Icespiration are delighted to announce that we can now offer vocational placements in the Sudurlands region of Iceland. We offer placements in several vocational specialisms listed below. Institutes can offer placements to medium and large sized groups across various subject specialisms or several Institutes can get together to send one group across several subject specialisms. We recommend a 2 to 3 week placement. Please bear in mind that Iceland is a high cost visit and typically you should bank on at least £550/630 euros per week (for food, accommodation and transport) plus flight (£150 to £300 depending on time of year). We keep the costs down by taking larger groups of around 25 to 50 students) as we have access to a 53 seater bus. The more students you take, the cheaper the cost. We operate out of peak season (Feb-May & September to November) when prices are generally three times less and in better weather. You must provide your own travel and work insurance (and adventure tourism where applicable) and you must have polar thermal/waterproof clothing (ski type clothing-see our clothing list on the menu).
Icespiration organise collection from the airport, provide an experienced, icelandic bus driver, accompanied, experienced tour guide (we organise weekend excursions/presentations), catering and logistics service (food/cooking of evening meals/food provision for breakfast/packed lunches). We do not take legal responsibility (in loco parentis) for students, but offer a chaperone service. Your college staff can accompany the groups and we provide a separate staff cabin (shared with Icespiration staff but in private bedrooms). We provide food for students to make their own breakfast and packed lunch (they have to prepare it/load their dishwasher each day) and we cook all evening meals using sustainable food. Typical food menus can be seen on this website. Towel and bedding is supplied.
Work placements are based mostly in the Selfoss and Hveragerdi, South Iceland and are on offer as follows (subject to confirmation with the organisations and time of year):
- Various cafes/restaurants/kitchen in Selfoss/Hveragerdi
- Bakeries (including geothermal bakery)
Hotel & Hospitality/ Leisure Experience
- Wooden cabin centre
- Various hotels in Selfoss & Hveragerdi
- Geothermal swimming pools
- Selfossi Hospital
- Medical centres
- Retirement care homes
- Health spa centre, Hveragerdi
- Fakasel (horse show)
- Eldhestar Horse Centre
- Equestrian Shop
- Equestrian farms (several)
- Geothermal Farms (horticulture: salad vegetables, flowers, fruit)
- Horse farms (tourism/meat)
- Sheep farming
- Cattle farming
- We work with the Agricultural University RALA and we can possibly organise a presentation
Transport & Logistics/Mechanics
- Agricultural machinery/repair centre
- Gudmundur Tryfingsson Coaches
- Toyota Garage
- Geothermal Energy Hellisheidi Energy Plant
- Hydro Electric Power Plant
There is the possibility for some students to stay with a local family (payable) during the week (can possibly join us on excursions/come to our center at weekends-may have to take public transport) for the following based in and around South Iceland. This is subject to their agreement.
- Icelandic, wild herb company in Hafnafjordur
- Keilir Science Institute, Keflavik
- Solar farm near Grindavik
- Soil Conservation Center, Gunnarsholt
- Solheimar Eco Village: various placements might be possible under healthcare (including mobility/disabled/mental health/hollistic care), rehabilitation of offenders & sustainable work in afforestation, geothermal/greenhouse farming, management
- Various tourism centres/museums in remote areas: Thordalseyri farm (Eyja volcano center), Lava Center, Hvolsvollur.
- Adventure tourism experience: dogsledding, snowmobiling, glacier superjeeping, ice-cave experiences, glacier walking. You must have insurance that covers you for these additional risks. Many of these are remote, so you will stay with a local family. You may need a license and have to be of a certain age to drive/participate. There are other activities available but we will not offer them unless we have risk assessed them and that they are suitable according to BS8848 compliancy.
We are British Standard Compliant BS8848 from September 2017. We are self-auditing and we update our assessments annually and sometimes bi-annually. All Institutes & students will receive updated risk assessments for both the work placement and all our third party suppliers, including transport, accommodation & excursions. Students are not considered adults until the age of 20 in Iceland. Students must be 18 to consume tobacco & 20 to bring in, purchase or consume alcohol. Our centres are in remote regions, away from bars. Alcohol is only sold in government controlled stores at extortionate prices and students would be required to present id. Fines are in the region of a minimum of 2000 euros for breaching icelandic laws.
Students stay in large, shared cabins (shared bedrooms) in a mixture of typical icelandic-style rooms with doubled beds, twin beds, single beds, bunks, mattresses. Cabins typically support 8 students in 3 bedrooms. There is free wifi, satellite tv, dvd, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, cleaning but not washing up, bedding, towel included as well as gas bbq, outdoor jacuzzi (hot pot-heitir pottir) in a region where the aurora borealis can easily be seen. Kitchens are fully equipped for breakfast/packed lunch and we cater for all evening meals serving a range of food including fish, meat and vegetarian.