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Getting wonderful volunteers to experience something great with us!
We are transforming an abandoned fish factory into sustainable creative center, providing a vibrant space to create and trade for our village, Stöðvarfjörður, East Iceland. We aim to revitalize our community and serve as an innovative example of sustainable living both locally and internationally.
BUT, we need help! This project is something that takes a lot of time and effort from just a few people. The art centre will be an incredible resource for creative spirits on a large scale, but first we need to get it going. We need happy helpers to sweep floors, sort through stuff, and paint walls, drill, build (whatever you're good at doing!) so that we can start making this into a possible working environment. We aim to have a creative art space and workshops available to artists and people with great ideas, by 2015.
Once the centre is up and running, you can come and visit, admire the effort you have put into it! Your help as individuals and as a group will be the starting point to a beautiful space for creativity.
We promise to give big smiles, good times and endless appreciation in a truly beautiful environment, and maybe once in a while a bit of fish soup, group dinners and coffee !
How to get here :
You can fly to Egilstaðir, with flugfelag.is , try to get a ride on samferda.is or just rent a bus together :) ! It may seem far, because it takes a while, but the scenery you will see on the way is more than worth the while!
Where you'll sleep:
Staying here, over the summer we are able to offer you the possibility to sleep in a community centre, there is running water, electricity and a kitchen facility, it isn't the hilton but it's big and has lots of sofas ! The perfect place to sit back and relax, enjoy the view of the mountains, have your morning coffee and get to know other volunteers !
What you'll be doing:
People with skills in carpentry, or electricity are an extremely valuable resource and we would really love to take you on board!
At the moment there is a lot that needs to be done! We need the walls to be painted, the floors to be swept, and some stuff to be sorted through. This is the sort of work that is so easy for many people to do at once! Yes it's work, but it's all worth it!
All help is appreciated, the person who makes the coffee is just as important as the person who paints a wall.
There is a little shop but it doesn't have much of a selection, we would suggest that you buy food that is easy to prepare ( but delicious!). The mountains are full of beautiful herbs if you have a knack for horticulture, you will appreciate the vast variety of wild flowers and begin to easily add them to your food, your plate will be filled with the delicious taste of Stöðvarfjörður!
Project Manager Rósa is an excellent cook, and there is nothing like the taste of fish soup on the pebbly beach to get the groups ready for a day of work and fun!
Buy: Food like pasta, rice and fresh foods to make sure your energy is high and morale too!
What Stöðvarfjörður is like:
Maybe everywhere in Iceland says this, but Stöðvarfjörður is truly magical, the nature surrounding the town is beautiful, it is great for budding photographers and painters to get inspired. The sea hits the rocks and creates a wonderful atmosphere, Stöðvarfjörður is the perfect experience for international travelers who would like to get a taste of Icelandic small town living, in a loving community.
A little history:
In 2005 the fish factory of Stöðvarfjörður was closed down. The 32 workers who were employed at the time of closure lost their jobs, and as always this was a blow to the economy of the little town. Now a population of approximately 150 people, Stöðvarfjörður is essentially a dying community within a beautiful area. When talks of selling the fish factory came about, it was decided to be bought over in order to make an art space.
The project needs volunteers with a good heart who want to see a project grow, this is a unique project and we'd love for great people to be part of a growing creative community.
Self sustainability, art!
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Fish fish fish...art art art !