About the local hosting organizationSolheimar Eco-Village, founded in 1930, is the first community in the world where the so-called able and disabled people live and work together. Inspired by the theories of Rudolf Steiner, Solheimar has focused on cultivating both the individual and the environment and it is the first community in Scandinavia to practice organic farming. Today, Solheimar (the home of the sun) is a charming village of about 130 inhabitants, renowned for its international, artistic and ecological atmosphere, which prides itself on its varied cultural, social and sporting activities. The village is only a one-hour drive from Reykjavik. The volunteers have free access to the swimming pool and the gym. For additional information, visit: www.solheimar.is.
About the volunteer workWe will mostly work in the Elur Forestry Centre (the only organic reforestation centre in Iceland) and in the Sunna Organic Cultivation Centre. During our stay, other tasks may arise depending on the needs of the community. The work in Elur, and in the village as well, will mostly consist in building paths and planting trees in Southern Iceland Farm Forest. In Sunna we will be planting vegetables, eradicating weeds and other gardening work.
Local accommodationThe volunteers will very cosy house in the village. Beds and sheets will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bags and towels. The food will be supplied for the duration of the work camp and everyone is expected to do his/her fair share of the cooking/cleaning. It would be nice to try new and different dishes, so please remember to bring along recipes and specialities from your own countries. There is a free WI-Fi in the house.
About the project locationWorldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in the village. 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.WF Iceland will organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland can offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.
RequirementsA clean criminal record is required
Extra info about the projectOne of he best voluntary projects that Iceland can offer