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Τύπος : Ευρωπαϊκή Εθελοντική Υπηρεσία (EVS) για εργασία με άτομα με ψυχικές διαταραχές


Πού ; Ρέικιαβικ, Ισλανδία
Ποιοι ; 2 άτομα 18-30 χρονών
Πότε ; Αύγουστος 2018-9
Προθεσμία : 28/01/2018


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About AUS – ICYE Iceland




AUS – ICYE Iceland is an international non – profit youth exchange organisation promoting youth mobility, intercultural learning and international voluntary service. Founded in 1949, AUS is a member of The National Youth Council of Iceland and of The ICYE Federation, which has national offices in over 40 countries. AUS is at the same time an educational organisation with the goal of giving people the opportunity to experience the culture and society of different nations.

AUS enables young people to develop their personal skills and broaden their horizon, by giving young people in Iceland the chance to go abroad as volunteers and also by receiving young people from different countries around the world in Iceland. It is run by homecoming volunteers at its office, as well as staff and board members.


  • We are looking for EVS volunteers for 2 different projects.
  • Applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old, coming from Erasmus+ Programme or Partner countries.
  • The deadline for applications is 28 January 2018. Any applications sent after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
  • Send us a CV and motivational letter to, and fill in the following short questionnaire.

Important: Please specify which project you are applying for in the subject of your e – mail (e.g. application for VIN project)!

  • The projects will run from end of August 2018 – August 2019.
  • Both projects are in Reykjavík area.
  • AUS – ICYE Iceland is a coordinating organization for those projects.


Projects Description

Project 1 : Geysir

Geysir Clubhouse works according to the Fountain House ideology and is a place where people with mental illness come to rebuild their lives. The participants are called members, not patients, and the focus is on their strengths, not their illness. Work in the clubhouse provides the core healing process. Every opportunity provided is the result of the efforts of the members and staff who work side by side in unique partnership.

One of the most important steps members take toward greater independence is transitional employment where they work in the community in real jobs. Members also receive assistance in securing housing, advancing their education, obtaining good psychiatric and medical care as well as maintaining public benefits. They are not under pressure to do more than they want to. Membership is for life so members have all the time they need to secure their new life in the community.


The volunteer will be asked to assist the staff and members of the Clubhouse to carry

on various tasks within the organisation. The role of the volunteer will be based on his/her strength and interest. There is a  variety in the work at Geysir Clubhouse and opportunities for the volunteer to bring in his/her ideas and abilities.

He/she will be asked to work alongside the staff and members, give a helping hand and be a caring friend. It is important to bear in mind that he/she will be working with people who have struggled with mental illnesses and want to partake in society in a constructive way.

Volunteer’s tasks include :

  • Attending unit and house meetings
  • Assisting and organising social activities, such as walks, board games or workshops and courses (e.g. arts & crafts, language etc.)
  • Assisting in the kitchen (e.g. organizing the menu, finding recipes, making coffee for the members etc.)
  • Assisting in the maintenance of Geysir
  • Carrying out activities in the office unit such as promoting the clubhouse and publishing various material

Project 2 : VIN

VIN is a shelter for mentally ill people, run by Icelandic Red Cross. The aim of VIN is to socially integrate, otherwise isolated, mentally ill people, to help them to change their routines and add something extra to their lives. The aim is also to improve their quality of life, and strengthen physiological, physical and sociological well-being of the guests. Guests come to the center of their own free will, but whilst they are here they can get various support and motivation if they want. Furthermore, they are assisted in increasing their skills of participation in daily activities.




VIN, through its weekly programs, gives people the opportunity to have something interesting to do during the day. Activities include listening to music, playing chess, painting, cooking, writing and watching movies. Guests are free to get involved in activities if they want and staff play a key role in helping to organize and conduct activities.

Some of the guests stay most of the day during the opening hours, others just for a while, some for the main meal or for the specific activities.  Most of them are very independent but in case they are not, they can ask for any kind of help or assistant they need and the staff will try to lead the way. Vin is meant for those who have been hospitalized but who are now in need of support on their own terms.

In a general meaning, the volunteer’s tasks will be to assist the staff at VIN taking care of the mentally ill clients the needs of the house. Some of his/her tasks include :

  • Conversing and spending quality time with guests, providing social support to them
  • Organizing and participating in the various activities of the day
  • Assisting in cooking and cleaning
  • Occasionally joining the staff and guests in extra activities, such as short trips or visits to museums

Volunteer’s profile

The volunteer must be interested in working with people with mental illnesses and need to be open minded, flexible, enthusiastic, responsible and able to take on various tasks and initiatives. He/she also should be a calm person, since some of the guests are quite fragile. He/she should be willing to learn and have good communication skills as human interaction is very important in this project. No specific educational background is required.

Practical Arrangements

Volunteer will stay in a shared apartment with other volunteers hosted by AUS – ICYE Iceland, or with a host family.

A monthly allowance in Icelandic Kronas, equivalent to 180 euros, will be given, as well as food allowance for the meals that are not provided within the project.

Local transportation expenses, health insurance, language courses, travel expenses (according to distance from volunteer’s country to Iceland) and on – arrival training are also covered, as part of Erasmus+ programme.

Volunteer will work Monday to Friday and have weekends off, plus 2 days of holidays per month. Holidays will also be given during Christmas, Easter and other holidays in accordance with Icelandic laws and customs.


Both projects are located in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Reykjavík has a population of 125000 inhabitants and is the world’s northernmost capital. It is located in the southwestern part of Iceland and is known worldwide for its wonderful amalgamation of active urban life and nature. A sense of creativity is central to the charm of the city, and efforts on different levels of the government and the community ensure that it remains at the cutting edge of art, culture and style. Reykjavik means «steamy bay» in Icelandic.



It was founded in 1786 and today is the heart of Iceland’s economic, cultural and governmental activity. Its multicultural and modern society, as well as the great quality of life, make it a nice place to be. Some of the most popular landmarks are Hallgrímskirkja (Iceland’s largest church), Harpa Concert Hall and Tjörnin.

In Reykjavík and Iceland people can enjoy a lot of unique landmarks and activities, such as visiting the famous Blue Lagoon and the dozens of hot springs around the country, or watching the Northern Lights.

We are looking forward to welcome you to your amazing EVS experience in Iceland!