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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       9 projects of 2 wks from April to October

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 10th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2016. The garden's main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.

The volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff tending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to these events. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out at a short notice.
The work starts early every weekday; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm, except on Friday when work finishes at 12:00pm as part of an ongoing research into shortening the working week. Volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon. No previous experience is necessary.

Language: English

Leisure time: Participants in this project will have a free pass to access one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated within walking distance from the accommodation. Excursions (South Shore, Hot River hike, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting in the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms/dorms 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 such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people. 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. Visitors experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital, whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
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: 20 and over; 30 and over for the project from July 19; 40 and over for the project from August 3;

Extra fee: 250 Euro for the projects until June 6; 300 Euro for the projects from June 7 and September 20; 350 Euro for the projects from July 5, July 19, August 3 and August 16;
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the project site (on the first and last day of the project), and the Golden Circle 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:
April 19 - May 2, 2020
May 10 - May 23, 2020
May 24 - June 6, 2020
June 7 - June 20, 2020
July 5 - July 18, 2020
July 19 - August 1, 2020
August 3 - August 15, 2020
August 16 - August 29, 2020
September 20 - October 3, 2020

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