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Environmentally Aware - online project with SEEDS Iceland

Environment/Animal welfare

Environmentally Aware - online project with SEEDS Iceland

Voluntary Service International

International

At a Glance

  • Start Date:21/09/2021
  • End Date:30/09/2021
  • Closing date:20/09/2021
  • Post Updated:23/06/2021
  • Min Hours:Several hours a day for over a week
  • Role Type:Once-off /Ad hoc work

Requirements:VSI membership; Stable internet connection; a laptop, camera and microphone

Description

Voluntary Service International is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement started in 1920 in the aftermath of the First World War. Voluntary Service International was founded in 1965 after several projects in the late '50s. Since then VSI has undertaken a wide variety of voluntary and community work throughout Ireland and has sent volunteers to many projects in over 70 countries worldwide.

This virtual project organised by the VSI partner organisation SEEDS Iceland! 

Introduction: The changes connected to COVID-19 have posed new challenges to all of us. Many International Volunteer Projects had to be cancelled, volunteers who were excited to work in an intercultural group in a foreign country could not make it to their projects and many of us were forced to stay within our own four walls for months. However, not only bad things came out of this. During the lockdowns SCI organisations started to host virtual/online volunteer projects and learnt that online meetings are a great way of connecting with people all across the world and promoting our ideals and environmental awareness, even without meeting physically. 

This is your chance to see how this works in practice - join this virtual environmental project organised by the VSI partner organisation SEEDS in Iceland! 

Description: SEEDS project coordinators will be creating opportunities for you to focus on different current environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops and activities online. One of the aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers & travellers. During this project participants can share their love for (and learn more about) global & local environmental topics such as: climate change, waste management, sustainable solutions & other environmental topics. There will also be sessions on everyday eco-friendly habits, Iceland-related environmental issues and presentations about the effects of tourism and slow-travel tips, the problems of the fashion industry and clothes upcycling tips, climate change,  permaculture and urban agriculture. There will also be fun and interesting environmental quizzes and documentaries.

The sessions they offer include but are not limited to:

- Plant-based Cooking & Baking Classes
- Fun Environmental Quiz
- Eco Friendly Cleaning Products Tips
- DIY Selfcare Products Workshop
- Conscious Consumerism Workshop

This is a learning/sharing project, so they encourage everyone to share their knowledge and ideas and participate actively in this learning process.

Time Commitment: There will be maximum of three hours of zoom every day of the project (except one ‘zoom free’ weekend day) and one small daily challenge that you can complete in your own time. The times for the zoom sessions will be finalised closer to the start of the project and will be agreed between participants to accommodate all participants’ time zones.

English: conversational skills are required.

Availability: Please note that there is limited availability for online projects, so we allocate these places on a first come, first served basis.

Requirements:

You need to be a member of VSI to participate in this project. As a membership organisation and charity, VSI charges a small fee for membership. Members have access to a range of benefits, including our volunteering opportunities. If you want to participate in one of our online projects but you are unable to pay the VSI membership fee, please flag this in confidence during your application and we will work with you to be able to participate in the project.

Is training provided?: Yes

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

The sessions they offer include but are not limited to:

- Plant-based Cooking & Baking Classes
- Fun Environmental Quiz
- Eco Friendly Cleaning Products Tips
- DIY Selfcare Products Workshop
- Conscious Consumerism Workshop

Skills required for this role:

No prior knowledge or skills needed. 

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Time Commitment: There will be maximum of three hours of zoom every day of the project (except one ‘zoom free’ weekend day) and one small daily challenge that you can complete in your own time. The times for the zoom sessions will be finalised closer to the start of the project and will be agreed between participants to accommodate all participants’ time zones.

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

Additional screening required for this role:
Interested applicants need to be a member of VSI to participate in this project and fill out a short application form.

Contact

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

Name: Aine Boyle

Address: Voluntary Service International, 20 Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1

Website: www.vsi.ie

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