Ásgarður Workshop


The project involves working with people with disabilities. Ásgarður is a protected working place where the workers face various difficulties in life. All of the clients are disabled and all of them face limited options in other working places, and in life in general. The mission of Ásgarður is to give each and every client the opportunity for personal growth in creative working environment.

Ásgarður is located in Mosfellsbær, a neighboring suburb of the city of Reykjavík – the capital of Iceland. There are approximately 7000 people that live in Mosfellsbær, and it is still growing. All services are provided, including medical services.  Reykjavik is 20 minutes away by bus, which goes to the city centre. 

A standard working day for the volunteer at Ásgarður is:

08:30 – 09:00: Morning coffee and morning singing.

09:10 – 10:30: Working in the Art / Wood Workshops.

10:30 – 10:45: Coffee break

10:45 – 12:00: Working in the Art / Wood Workshops

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch.

13:00 – 14:00: Working in the Art / Wood Workshops

14:00 – 14:15: Coffee break.

14:15 – 15:30: Working in the Art / Wood Workshops.

15:30 – 16:00: Cleaning and making everything tidy for the next day

Tasks in the Art Workshop include assisting the workers to weave rugs, tablecloths and other hand-woven products. Working with leather, wool, stones, bones, horns and other materials.

Tasks in the Wood Workshop include assisting the workers to make items or toys from models or own design.  Also to polish, oil and paint items.

Tasks at the project:

The aim is that the volunteer will blend well into the good environment and atmosphere in Ásgarður. The volunteer should provide input, show initiative as well as be supportive to the workers of Ásgarður. The volunteer‘s role is to provide assistance in the wood workshop where the daily work of Ásgarður is done. It is possible to develop new things in the wood production, and art. The volunteer will also participate in theatre work and preparations of the theater workshops and other creations. The volunteer will also participate in the hiking club, which does hiking tours at a slow pace, whilst enjoying the scenery and surroundings, and relaxing.

In the workshops the volunteer is free to use his/her own creativity and they are welcome to bring their own ideas. In every workshop there’s also a little bit of ‘nursing’, looking after the disabled people and helping them when needed.

Volunteer's profile:

  • open-minded, flexible, enthusiastic, independent, responsible and be interested in working with people
  • interested in working with people with disabilities
  • responsible and motivated to do work within the project
  • should be willing to learn Icelandic
  • has the ability to adjust to the prevailing situations at the project site 
  • is aware of long, cold and dark winter days and nights in Iceland, and also of the bright summer nights when the sun hardly sets down


To apply, send your CV and Motivation Letter for joining the project to evs@aus.is


Help us by using the following subject in your email: 

ESC Application – Ásgarður Workshop 2020-2021


Applications that don’t mention the name of the project in the email’s subject OR are sent after the deadline – 5 June 2020 – might not be considered.