ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE & COAST CLEANING
- The Coast Cleaning & Environmentally Aware project is part of a series of camps organised by SEEDS in cooperation with different partners in the capital area of Iceland. SEEDS works with The blue army, an organisation dedicated to the cause of coast cleaning; with Whales of Iceland, an exhibition of life size models of whales and porpoises aiming at educating about the lives of these animals and human impact on their existence, and SORPA the organisation in charge of waste collection & management in the Reykjavik area. This camp allows participants to learn about global and local environmental issues, especially regarding ocean plastic pollution, as well as to contribute directly to environmental protection by cleaning the coastline. This project is based on similar projects around the world, where outstanding results have been made with volunteers. We aim to also host a public beach cleaning to get locals to join us. We hope participants will also learn how to plan their own coast cleaning projects and that they will create such events back home.
- Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form as plastic takes 500 to 1,000 years to degrade in nature. Plastic is approximately 90% of all the trash in the ocean and about 80% of that plastic comes from coastal dispersal by people. The best way to help fight this is to clean the coastlines, to avoid trash coming from the land entering the sea and to pick up trash from the sea that has washed up on shore. Participants will visit local projects focused on the environment, such as a Geothermal power plant and have a guided tour of the facilities via multimedia installations and presentations to learn about Iceland‘s geothermal energy utilization; and also a recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained. This camp combines learning, sharing, cleaning some of the Reykjavík shores, and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about environmental issues in their country with the group of international participants. Included is a trip to the Hot River Hike, which is a hike up Reykjadalur valley in the vicinity of Hveragerði. The valley is filled with hot springs and there is a hot river in which one can bathe. No previous experience is necessary, participants should be ready for spending time outside, walking along the coast for the cleanup, as well as for other activities and sightseeing. As part of the project is happening outdoors, volunteers shall be ready to
- SEEDS participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. We will receive food supplies and you will be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Do not forget some traditional/typical food, drinks, recipes, music, games or movies from your country for the international evening.
- Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. 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 Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
- English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed. Other excursions (eg. Golden Circle, South shore, Reykjanes and/or Snæfellsnes) can be arranged at discount fares in case there is additional free time after the workshops or sessions of the camp. Weather may be very cold and/or rainy, so we recommend to bring winter warm and/or waterproof clothes (overcoats, scarves, gloves and hats) as part of the project takes place outside.
SEEDS Iceland was founded in 2005 as a non-governmental, non-profit organisation with international scope. Our main activities relate to the promotion of environmental protection and awareness, intercultural understanding and peace, through the work on social, cultural and environmental projects in Iceland. We aim to empower, inform and expand the horizons of people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, to inform them about the world in which we live and to take an active role in its future development. SEEDS provides opportunities to live, learn, understand and experience, while sharing and cooperating with others from different cultures and backgrounds. SEEDS Projects & Activities: SEEDS works closely with local communities, local authorities and other Icelandic associations. Jointly we develop projects aimed at fulfilling an identified need or to help in the development of particular actions that are already being undertaken. Projects are designed to be mutually beneficial to all involved: the individual volunteers, the local hosting communities and Iceland as a whole! By having a diverse array of projects and bringing together people from different backgrounds, creating more opportunities; we try to fulfil our vision and build on our founding ideas. Activities developed by SEEDS include: - Voluntary Service - International workcamps & Exchanges - Internships and lifelong learning programmes. - Awareness raising initiatives and campaigns - Seminars & training sessions - Cultural, arts and education exhibitions. Our projects in Iceland are funded and supported by: - Contributions from participants and volunteers in the projects - Youth in Action and Lifelong learning Programmes of the European Commission. - Engagement of our long-term volunteers and interns. - Additional non-financial contributions in kind from the local hosts of the projects. We are members of the Icelandic National Youth Council (LÆF), the Icelandic Environment Association (LANDVERND), the Senior European Volunteers Exchange Network (SEVEN) and work actively as partner organisation of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations (The Alliance), Service Civil International (SCI) and Youth Action for Peace (YAP). During 2010 we organised 80 different projects located in every corner of Iceland; we hosted more than 800 International volunteers from 42 different countries, who performed almost 60.000 hours of valuable volunteer work! In this time we increased our work with various environmental protection and conservation projects and we also raised the number of projects related to arts, cultural activities, festivals and sports events. Volunteers performed different types of tasks, for instance ecological research, removing invasive growth, building hiking trails, cleaning up the coastline, reforestation and erosion control work as well as construction or renovation of heritage monuments or community centres. In the cultural/festival/sport events related jobs, SEEDS came into action helping in their organisation and also taking part actively in the events. We bring together volunteers and hosts from different nationalities and backgrounds, aiming at building up international understanding and encouraging peace, while working for an identified need within a community. Many of our participants want to visit Iceland and get to know the country from a different perspective, being able to interact with locals and at the same time dedicating some of their time to support particular projects and addressing specific needs of the hosts. The rewards for the volunteers, communities and ecosystems are massive, while interacting with Icelanders, volunteers learn about the local culture and have the opportunity to build friendships; additionally, they develop new skills working in challenging and unfamiliar surroundings.
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