TEENAGE CAMP - FUN AND NATURE IN THE EAST OF ICELA
- chantiers 1-3 semaines
A program for 11 days of fun and working for nature - a tour around Iceland Iceland is included
- Code : WF154
- Dispo : COMPLET (Total Part 15)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 15 - 17
Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful views. “Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east. The camp will take place in the village of Stodvarfjordur.
The aim of our teenager camp is to have fun, but also have an educational aspect for young participants. During this 11-day program, participants will have the chance of getting to know the Icelandic nature, history and its people. The team leaders of this camp will receive training on how lead a group of teenagers and teach them about being a part of the community life in a camp. The young volunteers will follow a program which is a mixture of environmental voluntary work and games. Volunteers will also go on hikes to discover the fantastic landscapes in the east of Iceland. In addition, they will help with environmental work in the area. During the camp, we will also do some workshops in the centre which include permaculture, aquaponics, growing herbs in an earth sheltered greenhouse (a walipini) and growing vegetables in the big garden of the centre. We will also focus on topics, such as “food waste”, “recycling” and “renewable energy”. The art workshops are all about creating pieces of art out of natural and/or recycled materials. The area has variety of colourful stones, which we will use in our artwork. . The group will also shoot photos during the camp and in the last days there will be an open photo and art exhibition in our centre.
We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds are provided, however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. 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 favourite recipes from home!
We will do different kinds of sports together and go fishing near to the harbour in Stöðvarfjordur. There is a free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre – the form of introduction is up to you! Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers. This workcamp gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning. Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The teenagers will travel along the coast of Iceland to and from the camp. The travel includes the round trip which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days. On the way to the camp, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the camp, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favourable. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.