About the local hosting organizationScoured 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 harbours depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful views. Fjaroabyggo is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes 7 towns called Eskifjorour, Faskruosfjorour, Mjoifjorour, Neskaupstaour, Reyoarfjorour and Stoovarfjorour, 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. The camp will take place in the village of Stodvarfjordur.
About the volunteer workThere is two different types of work involved ienvironmental tasks and different workshops related to art and sustainability. Volunteers will do environmental work for the local community, for example, cleaning the coastline, planting trees, weeding, taking down old fences and fixing hiking paths.The workshops in the centre include permaculture, aquaponics, growing herbs in an earth sheltered greenhouse (a walipini) and growing vegetables in the big garden of the centre. We will also focus on topics, such as food waste , recycling and renewable energy .The art workshops are all about creating pieces of art out of natural and/or recycled materials. The area in the east has variety of colourful stones, which we will use in our artwork. Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we have to be flexible. Working hours are about 6i7 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Local accommodationVolunteers will be staying in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds are provided, however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home
About the project locationOur volunteers have free access to the geothermally-heated swimming pools in the area (please note that Stoovarfjorour Swimming Pool is open from May 15th to September 15th and closed over winter). WF Iceland will also organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to 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.The area in the east is also good for hiking, so please bring your hiking shoes.We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre i the form of introduction is up to you Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers. This workcamp gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.
Extra info about the projectStudy theme is Sustainable living