NATURE CONSERVATION IN THE EAST FJORDS
- chantiers 1-3 semaines
- SEEDS 086
Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas.
- Code : SEEDS 086
- Dispo : 4M / 4F (Total Part 8)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
SEEDS Iceland was founded in 2005 as a non-governmental, non-profit volunteer organisation with international scope. Our main activities relate to the promotion of environmental protection and awareness, intercultural understanding and peace, through the work on social, cultural and environmental projects in Iceland. We aim to empower, inform and expand the horizons of people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, to inform them about the world in which we live and to take an active role in its future development. SEEDS provides opportunities to live, learn, understand and experience, while sharing and cooperating with others from different cultures and backgrounds.
SEEDS volunteers will be doing environmental work in the Fjarðabyggð district in the East fjords of Iceland, supporting the environmental department of the towns. Our host is the local municipality and in cooperation with them, we will work in different protected areas, country parks or nature reserves. The main duties will be to remove and stop the spread of invasive species as lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis) and wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris) from/around the protected areas. The lupine plant (originally from Alaska) is/was used to control soil erosion and revegetate eroded areas. In some parts of Iceland, lupine has spread to a greater extent than desired, endangering native plant species; so it must be removed from certain areas.
SEEDS volunteers will be hosted in a local house in the municipality. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses on the floor sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a kitchen. Volunteers will share the duties of preparing food, cooking meals and cleaning. There is no shower in the house, but we will have free access to showers in the local swimming pool. Do not forget some traditional/typical food or drinks from your home country for the international evening.
The project takes place in the municipality of Fjarðabyggð, East of Iceland in a beautiful area surrounded by magnificent mountains, picturesque fjords and the sea. Fjarðabyggð is comprised of six fjords, Mjóifjörður, Eskifjörður, Reyðarfjörður, Norðfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Stöðvafjörður. The name of the municipality, which is the most easterly one in Iceland, has a strong fjord connection, meaning the people/or the settlement of the fjords. Of the municipality?s six villages the most populous one, is Neskaupstaður, with about 1,400 residents. The attractions are a combination of landscape, history and easy going attitude towards life. Free access to the local swimming pool and hot tubs, as to the public buses and into the local museums.
The work can be physically demanding and might require a good physical condition. No previous experience is needed. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. Volunteers need to be prepared for working and walking in a wild landscape and sometimes cold weather. Be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and bring warm clothes as the tasks take place outside and it can get cold. Bring warm under-layers, waterproofs, walking shoes/boots, a good sleeping bag and gloves. The working sites are 5 to 7 Kilometers away from urban areas and we usually leave in the morning for the working sites and return in the afternoon. We will unroot or cut the plants, both manually and also with the help of tools and machines. The working day normally runs from 09:00 – 17:00 with breaks for lunch and coffee; however, please be prepared for some flexibility due to the nature of Iceland?s changeable weather.