Volunteering that fits your busy schedule


Making dreams come true for disadvantaged children
Yeni Sakran, Izmir, Turkey       3 projects of 1 week from June to August


Volunteer project: “Children's dreams come true” is the motto of this special project, designed for disadvantaged children. The volunteers will be counseling a group of children aged between 10-14 years old, leading different activities for them, swimming being one of the main ones. You will share the responsibilities of the leading team to take care of a group of kids from the beginning till the end of the camp, including field trips and all kinds of activities.

Please, note that you will be dealing with the kids through the given & intensive program all day long. You will spend most of your time with the kids in the camp area with a limited private life. Thus contact with the locals is very limited; however, you will have contact with the people working in the campsite. Volunteers may have fun together only after the kids go to bed and the team covers the daily late staff meeting in the camp. Leaving the camp area is not allowed due to unexpected emergency cases. Teamwork is essential.

We are looking for communicative, talkative, active volunteers who are at least 20 years old with some skills in teaching basic English, sports (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, chess), arts & crafts, music, dance, drama, in & outdoor group games. Ability to swim is essential and ability to teach swimming is preferable.

Special requirements: A motivation letter with a pass size photo and Skype ID should complete your application.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the Youth Centre, in 2-3 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. The counselors will eat together with the group of children they are responsible for.

Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, in the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir Airport

Age range: 20 and over

All available dates for this project:
June 12 - June 19, 2020
July 21 - July 28, 2020
August 7 - August 14, 2020

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Hrutafjordur & Raufarhöfn, Iceland       2 projects of 10 days in June and November


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 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:
June 20 - June 30, 2020
November 15 - November 24, 2020

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Cleaning the coastline and planting trees in the town of the elves
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland       6 projects of 10 days from June to August

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, which is why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Within the project, we will have educational sessions to learn about green energy, sustainable householding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you must understand the issues and tasks first. In addition to the theoretical part, we are going to practice sustainable work. For example, planting trees is one of the main exercises of the projects. Planting trees is a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air and prevent erosions. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!

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: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
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 20 - June 29, 2020
June 30 - July 9, 2020
July 10 - July 19, 2020
July 20 - July 29, 2020
July 30 - August 8, 2020
August 9 - August 18, 2020

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


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:
June 22 - June 29, 2020
July 27 - August 3, 2020
August 24 - August 31, 2020
September 21 - September 28, 2020
November 8 - November 15, 2020
December 28, 2020 - January 4, 2021
February 1 - February 8, 2021

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Counseling and leading activities for children in a summer camp
Yeni Sakran, Izmir, Turkey       July 3 - July 11, 2020


Volunteer project: A summer camp for children will be organized in a youth center by the seaside. The camp will host Turkish and international teenagers aged 14-16 whose families are financially supporting this holiday. The main theme of this camp will be shooting a short film.

The volunteers will be counseling a group of teens and leading several activities for them. The volunteers will share the responsibilities of the leading team to take care of a group of teens including field trips and all kinds of activities.

Please, note that you will be dealing with the teens through the given and intensive program all day long. You will spend most of your time with them in the camp area with a limited private life. Thus contact with the locals is very limited; however, you will have contact with the people working in the campsite. Volunteers may have fun together only after the kids go to bed and the team covers the daily late staff meeting. Leaving the camp area is not allowed due to unexpected emergency cases. Teamwork is essential.

We are looking for communicative, talkative, active volunteers to organize activities for teens and to assist them during the activities. The teen group will create a short film in the camp with the help of volunteers. Experience in short film making, as well as skills in any sport (like basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, table tennis, chess), arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, in and outdoor group games is preferable.

Special requirements: A motivation letter and Skype ID should complete your application.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the Youth Centre, in 2-3 bedded rooms with toilet and shower. Sleeping bag and mat are not necessary. The counselors will eat together with the group of teens they are responsible for.

Location: Yeni Sakran is by the Aegean Sea, in the west of Turkey. The next city is Izmir.

Terminal: Izmir

Age range: 20 and over

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Forestry and trail improvement in the West
Stálpastaðaskógur, Iceland       2 projects of 7 days in July

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on a project in the beautiful forest Stálpastaðaskógur in the south-west of Iceland, doing nature and environmentally oriented tasks. We have been cooperating with the Icelandic forest service and our groups of volunteers have been helping out for more than 10 years with very good results for the participants, the projects and the Icelandic nature conservation and reforestation efforts.

The main task at hand is maintaining and repairing footpaths within the forest. The volunteers will perform four different types of tasks depending on the project needs at the time: Fixing steps on an old footpath; Cutting tree branches; Removing vegetation from the path; and Putting a new layer of wood chips on the footpath. The main tasks will be to maintain and repair existing hiking paths and build steps/stairs. Other tasks may be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near the trails.

Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing places without damaging the area and this important work also helps to improve safety for visitors. All work is done by hand with wheelbarrows and hand tools. Additional tasks may be cleaning or beautifying the area, like hand-picking garbage or collecting trash blown by the wind in the area and the surroundings.

The working day normally runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm with breaks for lunch and coffee. No previous experience is necessary but the work is demanding and might require a good physical condition. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule as, depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. Volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors on physical jobs and under changeable weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: The project takes place in a remote place, in a natural area of extreme beauty. Outdoor free time activities, for instance hikes or walks in the surroundings, will be arranged for the volunteers.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in an old farmstead owned by the Icelandic Forest Service, which is located approximately 5 km from the forest. The house is the old garage at the farm which has been transformed into a summer house. There are beds for 7 people, a small kitchen, a dining and a living room, a shower. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses provided, but please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: The work will take place in the forest Stálpastaðaskógur which is located about 25 km from Borgarnes and about 3 km from Bifröst. In the area there are many interesting places to visit, the waterfalls Glanni and Barnafossar, hiking trails and Húsafell, a summer house area with a camp site, hot springs, glacier view, golf course and a swimming pool.
West Iceland is famous for its Sagas. Most of the Icelandic Sagas were written in West Iceland. Egils Saga, Sturlunga saga and Laxdæla are all stories of farmers, Vikings and outlaws in year 850-1000. In West Iceland you will also hear a lot of stories of elves and trolls and folk tales. The area is very charming with a lot of history.

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

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 8 - July 15, 2020
July 15 - July 22, 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 wk from July to February

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:
July 13 - July 20, 2020
August 10 - August 17, 2020
September 7 - September 14, 2020
October 12 - October 19, 2020
January 4 - January 11, 2021
January 25 - February 1, 2021

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Elephant conservation in Sumatra
Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia       3 projects of 9 days from July to January

Volunteer project: Currently the conflict between elephants and humans is rising because there's less area for the elephants to live in. Elephants are being squeezed into a smaller area, since the local farmers plant the crops and elephants like to eat them. The elephants frequently raid and destroy the crops which causes a conflict between people and elephants. Due to this reason, the local government and organizations, concerned about the wildlife are working together to save and conserve the elephants and reduce the conflict.

This volunteer project aims to assist the conservation efforts of the Elephant Conservation Centre in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province, Southern Sumatra Island. This is not a safari place, but a sanctuary for the conservation of elephants facing problems of critical decrease in population. The park consists of swamp forest and lowland rainforest, and covers around 1.300 square kilometers. Presently, there are about 60 elephants and 60 mahouts in the conservation center (one mahout is responsible for one elephant).

The volunteers will help local mahouts daily to take care of the elephants including bathing/showering, feeding, health checking and grassing the elephants. One local mahout will be accompanied by one volunteer in doing the daily job.

Study theme: The volunteers will learn about the life of elephants, how local people take care of them and what they do for their conservation.

Leisure time: During free time, the volunteers will have an opportunity to enjoy exciting attractions in Lampung such as a beach, home industry, traditional market and fruit plantation.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the Elephant Conservation Centre, dormitory style accommodation (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed). Food will be provided with catering service. There will be also a homestay in the nearby village.

Location: The project will take place in Lampung, on the southern tip of the island of Sumatra.

Terminal: Radin Inten II Airport (TKG) in Lampung

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 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.

All available dates for this project:
July 20 - July 28, 2020
November 2 - November 10, 2020
January 11 - January 19, 2021

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Help running the most popular Icelandic festival on Westman Islands
Heimaey, Westman Islands, Iceland       July 30 - August 5, 2020

Volunteer project: We are hosting this project for the 14th time and it has been one of the highlights each year. If you want to see the most famous or up-and-coming musicians in Iceland, then this is the project for you.

The Westman Islands consist of a group of fifteen islands which are situated within a short distance off the south coast of Iceland. They are named so because the Nordic settlers in the country called the Irish, after which the islands are named, "westmen" (the men from the west). All the islands were created in submarine volcanic eruptions during a comparatively recent geological time period. The colourful town, the beautiful bird cliffs, the new lava and volcanoes and the landscape in general, give the islands a scenic interest as varied in character as any in the country. Heimaey is the largest and only inhabited island in the group and is Iceland's longest off-shore island with an area of 13.4 km2. Fishing, fish processing and subsidiary trades are the main source of income. Heimaey is sheltered to the north by low mountains and the imposing Heimaklettur cliff teeming with birdlife, which protects the narrow cove at the end of which the harbour lies.

On the first weekend of August, Icelanders celebrate the 1874 grant of Icelandic sovereignty with a huge festival in the town of Heimaey. The celebration takes place in a tent city in Herjolfsdalur, west of the town, over an extended weekend of bonfires, dance and songs, with the most famous bands in Iceland entertaining the guests. This festival is the most popular one in Iceland.

The volunteers will help keep the festival area clean. They will work 4 to 5 hours a day, after which they will have free time to enjoy this amazing festival, which is number one in Iceland when it comes to culture and music.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local swimming pool and free access to all festival activities. Take your hiking shoes so you can discover the great hikes on the island.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a community center in Heimaey, offering basic facilities. Participants are asked to bring their own warm sleeping bags and mats.

Location: Heimaey, Westman Islands

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to Vestmannaeyjar and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion + ferry fee.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Coastline cleanup on the island of Videy
Viðey, Iceland       September 15 - September 24, 2020


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.

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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: Kundapura is at the centre of Karnataka’s coastal belt and has many beautiful beaches. ‘Kunda’ means pillar, referring to the traditional method of constructing houses and ‘pura’ means town. Its traditional cuisine is well known all over India, coconut being an important ingredient of most of its culinary offerings. Kundapura has a laidback atmosphere and has many quaint customs and traditions, which you would find interesting and entertaining.

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
• The beaches in and around Kundapur are home to the Olive Riddley and Green sea turtles. We have been working towards the conservation of sea turtles for more than a decade. Help us to clean up the beaches and create awareness in schools and the local community on the importance of sea turtles. If you are in the right place at the right time, you may even get to see them hatch or help to rehabilitate a wounded turtle.

Leisure activities: An 82-foot statue of Anjaneya, commonly known as Hanuman, the monkey god is worth a visit, as is the Kotilingeshwara temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. Kodi beach, one of the most spectacular in Karnataka is where you can catching amazing sunrises and sunsets. Climb up the winding, spiral staircase to the lantern house to enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean and the town beyond from the lighthouse. Gangoli is situated at the confluence of 5 rivers and the harbour is a busy place where you can interact with the fisherman community. Maravanthe is unique in that the Suparnika river flows on one side of the road, with the beach on the other, the only one of its kind in India.

Kollur Mookambika and Murundeshwara temple where you can view the 2nd largest statue of Shiva, are popular pilgrim spots. Boating on the backwaters of Kundapur, visits to a cashew nut, rubber or tile factory are some interesting ways to spend your free time. You can also visit Indian families to exchange views on your cultures and participate in the cultural programs of the local community. Yakshagana, a form of folk-theatre has been practiced here for the last 400 years. It is a unique blend of musical tradition, eye-catching costumes and authentic styles of dance, improvised gestures and extempore acting which is typical of this region. Do try not to miss this cultural treat.

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: 6,600 Indian Rupees (about $92 US) for 1 week; 13,200 Indian Rupees (about $184 US) for 2 weeks; 15,400 Indian Rupees (about $215 US) for 3 weeks; 18,700 Indian Rupees (about $260 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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