What Is KVT?
KVT the Finnish Branch of Service Civil International is a peace organisation that promotes equality, human rights, environmental protection and sustainable development. KVT was established in Finland in 1947. The first volunteers came to Finland to help rebuild Finnish Lapland after World War II.
KVT is the Finnish branch of Service Civil International (SCI), which was established in 1920. SCI is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organizing international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. There are SCI branches, groups and partner organizations in over 50 countries around the world.
What Do We Do?
KVT’s most important activity is organizing international short term voluntary projects (workcamps) in Finland and sending volunteers to projects abroad. In addition, KVT coordinates long term voluntary projects of 1 to 12 months (including EVS). KVT also organizes and participates in seminars and trainings and offers volunteering opportunities for asylum seekers and immigrants living in Finland.
KVT is run by volunteers working in various working groups and local groups. KVT works actively throughout the year. There are various ways to participate in KVT’s activities. Please contact the office for further information.
What Are Voluntary Projects?
Voluntary projects bring 6–20 volunteers from different countries and backgrounds to live and work together. The work can include for example gardening, renovating a house, setting up a festival, or organizing free-time activities for children. The work doesn’t require any special skills. The camps last for about 2 weeks, and the volunteers work 6–8 hours per day. In summer 2017 we organize several workcamps all around Finland. Most of the camps are in small villages in the countryside.
The volunteers don’t get paid for their work, but they get accommodation and food for free during the camp. The camp language is English. The volunteers need to be at least 18 years old. Families with children can also participate in some camps. Immigrants and asylum seekers living in Finland are welcome to participate in almost all Finnish camps.
International workcamps are a unique form of doing voluntary work. They bring together people from many different countries, cultures and backgrounds to work on projects that benefit local communities. The projects are designed to support and encourage local initiatives, which are continued even after the workcamp has ended. The projects also introduce the volunteers to the problems local communities face in their struggles for peace, social justice and environmental sustainability.
Why do Voluntary Work?
Living and working together with people with different backgrounds helps volunteers break down their own barriers and prejudices. It allows them to experience a world of mutual respect and understanding.