Volunteering at Christmas

Christmas and New Year in the House on the Hill
Reykjavik, Iceland       December 23, 2019 - January 2, 2020

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. Although the House on the Hill is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, the city centre is reachable by public transport (30-minute bus ride). 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 each other and, if weather is good enough, we will sing on 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.

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

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 330,000 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. It 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.

At this time of 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: 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 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.

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New Year's photography and environment workshop
Reykjavik, Iceland       December 26, 2019 - January 4, 2020

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

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 or Reykjanes 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.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
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.

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Forestry and gardening in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði, Iceland       December 27, 2019 - January 6, 2020

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. Working hours are usually from 9am to 3pm with a 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 can 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 will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several single and/or double bedrooms and a living room. Beds and sheets are provided, however volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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 Hveragerdi 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.

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