SEEDS 040. SEEDS 040. Awareness, Engagement & Action! (5/9)
From 22.07.2023 to 30.07.2023
Type: Environmental / Study/Discussion/Research
Number of volunteers: 6
Language: English will be the language in the camp; intermediate conversational skills are needed.
Accomodation: This project gives SEEDS volunteers the opportunity to live in an old farm which has been transformed into an environmental-education centre. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, shower, and a washing machine. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms or dormitories. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
Participation fee: 350 EUR
Extra: Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros). The fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid in cash on arrival. It includes accommodation, food and one trip to the Hot River area in Reykjadalur.
PROJECT: The Awareness, Engagement & Action project is part of a series of camps organised by SEEDS in
cooperation with different partners, where we try to raise awareness about current environmental issues and
encourage the volunteers to take action! One of our main goals for the next few years is to contribute to a
nation-wide project aiming at cleaning up the Icelandic coastline.
SEEDS works with and supports the Icelandic ministry for Environment and Natural Resources, the Icelandic
Environmental organisation Landvernd, the Environmental Agency of Iceland, Umhverfisstofnun and other
partners in order to draw attention to the issues of ocean pollution, plastic waste and to engage volunteers in
cleaning up actions around the country.
This camp allows volunteers to learn about global and local environmental issues through non-formal activities
such as workshops, discussions, presentations and visits, as well as to contribute directly to environment
protection by joining outdoor coastal cleanup tasks.
Volunteers will be cleaning up the shores and beaches. Additional work will be undertaken in the area of our
accommodation as removing old fences dangerous to wildlife and visitors. We may also be marking some
walking paths and, depending on the advance of the mentioned tasks, volunteers might do some forestry tasks
in a small forest planted in the area or support in the renovation and maintenance of the house.
This camp combines learning, sharing, hands-on work and fun. No previous experience is needed. Volunteers
should prepare to share environmental issues from their countries and be ready to spend time outdoors, walking
during the cleanups. Volunteers should be ready to adapt and be flexible with the work and free-time schedule,
as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the activities (as) planned.
ACCOMMODATION: This project gives SEEDS volunteers the opportunity to live in an old farm which has been
transformed into an environmental-education centre. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, shower, and a
washing machine. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms or dormitories. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
Volunteers will receive food supplies and will be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Please note the food SEEDS
provides will be vegetarian. Remember to bring some traditional/typical food, drinks, recipes, music, games or
movies from your country for the intercultural evening. Please be aware some items or ingredients may be
expensive in Iceland and you will need to buy them yourselves or bring them from your country.
LOCATION: Volunteers will stay in an old farmhouse, Alviðra, 1 hour drive south-west from Reykjavík. The house
serves as an environmental-educational centre where visitors can have a look at an extensive stone and stuffed
animal collection. The house sits under Ingólfsfjall, The Mountain of Ingólfur, with a view to Eyjafjallajökull where
the volcanic eruptions started in March and April 2010.
The place is registered as natural Icelandic heritage; the nature, vegetation and birdlife is rich in variety and
quantity. The volunteers can enjoy outdoor activities in a peaceful and beautiful location with a small stream
and a pond nearby. Hiking trails with maps about cultural heritage can be found spread around the area, which
is a popular attraction among foreign and local visitors.
The nearest town, Selfoss, only 10 minutes-drive away with 6500 inhabitants, is a centre of commerce and small
industries where you find a geothermal swimming pool, shops, museums, cafés and bars.
LANGUAGE: English will be the language in the camp; intermediate conversational skills are needed.
TERMINAL: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).
EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros). The fee can either be transferred in advance
via bank transfer, or paid in cash on arrival. It includes accommodation, food and one trip to the Hot River area
The fee does not include the transportation from Reykjavík to the camp and back, which costs EUR 25 one way
or EUR 50 both ways. Meeting time will be 14:00 (2:00 pm) on July 22 at SEEDS Office in Reykjavik.
Other excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, the South Shore or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares
if there is additional free time after the camp activities. It may be cold and/or rainy, so we recommend bringing
warm and waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) and good walking shoes.