Horse Farm Laekjarhus (ICE-16)


Type: Animals, Agriculture - Country: Iceland

Brief description and main aims

The farm is run by a family made up of 2 adults and 2 children plus some workers and volunteers during summer and busy times. Besides horses, the farm has many other animals such as sheep, hens, goats, cows and dogs.

Volunteer tasks

The aim is that the volunteer will be to help around the farm and in the home. The farm duties include:
  • feeding the animal
  • mending fences
  • taking the horses out for a walk
  • combing the horses 
  • helping anywhere there is a need
Most of tasks at the farm depend of the season and are therefore diverse. Because of these diverse activities the volunteer can spend time in areas they find interesting. 
 
As this is a family run farm the volunteer will be working closely with family and partake in all activities and chores in the home. It is quite likely the volunteer will quickly become one of the family due to working and living so closely to them. The people who own this farm are extremely welcoming and accommodating. They are a husband and wife team with two children and they want the volunteer to be able to integrate and be part of the family.
 

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer has to:
  • be flexible
  • like to work with animals and care for them
  • be willing and open to help with various tasks on the farm
  • be open to new experiences and interested in discovering new society and culture
All genders are welcome. 
 
The owners of the farm are excited to welcome foreign volunteers as they find it interesting to have someone from a different country, as it adds to the project and family. The volunteer has an opportunity to partake in activities he or she finds interesting and can influence the working process.

Location

The farm located in the south of Iceland, about 20 minutes from Höfn in Hornafjördur.

There are approximately 1500 people living in Höfn. All services are provided, including medical services. Skaftafell (in Vatnajökull National Park) is one and a half hour away by car however the farm is is still a bit isolated for those who don‘t have a car since there are no buses to Höfn during the winter time, but the family is more than willing to help volunteers reach Höfn.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will live in private room in the family house and share the facilities in the house such as kitchen, toilet and bath with the family: a married couple and their 2 sons in the twenties.

More Information

The farm has connections to other farms around the area and there is a lot of communication between farms. There will be many opportunities to meet and visit other farms and getting to know both the local people in the area as well as seasonal workers and volunteers. They visit Höfn fairly often and always invite the volunteer to go with them. They have also mentioned being willing to lend their car to the volunteer so he/she can visit the village freely. 
 
Breaks will be given during Christmas, Easter and other holidays in accordance with Icelandic laws and customs. For each month of work, there are 2 days of holiday, so for 6 months voluntary exchange there are 12 days of holiday and for 12 months exchange there are 24 days of holiday.

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