Outdoor Work on the South Shore
Description: In this project SEEDS volunteers will assist with tree planting and other tasks in and around a beautiful farmland on the south shore of Iceland. Our hosts for this project will be a local farm who aims to maintain and beautify the area around, which is situated under the beautiful Eyjafjöll - literally translated ‘Island mountains’ - a mountain range noticed by everyone visiting the south shore due to its beautiful waterfalls and infamous ice cap Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010.
Type of Work: The main work tasks will be planting trees, gardening, cleaning the area, tearing down old fences and putting up newer ones, and painting. The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area and of course on the weather conditions. Volunteers should be motivated for physical and outdoor work. The weather in Iceland is unpredictable so please bring waterproof clothing and good shoes, even though it is summer, it might still be cold and hats and gloves might be necessary.
Study Theme: The mountain range is mostly made of tuff, which is a type of rock made of volcanic ash ejected during a volcanic eruption. Following ejection and deposition, the ash is compacted into a solid rock in a process called consolidation. The mountains Eyjafjöll get their name ‘Island Mountains’ because they stand opposite the archipelago Westman Islands, which came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption of Eldfell volcano, which destroyed many buildings and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland.
Accommodation: SEEDS volunteers will stay in a fully equipped house. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms in beds. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Please do not forget to bring some traditional/typical food from your home country for an international evening.
Language: English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Requirements: Participation fee EUR 120 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas. Please note that this fee is to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas. Our host will organise free time activities in the area, such as a barbeque, hiking trips or trips to a local swimming pool, depending on the weather conditions.
Approximate Location: The project is located in the South shore of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The farmland is beautifully located under the mountain range Eyjafjöll.
Notes: Departure time will be at 9:00 am in the morning of May 11th. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp on their own.