will also help the local community with various environmental works.

In addition, winter time in Iceland means Aurora Hunting. If you like photography, the Northern Lights and sharing an amazing time with friends from all over the world, this project is perfect for you. We will be on the lookout for Aurora Borealis at night throughout the whole project, so you will have the opportunity to take photos of this amazing and unique phenomenon. It is very important to bring your camera with you (only cameras that work in long exposure will catch those lights), so don’t forget your tripod and camera. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country 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 with the other volunteers.

This project 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.

Language: English

Leisure time: Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. The area in the East is also good for hiking.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer houses in Stodvarfjordur or Eskifjordur. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide beautiful sweeping views. This is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Northern lights.
“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.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favorable. The 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.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
October 6 - October 16, 2018
October 16 - October 26, 2018
October 26 - November 5, 2018
November 5 - November 15, 2018
November 15 - November 25, 2018
November 25 - December 4, 2018
December 4 - December 14, 2018
December 14 - December 23, 2018
December 23, 2018 - January 2, 2019

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Organizing cultural events in Cochabamba
Cochabamba, Bolivia       January 2 - January 11, 2019

Volunteer project: Since the Water War of 2000, the historic main square of Cochabamba "September 14" is the place for various social and cultural activities. The September 14th Plaza receives hundreds of visitors, and community groups and organisations hold exhibitions, fairs and festivals, information and education workshops, film, poetry and book forums, etc. This is a good opportunity to demonstrate the cultural and participatory potential of the people in the square.

The volunteers will be providing logistic support for the development of cultural events in the square. They will participate in the organization of cultural activities, promotion of events and media coverage.

Language: English

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a community center in the west part of the city of Cochabamba, 15 minutes from the central square September 14th.

Location: The project is located in the center of Cochabamba and the activities will take place in the main square of the city.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Environmental awareness and education work in Cochabamba
Cochabamba, Bolivia       January 21 - January 31, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will support the work of an Eco-social and Cultural Center in Villa Busch, in the west zone of Cochabamba, on the outskirts of the city. The Center was opened in 2014 and it has a public library and a hostel for volunteers. The project aims to sensitize the local population on issues of waste management and environmental protection, and to promote urban gardens in the community.

The volunteer activities include:
• Raising awareness through campaigns for recycling and reusing waste.
• Building a room with natural materials.
• Environmental education workshops for children, youth and adults.
• Cultural and educational activities will be held in the central plaza of Cochabamba in the evening.

Language: English

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the hostel of the Eco-social and Cultural Center in Villa Busch.

Location: The project is located in Villa Busch, a popular district on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba, 15 minutes from the city center.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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