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Code: WF49-12
Country: Iceland
Region: Reykjavik
Title: Gay pride in Reykjavik
Start date: 31 July 2012
End date: 12 August 2012
Project type: Cultural
Ages: 18 - 70
Partner organisation: WF
UNA Exchange Placement Fee: £150.00 find out about costing
Work: The Gay Pride festival in Reykjavík will take place in the last days of the workcamp from 06/08 until 09/08. During those days Reykjavík is full of life, a huge, merry and colourful Gay Parade goes through the centre of town and a grand outdoor concert attended by over seventy thousand people – lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and straight, friends, relatives, fellow citizens and numerous foreign visitors - showing solidarity with the gay cause. Volunteers will help with the preparation of the Gay pride festival and participate in the activities down town Reykjavik. Before the festival we will help the City of Reykjavik to beautify the city center. This includes various types of environmental tasks as well as cleaning tasks and painting old houses. We will be working outside and help other environmental departments to take care of all the parks and green spots in the heart of Reykjavík.

In your free time you will have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools in Reykjavik. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Location: Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centred on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. It is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.
Accommodation: Volunteers stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag and towels, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge, and volunteers also have free access to shared desktop computers in communal areas. The accommodation provided by Worldwide Friends Iceland for volunteers in Reykjavik is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theaters, shops, museums, and bus stations. Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home!
Special remarks: TERMINAL : Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík ; STUDY THEME : n/a ; SPECIAL REMARKS : Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bags and towels. For interested volunteers WF Iceland will also organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs. ; EXTRA FEE : There is a participation fee of 180 euros payable on arrival  

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