Volunteering at Christmas


Care and support for abandoned children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       December 18 - December 30, 2017

Volunteer project: The volunteers will support an orphanage run by monks, which was built in the early 20th century and is quite famous in Ho Chi Minh City. The orphanage is now a place of charity for unlucky children and also helps treat diseases. Now the monks are taking care of and bringing up more than 200 children from the South of Vietnam. The children here have unfortunate backgrounds as many have been abandoned by their parents and relatives. Every few months, the monks find a new baby left in front of the pagoda gate. The head monk sometimes receives phone calls from hospitals requesting him to take in abandoned babies. At the moment, about 200 children live in the orphanage; their ages ranging from 5 days old to 20 years old. 90 of them are orphans that are suffering from cerebral palsy, blindness or Down syndrome. About 30-40 local children have the chance to study at the orphanage as some local teachers teach them Vietnamese in the morning.

Volunteers will spend time with the children and help to improve their English, organize games and other activities for them. Volunteers will also do some manual work, like cleaning and renovation, to improve the children's houses and classrooms. Volunteers will get closer to the children’s life and try to broaden their horizons and encourage them to learn better for a brighter future. Volunteers can also support children with disabilities in the disabled children's room.

Study theme: Disadvantaged children in Vietnam

Special requirements: Interest and motivation for working with children in difficult situation

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: Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City (or Sai Gon), 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: 250 USD
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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Building a children's playground and a protective wall for the school in Siru Bari
Siru Bari, Lamjung, Nepal       December 20, 2017 - January 4, 2018

Volunteer project: Siru Bari is a remote village in the hilly regions of Nepal where the locals still live off the land. However, the community suffers from severe lack of funds and knowledge needed for improving the living standards and facilities. The youth in the village are highly impacted. Our main goal with this project is to bring better education for the youth and improve their school facilities. We will therefore engage in both construction and educational work at the school.

During the monsoon, when the ground is soft, the school is often affected by land- and mudslides and by domestic cattle entering the area around the school. Therefore, our first task will be to build a fence around the school to protect against these issues. Our second task will be to dig out and construct a playground for the children and an area for the community to hold gatherings.
The volunteers can also teach English, Math, Sports and/or Music at the school. Interaction with the kids and involving them in cultural exchange activities is encouraged.

Language: English

Free time activities: You can explore the local area and go for a hike to the Bharte village on the top of the mountain. Here you can see the great views of the valley and the whole Annapurna mountain range while getting some exercise.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay with a local family. Each family can host up to three volunteers. You will experience their huge hospitality, friendliness and generosity and it is easily noticeable, that they truly enjoy having people staying with them. They are proud of their culture and will give you a good insight into Nepali life. Please bring your own sleeping bag and mattress. Showers with cold water are available. You will be served Dal Bhat (a soup of lentil or beans with boiled rice) and Tarkari (cooked vegetables) by your host family. All vegetables are grown by the families.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site by bus.

Location: Siru Bari is in Lamjung district, about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, in central Nepal. It is a small village with a population of approximately 500 people, all living in very traditional ways. It is situated on a hillside with beautiful views of the valley. For the volunteers, this will be a unique opportunity to experience rural Nepal and the traditional ways of living that unfortunately are becoming more and more uncommon.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is 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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Protecting the Marine Turtles in La Penita
La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico       December 20, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to protect the endangered marine turtles working in close collaboration with the local population of La Peñita Town or as they say “the place where turtles come at night”. Volunteers, along with local people and a team of professional biologists and trained staff, will develop activities to protect the turtles, and will help to ensure the survival of the turtles for the future generations.
There are five species of turtles arriving to this area: Negra (Black Turtle), Golfina (Olive Ridley Turtle), Laud (Leatherback Turtle), Carey (Hawksbill Turtle) and more! The size of the turtles varies from 1 meter to 2.4 meters long and the weight from 40 kg to 500 kg. Every turtle makes a nest of around 150 eggs.

If you love nature, enjoy spending time in an astonishingly beautiful beaches close to a nice beach town, and are willing to witness the magic that nature had made for millions of years, this project is for you!

There is a team of up to 5 experts that will be working with the volunteers in order to show them the beauty of the turtle’s life. The turtle camp has been in operation for over 25 years now.

The main work consists in patrolling the beach at night. The working hours are from 8:00pm to 8:00am, four days per week. The volunteers will be split in two teams allowing each team to have a day of work, a day off for recovery and two days off on weekends. The goal is to find the adult turtles and collect their eggs, to move the eggs to a protected place called Vivero and release newborn baby turtles into the sea when they hatch. Volunteers will also help collecting statistical data in order to learn about the evolution of the species. Activities must be carried out at night since turtles do not go out of the ocean during the day (because of natural predators, it is safer for turtles to get out of the ocean in the dark). In collaboration with local people and biologists from La Peñita, volunteers will seek for the turtles, taking care of their eggs and the baby turtles. The work place and load depend on the number of turtles that come ashore. Every day, the biologists will define which beach will be patrolled by the volunteers depending on where more turtles arrive. The group will also take part in the reconstruction of some of the most important turtle camps in the region. Locals and experts are very friendly and working with them is always fun as they explain to the team what to do.

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free time during the day to do many fun and interesting activities and to discover many marvelous places around. The volunteers can learn to surf, go fishing, visit and help in shelters for protection of endangered species (crocodiles), visit local towns, get to know and enjoy the local culture. Rincón de Guayabitos is well connected by bus to localities and cities around.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit solitary beaches and towns with an extraordinary natural richness. Among those places are Flamingos, with its three beautiful lakes; Bucerias, with a long beach and cobblestone streets; La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a picturesque fishing town; Destiladeras, a paradise for surfers. Volunteers will have the chance to visit the Islas Marietas - one of the most beautiful places on earth, take surfing classes and travel to Sayulita, a bohemian town ideal for camping. The beaches of Rincon de Guayabitos with crystal-clear waters and calm waves resemble a large swimming pool. Nearby, participants will find the pre-Hispanic sanctuary of Altavista and the semi-virgin beach named Chacala, the perfect site to be amazed by nature.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a hotel in La Peñita de Jaltemba, in shared rooms with all facilities at disposal: private bathroom, Wi-Fi, air conditioning. They will have full access to two swimming pools and the beach. Three meals a day are provided at the hotel restaurant consisting of good typical Mexican food. Vegetarian meals are also available.

Location: La Peñita de Jaltemba is a small beach town with approximately 20,000 inhabitants, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the state of Nayarit. It is the main service community for the popular beach resort area Rincón de Guayabitos. The closest city is Puerto Vallarta.

Nestled in the imposing Sierra Madre Occidental, and washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Riviera Nayarit is emerging as one of the most attractive and magic destinations of Mexico. The area extends approximately 300 kilometers along the coast, backed by mountainous jungle and facing coastal islands. There is plenty of remote backcountry for those wanting to see a more rustic side of rural Mexico. Banderas Bay, on the southern section of the Riviera Nayarit, is famous for being the destination spot of thousands of humpback whales that offer an unmatched spectacle. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is famous for its long seafront walkway and its vibrant nightlife. The Huichol Indians are the most famous ethnic group within the region. They are characterized by their eye-catching clothing, hats adorned with feathers and their colorful handcrafts, such as masks and animal figurines made of beads.

Nearest airports: Puerto Vallarta International Airport Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Morelia International Airport, Mexico City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 295 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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Christmas and New Year at a volunteer center in Reykjavik
Reykjavik, Iceland       December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in the area of the volunteer and cultural centre in Reykjavik by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange. We will learn Christmas songs from all over the world from each other and, weather permitting, will sing in the streets of Reykjavik and other public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism.

On New Year’s Eve, we will organize a small party for the volunteers and we will enjoy Reykjavik´s spectacular fireworks in front of the cathedral. We will also arrange a visit to the ‘Imagine Peace Tower’ which was designed by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The tower is made up of 15 large searchlights surrounded by a number of prisms that act like mirrors, reflecting the light vertically into the sky, usually reaching an altitude of at least 4000 meters. Over half a million written wishes that people from all over the world have sent to Yoko Ono as part of her ‘Wish Trees’ project are buried underneath the tower.

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 stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. 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, theaters, shops, museums, and bus stations.

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 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.

In this time of the year, when conditions are favourable, you can see the Northern lights (Aurora borealis) glowing curtain of greenish yellow lights, dancing in the distance to a spectacular, multicolored fusion stretching across the sky.

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Christmas and New Year in the East fjords
Eskifjörður, Iceland       December 22, 2017 - January 3, 2018

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in Eskifjörður in the Eastfjords. One of the tasks is to decorate the area where our house is located by putting up lights and Christmas decorations made out of recycled materials. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange.

The volunteers' main goal in this project will be to edit a special edition of a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the organisers of these projects. This special edition will be dedicated to Christmas and volunteering in Iceland.

Another part of the project will be focused on the Auroras Borealis. At this time of the year, it is very easy to see and experience this amazing spectacular phenomenon, and take photos of it. We will be checking every day the weather forecast, as well as the aurora forecast, in order to find the best moments to enjoy the Northern Lights. We will also show you basic settings to take photos of them and we will create an electronic postcard together to be posted on Facebook and social media.
Don’t forget to bring your cameras and tripods if you have one, since big parts of the project are focused on Auroras hunting. The tripod is an essential tool to keep the camera working in a long exposure. A laptop could be useful as well.

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

This project is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will 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.
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 stay in a nice house. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. There will be Wi-Fi internet connection available.

Location: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing 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. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

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. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. 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 of Iceland. This trip includes 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.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Christmas in Bethlehem and restoration of ancient sites
Bethlehem, Palestine       December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Volunteer project: The project seeks to bring people of various cultures together to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation, and peace. The long term goal of the project is to prepare youth to make positive contributions to society through the values of understanding, helping, contributing, tolerance, and respectful coexistence. These goals are achieved through education, awareness, youth empowerment and international volunteer projects.

The volunteers will work in different areas in Bethlehem city. The work includes renovation of old sites near the Church of the Nativity and assisting the Bethlehem municipality in preparing for the Christmas season. The activities involve painting, renovation, restoration, gardening, tree planting, etc.

The volunteer project will be running at Christmas time, and Bethlehem is the best place to celebrate Christmas and to witness this unique cultural experience. The volunteers will have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with the Palestinians and express their solidarity with them.

Language: English

Cultural activities: The afternoons will be dedicated to a program of educational activities. The aim is to expose volunteers to the reality of life in Palestine. The program will educate volunteers on Palestinian culture and history, and the history of the conflict in the region. The program will include lectures, documentaries, visits to refugee camps in the Bethlehem area and tours of other places of interest. The program will provide many opportunities for interaction with locals. Volunteers will have the opportunity to speak with Palestinian activists and to ask whatever questions they have about the situation in Palestine.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in apartments in the city of Bethlehem (20 minutes walking distance from the Nativity Church). Men and women stay in separate rooms. The accommodation includes hot water and kitchen with basic equipment.

Location: Bethlehem is considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism industries. The city has significant value for Christians as it is considered the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospels. Bethlehem is also home to one of the largest Palestinian Christian communities in the Middle East. In addition, Bethlehem has three Palestinian Refugee Camps (Dhisha, Al-Azza and Aaida).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 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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Christmas and New Year in the House on the Hill
Reykjavik, Iceland       December 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cozy atmosphere in the House on the Hill by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange. We will create a Christmas postcard together. The House on the Hill is isolated from the capital city but in the same time well connected by public bus (about 30 min). It is a small but cozy house, where the group will cook and live together and enjoy a snowy time in Iceland. We have chickens, so volunteers will have to take care of them during the project. We will learn Christmas songs from all over the world from each other and, if weather is good enough, we will sing in the streets of Reykjavik and other public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism.

For New Year’s Eve, we will organize a small party for the volunteers and we will enjoy Reykjavik´s spectacular fireworks in front of the cathedral. We will also arrange a visit to the ‘Imagine Peace Tower’ which was designed by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The tower is made up of 15 large searchlights surrounded by a number of prisms that act like mirrors, reflecting the light vertically into the sky, usually reaching an altitude of at least 4000 meters. Over half a million written wishes that people from all over the world have sent to Yoko Ono as part of her ‘Wish Trees’ project are buried underneath the tower.

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. 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 house in Sveinsstadir which is located in the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city so you can enjoy pure nature and at the same time the city life of the capital. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds/mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge, and volunteers also have free access to shared desktop computers in communal areas.

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 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.

In this time of the year, when conditions are favourable, you can see the Northern lights' (Aurora borealis) glowing curtain of greenish yellow lights, dancing in the distance to a spectacular, multicolored fusion stretching across the sky.

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Sustainable living and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Stodvarfjordur, Iceland       December 26, 2017 - January 5, 2018

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 7 towns: 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. The project will take place in the village of Stodvarfjordur.

There is two different types of work involved - environmental tasks and different workshops related to art and sustainability. Volunteers will do environmental work for the local community, for example, cleaning the coastline, planting trees, weeding, taking down old fences and fixing hiking paths.

The workshops in the centre include permaculture, aquaponics, growing herbs in an earth sheltered greenhouse (a walipini) and growing vegetables in the big garden of the centre. We will also focus on topics, such as food waste, recycling and renewable energy.

The art workshops are all about creating pieces of art out of natural and/or recycled materials. The area in the east has variety of colourful stones, which we will use in our artwork.

Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we have to be flexible. Working hours are about 6–7 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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 that 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, 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: 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 a fully equipped house in the village. Beds are provided, however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Stodvarfjordur, Eastfjords

Terminal: Intl. 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 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: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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New Year in the Desert
Zagora, Morocco       December 26, 2017 - January 2, 2018

Volunteer project: The program is an opportunity for the participants to explore Moroccan culture, especially the one from the south of Morocco and the Sahara Desert, which fascinates everyone who comes to visit. The volunteers will have the opportunity not only to visit the Desert, but also to enjoy the local culture and to get immersed into it, participating in different activities. The main aim of the project is to promote interculturality. Cultural visits will be organised to places in South Morocco (excursion to the oasis of Zagora and to the mountain, visiting an old kasbah, a historical library and a museum). An excursion to the Sahara Desert will be also organised in the end of December for the volunteers to celebrate the New Year in the Desert.

The group will take part in some voluntary activities and a pottery course. The volunteer tasks include painting and gardening in a local school.
The participants will learn about the Moroccan artisan techniques of making pottery. They will get knowledge about how to make pottery articles, from working and preparing the earth to decorating the articles. This activity doesn't require individual skills but it demands your motivation to overcome the difficulties. All the materials needed for this activity will be provided.
The volunteers will learn how to cook some delicious Moroccan food. They will also spend time and organize activities for 400 local children in Zagora.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a youth center or in a family house, depending on availability.

Location: Zagora is a beautiful town in the south of Morocco, near the Algerian border. Zagora is about 750 km from Rabat and about 250 km in the south of Ouarzazate.

The town of Zagora sits at the foot of Anti-Atlas Mountains and on the shore of the Draa Valley in South Eastern Morocco. Zagora’s allure is mainly attributed to the great Draa Valley, which is still a home for several of Morocco’s tribes. The name Zagora is derived from “Tazagort,” a mountain by the shore of Draa Valley overlooking the city.
Zagora gathers a number of minority groups, including numerous Amazigh tribes from Ait Atta clan, and black African groups who emigrated from Sub-Saharan Africa, along with the Caravans. Arabs have also settled in Zagora, coming from Marrakech since the medieval times.
Zagora’s historical monuments and natural features are what enchants foreign guests the most. The region still preserves numerous Kasbahs and old fortresses that mark bygone era. In addition, the Sahara desert landscapes of sand dunes and “Hamadas” is also worth discovering.
The artistic characteristics of Zagora lay in crafts, as well as folklore. Zagora is home of old pottery factories. Clay dishes are exclusively made in Tamegroute, featuring green colored productions and displayed in local and national exhibitions. Reed is also used to make crafts.
Folklore in Zagora reflects the cultural identity of the joint communities. Both Amazighs and Arabs of the area, perform different artistic shows, varying from Ahidous to Regba and Hassani rhythms.

Terminal: Marrakech, Ouarzazate or Casablanca airport, Zagora Bus Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 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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Volunteer in a Buddhist monastery
Naung Shwe, Shan, Myanmar       December 26, 2017 – January 8, 2018

Volunteer project: Volunteer help is needed in a youth development centre in a Buddhist monastery in Naung Shwe township. There are over 1000 students of diverse ethnic groups: Paoh, Lesu, Kayan, Kayah, InnThar, Danu, Shan and Taung Yoe who come from different villages. They live in the dormitory of the monastery and attend government high school near the monastery.

The volunteers will participate in the activities of the monastery and help the local community. They will be teaching English and other social classes, working in the farm and helping with construction tasks. The volunteers will be also playing with kids from the kindergarten, and cleaning and cooking for the students together with local volunteers from the monastery.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a Buddhist monastery. The monastery also provides locally cooked fresh food for the volunteers.

Location: The project takes place in Phaya Taung village in Naung Shwe township in Shan State near to Kayah State. The area is 2000 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains and lakes. This is a predominantly agricultural region, very peaceful and calm. The mode of transportation between villages is mainly by boat.

Terminal: Yangon

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 USD
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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Forestry and gardening in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði, Iceland       December 27, 2017 - January 8, 2018

Volunteer project: Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses! The name Hveragerði means "hot springs garden". Geothermal energy is Hveragerði’s lifeblood and you probably won’t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely "Steam Valley" behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.

Our host is the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic, which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland. Every year, approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients’ own health. The Clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care for patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland.

The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where the international volunteers work most of the time. The volunteers will help with growing tomatoes, cucumbers and making tea from Icelandic herbs. They will also do some environmental work around the property. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. The working hours are usually from 9am to 3pm with one hour lunch break.

Language: English

Leisure time: The 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. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur.
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, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double bedrooms and a living room. Beds are provided, however volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.
All meals are provided and cooked by our hosts, the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic. The menu for the project is primarily vegetarian, but two times a week it includes locally caught fish. The food at the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic is known throughout Iceland for its high quality.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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New Year's Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland       December 27, 2017 - January 5, 2018

Volunteer project: Celebrate the New Year in a vibrant city with new friends from around the world! Watch the large firework display illuminate the sky, celebrate around a bonfire and party into the night!

This is the tenth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized. Throughout the year, volunteers from all over the world come to Iceland for an intensive Photo marathon project. The coordinators work with the participants to develop their unique photographic voice through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.

When the workshop ends, we select some of our best pictures from the stay and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition in a local independent cinema.

Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible. Volunteers should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.

Please note that this project is more of a learning/sharing camp and not a regular workcamp. We may be able to organize some voluntary service activities. Apart from working on the photography tasks, participants may join​ the festive atmosphere during​ Christmas​ and​ New​ Years​ time.

The project combines learning, sharing, exploring Reykjavík and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about their own culture with the group of international participants.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Golden Circle, South Shore, Aurora Borealis/Northern lights or Reykjanes) can be arranged at discount fares.
With the Christmas and New Years’ season well under way it is the perfect opportunity to see the festive decorations and lights of Reykjavik. There are loads of events to get involved like ice skating and locating The Christmas Creatures.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euros
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last​ day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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New Year's Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik, Iceland       December 27, 2017 - January 4, 2018

Volunteer project: Celebrate the New Year in a vibrant city with new friends from around the world! Watch the large firework display illuminate the sky, celebrate around a bonfire and party into the night!

This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice as well. If you are concerned, for example, about climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions and other environmental topics, then this project is the one for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed. The over 2 million visitors coming to Iceland every year leave a mark on the country. This project will help you to be an environmentally aware traveller and consumer.

The main focus of this project is to learn about different aspects of environmental issues through a selection of workshops whereby a deeper understanding of issues can be studied and discussed. Topics can include issues like animal farming, food waste, and sustainable practices such as collaborative consumption and veganism.

Volunteers also get the chance to visit local projects focused on the environment, such as a visit to a local recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained.

The participants may also get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. In most cases, the project includes a day or two of voluntary service but in some cases it will not be possible, as the weather does not always allow activities to take place outdoors.

Apart from working on the photography tasks, participants may join​ the festive atmosphere during​ Christmas​ and​ New​ Years​ time.

This is a project that combines learning, sharing, exploring Reykjavik and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about environmental issues in their home country with the group.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights, Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares. Typical local leisure activities will also be offered (cinema and the flea market).

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal and hydro power.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”, but there is so much more than pubs and clubs, it also gathers the most interesting aspects of Icelandic culture.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.
The Reykjanes peninsula features the Blue Lagoon spa, the treasure of Icelandic hot pots. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients –Silica, Algae & Minerals. It is one of the most visited places on the island.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last​ day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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