Volunteer in Iceland

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN ICELAND

One of the ways to get to know a country is to volunteer, but not just any volunteer, but a different volunteer experience; where you can get to know, live and feel the true essence of that place and its people. You can do this by volunteering in Iceland, in this magnificent Nordic island that is characterized by its spectacular landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields.

Get to know this wonderful country for yourself while dedicating your time to a social cause as important as this one.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN ICELAND

Enjoy Iceland through the wonderful task of participating in environmental education in volunteer programs in Iceland. You will be in contact with the community, help hand in hand with the needs of the community and teach for the conservation of the environment.

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 to interact with unspoiled nature and people from different backgrounds.

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

Please note that the project will be open throughout the year.

The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. Performing 4 to 5 hours of collaboration per day from Monday to Friday.

  • Minimum age: 18.
  • Maximum age: None.
  • Minimum English level: Basic.
  • Copy of resume required: No.
  • Qualifications required: None, crime clearance certificate requested.
  • Basic/Intermediate English.
  • Participants over 65 years of age must have medical clearance. To participate as a minor you must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No specific equipment is required.
WEEKSCOST
2810€
Additional 2 more600€

What is offered to the volunteer in Iceland?

  • Welcome at the bus station and accompaniment
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Tax certificate for income tax deduction

What is not offered to the volunteer in Iceland?

  • Flight
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND ART

The volunteer in Iceland will get to know Iceland from the inside. You will be in contact with the environment and working for its conservation and preservation.

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.

You will be in full contact with the community in your area, and depending on the needs of this will be performed some tasks or others.

You will perform activities of:

  • Forestry
  • Help with invasive species
  • Tasks according to community needs
  • Home maintenance tasks
  • Turning trash into art
  • Creating shelves, chairs, tables from wood and reusable products
  • Reforestation
  • Beach cleaning

Please note that the project will be open throughout the year.

The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. You will work 4 to 5 hours a day from Monday to Friday.

  • Minimum age: 18.
  • Maximum age: None.
  • Minimum English level: Basic.
  • Copy of resume required: No.
  • Qualifications required: None, crime clearance certificate requested.
  • Basic/Intermediate English.
  • Participants over 65 years of age must have medical clearance. To participate as a minor you must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No specific equipment is required.
WEEKSCOST
2810€
41310€
Additional250€

What is offered to the volunteer in Iceland?

  • Welcome at the bus station and accompaniment
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Tax certificate for income tax deduction

What is not offered to the volunteer in Iceland?

  • Flight
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

Experiences of our volunteers

Daniel’s story

“I decided to travel to Iceland as a volunteer in the environmental conservation program. My goal was to contribute to the protection of the stunning natural landscapes.

Once there, I met with other volunteers and we received a brief orientation on the work we were going to do. We were taught conservation techniques and given information about the local flora and fauna. I was eager to start contributing to the preservation of this unique environment.

During my stay, I had the opportunity to participate in various conservation activities in different regions of Iceland. I spent entire days exploring national parks, lakes and glaciers, together with other volunteers.

One of the most important tasks was cleaning beaches and coastlines. We walked along the shores, collecting debris and plastics that threatened marine life. It was shocking to see the amount of trash accumulated, but it was also gratifying to know that we were making a tangible difference.

I also participated in reforestation projects. I knew that, in time, those trees would grow and help restore the ecological balance.

Another unforgettable experience was monitoring wildlife. We hiked in search of native birds, mammals and other animals.

My time volunteering in Iceland taught me the importance of environmental conservation and inspired me to continue working on similar projects in my country. I now understand that we can all make a difference, and that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact.”



What are the requirements to volunteer in Iceland?

To be part of the volunteer programs in Iceland, no specific training is necessary, it is only required:

  • Committed people, as you actively participate in educational and social activities that require your commitment.
  • Knowledge of English
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team. It is important, since you collaborate with other volunteers and with people from different cultures.
  • Be empathetic and have respect for their culture and way of life.
  • As a volunteer you have to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Good conduct and abide by the rules of the country and the organization.
  • Be of legal age or come with your parents

When to do a volunteering in Iceland program?

Volunteer teaching projects in the volunteer in Iceland are open all year round. You can start your collaboration on a Monday, arriving on a weekend in the country.

For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of English.

ACCOMMODATION IN YOUR VOLUNTEER

There are several volunteer houses, depending on the area in which you are located according to your 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.

Volunteer accommodation in Iceland

What is the volunteer accommodation like?

  • Bed in a secure room shared with other volunteers.
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Shared bathroom.
  • Hot water.
  • WIFI.
  • Bedding (bring sleeping bag).

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

The local organization will welcome you at the bus station and you will be given directions on how to get there. The airport you should arrive at is Keflavík International Airport (KEF), it is preferable that you arrive on the weekend, before the start of your volunteering. Depending on where you are assigned to the house and the location of your volunteer placement, you will be transported to one area or another by minibus.

Depending on the time you arrive you will rest, and you will be given an orientation of the house, the project and the activities to 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.

VISA IN ICELAND

If your residence is Spain, no visa is required for stays of less than three months.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  • The registration that you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association. This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% that you will be able to deduct in your income tax return.
  • The remaining part of the cost of the program will go to the partner organization that we will send on your behalf as a substitute or you can deliver it directly to the project.

WEEKSFEES
2810€
Additional 2 more week600€

What is offered to the volunteer in Iceland?

  • Welcome at the bus station
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteer stay
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Tax certificate for income tax deduction

What is not offered to the volunteer in Iceland?

  • Flight
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

What does it take to volunteer in Iceland?

STEP 1

Once you fill in the form to the program, we will confirm your place in 24 hours if everything is correct.

STEP 2

You pay the registration before 7 days, then your place will be guaranteed and you will be part of the family.

STEP 3

We send you the volunteer guide, mandatory insurances and the international volunteer agreement.


CLIMATE

The weather in Iceland is very changeable, in fact it is often said, “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes”, this is due to its location.

  • During the Icelandic winter, which lasts from approximately October to April, average temperatures hover around 0°C. However, the wind chill can be considerably lower due to the island’s strong winds and the snow and rain that fall regularly from the sky.
  • On average, the temperature in Iceland in summer is 10-15 ºC. Summers are not as humid as spring, but it does rain occasionally.

Every season has something endearing and interesting that makes you want to see Iceland in any season.

CURRENCY

The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic krona and you should see how to get it before arriving to the country since it is not possible to pay with euros there. In Iceland you can almost always pay with a credit card, so the best option is to get one that does not charge you commissions for using it abroad.

FLIGHT

The most popular airlines you can find to travel during your volunteering in Iceland are: Airways, Ryanair, KLM among others:

  • Flights range between 250€ and 450€ approximately from Spain.
  • You can find good flight deals on google flights or skyscanner.
  • Volunteers must travel to Keflavík International Airport (KEF). You must arrive on a weekend, before the start of the program.

EMBASSY

We recommend that you check the website of the Icelandic embassy if you are planning to volunteer in Iceland.

TOURIST SITES

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

Lake Mývatn in the North

Lake Myvatn is one of the most famous and spectacular places in Iceland for its incessant volcanic activity.

You can make several routes to enjoy the breathtaking views.

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in the southwest of Iceland. It is one of the country’s most visited attractions, where steaming waters rise from a lava formation. The hot springs are rich in minerals such as silicon 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 lagoon’s swimming area is between 37 and 39 °C (37 and 39 ºC).

The lagoon is formed by water input from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant. The superheated water, which rises from the ground near the lava flow, is used to drive the 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.

Dettifoss waterfall

It is the largest 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 of the island, the Daily Route.

Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland’s natural jewels, and we have even started calling the nearby black beach the “Diamond Beach”, as the chunks of ice lying there resemble diamonds glittering in the sun. Jökulsárlón is Iceland’s deepest lake, with a maximum depth of 248 meters.

Can I use my credit cards in the volunteering in Iceland?

Most major credit cards are accepted such as: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.

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