"It has undeniably changed my life for the better."
Kasie Kirkpatrick from the USA
Overall the program was so much better than I ever could have imagined. The team went above and beyond to ensure our 2 weeks on the farmhouse were not only productive and educational, but also memorable.
Úlfljótsvatn and the farmhouse were beautifully serene, the perfect place to spend 2 weeks working with reforestation. Each day we rose (with a sun that never set) and spent the day either establishing new forests (by planting, fertilization, or clean up) or performing random tasks in the surrounding area. The program itinerary ensured we were able to experience many aspects of reforestation and better understand the structure and scope of the initiatives to “re-green” Iceland.
Our supervisor, Jón Jònsson, was extremely knowledgable and patient with all of us, while still being able to run the program smoothly and efficiently. Each morning Jón met us at the farmhouse with the plans for the day, and each day he worked right alongside of us, sharing his passion for forestry.
The only complaint I have is that time seemed to go by too fast. Two weeks was not enough time in such a beautiful location, doing such honorable work with such amazing people.
I can’t thank Working Abroad, and the team enough for the opportunity they provided to be apart of this program. It has undeniably changed my life for the better.
"We learned so much about Icelandic culture and history, in addition to meeting great people along the way"
Jackie Chan from the USA
All of us enjoyed our time volunteering so much. We especially liked working with the long-term volunteers that have been stationed at the camp for several weeks before we joined them. Everyone there was so enthusiastic and welcoming, it really shaped our experience in a very great way. Jon was also an excellent teacher and friend to us all. His leadership style was perfect in giving us the motivation we needed and guidance to ensure that the plants and our roles were carried out properly.
Thank you for everything and especially in helping us arrange such a valuable two-week program. We learned so much about Icelandic culture and history, in addition to meeting great people along the way. I will definitely keep in touch with the other volunteers and Jon.