Suomen vapaaehtoistyöleirit 2017 / Summer Camps in Finland 2017
Kuka voi osallistua?
KVT:n Suomessa järjestämät vapaaehtoistyöleirit ovat tarkoitettu ulkomailta saapuville vapaaehtoisille ja Suomessa asuville maahanmuuttajille. Suomalaiset voivat osallistua Suomen leireille leirinvetäjinä. Lisätietoa leirinvetämisestä täältä.
Who can participate?
If you are an immigrant/asylum seeker living in Finland, and wish to take part in one of our summer camps, please look through the list of our camps below, and send an application form to
FI-KVT 12.1 PULKKILA COMMUNITY AND LOCAL HERITAGE 13.6.-26.6.
Number of Volunteers: 12
Description: Pulkkila is a small village in Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Pulkkila’s local heritage association (Pulkkilan seura ry) organises local events, as well as maintains the local museum and the old Turula building dating back to the 19th century. During the camp, Pulkkila’s local heritage association wants to encourage also the local youth to participate in the work, and to become more active in the local community. The area provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy the local nature and different sports, as well as to experience one of the biggest celebrations of the Finnish summer – the Midsummer festival. Since the accommodation, the sauna and the working site are in separate buildings, about 1-3 km from each other, bicycles will be provided for the volunteers to use throughout the camp.
Type of Work: Clearing the surroundings of the local museum, such as cutting the grass and building a wooden fence. There is also a possibility to help cleaning and organising the museum and assisting in the organisation of a small local village festival. The local people, and especially the youth, will be invited to work with the volunteers, but of course the volunteers can also be active and arrange activities with the locals, such as sports, theme evenings, etc.
Study Theme: Local history and heritage, community life in a small Finnish village.
Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a shared room, having mattresses on the floor. Pulkkila’s local heritage association will provide mattresses, pillows, and blankets, but please bring your own sleeping bag or bedlinen with you. There will be a kitchen, toilets, and shower facilities available in the house. And of course, the volunteers will have the opportunity to go to the Finnish sauna!
Requirements: A positive attitude and being prepared to do some physical outdoor work. The Finnish summer weather is always a great mystery, varying from +25 degrees and sunshine, to +10 degrees and rain – so please bring your sense of humour with you!
Approximate Location: Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. About 90 km from the city of Oulu.
FI-KVT 11.1 FARMING COMMUNITY! 25.6.-9.7.
Number of Volunteers: 12
Description: Herttoniemi Food Co-op is the first community supported agriculture project in Finland. It is a co-op of about 100 members that grows organic vegetables on 1,3 hectare field in Vantaa, close to Helsinki, with the help of a professional gardener. It is also possible to order other kind of organic and locally grown produce via the co-op. One aim of the project is to spread knowledge about community supported agriculture In Finland and so far the project has gained lots of attention by the media. More info: ruokaosuuskunta.fi
Type of Work: The volunteers will work on the field with weeding, watering, planting and building.
Study Theme: Community supported agriculture and urban gardening as means for future food production. A study trip to Helsinki’s urban gardening sites and community gardens will be organized.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying at the nearby Waldorf school in a basic floor accommodation, about 2km from the nearest train station. A sleeping bag is required. The volunteers will cook the meals themselves in the kitchen of the school.
Approximate Location: Vantaa
FI-KVT 4.1 Food Not Bombs 26.6.-7.7.
Number of Volunteers: 13
Description: Food Not Bombs is an international campaign that works in hundreds of cities around the world. Food Not Bombs is trying to inspire the public to participate in changing society by helping concretely and to focus the resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war and the destruction of the environment. It works by giving out vegetarian meals in public places to anyone in need.
Type of Work: During the camp six meal sharing events around Helsinki will be organized. The volunteer tasks include cooking the meals, taking it to the place of the event, giving it out and cleaning up afterwards. Other tasks include participating in the PR of the meal sharing events and getting food donations. No special skills are needed.
Study Theme: There will be discussions on the history and ideology of the Food Not Bombs campaign, nonviolence, vegetarianism and social problems in Finland.
Accommodation: Volunteers will live at the Peace Station in Helsinki where many peace organisations reside. The accommodation is simple and a sleeping bag is required as volunteers will sleep on mattresses in a shared space. There are bathrooms, kitchen, shower and sauna for the volunteers to use. The food will be mainly the same that is offered in the events around town. All the food is vegetarian.
Requirements: Extra motivation letter is required. Volunteers should be interested in antimilitarism, nonviolence and peaceful conflict resolution.
Notes: The accommodation facilities and the nature of the work might prove difficult for a person with physical disabilities. Families can apply to the camp if the lack of privacy in accommodation is not a problem.
FI-KVT 2.1 CREATIVE ACTIVITIES WITH YOUNG ASYLUM SEEKERS 28.6.-12.7.
Number of Volunteers: 15
Introduction: The reception center of Siuntio offers accommodation for maximum of 40 minor asylum seekers (16-17 years old) who come to Finland without their families. The center is operating in a big brick house in an idyllic countryside located approximately 40 kilometers west from Helsinki. Since the location is quite remote, the center wants to welcome international volunteers to make the summer holidays more enjoyable for the minors, share their culture and new ideas. The transport will be organized by the camp host. Everybody will however sleep in the same place.
Type of Work: Spending time with the teenagers at the reception center and organizing activities with them such as games, excursions, sports and arts. The volunteers can also help in the garden and with painting. PLEASE NOTE: It is very important to keep in mind that the camp is not for making interviews or collecting information about the experiences of the residents. The aim is to have a good time and organize activities together.
Study Theme: About minor asylum seekers and the local culture of Siuntio.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in an idyllic but simple farm house next to the center, sleeping on mattresses on a floor. Food will be provided by the canteen in the reception center.
Approximate Location: Siuntio, Southern Finland
FI-KVT 12.2 MANKILA COMMUNITY AND CRAFTS 2.7.-17.7.
Number of Volunteers: 14
Introduction: The village of Mankila is a small and traditional village in Northern Ostrobothnia, Western Finland. In Mankila you are able to enjoy the agriculture scenes, long fields and many other beautiful and typical landscapes of Finland. During the camp the volunteers are able to work together with the villagers, and to enjoy the small Finnish agriculture community – an authentic rural lifestyle. The volunteers can freely use village community house that they are staying in, along with its grounds. The volunteers will have the opportunity to go to the sauna and swim. At the village house, they can play darts, floorball, board games, and also have access to the internet. The camp host is also willing to organize a daytrip to the nearby city of Oulu.
Type of Work: The volunteers will take part in a building project related to Mankila’s recreational areas. They will also collect reeds from Mankila lake to reduce the biomass of the lake suffering from eutrophication. The reeds will then be used for crafts.
Study Theme: The volunteers will learn to collect, store and dry reeds, and to make a useful object out of them.
Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a shared space in the village house, with separate sleeping areas for men and women. The village house has a well-equipped kitchen, running water and an indoor toilet. The building lacks a shower, but a showering possibility will be arranged each day. There are mattresses and pillows in the house for the volunteers, but they need to bring their own sleeping bags. The building has geothermal heating, and should stay warm even in case of cold weather. The volunteers will make their own breakfast and dinner. One warm meal will be delivered to the camp
Approximate Location: Mankila, Siikalatva
FI-KVT 9.1. ÄIJÄLÄ GARDENING 3.7.-15.7.
Number of Volunteers: 10
Description: Äijälä Family Home is situated near Jyväskylä in Central Finland. It has a charming old farmhouse which has been renovated to be a home for disabled people. The community wants to encourage the integration of disabled and so-called healthy people. Äijälä has been hosting KVT workcamps since 1980. The community works with organic gardening as well.
Type of Work: Organic gardening, planting trees and plants, cutting grass, harvesting, chopping firewood and cleaning up the forest. The volunteers will also work in the kitchen and do some house chores. All work will be done together with disabled people.
Study Theme: Life as a disabled in Finland and organic farming.
Accommodation: In shared rooms in a 200-year-old wooden farmhouse, the main building of the farm. People with disabilities are most welcome.
Approximate Location: Jyskä, near Jyväskylä
Number of Volunteers: 10
Description: This year KVT celebrates its 70-years-old history of peacework and will therefore host a peace-themed jubilee camp at Rauhanasema (Peace Station) in Helsinki. Come and make textile art together with local volunteers and refugees!
The camp will be hosted by KVT Finland which is the SCI-branch in Finland in collaboration with the Peace Union of Finland and local social design collective Concreatives. The group of volunteers in the camp will consist of both international volunteers and asylum seekers from receptions centres of Helsinki area.
Type of Work: Manual work, handicrafts and organisation of social activities. During the camp, the volunteers will produce a peace-themed knitted graffiti in the area of Rauhanasema. The artwork will be designed and the work instructed by the Concreatives Collective. The volunteers will also conduct some basic renovation work at Rauhanasema, such as re-painting tables and chairs. In addition, the volunteers will organize a handicraft workshop for local residents of Eastern Pasila.
Study Theme: Handicrafts, peace education, urban activism. The Volunteers will receive instruction on basic handicraft techniques from the representatives of the Concreatives Collective, and also learn about making change in urban environments through art and handicraft. KVT volunteers will organize a peace-themed workshop for the camp participants.
Accommodation: Shared accommodation on mattresses on the floor. As Rauhanasema is located right next to the Pasila railway station that is currently under construction, the area can be quite noisy at times. The volunteers will also be sharing the space of Rauhanasema with the other organizations working there.
Requirements: Interest in working in a multicultural group in an urban environment. Interest in handicrafts is an advantage.
Approximate Location: Pasila, Helsinki
FI-KVT 11.2 VANHAMÄKI WELLNESS CENTER 10.7.-21.7.
Number of Volunteers: 12
Description: Vanhamäki Wellness Center organizes camps and recreational days for different groups with horses, exercise and organic farming and products as key themes. Vanhamäki has an organic farm and produces different kinds of canned goods, berry powders and green powders. There is also a forest activity park that is aimed for everyone.
Type of Work: The volunteers will participate in the work of the farm, and in developing its activities. They can for example build an element to the forest activity park, get acquainted with organic farming and product development, and participate in an international evening on the 19th of July. During their free time, the volunteers can go to the sauna, spend evenings by the fire, swim, do sports and play tennis. Visiting a national park and the town of Kuopio is also possible.
Study Theme: Organic farming.
Accommodation: In shared rooms, with separate spaces for men and women. Beds and sheets are provided for the volunteers.
Approximate Location: Suonenjoki, Eastern Finland
FI-KVT 12.3 AVANT-GARDE FASHION SHOW 20.8.-30.8.
Number of Volunteers: 12
Description: The culture organization Kuvio is a local organization aiming at improving the presence of culture in everyday life on a local, national and global level. In August they are organizing a multi-art event week, which will reach its peak on the 26th of August with the Avant-Garde Fashion Show, an event showcasing wearable art. By organizing the workcamp, the organization wishes to create an international and multicultural spirit for these events.
Type of Work: The volunteers will help with organizing the week of events and the Avant-Garde Fashion Show. They will help prepare the venue, guide the guests attending the events, take photographs, and clean up after the events. They will also help prepare an exhibition with different forms of art, which will be put up after the multi-art week. If they wish, the volunteers can also participate in the exhibition and the Avant-Garde Fashion Show with their own works of art.
Study Theme: Art, especially wearable art, with an emphasis on recycling. The volunteers can participate in the workshops and lectures organized in the multi-art week.
Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a shared space in a cottage.
Approximate Location: Forssa, Southwestern Finland
FI-KVT 13.1 INTEGRATING TRADITIONS IN LIEKSA 11.8.-25.8.
Number of volunteers: 13
Description: Lieksa is a small town located in North Karelia, Eastern Finland. The camp host, Lieksan tukipiste, is a local volunteer organization that offers support for the residents of Lieksa, for example young and elderly people. The aim of the workcamp is to bring together the different nationalities residing in Lieksa. The volunteers will work together with young people and asylum seekers living in Lieksa. During their free time the volunteers will have the opportunity to experience the Finnish nature, to go to the sauna and swim, and row boats in Lake Pielinen. They also have a good opportunity visit the local museum, which also features a nice outside museum, and learn about local history.
Type of Work: During the first week of the camp, the volunteers will be cleaning up a local camping site. The second week the work will be more social, and can be arranged along the volunteers’ interests. Visits to the local vocational school can be planned, and the program of the visits will be produced by the volunteers. There will also be a forest day, during which the volunteers will be guided to collect berries and mushrooms from the forest. On 17th of August, the volunteers will have a picnic with the people of Lieksa, and the day before the volunteers will bake Karelian pastries and other pastries from different cultures. There will also be an opportunity to go fishing on the picnic day. Different kinds of shared activities can be planned according to the volunteers’ own interests.
Study Theme: Community life in a multicultural environment. Helping young people get past their prejudices. Possibilities to learn about local nature and history.
Accommodation: Shared accommodation in beds / on mattresses on the floor. Showers and toilets in the same building. Bring your own sleeping bag! Lieksan Tukipiste will provide the meals on the working days, but the volunteers can also cook themselves, and an international buffet will be planned.
Approximate Location: Lieksa, Eastern Finland