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Short-term Trail Team placements

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Applications for 2017 are now closed. Details about our 2018 programme will be published here on December 15th.

Placement dates
Group 1: 04/06/17 – 17/06/17
Group 2: 25/06/17 – 08/07/17
Group 3: 23/07/17 – 05/08/17
Group 4: 13/08/17 – 26/08/17

Due to the large number of applications this season, three extra projects have been added to the programme. These placements are particularly suitable for volunteers who have worked with us before or have similar practical experience due to their timing or location.

07/05 – 20/05 (Spring conditions)
09/07 – 22/07 (Focused on long-range and remote sites)
27/08 – 09/09 (Autumn conditions)

Our work
The work we do can be divided into two main parts; trail maintenance and erosion control. The trail maintenance work involves a huge variety of practical tasks including improving drainage, building steps with timber or stone, resurfacing trails with gravel and installing signs. Hand tools including rock bars and stone carriers are used for much of the work but machinery is brought in to support the teams were access allows. Our volunteers work alongside Forest Service staff who cut timber for the trail construction tasks. Trail marking is an important part of our work as it helps to prevent damage to fragile areas and improve safety for visitors. Way-markers for the trails are made on site from locally sourced timber.

Placement structure
On arrival, our 2-week placement volunteers are assigned to one of our established volunteer teams at Langidalur (Thórsmörk) and Básar (Goðaland) and have the opportunity to move location in their second week. As well as the Langidalur and Básar camps, options in the second week may include our long-range and Highland projects though these are dependant on suitable weather conditions. Our Trail Team placements are an opportunity to get to know this amazing area and play an important role in helping to preserve and protect it.

Costs
There is no participation fee. Our volunteers pay their own travel costs to Iceland and join their team at the Langidalur base-camp in Thórsmörk. Throughout the placement, food, transport and campsites are provided. Please note that participants cover their own costs if they leave the project area during their free time.

Work times
Our volunteers work from Monday to Friday and the working day normally runs from 09.00 to 18.00, however this schedule can vary due to the nature of some of the projects. Participants must also be prepared for some flexibility in these working hours due to Iceland’s changeable weather. Worksites are generally 15-45 minutes walk from the camps.

Equipment
Gloves and waterproofs for work are provided as well as any additional safety equipment that is required during the work tasks. Participants need to bring their own personal equipment and it is very important that our volunteers are well prepared. Essentials include: waterproofs and warm clothes, hiking boots and a sturdy tent that you are able to carry when hiking. See our Equipment list for volunteers.

Food
Food is provided throughout the placement. It is important that participants inform us about special dietary requirements before of their placement, as food is often organised  ahead of the projects. Volunteers take part in food preparation and all other domestic tasks at the camps.

Travel
Our volunteers organise their own travel to the meeting point at Thórsmörk (Húsadalur).

Insurance
Participants organising their own travel insurance for the duration of the placement.

Our campsites
Our teams stay at established volunteer camps and wilderness camps during their placements. Our established camps at Langidalur (Thórsmörk) and Básar (Goðaland) have basic facilities including toilets, showers, cooking facilities and group tents for eating in. At our Highland team camp at Hvanngil (Laugavegurinn Hiking Trail) facilities including toilets and an indoor group space for cooking and shelter during the evenings. Our long-range wilderness camps have no facilities and all food and equipment is carried in by the teams.

Further information can be found in our Volunteer Guide.
If you have any questions, please contact us by email: Thorsmork@trailteam.is.

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