The last few weeks a group of lively volunteers have been helping out with organising Reykjavik's latest events, Gay Pride and Culture Night.
The young volunteers are here through SEEDS (See Beyond Borders), an Icelandic non-profit volunteer organisation with international scope. Volunteers from the US, Japan, France, Hungary, Germany and Italy have been assisting the organisers of these key Reykjavik events, making the city look its best and helping things run smoothly.
The SEEDS volunteers have worked hard in making these events so successful, and were rewarded with Reykjavik Tourist Cards giving free access to thermal pools and museums, and an excursion to Iceland's most renowned attractions, Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, courtesy of Iceland Excursions. Visit Reykjavik would like to thank the volunteers for their help and hope to see another energetic group next year!
SEEDS aims at promoting respect for cultural diversity, mutual understanding and environmental protection through activities that empower people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Volunteers are both long-term and short-term.
Jeremie Jung is a long-term volunteer who has been leading the group assisting with Culture Night: "I wanted to see more of Iceland and wanted to get to know the Icelandic community. It's a good way to get to know the culture and the way of life". Jeremie admits he's discovered alot of new things in Iceland. "The landscape is completely different from France. What I think is really funny are the nights in Reykjavik, the weekday nights are totally different from weekends. On weekdays Icelanders are so quiet but on weekends they are so happy. For me, it's like the landscape, alot of contrast everywhere and the people are the same" he says with a laugh.
For more information on volunteering in Iceland through SEEDS, go to www.seedsiceland.org.