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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Christmas and New Year's camp for children
Adeta, Kpele, Togo       December 14, 2019 - January 6, 2020

Volunteer project: The objective of the project is to help children learn about other people, cultures and lifestyles, as well as to rejoice during the New Year celebrations and offer them a chance to express themselves in new ways. Tutoring sessions will be organized to allow students who need it to catch up. So the children will have a fun and useful holiday over Christmas and New Years.

Volunteer tasks:
- Supervising the children in various activities and organizing a program of games, arts and crafts activities, sketches;
- School support;
- Organizing a day of activities for the children for the end of year celebrations.

Leisure time:
- Tourist sites to visit: The Kpimé Falls, the Danyi Plateau (visit to the Monastery of Dzogbegan and its circular wooden chapel), Mt Kloto (where it is possible to get a glimpse of Lake Volta in Ghana), the village of Kuma Konda and the château Viale, Mt Agou (the highest summit in Togo).
Possibility to discover also Northern Togo (the large towns like Atakpamé, Sokodé and Kara, the Aledjo Fault (where the road passes through the rock), the region of Tamberma, the Niamtougou falls…) and the Nangbeto Dam;
- Artisanal activities, learning the techniques of batik and sculpture;
- Cultural activities, percussion (Djembé) and dancing around the fire;
- Day with an African family: a day of immersion in the life of an African family organized around the following: animism, installation of a chief in place, traditional marriage, a day in the field.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in dormitories at the project site.

Location: Kpélé – Adéta is a town of around 15 000 inhabitants. The offices of the Prefecture Kpélé are established here. It is situated on the crossroads Kpalimé – Atakpamé, Notsé – Danyi. There is a Post Office, a police station, and a medical – social center. The nearest hospital is the American Baptist hospital, some 4 kms from Adéta.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 230 Euro
Airport pickup and transport to the project site 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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Mangrove conservation and development of coastal fishing villages
Kampot, Cambodia       December 16 - December 29, 2019

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will support a fishing community to protect, preserve and plant more mangrove forests, and improve the income generation opportunities for local fishermen. International volunteers have been nursing and planting more than 50,000 mangroves every year. The presence of volunteers has also enabled the community to become a very attractive eco-tourism site since 2014. It attracts thousands of tourists every year, so besides earning from fishing, local people are now also providing services for tourists to generate more income.

The project welcomes individuals who are passionate about the environment and hands-on conservation work. Volunteers will be working as active promoters of environmental and sea life preservation, and enjoying the natural environment at the same time.

Volunteers' main task will be picking mangrove seeds, seedling, planting, and supporting community activities such as building, community cleaning campaigns, and organizing workshops about trash management for local people.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers can enjoy visiting different places in Kampot province in their free days. There are many tourist attractions in Kampot province, among which Kep, Bokor national park, Rabit island, and more.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a shared bungalow in the community.

Location: Kampot province

Terminal: Phnom Penh International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 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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Teaching English and renovating a school in Kampong Speu
Kampong Speu, Cambodia       December 16 - December 29, 2019

Volunteer project: The project will support a village school in a remote community in Kampong Speu Province. Children in the community do not have easy access to language classes, computer classes and a library. Volunteers have been helping in the school since 2015 to promote education among children by providing free language courses, renovating school facilities, and helping to create better school environment for the children by painting, gardening and other activities.

The volunteers will be involved in different activities including community mapping, teaching English to primary school students, and participating in construction, gardening, painting, and other activities proposed by the project coordinator.

Language: English

Leisure time: Kampong Speu province is rich of natural tourist attraction sites like the Kirirom national park. Volunteers can also spend their weekend on the very beautiful beach in Preah Sihanouk Ville.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a volunteer house provided by the local community.

Location: Kampong Speu Province

Terminal: Phnom Penh International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 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 fence for the school in Siru Bari
Siru Bari, Lamjung, Nepal       December 20, 2019 - January 3, 2020

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.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay with a local family. You will experience their huge hospitality, friendliness and generosity, and you'll notice easily 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. This is the staple diet of the Nepalese and most people eat it every day.

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 the capital 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: 225 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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Artistic volunteer project
Adeta, Kpele, Togo       December 20, 2019 - January 13, 2020

Volunteer project: The objective of this project is to initiate and reinforce the capacities of volunteers wishing to be trained in the field of art. They will work together with trainers, artists and local volunteers in the various activities planned. This project is also an opportunity to support local women and help them unleash their entrepreneurial spirit.

Project activities:
• Learning the art of Batik;
• Painting (decorative pictures, canvases);
• Calabash engraving;
• Wood carving;
• Learning traditional pottery techniques;
• Making pots, jars, plates and others;
• Helping children make small gifts for sale;
• Making traditional bead and terracotta necklaces.
The volunteers will also spend a day in a pottery village and meet other artists. At the end of the project, they will exhibit and sell their artwork. The funds collected will be used to support children, environmental and sanitation projects.

Leisure time:
- Tourist sites to visit: The Kpimé Falls, the Danyi Plateau (visit to the Monastery of Dzogbegan and its circular wooden chapel), Mt Kloto (where it is possible to get a glimpse of Lake Volta in Ghana), the village of Kuma Konda and the château Viale, Mt Agou (the highest summit in Togo).
Possibility to discover also Northern Togo (the large towns like Atakpamé, Sokodé and Kara, the Aledjo Fault (where the road passes through the rock), the region of Tamberma, the Niamtougou falls…) and the Nangbeto Dam;
- Artisanal activities, learning the techniques of batik and sculpture;
- Cultural activities, percussion (Djembé) and dancing around the fire;
- Day with an African family: a day of immersion in the life of an African family organized around the following: animism, installation of a chief in place, traditional marriage, a day in the field.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be housed in a logde. Each volunteer will have a bed with mattress.

Location: Kpélé – Adéta is a town of around 15 000 inhabitants. The offices of the Prefecture Kpélé are established here. It is situated on the crossroads Kpalimé – Atakpamé, Notsé – Danyi. There is a Post Office, a police station, and a medical – social center. The nearest hospital is the American Baptist hospital, some 4 kms from Adéta.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 230 Euro
Airport pickup and transport to the project site 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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Care and support for abandoned children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam      December 23, 2019 - January 4, 2020


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 100 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 100 children live in the orphanage; their ages ranging from 5 days old to 20 years old. 60 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: 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), 20 minutes 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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Help prepare meals for the poor in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       December 23 - December 30, 2019

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.

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Help a village with farming and education
Ywar Ngan, Shan, Myanmar       December 25, 2019 - January 7, 2020

Volunteer project: Before the beginning of the international volunteer projects in these villages, the local people had very little or no contact at all with foreigners. The local young people need to improve their knowledge on globalization, English proficiency and cultural exchange. There’s also a need to educate the communities about agriculture and environmental awareness.

The volunteers will take part in the life of a village by helping the community in their field work. There will be various farming tasks such as planting, paddy harvesting, picking fruit and coffee, digging, etc. The volunteers will also teach children and share knowledge with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: Homestay in a house in the village.

Location: The area is peaceful and calm, with mountains, farms and rice fields around. In Shan State, there are ancient caves, waterfalls and ancient pagodas nearby.

Terminal: Yangon

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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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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New Year in the Desert
Zagora, Morocco       December 26, 2019 - January 2, 2020

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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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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Organic gardening in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       December 30, 2019 - January 6, 2020


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.

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