United Planet: Volunteer in Iceland (Gap Program)

    United Planet: Volunteer in Iceland (Gap Program)


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: Iceland
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Program Length: Academic Year, Semester, Other
    • Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    • Category: Community Service
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Homestay
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
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    Iceland is a place of amazement for volunteers of all backgrounds. United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.

    Bright summer nights, and the mystic and beautiful Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in winter grace volunteers with wonder. 11% of the country is covered by glaciers, including Vatnajökull, the largest in Europe. Icelandic sagas from the 13th century provide a historical record for the country, one of the smallest in terms of population with only 310,000 inhabitants. As a volunteer in Iceland, you may be surprised to find somewhat mild temperatures throughout the year, thanks to the ocean gulfstream.

    United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Iceland, you will be hosted by AUS, ICYE’s Icelandic partner organization. AUS has been organizing home stays and volunteer projects in Iceland for more than fifty years in an effort to promote experiential learning.



    Volunteers can help with farm work in Iceland, including feeding, cleaning, milking, and brushing various animals such as horses, sheep, cows, hens, goats, and dogs.  In addition, volunteers will be asked to assist with general farming and maintenance, as well as gardening.

    Social Work

    Volunteers work with people living with physical and mental disabilities and work to give each person the opportunity for personal growth in a creative working environment. Volunteers assist elderly citizens in a local organization. Volunteers work closely with local community members as well as with other participants in the project from different cultures and nationalities. It is a great chance to learn more about different ways of life while being a part of local life.


    Volunteers work at a local clinic, which emphasizes the learning of preventive measures in order to avoid various illnesses and to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The main role for volunteers is in assisting at the clinic, and tasks can range from work in the greenhouse and assisting in the kitchen to helping patients directly and working in the youth center.