Volunteer program in Iceland, your thoughts?

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    Jul 19, 2009 3:09 PM GMT
    I'd like to hear your thoughts and experiences with traveling abroad to participate in volunteer programs in Europe. I myself am going to Iceland for 2 weeks with CADIP, a Canadian based volunteering program. Eventually I'd like to see all of a good chunk of Europe just by doing theese programs.

    http://www.cadip.org/volunteer-in-iceland.htm
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    Jul 19, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    sutadyerk saidhttp://www.cadip.org/volunteer-in-iceland.htm

    "One of the favored sights in the area is the Helgustaðanáman mine, which is one of the world’s best-known sources of Icelandic spar."

    ...Icelandic spar, imagine that. ...well, that'll kill ten minutes. ... icon_lol.gif ... ROTFLMAO

    Caslon is not saying a damn thing....cuz he is laughing so hard he cant breathe!

    Ok, I am recovered. ...no, I'm not. ... icon_lol.gif


    "The fjords are magnificent and the sea is full of life, the birdlife is very rich and you can find a great variety of hiking paths." READ: you are going to be out on the edge of nowhere! You may not even see an Icelander, for heaven's sake. The Locals are going to be laughing their asses off at the foriegners who pay to come clean up the trash.


    Actually, I am wondering why the Icelanders arent doing this. Iceland isnt a third world country. Altho they may still be flat broke.

    Do you have any idea why they need volunteers to come and clean their countryside?
  • Bunjamon

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    Jul 19, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    I think volunteering vacations are a cool idea, and I really would like to visit Iceland, too, but I think volunteering in places where they might need your help more, like developing countires, would be a better use of your willingness to help people. Plus, they tend to be in warmer, sunnier places! icon_wink.gif
  • Sparkycat

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    Jul 19, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    I don't understand why people think they need to go to a foreign country to find people who need their help through volunteer work. There are plenty of opportunities in the states. Of course, that's not as much fun, and volunteering is supposed to be about the fun. Right?
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    Jul 19, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    Iceland's bankrupt. They can probably use some volunteers, for everything but the gene pool icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 19, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    i'm not going there to pick up their trash. I'm taking time off from a well paying job to go travel, do volunteer work for free, and to visit a new country I have never been to before. I'm glad everyone has something negative to say.
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    Jul 19, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    acknowledged, excluding you then.
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    Jul 19, 2009 9:49 PM GMT


    Chewey_Delt has been doing work with the Peace Corp in Armenia....
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    Jul 19, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    Iceland is a great place and the people are wonderful. I think any opportunity to visit a new place and try out new things is great. If you're interested here, go!
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    Jul 19, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    Nice to know the RJ regulars have finally synchronized their menstrual cycles. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 19, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    sutadyerk saidI'm glad everyone has something negative to say.

    You asked for people's thoughts....
    sutadyerk saidVolunteer program in Iceland, your thoughts?


    sutadyerk saidi'm not going there to pick up their trash....

    "Most of the work will be cleaning..."
    "...taking old fences down..."
    "...clean up the coastline..."

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    There's only 972 of these people. WTH is going on here?
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    Jul 19, 2009 11:03 PM GMT


    I think it's great that your volunteering your time, but are you volunteering because of a crisis that you feel you want to be involved in because you see a need to help make change or is it that want to be able to say this is something you've done? I ask because you say you will not pick up trash as if that's a bad thing to do? Help on any level is just that and no task falls short whatever it might be.
  • Rookz

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    Jul 19, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    You sir are a smart man.

    To volunteer, no, to give your time for another is a noble cause. And second, a trip to see Europe in other possible events of volunteering is kick-ass! Plus, the natives will not suspect you're a tourist but someone whose genuine interest is to help out their culture. May friends were thinking of teaching English in Japan but that's not volunteering; just an excuse to have their way with tiny Japanese girls in school girl uniform.
  • JohnG16775

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    Jul 20, 2009 3:06 AM GMT
    so and have fun, there are no do overs in this life. Enjoy and give back.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jul 20, 2009 3:24 AM GMT
    Caslon12000 said


    Oh just a minute....
    Eskifjördur Christian dating service
    Eskifjördur African American singles
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    There's only 972 of these people. WTH is going on here?


    When you look up a town online, it's always for either dating services, hotels, or restaurants, even if said town doesn't have any of these things.

    And in my defense, I never said going to Iceland was a bad idea! icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 20, 2009 3:43 AM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    Caslon12000 said


    Oh just a minute....
    Eskifjördur Christian dating service
    Eskifjördur African American singles
    Eskifjördur Hispanic dating service
    Eskifjördur Vegetarian singles

    There's only 972 of these people. WTH is going on here?


    When you look up a town online, it's always for either dating services, hotels, or restaurants, even if said town doesn't have any of these things.

    Oh, I just thought the people were desperate to get out of that town .... "marry me, please!"
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    Jul 20, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    wyrln saidNice to know the RJ regulars have finally synchronized their menstrual cycles. icon_rolleyes.gif


    ABSOLUTE WIN

    some people are just catty.
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    Jul 20, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    It's great that you're coming over to visit Iceland Sutadyerk. The weather in the east, particularly where you're going is usually the best you can get in the summer and I'm sure you'll have a great time.

    Will you be staying in Reykjavik at all? If you want any info I'll be more then happy to help.
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    Jul 20, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    Thank you, In Kirkjubæjarklaustur volunteers will be hosted in a local house; sleeping on mattresses. In the National park volunteers will sleep on bunk beds in shared dorms within the National Park. I however may bring my tent and sleeping back and camp out in the National Park, howl at the moon....
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    Jul 20, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    Yeh man I'd definately do that. You'll feel the earthquakes better that way. Will you be in the National park by Vatnajökull then or are you in Eskifjörður?
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    Jul 20, 2009 4:57 PM GMT
    I have a friend who volunteers each summer in Africa. It has greatly enriched his life, and from the photos I've seen of his travels and work, he had a lot of fun, made great friends, and contributed to the betterment of others' lives.

    I don't know anything about CADIP, so my only advice would be to make sure it's a reputable organization and, if possible, to get some feedback from others who have been in their program.

    I've only been in the airport in Reykjavik, but what I saw of Iceland from the air was amazing. Good luck, and have fun.
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    Jul 20, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    Friends of mine here and I are organizing for a trip like this. We were using a different organization to help coordinate, but we liked the idea of combining adventure with helping people. It serve as a vacation but adds purpose.

    I think it is a great idea.