By Natalie Guttormsson
This past year has been a challenging one for the Snorri Programs. All four of the programs (Snorri, Snorri Plus, Snorri West, and the Alumni Internships) were cancelled as a well as the affiliate program, Snorri Deaf. But there is hope on the horizon and all programs are going ahead for 2021 - subject to changing Pandemic regulations, of course.
The Snorri Program is now a five-week summer program in Iceland for North Americans of Icelandic descent who are between the ages of 20 and 30.
The deadline to apply is January 11, 2021. You can learn more about the program here.
The Snorri Plus Program is a two-week summer cultural program in Iceland for North Americans over the age of 30: individuals, couples and family groups. Participants can either be of Icelandic descent or have a passion for Iceland.
The deadline to apply is January 25, 2021.
You can learn more about the program here.
The Snorri West Program is still a four-week summer program in North America for Icelanders between the ages of 20 and 30 who want to connect with people of Icelandic descent in the US and Canada. The 2021 trip will go to the Central Corridor which includes Manitoba, Minnesota, and North Dakota. If you live in these areas and are interested in helping out as a host or volunteer, let the project managers know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Snorri Alumni Internship is currently full for 2021 - but you can find more information here if you are interested in applying in future years.
New faces were welcomed to the organization:
Hulda Karen - Chair of the Snorri Foundation
The Snorri Foundation elected a new chair of the board, Hulda Karen Daníelsdóttir. Hulda Karen was born and grew up in Iceland but she moved to Winnipeg in 1977 to study at the University of Manitoba. She spent nearly two decades in Canada, earning both her BA and MA at the U of M as well as meeting her husband and starting a family. In 1994, Hulda Karen and her family moved back to Iceland. Some of you may know Hulda Karen from her time as cultural representative on the board of the Icelandic National League of North America (INLNA) and as past-editor of the Lögberg-Heimskringla. She also taught Icelandic classes for adults at the Scandinavian Centre in Winnipeg and to children at the Icelandic Camp in Gimli, Manitoba. You can read more about Hulda Karen here.
Pála Hallgrímsdóttir - Snorri Programs Manager
Pála joined the Snorri team as Project Manager in February 2020. Pála has a diverse background that includes studying in three countries and holding a variety of interesting and demanding jobs. She studied political science and has an MA in International Relations. She completed her education at the University of Iceland as well as abroad, receiving a diploma in US Foreign Policy at American University in Washington, D.C. and also studying at Stockholm University. Pála lives in Reykjavík with her young son, Hallgrímur Ari. You can read more about Pála here.
Want to know more about the programs? Check out the new website, here: http://www.snorri.is/
Want to share the programs with your friends and family? You can download the poster below: