Environmental education in Iceland

Enjoy Iceland through the wonderful task of participating in environmental education in thevolunteer programs in Iceland. You will be in contact with the community, you will also help hand in hand with its needs and you will provide education for the conservation of the environment.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Contribute with your teachings to the conservation of the environment.
  • Participate in the conservation of fauna and flora.
  • Enjoy nature in an incredible place.
  • Live a unique experience and meet the local population and other volunteers.

What is this program about?

It is a project founded in 2001 that promotes nature, peace-oriented activities, friendship and international understanding among people interested in spending time in Iceland as volunteers.

All activities will be related to global warming and how we can prevent it in our daily lives.

Volunteering here allows you an interaction between untouched nature and people from different backgrounds.

Through environmental education, the aim is to make the community aware of the impact it has on the environment. That is why, in addition to being in contact with the community, you will also be helping in environmental conservation tasks.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

The day to day of the volunteer consists of a collaboration from Monday to Friday, approximately 4 or 5 hours, distributed during the morning or afternoon according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with breakfast at the accommodation with all the volunteers. At the end, the volunteers meet with the local coordinator to organize the activities planned for the day. As they are located in the same project, they should not make long journeys.

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. A stop is made for lunch and, depending on the needs, they continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his free time.

The general activities that you will carry out during your volunteering are:

  • Environmental education with children and the local population.
  • Cleaning of beaches and trails.
  • Workshops and environmental projects.
  • Work with the local community achieving development environment.
  • Reforestation.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Medium level English.
  • CV.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The accommodation ofVoluntary will depend on the area selected according to the existing needs of the moment.There are several volunteer houses, depending on the area in which you are located according to the needs, you will be in one house or another.

All the houses are similar. The accommodation has shared rooms for volunteers. In addition, it has several common areas such as the kitchen, workshop rooms, etc. The bathroom is shared, and Wifi is available.

You will have the following:

  • Bed in a safe room that you share with other volunteers
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Shared bathroom
  • Hot water
  • WIFI
  • Bed linen (bring a sleeping bag)

Dates and method of arrival

The project is open throughout the year.The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. Doing 4 or 5 hours a day of collaboration from Monday to Friday.

It is advisable to arrive during the weekend. The local organization will welcome you at the bus station, you will be arrive. The airport you should arrive at is theKeflavik International Airport (KEF)It is preferable that you arrive on the weekend, before the start of your volunteering. It depends on where the house is assigned to you and the location of your volunteering, you will be transported to one area or another by minibus.

Depending on the time you arrive you will rest, and the orientation of the house, the project and the activities to be carried out will be carried out. At that time, the coordinator responsible for the project or area where you will be assigned will tell you the norms, rules and procedures to follow during your volunteering.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution of the inscription to the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the financial contribution as indicated by your coordinator.

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What can I see during the weekend?

Since the weekends are free, you can go wherever you want. Several popular destinations you can reach are:

Lago Mývatn en el Norte

Lake Myvatn is one of the most famous and spectacular places in Iceland due to its incessant volcanic activity.You can do several routes to enjoy the impressive views.

The blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in the southwest of Iceland. It is one of the most visited attractions in the country, where the steamy waters arise from a lava formation. The hot springs are rich in minerals such as Sicilian and sulfur, and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is said to help people suffering from skin diseases. The temperature of the bathing water in the swimming area of ​​the lagoon is between 37 and 39 °C.

The lagoon is formed by the input of water from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant. Superheated water, which rises from the ground near the lava flow, is used to drive turbines that generate electricity. After passing through the turbines, the steam and hot water pass through a heat exchanger that provides heat for the municipal hot water system. The water is then discharged into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal uses.

La cascada Dettifoss

It is the mightiest waterfall in Europe, and that particularity makes it tremendously powerful and beautiful. Located in the north of Iceland and is part of one of the most interesting tourist routes on the island, the Diamond Route.

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland’s natural jewels, and we’ve even taken to calling the nearby black beach “Diamond Beach” as the chunks of ice lying on it resemble diamonds sparkling in the sun. Jökulsárlón is the deepest lake in Iceland, with a maximum depth of 248 meters.