GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL IN REYKJAVIK
- chantiers 1-3 semaines
- Code : WF403
- Dispo : COMPLET (Total Part 8)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 80
Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the denominators of a great city – fun, culture, nature, clean air – Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger centre elsewhere in the world. Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centred on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjökull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal. The Gay Pride festival in Reykjavík will take place in the last days of the workcamp on 6-11 August. During those days, Reykjavík is full of life. A huge, merry and colourful gay parade will take place at the centre of town, followed by a grand outdoor concert attended by over seventy thousand people – lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and straight people, friends, relatives, fellow citizens and numerous foreign visitors – showing solidarity for the gay cause. Please see information on http://www.gaypride.is/.
The work related to the festival will mostly be helping the organizers with the preparation of the festival and some manual/environmental work in green areas. The group can also prepare their own event for the parade which is the highlight of the Gay pride every year. We would also appreciate if the group could take photos and write short articles about the different parts of the event.
Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in a house offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag and towels, but beds and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation provided by Worldwide Friends Iceland for volunteers in Reykjavik is located within a 25-minute walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theatres, shops, museums and bus stations. Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favorite recipes from home!
On weekends, the central location of the accommodations is ideal for enjoying Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts. WF Iceland will also organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs. Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik, Iceland. WF Iceland will offer a minibus trip from the meeting point of the camp to the accommodation for 60 euros, which includes the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
Volunteers with good computer skills, who are interested in journalism and/or photography, are welcome to join this camp.