About the local hosting organization
Veraldarvinir – Worldwide Friends (WF Iceland) was founded in 2001 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization promoting peace, friendship and international understanding.
We host short-term voluntary work camps, mid and long-term voluntary projects (3-8 months), seminars (suitable for both young people and adults), youth exchanges, educational programmes and campaigns in Iceland. We also send abroad Icelandic volunteers who wish to have similar experiences. We are active in the Erasmus+ program.
Mission: Promoting inter-cultural learning, exchange and awareness. Preserving Icelandic nature and raising awareness about environmental issues. Promoting voluntary work and a culture of volunteering.
Please visit our website for more information: http://wf.is/
About the volunteer work
This projet brings youth workers together to discuss the situation of refugees in Europe.
Developing a better understanding of the refugees arriving to Europe today and learning how to respect and support them during integration. Now, the refugee crisis a very sensitive subject among people, which is why we need to reconsider our way of thinking and assess various solutions for dealing with issues related to refugees. This as an excellent opportunity for authorities to make a positive impact on the economy in the long run, instead of treating it as a problem. Naturally, we will not be able to change Europe during this training, however, we hope to have an impact on the participants and members of the organizations involved. Communicating and understanding are the first steps towards practical solutions. We are all born into this world as equals and we should remain equals throughout our lives.
The seminar will take place in the WF house in Stodvarfjordur. The address is Fjarðarbraut 54, 755 Fjarðabyggð. Beds and sheets will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. All houses have internet connection. The house is fully equipped.
Special info about the food
The cooking team will take care of the food You should send us information about special diet or allergies. There will be a cultural night so please bring some food, beverages and snacks from your country.
About the project location
Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbor’s mean picture-postcard fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views. “Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.
About the leisure activities possible
Worldwide Friends has free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Fjarðabyggð. 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. We will also go hiking and explore the villages in the community.
It is necessary for each group to analyze the situation of refugees in their countries and bring a short report to the seminar.
Language requirement: Basic English
About the meeting point
Pickup at BSI bus station in Reykjavik on a request. Reykjavik city Hall Tjarnargata 11, 101 Reykjavik 03.06.2017 at 08.30 am