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WF MTV – 07 C ISLANDIA Brú, in the Northeast of Iceland RENO 27/08/2020 19/11/2020

Duration: 12 weeks
Location: Brú, in the Northeast of Iceland. Worldwide Friends Iceland is opening a center of environmental and sustainability near to the crossroads to the West, South and North of Iceland. The center of the municipality “Vestra” is in the area of Hrutafjordur which is a 36 km long fjord in Hunathing. In the neighborhood you can find a lot of pure and unspoiled nature, beaches full of drifted wood, Snæfellsnes peninsula, glaciers in the highlands, waterfalls, strong rivers, canyons and craters. The purpose of the center is to protect the nature in the area and to raise the awareness of sustainability among the locals and the visitors which are coming to the area.
The house is more than 1.000 m² and has 16 double rooms, two kitchens, several bathrooms and common areas, rooms for workshops and galleries. It has its own generator to produce electricity for heating and daily use. The condition of the generator is poor now and need to be fixed but we can also connect to the lines of the National power company in the meanwhile.
Short description of the project/projects: The volunteer will work under the supervision of the director of the organization and a professional carpenter. The main tasks are to maintain and renovate the houses that WF is using for the volunteers. The houses are located in different areas of the island.
In the beginning of their stay, they will receive qualified training from the organization’s members. This training will capacitate them to perform the projects´ activities, which vary between cleaning beaches, planting trees and different kinds of environmental-related tasks to taking care of environmental awareness campaigns. At the same time, they will receive guidance in how to plan, organize and lead the projects, including topics as group management, conflict resolution, bookkeeping, development, leader roles, intercultural cooperation, motivation, etc. They will also receive practical information about planning a project, spare time activities, first aid, etc.
In the end of each camp the project coordinator will be expected to produce an evaluation of the projects and their results. Also, the workcamp leaders will have a mid-term evaluation either with the project manager or the director of Worldwide Friends Iceland.
Activities: Our primary activity is organizing environmental-related projects where people come from different countries performing voluntary work. In organizing them, much emphasis has been put on making sure the volunteers see that their work is important, they help a community in need, or they work for the protection of the environment. In the meantime, they themselves form a community and get in close contact with locals as well as with other participants of the project from different cultures and nationalities. They find out about each other's habits and ways of life, also getting an insight of the area’s problems and its inhabitants.
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Profile of the organization: Veraldarvinir, Worldwide Friends (WF), was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organization promoting nature and peace-oriented activities for volunteers wanting to spend some time in Iceland. We also send local volunteers intending to have similar experiences abroad. WF aims at promoting active participation of people and their mobility, intercultural learning and voluntary service, through non-formal educational activities. The main activities offered are workcamps, seminars, local events and exchange programs suitable both for young people and adults. WF is a non-profit organization with international scope. Accommodation and Food: During the workcamps the leaders will share a dormitory with several other volunteers in a house offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Food is provided, 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 favorite recipes from home! There is internet connection available in all houses. Between the projects the leaders will share apartment in Stodvarfjörður a small village in Fjarðabyggd.
Salary per month: No salaries or pocket money are paid.
Further support from the organization:
Provides accommodation: Yes, an own sleeping bag is needed.
Food is provided: Yes
Local travels: You will have the opportunity to travel all around Iceland free of charge with the scheduled minibus trips and excursions organized by WF Iceland.
Int. travels: Not paid
Insurance: not provided. You have to get a health and accident insurance for your stay in Iceland.
Desired Profile: 22+ years old. Course of studies: Please note!!!! This project is only open for participants with experience or education related to renovation, architecture, engineering or other studies related to the topic of the project.
Linguistic skills: Spoken and written English skills are needed. Other languages are an advantage.
Skills and competencies: Our long-term volunteers have to be positive and highly motivated to participate in group activities. Ability to organize on her/his own initiative. Time-management skills and ability to work under time pressure during high peaks of the season.