Hosted by World Friends, this volunteer project focuses on improving local communities through education on global warming and sustainable practices. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING ON THIS PROJECT? 

The host for this project is a non-profit organisation called the NLFI Rehabilitation and Health Clinic, which is 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 of patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland. This ongoing camp is the most popular camp organised by World Friends. 

You will be helping with growing tomatoes, cucumbers and making tea made out of fresh Icelandic herbs. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. You should bring clothes appropriate for outdoor work, but also lighter clothes for working inside warm greenhouses. There is a special focus on global warming during the camp and the volunteers will have workshops about the climate crisis.  The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects participants. Within the project we will learn about green energy, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and more. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Hverageroi is a small town that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavik. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field, which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruits, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. The name Hverageroi means hot springs garden. Geothermal energy is Hverageroi's lifeblood, and you probably won't find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. 

You will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow with a number of single and double bedrooms, as well as a communal living room. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or duvet, but beds and sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Food is included for the duration of the project, 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, we encourage you to bring along your favourite recipes from home. 

WHAT ABOUT LEISURE TIME? 

You will be working on your volunteer project on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and volunteers will have a one-hour lunch break.

You will have free access to the local geothermally heated swimming pool. Hverageroi is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur. World Friends will also 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 glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.

Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, it 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 with other volunteers. This project 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.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS? 

  • This project has an additional fee of 350 EUROS. This is used to cover food, accommodation, materials and local transport during the project. The fee must be paid on arrival. 
  • The project language is English 
  • You must be 18+ to take part in this project

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