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Supporting local forestry in Iceland

project description

The goal of the IFA and the other forestry associations in Iceland is to provide green recreational areas (open to anyone), increasing the forest cover of and protecting the forest remains of Iceland.
The IFA will host 5 EVS volunteers for 5 months, from 1st of May until 30th of September.
The project composes of various outdoor activities, including; planting, path making/maintenance, basic wood/stone construction and light thinning. The team will be led by a forestry educated supervisor who will work with and instruct the group in their work.
The main location of the project is in and around the farm of Úlfljótsvatn, which is the headquarters and home of the volunteers during their stay. Additionally, the group will travel to different sites around country were the volunteers will assist small forestry associations with their recreational forests.
Applicants should consider that the tasks will be physically demanding and the weather conditions can be challenging.

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accommodation, food and transport arrangements

The EVS volunteers´ base camp is situated in Úlfljótsvatn. Participants should be aware that the base camp is located in the countryside and not in a city. The accommodation is rustic farm house with all modern utilities. Úlfljótsvatn is to the south of the national park of “Þingvellir” and in the area of the famous "Golden circle" (including geysers, waterfall and beautiful nature area).
The volunteer team will have a car specifically devoted to them. This means the team can be independent in many ways.

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training during the project

Participants will be trained to conduct the different tasks during the hosting period, including planting technique and theory, security on work location, use of forestry equipment, path making and construction.

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volunteer profile

Participants should first of all be interested in nature and physical outdoor work and education on environmental matters, knowledge and experience in forestry can be beneficial. Communication skills and a positive mind-set are vital, since the tasks are performed in a group. However, everyone is considered and strong motivation and passion is the biggest quality.
This project can include young people with fewer opportunities, however there is no adapted frame for physically and mentally disabled people. Once training completes participants need to be able to work and live independently.

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how to apply

You need to contact the sending organization listed from your country and apply through them. Only individuals from the listed countries can apply.

For further information see our information page:
http://www.skog.is/forest/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=199&Itemid=50

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