Training and support
Our programme has many years of experience behind it, and is built on a process of innovation and continuous development.
The Programme Leader: Chas Goemans now works in Iceland for over half the year and will be on site throughout the volunteer programme. The only member of staff, Chas plans the materials, supplies and work sites, and is the lead designer for the structures and work practices. Chas has lived in Iceland for many years and has worked there for more.
The Training Coordinator: Tony Newby leads on the training and support of the Operations team and the Management teams. Tony has worked in the development and training of volunteers for over 30 years and has been coming to Iceland to train and support this and earlier programmes for the last 12 years, unfortunately still failing to pick up much Icelandic.
Each Operations Team will receive a tailored course of training before managing volunteers, which draws on International benchmarked experience and sets the standard to which we expect all volunteers to behave and work.
Both groups of 6 week volunteers will also receive a tailored course of training before starting the main work weeks.
All volunteers receive a full induction into the camp, work practices and safety procedures that are needed to keep our people, safe and healthy and as happy as we can.
We give a great deal of information and shared experience to all the volunteers so they can react correctly to the ever changing conditions of the area. The programme relies on all those people involved to contribute as much as they can, this is what makes this programme so successful.
If you have questions before you arrive, please use the reply and comments area on our Information Pages. It is important to bring the right equipment. However please remember that after April, Chas will be on site in Langdalur with limited internet connection. Tony will be joining him mid May but will be able to connect up regularly to consider any questions from the part two volunteers between 6th to 30th June. When on site we can usually connect up every few days dependent on workload and conditions.