Islantiin EVS-vapaaehtoistyöhön!

Olisitko kiinnostunut lähtemään ensi vuonna vapaaehtoistyöhön Islantiin? Hae EU-tuettuun vapaaehtoispalveluun! Yhteistyöjärjestömme AUS – ICYE Iceland etsii nuoria kuuteen vapaaehtoistyöpaikkaan!

Jaksot alkavat vapaaehtoistyöpaikasta riippuen ensi vuoden helmi–elokuussa ja kestävät 8–12 kuukautta. Vapaaehtoistyöpaikat ovat:

  1. Mielenterveysongelmista kärsivien tukikeskus Reykjavikissa
  2. Vanhainkoti Reykjavikissa
  3. Koulu Langanesissa
  4. Nuorisovaihtojärjestö (AUS) Reykjavikissa
  5. Vammaisten työpaja Reykjavikin esikaupunkialueella
  6. Mielenterveysongelmista kärsivien tukitalo Reykjavikissa

Alta voit tutustua kuhunkin vapaaehtoistyöpaikkaan tarkemmin. Eurooppalainen vapaaehtoispalvelu (European Voluntary Service, EVS) on tarkoitettu 18–30-vuotiaille ja sen rahoituksesta vastaa Euroopan unioni. Osallistujan maksettavaksi voi jäädä pieni osa matkakustannuksista. Vapaaehtoistyöntekijälle kustannetaan:

  • matkat kohdemaahan (osallistujan maksettavaksi voi jäädä pieni osa matkakustannuksista)
  • lähettävän järjestön tuki ja yhteydenpito
  • kohdemassa tulovalmennuskoulutus ja puolivuotisleiri
  • täysi ylläpito kohdemaassa
  • taskuraha
  • päivittäiset työmatkat vapaaehtoistyöpaikalle
  • kattava sairaus- ja tapaturmavakuutus sekä vastuuvakuutus
  • tukea paikallisen kielen opiskeluun

Lue lisää Eurooppalaisesta vapaaehtoispalvelusta ja tutustu osallistujien kokemuksiin.

1. VIN Center for the mentally impaired (Reykjavik)

  • Volunteering periods:
    Feb 2019 – Feb 2020 (1 volunteer) – hae 15.11.2018 mennessä
    Aug 2019 – Aug 2020 (1 volunteer) – hae 15.5.2019 mennessä

The aim is to give the people that come to Vin the possibility to have something interesting to do during the day, like playing chess, playing boccia, doing gymnastics or dancing (sometimes), listening to music, painting, writing or watching movies when they want. Concerning practical facilities, the mentally ill can have something to eat in the morning, and there is a main meal at lunch time for those who want to join. They can also use the shower, the washing machine, and rest a bit in a room with a few mattresses. Some of the clients stay a long time during the day, others just for a while, others for the main meal, and others for specific activities. Most of the clients are autonomous but in case they are not, they can ask for any help they need. VIN is meant for those who have been hospitalised in the past but who don‘t need further special care (there is no medical care at VIN project). VIN Center is run by the Icelandic Red Cross in Reykjavik.

In a general meaning, the volunteer’s tasks will be to assist the staff at VIN (4 workers), taking care of the mentally ill clients the needs of the house. The volunteer will participate in different activities, like conversing with the guests and spending quality time with them, cooking (about two hours preparation), organizing and participating in the activities of the day, cleaning the house, etc. The volunteer will also be asked to join the staff in some extra activities, like going for a walk or visit a museum (sometimes, not regular). In this project the volunteer’s ideas, skills, and initiatives will be welcomed. Every worker and the volunteer will participate in everything. There aren’t specific tasks for each workers and all of them work together in a friendly atmosphere.

  • Working hours: Working hours will be from 9:00 to 16:00, five days a week, and weekends off.
  • Accommodation: The volunteer will live in a flat in Reykjavík with other EVS volunteers and will have a private room.
  • Food: The volunteer will have breakfast and lunch in the project, and get in addition to that food money for the meals not covered by the project.
  • Allowance: The volunteer will get a certain amount of pocket money, every month

2. Grund Home for the elderly (Reykjavik)

  • Volunteering period: Feb 2019 – Feb 2020 (1 volunteer) – hae 15.11.2018 mennessä

Grund is the oldest home for the elderly in Iceland. In October 2012 it was celebrating its ninetieth anniversary. Grund is a private foundation. Today there are 200 residents in Grund and more than 300 employees. Grund is divided into four parts: first of all there is the main building overlooking the Hringbraut street, in the North there are Little Grund and Mini Grund, the last part are a couple of apartments on Brávallagötu street and folks who are staying there are in better shape, but still can enjoy the day watch services.

The volunteer’s tasks consist of assisting the staff taking care of the elderly. The volunteer must be prepared to assist the staff with everything in the daily routine. The tasks include helping the elderly to get dressed, feeding the clients unable to do so themselves, taking the elderly people for walks around the neighbourhood, assisting them in their leisure work (knitting, needlework or other handicrafts) and helping them in their daily physical activities indoors or outdoors. The volunteer will also be asked to help in the kitchen. All ideas that might enrich the life of the elderly people are welcome. They can include entertainment activities such as music, theatre, reading, creative and artistic hand-work, preparing special meals from the volunteer’s home country, and, according to the volunteer’s progressive knowledge of the Icelandic language, sharing ideas and telling stories about their native country.

  • Working hours: Usually between 9-11.30 and 13-15.30, Monday to Friday, but may vary. Weekends are free. Volunteers will work a maximum of 36 hours/week.
  • Accommodation: The volunteer will live in a flat in Reykjavík with other EVS volunteers and will have a private room..
  • Food: The volunteer will have breakfast and lunch in the project, and get in addition to that food money for the meals he does not get in the project.
  • Allowance: The volunteer will get a certain amount of pocket money, every month

3. Langanes school (Þórshöfn, northeast Iceland)

  • Volunteering period: Jul 2019 – Feb 2020 (1 volunteer) – hae 15.5.2019 mennessä

Grunnskólinn á Þórshöfn is a school located at Þórshöfn (Thorshafn), a small town located in Langanes peninsula in the far northeast corner of Iceland. The economy in this area is almost exclusively fishing and sheep farming.

The school has approximately 70 students, from 1st to 10th grade. Its aim is to provide the best well rounded education possible to the students. Activities are school related and school subject related, but also to the youth in the area including after-school activities and project based learning activities, and field trips both nationally and abroad.

  • Working hours: The volunteer is expected to work 25 – 35 hours per week, from Monday to Friday. Usually he will work 2 to 3 hours in the morning and 3 to 5 hours in the afternoon.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation will be with a host family (probably another school teacher), but the volunteer is going to have his own private room.
  • Food: Lunch during weekdays is provided by the school, and additional food allowance will be given for the volunteer to cover his/her own meals apart from that.
  • Allowance: The volunteer will get a certain amount of pocket money, every month.

4. AUS Office Reykjavik

  • Volunteering period: Aug 2019 – Aug 2020 (1 volunteer) – hae 15.5.2019 mennessä

AUS-ICYE Iceland is an international non-profit youth exchange organisation promoting youth mobility, intercultural learning and international voluntary service. AUS has more than 50 years of experience of organising long and short-term exchanges combining home stays with voluntary service in a variety of community service projects around the world. AUS is run by homecoming volunteers, and the staff and board members. AUS is a member of The National Youth Council of Iceland. AUS is a part of The ICYE Federation which has national offices in over 34 countries.

Our organisation has been giving the chance for many years to youngsters from Iceland or abroad to volunteer in various projects, improving their skills and meeting new cultures and people. Since its establishment in Iceland, AUS has organised various actions to raise awareness about human rights, promote young people’s social inclusion and well-being, and offer volunteering opportunities.

The EVS volunteer will be working at our office, assisting the director at his daily tasks. They will be in charge of activities regarding the EVS and ICYE volunteering program that AUS is involved in, promoting AUS actions and activities, organising or assisting with events etc. They is also expected to bring his/her own ideas and contribute with personal projects They may be interested in.

  • Working hours: From 11:00 to 17:00 on weekdays (flexible), weekends off.
  • Accommodation: The volunteer will live in a flat in Reykjavík with other EVS volunteers and will have a private room..
  • Food: Food allowance will be provided to him/her to cover his/her own meals.
  • Allowance: The volunteer will get a certain amount of pocket money, every month.

5. Ásgarður Suburb of Reykjavik

  • Volunteering period: Aug 2019 – Aug 2020 (1 volunteer) – hae 15.5.2019 mennessä

The project involves working with people with disabilities. Ásgarður is a protected working place where the workers face various difficulties in life. All of the clients are disabled and all of them face limited options in other working places, and in life in general. The mission of Ásgarður is to give each and every client the opportunity for personal growth in creative working environment. Ásgarður is located in Mosfellsbær, a neighboring suburb of the city of Reykjavík – the capital of Iceland. There are approximately 7000 people that live in Mosfellsbær, and it is still growing. All services are provided, including medical services.  Reykjavik is 20 minutes away by bus, which goes to the city centre.

The aim is that the volunteer will blend well into the environment and the good atmosphere in Ásgarður by additional creational work. The volunteer should provide input, take initiatives as well as being supportive to the workers of Ásgarður. His role is to assist with the wood workshop where the daily work of Ásgarður is done. Using the daily environment, it is possible to develop new things in the wood production, and art. Also the volunteer will participate in theatre work and preparations of the theatre workshops with the theatre-group in Ásgarður and other creation. In Ásgarður there is also a hiking club that organises walks to the area, where the volunteer can join.

  • Working hours: Usually from 8:00 to 16:00 every weekday except from Fridays, when the work is finished around 12:00.
  • Accommodation: The volunteer will live in a flat in Mosfellsbæer close to the project, and will have a private room.
  • Food: Breakfast and lunch during weekdays are provided by Ásgarður, and additional food allowance will be given for the volunteer to cover their own meals apart from that.
  • Allowance: The volunteer will get a certain amount of pocket money, every month.

6. Geysir Reykjavik

  • Volunteering period: Aug 2019 – Aug 2020m (1 volunteer) – hae 15.5.2019 mennessä

Geysir Clubhouse is a place where people with mental illness come to rebuild their lives. The participants are called members, not patients, and the focus is on their strengths, not their illness. Work in the clubhouse provides the core healing process. Every opportunity provided is the result of the efforts of the members and staff who work side by side in unique partnership. One of the most important steps members take toward greater independence is transitional employment where they work in the community in real jobs. Members also receive assistance in securing housing, advancing their education, obtaining good psychiatric and medical care as well as maintaining public benefits.

The volunteer will be asked to assist the staff and members of the Clubhouse to carry on various tasks within the organisation. The role of the EVS volunteer will be based on his/her strength and interest. There is a lot of variety in the work at Geysir Clubhouse and the possibilities for the volunteer to bring in his/her ideas and abilities. They will be asked to work alongside the staff and members, give a helping hand and be a caring friend. It is important to bear in mind that they will be working with people who have struggled with mental illnesses and want to partake in society in a constructive way. Having every year someone from a different culture with whom the members can exchange experiences, talk, work alongside and break the monotony and giving young European volunteers the opportunity to work with less fortunate people is the essence of hosting a volunteer at the Geysir Clubhouse. These are the greatest learning opportunities for the volunteer: To interact with people with mental illness, support them, share their own life and background and create friendships. This, in itself, is a real opportunity as there is not often a possibility to be around and experience the life of those suffering from mental illnesses on a daily basis.

  • Working hours: The volunteer is expected to work from 9 -16 from Monday to Friday. The volunteer will have some flexibility in the hours they put in. Saturdays and Sundays are off.
  • Accommodation: The volunteer will live in a flat in Reykjavík with other EVS volunteers and will have a private room..
  • Food: The volunteer will have breakfast and lunch in the project, and get in addition to that food money for the meals they does not get in the project.
  • Allowance: The volunteer will get a certain amount of pocket money, every month.

Haku: Tutustu ensin Eurooppalaiseen vapaaehtoispalveluun yleisesti. Laadi sitten englanninkielinen motivaatiokirje ja ansioluettelo ja lähetä ne Maailmanvaihtoon osoitteeseen maailmanvaihto@maailmanvaihto.fi viimeistään 15.11.2018 (helmikuussa alkavat jaksot) tai viimeistään 15.5.2019 (heinä–elokuussa alkavat jaksot).