Outdoor Work Beneath the Glacier (1:3)
Description: Our host for this project is a farmer’s family on the south shore of Iceland, close to the town of Vík, which cultivate carrots and keep cows. This is the sixth year that SEEDS volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore this traditional Icelandic farm. There will be various tasks, depending on the weather, for instance clearing fields of rocks, fences, trash, beautifying the area around and removing an invasive species called - Rumex Longifolius which has been used in Iceland in order to control soil erosion and revegetate eroded areas; but in some places its spread is more than desirable and being a foreign specie endangers the native species.
Type of Work: Those who are interested can help out with farm activities, such as taking care of the animals, cultivating carrots and vegetables. Participants are invited to take a look at the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them if interested or just tending to them in general. This farm is one of few vegetable farms in Iceland, as the country is highly dependent on imports for its fruit and vegetable consumption. Only about 1% of the total land area is under arable cultivation. The cool climate and restricted growing season only allow for the cultivation of food crops such as carrots, potatoes, turnips, cabbage, and cauliflower.
Study Theme: The weather conditions in Iceland are unpredictable, and volunteers need to be prepared to work outside in different weather. Be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and be sure to bring warm clothing.
Accommodation: SEEDS volunteers will stay in an equipped flat, in a sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Do not forget some traditional/typical food from your home country for the international evening.
Language: English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Requirements: Participation fee EUR 100 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas. The fee does not include the transportation to the project and back.
Approximate Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and near the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The closest town is Vík. The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was covered by ashes during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull (Grimsvötn) in 2011.
Notes: Meeting point will be at 13:00 on September 13th. Our host will organise free time activities in the area, depending on the weather conditions. Volunteers have to bring good working shoes and warm clothes, hats and gloves.
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