Growing Gardens in Reykjavík (8:8)
Description: The station aims to maintain Icelandic species and to increase those who have adapted well to the Icelandic climate. The station also tries to experiment with new species to increase variety and quality of plants that are grown in the gardens and recreational areas of the city.
Type of Work: The group of SEEDS volunteers will be helping out and supporting the work in a gardening station run by the municipality of Reykjavík. SEEDS volunteer groups have been assisting the growing station since 2014. The station takes care of growing flowers and edible plants, trees for the city’s green areas and the educational school gardens of Reykjavík. SEEDS volunteers will be doing general gardening work, attending to the flowers, trees and other plants and clearing out weed. Part of the work may take place in greenhouses and part of it outdoors.
Accommodation: SEEDS volunteers will stay in an equipped house that is situated in the middle of the gardening station about 4 kilometres from the city centre. The house is used as the offices and facilities of the staff of the gardening station. It is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, shower and washing machine. Volunteers will be sleeping on mattresses in a shared sleeping bag accommodation.
Language: English will be the official language in the camp; high proficiency is not a requirement.
Requirements: Participation fee EUR 280 (Euros). This fee is paid to SEEDS on arrival in Euros or Icelandic krónas and it includes the transportation from the meeting point to the camp location (on the first and last day of the camp), and the Golden Circle excursion. Meeting time will be at 9:00 in the morning on the first day of the camp.
Approximate Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people.
Notes: The work can be repetitive as general gardening tasks tend to be. The project starts early every weekday, hours are from 8:00 - 15:30, so volunteers have to be motivated to participate early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon. Please bring your sleeping bag. Other excursions (South Shore, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares. Participants in this camp will have a free pass to one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated some 3 Kilometers from the camp base. Volunteers have to bring good working shoes and clothes. Weather in Iceland is unpredictable and it can be cold or rainy. Please bring warm winter clothes, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats as part of the project takes place outside.
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