WORK/PROJECT: The project takes place in a centre for disabled people in Reykjavík where they are habilitated to work in protected places or in the private sector. The aim of the centre is not only to increase the people's competences in the working market by focusing on quality of work, but also creates space for them to develop and use their artistic skills in a workshop. The centre meets the needs of each individual, and create environment that suits people with different disabilities. As the centre closes during the summer, SEEDS volunteers will work on the garden and greenhouse where vegetables and summer flowers are grown. Our main tasks will be clearing the garden of wheat, harvesting vegetables, seeding and working in the greenhouse. All the vegetables are organically grown. We will have a great chance to learn about growing and taking care of different types of vegetables out- and indoors.
ACCOMMODATION: SEEDS volunteers will stay in a fully equipped house; in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Equipped kitchen and washing machine are available. Do not forget some traditional/typical food from your home country and even games to play for the international evening.
LOCATION: Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, which Ingólfur Arnarson is said to have established around 870. Until the 18th century, there was no urban development in the city location. The city was founded in 1786 as an official trading town and grew steadily over the next decades, as it transformed into a regional and later national centre of commerce, population and governmental activities. Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland, often called 'the nightlife capital of the north'. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík 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 world's northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. The population of the city is over 200,000 including the metropolitan area, so two thirds of Iceland's inhabitants live here. Reykjavík is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers. In July the sun never sits and you can enjoy 24 hours sunlight. It is spectacular to be able to sit outside at midnight and read a book. In the area closer than 100 Km from Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.
LANGUAGE: English will be the official language in the camp; high proficiency is not a requirement.
TERMINAL: Closest International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF).
EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 150. Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors. 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.