Volunteer in Iceland

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When you think of Iceland, what pops to mind? Pasty-white people? Ice? Remoteness? Vikings? While some of those qualities are marginally true, Iceland is known for having a well-educated and happy population. With that being said, volunteers can make a big impact in both urban and rural communities. Thankfully, untouched scenery surrounds both areas.

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Community Development

Iceland is considered by many to be a Third world country and much help is needed to rebuild and restore communities. Caring for the elderly, assisting at drug rehabilitation centers, and educating children are but three of the opportunities in which volunteers can engage.

Environmental Conservation

Venture to the glaciers surrounding Iceland’s ice caps to observe the effects of global warming. Taking samples and measurements can help scientists gain insight into glacier activity.

Youth Development / Education

Iceland was one of the first countries to severely feel the blows of the financial crisis. That most Icelandic schools are state-funded and that the government is burdened by debt means tutors and volunteer teachers are in great demand.

How Easy is it to Volunteer in and Get Around Iceland?

Commuting around the country is not a walk in the park: there is no railway or metro, leaving car rentals and urban buses both of which are very reliable. With regards to the language, English is widely spoken. If you can learn Icelandic before volunteering, more power to you!

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Iceland

Icelandic police don’t carry guns and prisoners are allowed to go home on public holidays. In short: Iceland does not suffer from violent, underground drug trades or civil strife. The landscape is the real danger: frozen lakes, deep crevasses, and uneven slopes of scoria (volcanic slag) can catch wandering travelers by surprise and inflict considerable, sometimes fatal, damage.

Health care risks in all Icelandic cities are very low. No immunizations or vaccines are needed. The water and food are safe to ingest. Volunteers can spend their time in Iceland with very few worries.

Visas for Volunteering in Iceland

Iceland is a member of the European Union, meaning any European passport is lawfully recognized in Iceland. What’s more, nationals of certain countries (excluding those in the Schengen Agreement) do not require a visa to stay in Iceland for up to 3 months. All that is required is a valid passport….and the expectation that you’ll want to apply for a visa at the end of 3 months.

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United Planet
Join United Planet on a gap year volunteer Quest in Iceland! Volunteer abroad in one of the most naturally beautiful countrie...
Thórsmörk Trailteam Volunteers, Iceland (Trailteam.is)
The main activities of our team are maintaining hiking trails in the Thórsmörk area, trail mapping, survey work, and GPS data...
Volunteers For Peace (VFP)
Volunteers for Peace offers multiple volunteer projects in Iceland that are all between 2-3 weeks long. Our projects each hav...
SEEDS Iceland
Workcamps are the most common form of short-term volunteering, where a group of volunteers work and live together on a projec...
To truly sense the remote beauty of the north-east, then the charming little fishing village of Þórshöfn on the north-east co...
Working Abroad Projects
Become a conservation volunteer in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland and join our teams to preserve the Vatnajökull National...
British Red Cross
Fully funded opportunities to volunteer overseas with the Red Cross! Our International Youth Volunteering Programme (IYVP) of...
GoBeyond Student Travel
Traverse this legendary landscape and leave forever inspired by the other-worldly beauty of Iceland. This Nordic oasis transf...