The project involves working with the people and owners of the farm. This is a family run farm that has 2 adults and 2 adult sons in their twenties. The farm has many animals such as sheep, hens, goats, cows and dog.
The volunteer will work alongside the family. The work will be traditional farming on a horse ranch, i.e. taking care of the horses and sheep, fence maintenance, haymaking and agriculture. Other work includes painting, repairs, and environmental work such as traditional gardening.
The volunteer is expected to learn various farming tasks and be able to focus on areas they find rewarding and interesting. The intercultural learning will be through interaction with the family, locals and through learning how a farm in Iceland is traditionally run.
Bjarg is a farm located in the southeast of Iceland, about 40 minutes from the town of Selfoss and approximately 90 minutes from the capital. The surrounding area is one of the most popular tourist spots in Iceland and is close to the Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir), but the farm itself is rather isolated.
Selfoss, with a population of about 7000 people, is the largest town in South Iceland, and the main service center of trade and industry. Employment is known to be good and it is considered a great place to live in. A variety of services are provided in Selfoss with many stores serving the residents and surrounding towns. The town is located about 11 km inland from the southwestern coast of Iceland, and 50 km from Reykjavík. The town has an outdoor swimming pool with a sauna and hot tubs, located near the center of town in a walking distance from shops and services.
Selfoss is a popular place for climbing, and has an annual festival called 'Sumar a Selfossi' (“Summer in Selfoss”) in early August. Locals decorate their gardens with colored ribbons and a fete with musicians and magicians is held by the library, culminating with a bonfire and fireworks display in the evening.
North of Selfoss is the woodland of Hellisskógur with interesting footpaths alongside the Ölfusá river.
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.
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.