We present you 6 opportunities for volunteering in Finland. Interested candidates are asked to complete the application form and send it to advit_team@yahoo.com before 22.01.2018. In the subject please write the name of the project that you choose to apply for.

All costs are covered within ERASMUS+ Programme.

 

1. English Playschool of Kangasala

  • IN THE ENGLISH PLAYSCHOOL OF KANGASALA the volunteer works in an English language playschool for children aged 3 to 6 years.
  • Volunteering period: 13.8.2018–13.6.2019 (10 months)
  • Location: The English playschool of Kangasala is situated in Kangasala, a small municipality situated some 20 km away from the city of Tampere.
  • Volunteer’s role, tasks and requirements: The volunteer need to have interest to work with young children and participate in the routine work of kindergarten and organize activities for the kids. Interest to learn Finnish language, since not all the children speak English.
  • Accommodation: The volunteer stays with a Finnish host family. Flexibility and motivation to live in a host family and to interact with the family members are needed.
  • Organization in the EU’s EVS database

2. Kisälli-Harjulanmäki

  • KISÄLLI-HARJULANMÄKI has two main activities: it has a nursing home called “Harjulanmäki” for mentally disabled people and a workshop called “Kisälli” which provides art and work therapy for disabled people.
  • Volunteering period: 13.8.2018–13.8.2019 (12 months)
  • Location: Kisälli-Harjulanmäki is situated in Vihti, a small town located some 50 kilometers away from the city of Helsinki.
  • Volunteer’s role, tasks and requirements: The volunteers help disabled people in their daily activities at the Kisälli arts&crafts workshop and at the Harjulanmäki home. The work includes both artistic work and practical personal assisting (for example with eating and daily hygiene). The volunteering periods is mainly consist of daytime working at Kisälli but occasionally there are evening and weekend work shifts, too. In July the volunteers work at Harjulanmäki. The volunteers need to have interest in creative arts&crafts work as well as motivation to work with people with special needs.
  • Accommodation: The volunteers live in an apartment.
  • Organization in the EU’s EVS database

3. Lehtimäen opisto (Lehtimäki Special Folk High School)

  • LEHTIMÄKI FOLK HIGH SCHOOL is a boarding school for youth and adults with special needs. The school offers 70 places for students and there are more than 100 different short term courses for disabled youth, adults and elderly as well as their families. The school also offers rehabilitation courses such as riding therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Some training is aimed at increasing the occupational capacities of the people through, for example, computer literacy training.
  • Volunteering period: 13.8.2018–13.6.2019 (10 kk)
  • Location: Lehtimäki Special Folk High School is situated in Lehtimäki, a small village situated some 60 km away from the city of Seinäjoki.
  • Volunteer’s role, tasks and requirements: The main task of the volunteers is to interact students with special needs during their lessons and leisure time, as well as to help them in their daily routines. The volunteers can also organize free-time activities for the mentally disabled students. Helping the kitchen staff also belongs to the tasks of the volunteers. It is important that the volunteers has motivation to work with people with special needs as well as good social skills and an open attitude. The voluntary workplace is especially looking for volunteers who have knowledge on horseback riding and stable work as well as volunteers with a musical background. The volunteers should also be willing to work in different kinds of tasks and to live in a small village in the country side.
  • Accommodation: The volunteers live in an apartment.

4. Helsingin lyhytaikaiskoti ja työpaja Lyhty ry

  • LYHTY RY is a non-profit association which provides living-, education-, and work activity services for adults with learning disabilities.
  • Volunteering period: 13.8.2018–13.8.2019 (12 kk)
  • Location: Lyhty is situated in Helsinki. Lyhty receives volunteers to its outdoor workshop “Lato”, “A-B-C” housing services, arts&crafts workshop “Luovilla” and housing unit “Kotikutonen”. One volunteer works at the arts&craft workshop Luovilla and the other one in other activities of Lyhty.
  • Volunteer’s role, tasks and requirements: The role, tasks and requirements of the volunteers vary according to their working unit. In all the units good social skills and motivation to work with people with special needs are important.
  • Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a host family in the Helsinki area. Flexibility and motivation to share the everyday life with host family and adapt to the family life are important.
  • Organization in the EU’s EVS database

5. Kirkkopalvelut ry / Seurakuntaopisto (The Church Training College)

  • SEURAKUNTAOPISTO (The Church Training College) is a private educational learning institution run by Kirkkopalvelut. Seurakuntaopisto has campus areas in Järvenpää, Pieksämäki, Lapua, Nykarleby and Ruokolahti. We have app. 2000 annual students and app. 180 employees. Seurakuntaopisto is specialized in social and health care education, the humanities and various church professions. We also offer preparatory training and guidance as well as short courses. Although being a mainstream vocational college Seurakuntaopisto offers and develops educational services also for immigrants and people with special needs (caused by learning problems, mental disability etc.). We also organize leisure time activities for the students, because many of them stay in our dormitory during their study weeks. Aim of our background organization Kirkkopalvelut is to build bridges between people, communities and church.
  • Volunteering period: 13.8.2018–13.6.2019 (10 months)
  • Location: The volunteer will mainly work at the campus in Pieksämäki. Pieksämäki is a small town in the Eastern Finland, and Seurakuntaopisto is located 1,5 km away from the Pieksämäki town centre. Nearby there is a very beautiful park, lake and a small beach (beach volley possibilities in the summer). Depending on the volunteer’s skills and interests, some working weeks can be done in Järvenpää unit. Järvenpää is situated in the Southern Finland, 35 km north from Helsinki.
  • Volunteer’s role, tasks and requirements: The role of the volunteer is to bring intercultural aspects to the everyday life of the college and students, providing them a possibility for language practice and intercultural learning. Volunteers will have tasks as assistants with our instructors with the groups of special need learners. The need for assistance is either daytime during the lessons, or in the evening related to the leisure time activities. Volunteers will learn a lot about working with people with disabilities and what kind of support and possibilities they have in the Finnish society. By assisting students the volunteers also have a possibilities to learn about music, cooking, arts and handicrafts. Another important learning aspect is the communication, social capacity and team working skills, not to forget improvement in English and Finnish language skills. We are looking for a person with own-initiative and good interaction skills. Some knowledge or experience about disabilities is an advantage, but even more important is an open and positive attitude towards volunteering with people with special needs.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in the student dormitory building situated in the Seurakuntaopisto campus area. The volunteers have private rooms, but kitchen, bathroom, sauna, laundry and drying rooms are shared with other volunteers and students.
  • Organization in the EU’s EVS database

6. Myllylähde-yhteisö (Myllylähde Community)

  • MYLLYLÄHDE is a village community with adults with special needs. It is a part of the international Camphill movement which was established to work and live with people who have special needs like learning disabilities. In the community all work is shared: teaching, caring, household tasks, gardening and ecological farming. In Camphill Communities the idea is that in the community life each person contributes according to his/her abilities what they can towards the well-being of their fellows. The community is based on the general Christian values and principles. The main work activities of Myllylähde are biodynamic agriculture, animal care, gardening, packing of the agriculture products and weavery and handicrafts workshops. All work is done together with adults with special needs.
  • Volunteering period: 13.8.2018–13.8.2019 (12 months)
  • Location: Myllylähde community is situated in the Southern Finland in the village of Hämeenkoski, with the distance of about 30 km from the city of Lahti. Myllylähde is located in a quite remote countryside surroundings surrounded by beautiful nature, forests and fields. The distance to the Hämeenkoski village center, where also the local buses run to Lahti, is about 7 km.
  • Volunteer’s role, tasks and requirements: The volunteer is expected to be willing to help with all the activities of the community according to his/her personal skills and abilities. The tasks of the volunteer will be socializing and co-working with the people with special needs and supporting them in the community’s daily functions in practical tasks like cooking and cleaning. Volunteers can also introduce their own culture and language to the members of the community. Life in the community changes according to the seasons, and so do the tasks of the volunteer as well. From spring to autumn there is a lot of agricultural work tasks and in the winter time more work in the workshops. It is important that the volunteer is motivated to live in the countryside and interested to work with people with special needs.Interest in a communal way of life and nature is also helpful.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation is in the project, in one of the communal houses. organization in the EU’s EVS database
  • Organization in the EU’s EVS database