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Simon - SVE en Islande

organization SEEDS Iceland


I am Simon, I was EVS in Iceland during summer 2017 (from April to August). My mission with the organization SEEDS Iceland was to be workcamp leader. I have participated to seven camps, all related to the Environment or Nature. Here are the main activities and the location of these camps:

  • Helping in a family farm in Vik
  • Environmentally Aware in Reykjavik
  • Beautifying the surroundings of a farm in Djupivogur
  • Building a hiking trail in Holmavik
  • Revegetation in the Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Gardening in Reykjavik
  • Repairing a hiking trail in the Eskifjordur

For each camp, I was responsible for a group of 2 to 7 participants. I had to work with them, to make sure that everything was fine for them (the accommodation, the food, at work, etc…). Most of the time there was no problem, but I had to deal with issues in some camps (a participant was not feeling good during the camp, accommodation in another camp was not good, work was too physical for one participant…). Unfortunately, I could not fix the weather that was not good in the beginning…

The camps were amazing and it was a good occasion to travel all around Iceland and discover its culture! During this EVS I met many people from all around the world and we had great cultural exchanges. 

To conclude, I would like to say that this EVS was a very good project to discover a country and a culture, but also to improve my leadership, to take important responsibilities. Now I have to get back in France to finish my studies (this EVS was during my gap year). This project opened my mind and I will try to keep this spirit in my future life.

I am very pleased of this EVS project with SEEDS.



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After 3 months EVS in Iceland with SEEDS

Hi! I'm Simon, I'm EVS in Iceland for almost 4 months.



For my EVS I have to speak English, this is why I write this article in English. I have been leading 6 work camps in different parts of Iceland, with people from all around the world as participants. I have been in the South of Iceland, in the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the Westfjords, in the southern part of the Eastfjords, and in Reykjavik. All of these camps are manual outdoor work related to the Environment. We also always have time off to do excursions and to visit Iceland as much as we can. Now I know Iceland quite well and I can drive the excursions and be the guide for my groups. We always have very good times.


I had very good camps in which the host, the accommodation and the group of participants were amazing so we had very good times and a lot of fun. I had also more difficult camps in which I had to deal with different kinds of problems. As the leader, being responsible for the group and the well-being of each participant can be tiring... But this is the most interesting part for me! I learn how to be responsible and take decisions for a group.


Tomorrow I go to my last camp in the northern part of the Eastfjords with a group of 7 participants. We will work on controlling invasive plants. To get there and to come back, we will go one way up North and the other way down South, so we will drive the all ring road around Iceland!


See you!

Simon Teutsch


Planking with my participants in front of Gullfoss waterfall - Golden Circle

Hike to Mount Esja

Working with my participants

Day of work

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Presentation / 1st camp

Hi ! I'm Simon, I come from France.


For my EVS I am in Iceland with the association SEEDS (SEE beyonD borderS). This association organises camps with participants from all around the world. There are different types of camps: work-camps, Environmental-camps and photo-camps. My role as EVS is to be a leader and the Environmental messenger for some of those camps.

As the participants come from all around the world, we all have to speak English. This is why I write the article in English.


My first camp was a work camp in a farm in the South of Iceland, near Vik. We were 5 in total for voluntary work at the farm: one from China, one from Italy, one from Germany, one from France and myself, from France too.

We had different tasks at the farm: cleaning the farm and the farmers’ guesthouse, feeding cows, picking rocks off a field to prepare it for the new season, build the greenhouses in the carrot field.



Of course we also had days off to enjoy being in Iceland!



My next camp will be in Reykjavik – the capital city of Iceland – about the Environment: global and local.


See you!

Simon, in Iceland



after helping giving birth to a cow

cleaning cow boxes

preparing the greenhouses for the carrot field


enjoying a natural hot pool

enjoying Iceland wonderful landscapes!

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