Inspired by Iceland
SEEDS 88. Working & horse-back riding in the South!
South West
SEEDS Iceland
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From 20.08.2011 to 01.09.2011
Type: Environmental / Construction
Number of volunteers: 8
Language: English - high proficiency is not required
Accomodation: Local housing, sleeping bag needed
Participation fee: 180 EUR
Extra: Working outdoors. Horse-back riding, hiking.

WORK/PROJECT: SEEDS volunteers will be working on environmental & nature oriented tasks in this project, first with a local host in the South of Iceland and then few days in the SEEDS volunteers' base at the outskirts of Reykjavík.

Our tasks will mainly be focused on improving the environment in and around the area. We will be coating wooden walls of the accommodation facilities, sleeping huts, platforms and fences. We will also assist our host with gardening and the surroundings of the area.

While we help to beautify the local environment, we will explore the surroundings and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host, such as horseback riding and hiking.

There will be a lot of horseback riding available to us. Great experience is not required, only good physical state and a sense of adventure. The Icelandic horse is a rather small breed and it is the only one in the world which is able to trot. The Icelandic horse is strong and quite easy to train, and has been very popular in other countries, especially Germany and the European countries.

The last few days we will work at the new SEEDS volunteers' base located in the outskirts of Reykjavík. We will be assisting and giving contributions to the future development of SEEDS volunteering activities. We will help with taking care of the garden in the volunteers centre, painting the house if needed and if weather allows, planting trees, preparing a vegetable garden and tending the lot surrounding the house.

ACCOMMODATION: We will be lodged in a local house, in a shared room(s), sleeping on mattresses on the floor.

Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Food ingredients will be provided and a kitchen is available, volunteers will share the duties of preparing and cooking meals.

Please do not forget some traditional food from your home country for the international evening.

LOCATION: The south of Iceland is one of the most popular destinations for travellers as the landscape offers diverse and breathtaking nature. Rivers and waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and long beaches form a contrast and offer a wide range of experiences.

The South of Iceland is unique and that part of the country receives by far the greatest numbers of foreign visitors. There everything that makes Iceland interesting to visit can be found the year around. Here history follows visitors at every footstep, both ancient and recent. There are creative art, culture and flourishing trade and endless possibilities to enjoy the outdoor life in all seasons. Above all there is the awesome and rugged nature from the mountains to the sea.

Our camp is in close vicinity to many natural hot springs and natural pools that hikers can take a dip in. The hiking possibilities are almost endless with Hengill, Reykjadalir (Steam Valley), Molddalhnúkar, Ölkelduhnúkur, Dalsel and Klambragil close by.

LANGUAGE: English will be the official language in the camp; high proficiency is not a requirement.

TERMINAL: Closest International Airports: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF).

SEEDS organises the 'minibus option', a shared transport from Reykjavík to the camps and vice-versa, which apart from being cheaper and more convenient, 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 180.

SEEDS and/or our hosting partner will organise free time activities as horse-back riding and finding trails and natural springs to bathe in.

Volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors and to take part in all the diverse projects. Place of extreme beautiful surroundings with countless opportunities to hike and discover by foot.

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