Inspired by Iceland
SEEDS 06. Bikeability in the Blue Mountains - Bláfjöll (2)
South West
SEEDS Iceland
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From 15.05.2010 to 29.05.2010
Type: Environmental / Sports
Number of volunteers: 10
Language: English - high proficiency is not required
Accomodation: House in Reykjavík; skiing hut in Bláfjöll; both fully equipped; in own sleeping bags.
Participation fee: 130 EUR
Extra: Motivation for working with people & bikes. Tickets to the swimming pools; tours at discount fares.
WORK & PROJECT: SEEDS volunteers will be taking part in two days cycling tours with school pupils from 9th and 10th grade to Bl?fj?ll (the Blue Mountains range), located 35 km from Reykjav?k.

We will visit the schools before the trips and assist the participants to assess and adjust their bicycles, check their helmets, adjust the gears and breaks and talk about cycling to the pupils. School teachers, members of the Icelandic mountain cycling club and SEEDS volunteers will lead the groups from the schools in Reykjav?k to Bl?fj?ll.

The route chosen is far away from busy roads, so safety of participants and the pleasure of the trip are kept at its most. In Bl?fj?ll we and other leaders will prepare Kj?ts?pa (Icelandic meat soup) for dinner and porridge for breakfast and the group will return to Reykjav?k next day, after staying overnight in one of the ski huts in the area. A car and bicycle trailer will follow each trip with luggage, food and equipment. We will share responsibilities in driving and sitting in the car, riding bikes and preparing the food. Participants do not have to be experienced cyclists, the trip is a leisure activity in a nice environment.

Promoting sports activities and healthy lifestyles to school pupils is the main target of the project; to reduce their vulnerability to smoking and drinking. Apart from the healthy lifestyle promotion through outdoors activities, the pupils will be encouraged to work in teams and learn about it.

ACCOMMODATION: SEEDS volunteers will stay in a fully equipped house while in Reykjav?k; sleeping in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. We will receive food and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. In Bl?fj?ll, we will stay in a fully equipped skiing hut in the skiing area of the range.

LOCATION: We will stay both in Reykjav?k and in Bl?fj?ll mountain range. Reykjav?k is the capital of Iceland, often called ?the nightlife capital of the north?, but there is more to it than pubs and clubs. Reykjav?k also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicates new global trends. It is an International city with a lively Cosmopolitan cultural scene.

The Bl?fj?ll volcanic mountain range is located about 35 Km from Reykjav?k and the river Elli?a? have its source there, streaming down to the lake Helli?avatn in the eastern suburban border of the city, on the way it passes through the nature reserve area of Hei?m?rk. The highest mountain reaches 600m and since 1968 the region became a very popular skiing area among Icelanders and the favourite for skiers in the Capital area, becoming the largest skiing area in Iceland.

LANGUAGE: English will be the language of the camp; high proficiency is not required.

STUDY THEME: This workcamp has an educational/awareness-rising approach, promoting outdoors, sports activities and healthy lifestyles. Apart from the leader, we will have an environmental messenger, a person dedicated to organising and developing fun, interactive and educational activities within the project.

TERMINAL: International Airport: Keflav?k/Reykjav?k (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjav?k (BS?).

EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 130. Volunteers should have a motivation for working with people in matters related to cycling and outdoor activities. Being an experienced cyclist is not a requirement. We will be provided bicycles but those who want to bring their own can do so.

SEEDS will provide volunteers with passes to access free of charge the city?s seven geothermal swimming pools and thermal-water beach. Tours and excursions will be arranged for SEEDS volunteers at discount fares.

AGE: 18+

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