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Photography, environment and Aurora hunting in Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland       8 projects of 10 days from January to April

Volunteer project: In this project, participants can learn about and share their love for photography and global and local environmental issues. If you love taking photographs or want to learn/develop your photography skills and are also interested in topics such as climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions, then this project is for you!

While developing your artistic and technical photography skills, you will also be focusing on different current environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops, discussions, and visits facilitated by the project coordinators. One of our aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers and travellers!

You will also have time to put the theory into practice, and walk around and visually explore the city. At the end of the project, a selection of the best photographs is made for an informal group exhibition at a local public venue in the city. Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses, tripods and laptops if possible. Participants should be ready to walk around the city for different activities and visits.

We may also get the chance to visit local projects focused on the environment and conservation, which can include hands-on volunteering activities or guided visits. Some examples include coastal and outdoors cleaning actions, a visit to a recycling centre, a geothermal power plant, a museum or exhibition, or a community dinner at a local NGO. These, however, are dependent on the availability of our partners and the weather conditions at the time.

Please note that this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a standard workcamp. Everybody is expected to contribute their own knowledge and experience. Participants should also take advantage of the opportunity to share something about their own culture and country, such as food, music, games or films, with the international group.

The program combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland and its culture, having fun while exploring the capital city and some stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle excursion or other visits which are part of the project.

In this project, we will organize a Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop in the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavík. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We cannot guarantee you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions but we will in any case organize the Night photography workshop.

Language: English

Leisure time: Other excursions (e.g. South shore, Hot River Hike, Reykjanes and/or Snæfellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The group will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with showers, kitchen, washing machine, and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants 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. 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

The Dark Music Days Festival (January 25 - February 1) is an annual festival of contemporary and new music, which takes place during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter. Please note that tickets are not provided.

The Winter Lights Festival will take place from February 6 to 19. Darkness will be illuminated by light shows and a lot of events take place around the city. Usually there is also the Museums and the Pool night. Most events are free of charge.

The Design March (March 25-29), which is Iceland’s most important annual design festival, transforms the most northerly capital in the world into one big venue for design. Please note that tickets are not provided.

The Children’s and Youth Culture festival will take place from April 21 to 26. It is a week-long arts and culture festival dedicated to children and youth. There will be activities including theatre workshops, circus, visual arts, storytelling, music, film, puppetry and dance.
The music festival Sónar is likely to take place from April 25 to 27. Sónar is an experiment in how music can reach those who truly seek it by those performing it and seeing that it is not the largest stage or the biggest crowd that matters but also about the relationship that forms and the memories for all. Please note that tickets arenot provided for the festivals but some of the events are free of charge.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 380 Euro for the projects till April 3; 400 Euro for the projects after April 8;
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site on the first day, the Golden Circle excursion with a visit to a Geothermal Power plant, as well as the Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 21 - January 30, 2020
February 3 - February 12, 2020
February 17 - February 26, 2020
March 2 - March 11, 2020
March 13 - March 22, 2020
March 25 - April 3, 2020
April 8 - April 17, 2020
April 20 - April 29, 2020

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Hrutafjordur & Raufarhöfn, Iceland       7 projects of 10 days from February to June


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 magazine. This is a great opportunity to get to know Reykjavik and the area around it in a different way. 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. The volunteers will also document the work in other projects running at the same time with a photo reportage. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it.

We will give a special focus on global warming during the project and the volunteers will have workshops about climate change. The issue of global warming is well known all over the world. The humanity must act in a more environmentally friendly way. The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects’ participants. Within the project we will learn about green energy, sustainable households, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!

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.

Special requirements: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in journalism and/or photography are welcome to join this project. You should bring your camera and your laptop with you.

Language: English

Leisure time: 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.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in volunteer houses in different parts of the island. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags, but beds/mattresses and bed sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: This project takes place in the West and the North of Iceland, so the participants will get the opportunity to go around during the camp. In the period from January to the end of April you will probably be able to discover the Aurora Borealis during the project.

In the West, you will visit the center for environment and sustainability. It is located in the area of Hrutafjordur which is a 36 km long fjord in Húnaþingi vestra. In the neighbourhood you can find a lot of pure and unspoiled nature, beaches full of driftwood, Snæfellsnes peninsula, glaciers in the highlands, waterfalls, strong rivers, canyons and craters. The purpose of the centre is to protect the nature and to raise the awareness of sustainability among the locals and the visitors who are coming to the area.

In the North, we stay in the village of Raufarhöfn. This community lies farthest north in Iceland. It is in the eastern part of Melrakkasletta close to the Arctic Circle. The population of Raufarhöfn is about 200 and most of the people there earn their living from fishing and fish processing. The harbour is very beautiful and partly shaped by nature itself. A wide and untouched open area surrounds the village with a lot of birds and varied vegetation.

Please note that the schedule for the project will be flexible and made according to the weather forecast and road conditions with a short notice.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 450 Euro
The fee includes all trips around the ring road of Iceland.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
February 14 - February 24, 2020
March 6 - March 16, 2020
March 22 - April 1, 2020
April 7 - April 17, 2020
May 1 - May 11, 2020
May 21 - May 31, 2020
June 20 - June 30, 2020

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Organic gardening in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       7 projects of 1 week from February to June


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), 20 minutes 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:
February 17 - February 24, 2020
March 2 - March 9, 2020
March 16 - March 23, 2020
March 30 - April 6, 2020
April 29 - May 6, 2020
May 25 - June 1, 2020
June 22 - June 29, 2020

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Help prepare meals for the poor in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       6 projects of 1 week from February to June

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), 20 minutes 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:
February 24 - March 2, 2020
March 9 - March 16, 2020
March 23 - March 30, 2020
April 13 - April 20, 2020
May 11 - May 18, 2020
June 8 - June 15, 2020

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Coastline cleanup on the island of Videy
Viðey, Iceland       2 projects of 10 days in May and September


Volunteer project: The city of Reykjavík will once again be our host for this project and the international volunteers will have the opportunity to work on the historical island of Viðey for the 14th year in a row!

Viðey is a popular destination during the summer among Icelandic and foreign visitors. Volunteers will beautify the surroundings by cleaning up the area, especially along the coastline, hand-picking garbage or collecting trash blown by the wind or brought by the sea to the shores and the surroundings. Volunteers may carry out some gardening activities as well and possibly make and maintain walking paths. Well maintained paths enable people to visit the area without damaging it and this important work also helps improve visitors' safety. Depending on the advance of the project, volunteers may have other possible tasks such as checking up and repairing garden furniture.
The working day normally runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm with breaks for lunch and coffee; however, please be prepared for some flexibility due to the nature of Iceland's changeable weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free rides on the boat/ferry to the city of Reykjavík during their free time. Other excursions (South Shore, Hot River hike, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be organised at discount fares for the group.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a local house on Viðey island, in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house has an equipped kitchen.

Location: Viðey or “Wood Island” is the largest (1,7 km²) island in the Kollafjord Bay, just outside Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. The island is covered by many species of plants and at least 30 species of breeding birds have been counted here. Viðey was inhabited from soon after the settlement of Iceland in the 10th century and at the beginning of the 20th century around 100 people lived there. Today the island is uninhabited.

There is a regular boat connection between the island and the harbour of Reykjavík. The island is only a few hundred meters away from the city and the trip takes just about 10 minutes. This makes Viðey so special, it is a peaceful place, very close to the busy city life of the capital. There are hiking and cycling paths around the island and there is no motor traffic allowed. It also hosts intriguing sculptural artwork, amongst them all nine pairs of basalt pillars that comprise Richard’s Serra’s work Áfangar and Yoko Ono’s “Imagine peace” column, a tower of light, which is supported by the widow of John Lennon. Other places of interest on Viðey are related to archaeological research. At the eastern end of the island is the site of an abandoned fishing village and Viðeyjarnaust, at the southwest of the island, is a memorial to the twenty men who lost their lives when the cutter Ingvar sank off Viðey in 1906. Dramatic formations of columnar basalt may be seen on the shore.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the project in May; 380 Euro for the project in September;
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the project site (on the first day of the project), the Golden Circle excursion and a whale watching trip.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 12 - May 21, 2020
September 15 - September 24, 2020

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Care and support for children in the National pediatric hospital in San Jose
San Jose, Costa Rica       1 - 3 weeks

Volunteer project: The Hospital de Niños is the most important institution for children’s health care in Costa Rica. Its staff is constituted by the most experienced pediatricians and surgeons specialized on children. As a consequence, the hospital receives babies, children and teenagers from all over the country and from all social backgrounds.

The volunteering opportunities at the hospital are arranged with an association of women who give love, support and care to children in recovery process from surgeries or treatment and who collaborate with some other general activities in the hospital.

Volunteers' main tasks in the hospital will be:
• to accompany bedridden children,
• to play with the children in the playground area,
• to help in some other areas of the hospital such as the laundry,
• to assist in specific activities assigned by the hospital staff in accordance with the volunteer’s specific skills.

Special requirements:
- This project only accepts female volunteers
- To have a basic Spanish level.

Arrival and orientation: All participants in the program have an orientation meeting in San José before starting the project. The orientation helps you get an insight into local culture and prepares you for a positive experience in Costa Rica.
Please arrive in San José on Sunday or Monday. Volunteer placements start on Wednesday only.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1-3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Accommodation: Volunteers live with a local host family near to the project site.

Location: San José

Terminal: San José

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 345 USD for 1 week; 420 USD for 2 weeks; 495 USD for 3 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.

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Sustainable agriculture program
Kundapur, Karnataka, India       1 - 4 weeks

Volunteer project: The Sustainable agriculture program takes place in Kundapur, in the lush green, rural area of coastal Karnataka, which is home to breathtaking fauna and flora. The project base is surrounded by coconut and mango trees, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The program was initiated with a vision to evolve a model of sustainable agriculture and livelihood by involving and integrating different farming systems for efficient use of conservation and management of natural resources. The program is implemented across a 6.5 acres of farm land.

Depending on the season, volunteers will be engaged in any of the following activities:
• Maintenance of the natural landscape - soil and water conservation, live hedge fencing, fruit and forestry plantation
• Activities in the natural surroundings, planning a local food festival, forest-crop cultivation, composting, kitchen garden, medicinal plants cultivation, nursery management
• Sharing volunteers' interests and experience with farmers, so they can plan how to implement those skills and experience into the daily farm life
• Documentation of local traditional practices

Depending on the duration of the program, you will also be involved in activities with children in the local schools, i.e. teaching environmental protection through creative learning methods like art, games, etc. House visits and meetings with local people will be organized as part of the intercultural learning and you will witness and participate in cultural programs with the local community.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural and religious sites, family visits as part of the inter-cultural learning and participation in cultural programs with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the local training center, in shared rooms.

Location: Kundapur is a coastal town in Udupi district, Karnataka state in South India. Kundapur is located at the Arabian sea coast, 440 km north west of Bangalore, 91 km north of Mangalore and 35 km from Udupi. The nearest international airports are Bangalore and Mangalore. Kundapur can also be reached from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mangalore and Kerala by train/bus.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 6,200 Indian Rupees (about $87 US) for 1 week; 11,550 Indian Rupees (about $162 US) for 2 weeks; 13,860 Indian Rupees (about $195 US) for 3 weeks; 16,940 Indian Rupees (about $240 US) for 4 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.

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