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SVE in Islanda

iceland“Support Local Forestry in Iceland”

SVE sull’ambiente


Hosting Organization Skógræktarfélag Íslands
Number of volunteers and gender 5 five volunteers from Spain, Italy, France, Austria and Poland. Gender balanced group
Theme(s) Forestry and Environment
Dates 1st of May 2015 to 30th of september 2015
Title Support Local Forestry in Iceland
Contest and environment The Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA) runs a great number of different projects in the field of afforestation and environmental improvements. Many of these projects require outdoor work during summer, such as planting, trail maintenance or wood construction. Since its creation in 1930 the IFA has different types of partners. Among those, local volunteers and schools took a great part in the work of the association. Therefore the IFA has a long  experience in working with people seeking for self accomplishment and gaining experience and knowledge.   The EVS volunteers will be involved in all sort of projects with the different partners. However one type of partnership that will be most common is the partnership with local forestry association. These local forestry association are based in most of the little towns of Iceland. They are runs by volunteers who are often very busy on their professional life or are retired and thus have limited time or physical abilities to conduct physical forestry works. The local association  have small or medium afforestation project that mostly aim a providing recreational areas for local inhabitants and enriching biodiversity. The EVS volunteers will help such local association to conduct small projects including path making, planting and branch picking. By spending one or two weeks in such small communities the EVS team will bring a great deal of energy to the people and that is always appreciate by the locals. Past and current camps  under such partnerships have always very positive feedback from the volunteers and the locals.   Participants should first of all be interested in Nature and physical outside work. Education  on environmental matters  would be a positive thing, knowledge and experience in forestry will be appreciated. Participants with a forestry related professional project are especially welcome.  This project can include young people with fewer opportunities, however there is no adapted frame for physically and mentally disabled people. Once training complete participants need to be able to work and live on their own responsibility. The main point is the maturity of the participants and their physical ability to carry out outdoor demanding task. In the recent past experience of the IFA, there has been both young and old participants showing great motivation and achieving quality work. Participants need to have a fluent communication in English or French. Gender balance is important for good group dynamic, the number of participants for this project is 5, there should be 2 or 3 participants of each gender.

This team of EVS volunteers will work for an increased Biodiversity and fight soil erosion in Iceland. Their work and energy will support local Icelandic volunteers in their environmental projects. Better access to forest areas will allow more public use and environmental awareness. Volunteers themselves will gain solid experience in outdoor working and learn on forest science and management.

The EVS project will also be a window for local Icelanders and all Icelandic partners into the European actions for youth and mobility.

Accommodation description The IFA is based in Reykjavik. The projects of the IFA are spread all around Iceland. Afforestation and forest management are often run in cooperation with the local forestry associations that are based in most of the small towns of Iceland. This means that the projects the EVS volunteers will be working on are spread around the whole country. Mobility of the work is a key element of this EVS hosting and stands as a strong attraction for the EVS applicants because they will have the opportunity to work and travel all around Iceland. Because of that mobility and also for practical and comfort reasons, the EVS team will have a car devoted to them. Volunteers will have to drive for work purpose and will have the opportunity to use the car for their own needs ( leisure, shopping..) during non-working time.   The EVS volunteers´  base camp will be situated in Úlfljóstvatn. It is in the south of the national park of Þingvellir and in the area of the so called “Golden circle” of Iceland (including geysers, waterfall and beautiful nature area). The IFA own a land in Úlfljóstvan with numerous buildings used for work and housing. The EVS volunteers will have a fully equipped house with single or group sleeping rooms. The house has all the comfort of a modern house and is located in a very beautiful countryside area. Internet connection will be provided. Very close to the house is located a scout camp area and camping area. In these area there is always a lot of activities and people, so despite the relative isolation of the house, there is in fact always a lot happening in the area. The IFA and the neighbor camp managers work in cooperation, therefore the EVS volunteers have the opportunity to enjoy the leisure facilities of the camp (fishing, sailing in the lake, outdoor sport fields…). It takes only 20 minutes to drive to the town of Selfoss where all services are provided. So during base camp periods volunteers will drive there to buy food and more. Volunteers will most often buy the food they need and cook for themselves. For that they will use prepaid bank card.
Food allowance 43.587 ISK or 285€
Local Transport The EVS team will have its own car for work and leisure activities
Pocket money According to the EVS regulation: 145 euros
Travel cost 100% up to 530 euros
Closest airport/travel direction Reykjavik (Keflavik) Airport and then the Flybus to the city center.
Emergency number +354 551 8150
Visa information no visa required
Country Currency Iceland Krona

Have a look to the daily Agenda here: timetable EVS activities

In case you are interested in taking part on this EVS, please send us your motivation letter and CV (both in English) to by December the 17th before 2 p.m.. The hosting organisation will take care of the selection.

Mandatory pre-departure training will be on the 9th of January. Food and accommodation will be covered by YouNet, the travels cost to Bologna and back will be covered by participants.