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  • Day8

    Service Work in Iceland Part 2!

    May 20, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    11) What about the service experiences is different than the service we do on the team at home?

    Service work conducted in Iceland compared to service work in Winfield, Kansas is superficially similar. In both places, we do various tasks such as cleaning or repairing structures to help individuals or organizations in need. However, after close examination one obvious difference arises. At home, the people we are doing the service work for generally live in our community and we often see the impact of our work right away or over the following weeks as we drive by the sites where we were working. Differently, in Iceland, we were only conducting service at the sites for a couple of days and then we left with the idea that we would most likely never directly encounter that community again. One would generally assume that it would be harder to foster a connection to the work we were conducting but at both Daladýrđ and the “Meet Us Don’t Eat Us” service, our leaders took this into consideration and took extra effort to close this bridge so I almost felt I was making more of a difference in the work I was doing for the people in Iceland than I do at some of the service projects at home. This picture is of me carrying a kid (baby goat) out to the playground we built for Beggy and his family to celebrate the work we did at their petting zoo, which was one way they helped us feel the impact of our hard work.

    Kouzes and Posner suggest exemplary leaders should “treat every job as an adventure.” What have you learned about how to do this on this trip?

    In our service work at Daladýrđ, there were several aspects of this job that felt more like exciting opportunities than work. Using the job to learn as much as I could about the family we were working for and their home and livelihood made the experience more fulfilling and exciting than just mindless work. Learning to celebrate and have fun while doing work or on breaks was also crucial to enjoying the experience. Beggy exemplified this well when we would take breaks for Lolli-waffles or play with the animals. Having a positive mindset allows one to have a better experience with any job and many times, it does feel like an adventure.
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  • Day8

    Making Connections

    May 20, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    12) What kind of influence will this trip have on you as a leader?

    Before traveling to Iceland, I had little to no exposure to life outside the United States. I had not traveled internationally so I did not know what to expect or how to manage all these new experiences. It was a whirlwind of new: new foods, a new language, new culture, new landscapes, new currency, new activities. Many times I felt overwhelmed by all of these foreign experiences, and I longed for a small taste of home. For the most part, though, I felt like a sponge: I tried to soak up as much information and details as I could about the country and its people. There was so much I had never been exposed to, like the fact that some children know four more languages than I did at the age of nine, or the fact that tea and coffee were served with every, single, meal (not just for breakfast). Understanding that there are people around the world that have completely different lifestyles than I do is important when leading a group of people. Deepening one’s sense of variation and building awareness of differences allows one to have empathy for their followers. By realizing not every person’s experiences are the same, the mind of a leader is broadened so they can better understand how to work cohesively with others. An important aspect of building awareness is recognizing the varied values of others and what motivates or inspires them. Experiencing a different culture firsthand instead of just reading or researching it allowed me as a leader to be more open to new ideas, new customs, new traditions. Before meeting Beggy at Daladýrđ, I would have never completely understood the importance of completing a task correctly because the livelihood of him and his family depended upon that project withstanding time and nature. Now, as a leader, I have a broader view of the world and the daily lives of the people living in it, increasing my ability to build stronger connections and relationships with those surrounding me.Read more

  • Day7

    Brushing the Goats

    May 19, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    10) Upon arriving at the petting zoo, we were all given various assignments and chores to do. One of my favorite tasks was brushing the cashmere off the goats. It was definitely harder than I anticipated and we all had a good time chasing and holding down the rowdy goats.Read more

  • Day25

    Big drive day to Akureyri

    September 5, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    We travel inland through the eastern fjords to the area around Egilsstadir where we have a yummy lunch at a guesthouse. Many farms are now value-adding by setting up accomodation and meals.
    East Iceland's geography is different. Minerals are different and stone is close to granite so stronger.
    Mountains are 18 million years old with no volcanic activity or hot springs
    Lots of land slides and rock falls. Closing or changing roads. Certainly keep the road gangs busy!!
    Water here is clearer as there's no ash. In places it's a bit murky from the recent rain.
    Prince Charles fishing area is around here.
    Traces of gold and iron found in the these hills. An Australian company is exploring this.
    Birch- native vegetation
    Pine- 100,000 xmas trees required. 50 000 come from region Egilsstadir and 50 000 from Denmark. This is the most forested area in Iceland, 99% is planted rather than self sown.
    Egilsstadir is the main major town for regional area.
    Into highlands, main territory of reindeer . In 1776 they came from Norway as sheep disease stopped food supply
    Sheep mustering time- shearing and probably shedding so lots of sheep are seen in roadsidw paddocks. There isn't always fences so often a few sheep are on or near the road.
    The landscape ( and the weather) changes rapidly from hill to hill often. Deserts, waterfalks, forests, steam baths, coast, glaciers.
    We visit an impressive waterful called Godafoss or Waterful of the Gods, as translated by Frederick. Paganism was abolished 1000 AD and apparently the pagan king threw all the idols into this watetful and converted to Catholic as was the religion then.
    We stay tonight at another farm stay at Akureyri
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  • Day5

    Wasserfälle und Fjord

    May 16, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Dettifoss - was für ein Monsterwasserfall. 500m3 pro Sekunde auf 100 Meter Breite. Die Schlammquellen und Solfataren im Hochtemperaturgebiet Námaskard waren sehr farbenprächtig. Nur der Sonnenuntergang über dem Fjord in der Nähe von Akureyri konnte das toppen.Read more

  • Day3

    North to Akureyri

    October 3, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Took the short 45 minute flight from Reykjavik's little domestic airport to Akureyri, just south of the Arctic Circle. Amazing scenery on the way, past snow capped mountains, over canyons and a bleak landscape, and then an approach through a canyon over the fjord where the town sits. Walked from the airport along the pleasant pathway alongside the water, and uphill in town to Icelandair Hotel. I took a walk down past the church to the little main street, which has a few tourist shops and eating places, and then discovered a large shopping centre on the edge of town, with a supermarket. It feels very different to Reykjavik here, more remote, and yet it has been easy to get here.Read more

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Svalbarðseyri, Svalbardseyri, 601