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Botanical gardens in Reykjavik

Environment/Animal welfare

Botanical gardens in Reykjavik

Voluntary Service International

International

At a Glance

  • Start Date:22/04/2019
  • End Date:04/05/2019
  • Closing date:15/04/2019
  • Post Updated:05/12/2018
  • Min Hours:35+
  • Role Type:DIY

Requirements:Be flexible regarding weather!

Description

*NOTE: THIS PROJECT COMES WITH A 250.00 EURO FEE THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE 100.00 EURO FEE TO VOLUNTARY SERVICE INTERNATIONAL (VSI)*

There are multiple different dates for this project

 

Description: This is the ninth year in a row SEEDS offers projects in the Botanical Gardens in Reykjavík. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2016. The garden’s main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000-plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.

Study Theme: Volunteers have to be motivated to join early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon. No previous experience is necessary. 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.

Accommodation: SEEDS volunteers will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting in the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 kilometres from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms/dorms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Please note that volunteers from other projects will also be staying in the same house. Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Do not forget some traditional/typical food and/or drinks from your home country for the international evening.

Language: English will be the official language in the camp; high proficiency is not a requirement.

Requirements: Weather is unpredictable and it can be cold or rainy, be prepared to experience all kinds of weather. We recommend to bring good walking shoes/boots, warm and/or waterproof clothes (underlayers, overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) as most of the tasks and activities take place outside.

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. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Ocean on almost all sides.

Notes: Meeting point will be at SEEDS office in Reykjavík at 18:00 (6:00 pm) on the first day of the camp. Participants that cannot arrive on time (later or delayed flights) will be sent information on how to reach the camp.

Participants in this camp will have a free pass to access one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated within walking distance from the camp’s accommodation.

Organization Description: SEEDS is an Icelandic non-governmental, non-profit volunteer organisation designed to promote intercultural understanding, environmental protection and awareness through work on environmental, social and cultural projects within Iceland. SEEDS works closely with local communities, local authorities and other Icelandic associations both to develop projects in partnership, aimed at fulfilling an identified need, and to give assistance to established initiatives. Projects are designed to be mutually beneficial to all involved: the volunteers, the local hosting communities and Iceland as a whole. Every year host more than 1200 international volunteers from 50 to 60 different countries.

 

For applying please follow the links on the project dates! smile

Is training provided?: Yes

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Type of Work: SEEDS volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff attending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to these events. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out with a short notice. The work can be repetitive as general gardening tasks tend to be and most of it is outdoors. The project starts early every weekday, working hours are from 8:00 - 15:00, except on Friday when work finishes at 12:00 as a part of an ongoing research into shortening the working week.

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Everyday 8:00 - 15:00, except on Friday when work finishes at 12:00

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week

Contact

If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Mateja Jakšić

Address: Voluntary Service International, 30 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1

Website: www.vsi.ie

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