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WF MTV - 02.2 ISLANDIA Raufarhöfn Camp Leader Environmental Educational 27/08/2021 19/11/2021

Iceland: Workcamp leader near to the Arctic WF MTV - 02.2 

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 27/08/2021 - 19/11/2021 

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Camp Leader

Environmental

Educational

 2 volunteers 

 

 

Work

The workcamp leaders will work as a team under the supervision of the project manager of the organization. They will be involved in preparing, organizing, running and evaluating nature-oriented, educational and environmental protection projects in Iceland. Those projects are organized with international volunteers and usually last for 10 – 14 days. In each group there are one or two leaders from the organization. At the end of each camp the project coordinator will be expected to produce an evaluation of the projects and their results. At the beginning of the stay here, they will receive qualified training from the organisation 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, 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. Activities: Our primary activity is organizing environmental-related projects where people coming from different countries perform 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 to the problems of the area and its inhabitants. In this project the leaders will organize and run programs for short term volunteers which will do 5 hours of environmental work during weekdays. The main work is cleaning the coastline in the area and to recycle the plastic that we find in the coast while cleaning. We will also create a workshop where we will recycle the plastic that we find at the coastline. The group will also do some renovation in the property of the Worldwide Friends house For two hours a day from Monday to Thursday we will give a special focus on global warming and the volunteers will have workshops about climate changes. The issue of global warming is well known all over the world. The humanity must act in a more environmentally friendly way. 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, sustainable householding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. In addition to the theoretical part, we are going to practice sustainable work. For example, planting trees is one of the main exercises of the camps. Planting trees becomes a very useful action against climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air and prevent erosions. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!

Accomodation and food

During the workcamps the leaders will share a double and quadruple rooms in a house offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Food is provided and 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.

Location and leisure

The village of Raufarhöfn is the community that lies farthest north in Iceland. It is located in the eastern part of Melrakkasletta close to the Arctic Circle. The population of Raufarhöfn is about 200 and most of the people there earn their living from fishing and fish processing. The harbor is very beautiful and partly shaped by nature itself. A wide and untouched open area surrounds the village with a lot of birds and varied vegetation. In summer one will observe wild migratory birds within the village being a part of the village life with the villagers most often waking up in the morning to the songs of birds. The coastline with its inlets and creeks is filled with driftwood and reaches out into the Arctic Sea. Away and on the surface of the sea various sea-birds will be spotted and an occasional seal. On the beach waders strut and inland on the grassy moorlands there are dozens of lakes filled with trout. In the vicinity many species of ducks, waders and species that favor heaths and moorlands may be observed.

Project hosted by

Worldwide Friends Iceland (WF) was founded in 2001 as a non-governmental, non-profit organisation promoting nature and peace-oriented activities among people interested in spending time in Iceland as volunteers. WF also sends Icelanders abroad who wish to have similar volunteer experiences elsewhere in the world. The main activities offered by WF Iceland are workcamps, exchange programs and educational seminars. Today the endeavour of attaining world peace has become a tangible possibility and the development and strengthening of bonds of cooperation and friendship through contact with people from other countries and cultures has proven to be one of the most fruitful means of achieving understanding and unity among nations. Worldwide friends main aim is to increase intercultural understanding through offering foreign volunteers the opportunity to take part in nature and peace related activities. For volunteers coming to Iceland, such projects will give them a unique opportunity not only to explore and directly interact with Iceland’s unique culture and landscape, but also to work with other international volunteers and local residents in challenging and unfamiliar contexts. This interaction between unspoiled nature and people from different backgrounds provides the participants with invaluable opportunities to learn more about themselves as individuals, their international fellows, other cultures and the human and natural richness of Mother Earth. These are all unique opportunities for building bonds of unity and understanding between societies around the world.

Requirements

Desired Profile: 22 years old +. Course of studies: People with education in the field of sustainability or environmental science. Driving license is required. Linguistic skills: English spoken and written needed. Other languages are seen as an advantage. Technical skills: Management of basic data processing packages as Microsoft Excel and Project Management, Word, Outlook and Explorer. Skills and competencies: Our leaders 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. Documents to be submitted: CV and motivation letter

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