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SEEDS 67. Fljótsdalshérað - Icelandic North-east
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From 28.08.2011 to 11.09.2011
Type: Agriculture / Environmental
Number of volunteers: 8
Language: English - high proficiency is not required
Accomodation: Local housing, shared rooms, sleeping bag needed
Participation fee: 120 EUR
Extra: Excursions and free time activities in the area

WORK/PROJECT: SEEDS volunteers will be working at one of the few organic farms in Iceland, located in the East of the country. Our main tasks will be to harvest (by hand) vegetables, mainly potatoes, beats, beetroots and lettuce. Alongside the harvesting tasks, we will clean the vegetables and make them ready for the consumers in the Icelandic market. Around the farm there is a young forest that can be maintained and cleaned in case the harvesting jobs are done. We will also be doing some berry picking and other things the host needs assistance with. Volunteers need motivation to work mainly outdoors on physical jobs and under changeable weather conditions. We will be provided with good waterproof overalls and gloves for the work.

ACCOMMODATION: We will be hosted in a local house; sleeping on beds or mattresses in several rooms, shared by 2-4 volunteers each. Please bring your own sleeping bag. All facilities like showers and a washing machine are available. Food ingredients will be provided and a kitchen will be available; we will share the duties of preparing and cooking the meals. Please, keep in mind that during this workcamp only vegetarian food will be provided, which also means that we will be mainly eating local, organic food from the farm. Do not forget some traditional/typical food from your home country for the international evening.

LOCATION: The farm, one of the few and large organic farms in Iceland is run with the support of volunteers; who have been helping in the project of organic locally grown crops for the last years. About 20% of the farm is used for cultivation of different crops and the rest of the land is grassland, there is a forest of about one million trees planted there since starting the farm in the 1970s. The two major crops grown are barley and potatoes, and others include parsley, kale, beetroot, lettuce, kohlrabi, carrots and cabbage. The farm is located in the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland's easternmost populous municipality; 16 km from the largest town in the Eastern Iceland - Egilstaðir (population 2300). Total population is about 3.700 and it is the largest municipality (in area) in the country. The wild reindeers of Iceland are found in Fljótsdalshérað, they are about ten thousand and also the biggest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógur is located within the district. The farm is located very close to Lagarfljót, the home of the mythical creature of the Lagarfljót Serpent (Lagarfljótsormur). If you are lucky you might get a glimpse of it and maybe even be able to get a picture of the much sought after serpent. The East Fjords is a region of a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains. This is one of the oldest regions of Iceland shaped by glaciers in the Ice Age.

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

TERMINAL: Closest International Airport: Keflavik - Reykjavik (KEF). The closest bus stop and local airport is located in Egilstaðir (EGS). The harbour for ferries coming from Faroe Islands and Denmark is in Seyðisfjörður, 27 km from Egilstaðir. SEEDS organises the 'minibus option', a shared transport from Reykjavik to the camp site and vice versa. Apart from being cheaper and more convenient, it allows volunteers to meet fellow campers and have a relaxed trip, while stopping on the way for interesting and tourist sites.

EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 120. Free time activities will be organized for SEEDS volunteers; as day trips and excursions in the area. Some of them will be organised by SEEDS and our hosts free of charge, some others might require some financial contribution.

Age: 18+

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