We invite asylum seekers and immigrants living in Finland to participate in KVT’s volunteering projects. Volunteering can provide opportunities to learn about Finnish culture and customs through active participation in a project that benefits a local community. Volunteering can also be seen as a way to support the integration of asylum seekers in to the Finnish society and provide opportunities for those who would otherwise struggle to learn about Finnish culture and different regions.
During a workcamp (that is how the volunteering projects are called) you will meet people from different countries, and from Finland as well. The basic idea of a workcamp is that volunteers from different countries work together on a project that benefits the local community. The camps usually last from ten days to three weeks. The work does not typically require special skills. It is important that people who take part in KVT’s camps can speak English, because it is the language used during the camps. You need to be at least 18 years old, but younger people can attend with their parents.
For asylum seekers KVT covers the volunteers’ travel costs to and from the workcamp, and food and accommodation during the camp are free of charge. Volunteers are added as KVT members, but they don’t have to pay the membership fee. Volunteers live together during the camp, in a basic accommodation provided by the camp host. After the camp, the volunteers will receive a certificate of their participation. It is useful to look camps near where you live, in order to create contacts with the local host organisation and the Finnish participants, in order to stay in touch with them after the workcamp.
How to apply?
1. Find a camp that suits you from our camp list.
2. Fill in this application and send it to our office: KVT ry, Rauhanasema, Veturitori 3, 00520 Helsinki or by email to .
3. We will answer you as soon as possible.