Everyday life in the volunteer project
During the first two weeks we were taught about climate change and its drastic consequences for Iceland. Our contact person on site, Sebastian, and other volunteers also organized other workshops, which helped us to have lively discussions. We also reflected on how each individual, as well as society, can help to mitigate climate change and its consequences.
A related task was to collect birch seeds that would be planted next year but would not survive the winter.
We also gathered regularly for joint beach cleanups at various beaches. This allowed us not only to put the collected knowledge into practice, but also to clean the beach from trash and plastic and do something good for the environment.
Free time and excursions
In our free time we often visited outdoor swimming pools, or looked at the impressive waterfalls and canyons. For all excursions, however, we had to calculate quite a bit of driving time, due to the many fjords.
Because of the cold weather, the road conditions were always dangerous and it quickly came to unpredictable weather changes. That's why I spent part of my island adventure on the south coast of Iceland.
My work there focused mostly on working with plants in a greenhouse. So picking mint or tomatoes was part of my daily routine, which I really enjoyed. Not only was I able to improve my knowledge of botany, but I was also able to put it into practice.
In summary, I can only say that Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen.
Apart from the high prices and the cold weather, in hindsight I can only rave about this beautiful island. From the fjords, to the waterfalls or the breathtaking canyons - Iceland has so much to offer and a unique nature and environment that I will miss very much.