This is the sixth year that SEEDS organizes series of International Photo marathons! Last years' were very successful and we want to continue organizing this project! One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the local population through pictures and photos made during the camp. The main idea and task of the project is involvement and participation of the volunteers in the SEEDS Photo Marathon.
SEEDS coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries; these topics will be mostly related to SEEDS work: Intercultural understanding, peace & Environment
Participants need to take their own digital cameras and its main work will be done taking photographs on the issues given; the best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers shall be prepared for walking and working flexible time schedule.
Volunteers with artistic skills, such as singing, juggling, playing music are encouraged to apply for this camp as they will have the chance to help create a nice and friendly atmosphere.
SEEDS volunteers will stay in a house in the outskirts of Reykjavík, where the sparkling city confronts nature. The facilities are basic and volunteers might for instance have to show patience when showering since the water pressure in the area is low at certain hours of the day and there are more houses using the same water the supply; at certain points of the day the water flow may stop but start again after a while.
Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning. Do not forget some traditional food from your country for the international evening.
The project takes place in the countryside out of Reykjavík, in the hills of Mountain of Wolfs (Úlfarsfell); far enough from the city to enjoy the quality of the country life, pure air, nature and tranquillity, but close enough to be able to visit the city during the project once or twice.
Úlfarsfell is a district of Reykjavík, part of the eastern suburbs. The Úlfarsárdalur area has a current population of 350 people. The construction process stopped when Iceland went into recession in the 2008 and not much has happened there since. The land around is quite fertile and a river runs through the area from nearby Hafravatn lake. With the water, the mountains, available outdoor activities and the fertile land we are trying also to construct a place to improve the area for both its inhabitants and volunteer visitors.
Reykjavík is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”; but there is more than pubs and clubs: It also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles. It is an International city with a lively Cosmopolitan cultural scene. The population of the city is over 200,000 including the metropolitan area, so two thirds of Iceland’s inhabitants live here.
March is the last month when you can see, with a piece of good luck, the Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in Iceland. 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.
English will be the language in the camp; good conversational skills are needed.
Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).
EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS:
Participation fee EUR 180 (Euros) to be paid to SEEDS. Please note that the fees are to be paid on arrival in Euros or Kronur and they include full board and lodging (food and accommodation) for the whole duration of the project.
Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South shore, etc) arranged for SEEDS at discount fares.
Weather in Iceland is unpredictable and in the winter it can be cold or rainy. Please bring warm winter clothes, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats as part of the project takes place outside.