The KVT board is looking for new members

Do you have experience related to volunteering or organizations with KVT or elsewhere? Do you share KVT’s values and wish to promote understanding and peace between people? Apply for the KVT board!

KVT Finland has promoted peace and understanding between people already for over 70 years. Yearly KVT organizes international voluntary workcamps all around Finland. The camp participants have very different backgrounds. On the camps everyone works for a common goal, which helps deal with prejudice and break boundaries. KVT functions on a grassroots level on behalf of peace,  and doing things together and equality are its core principles.

The KVT board is a group of active members selected by KVT members. The board makes all the decisions for KVT and plans and implements its activities. As a member of the board, you will get to participate in KVT’s work for peace, gain new experiences and learn to know great people in Finland and abroad. As a member of the board, you will also develop your skills outside the board meetings by participating in events, trainings and seminars.

Both those who already have experience as board members from NGO sector and those who are only getting to know this sector, can find things to do in the board. The most important thing for a board member is to share KVT’s values, to participate actively in the work of the board and to have the desire to make an impact. At KVT you will not be a rubber stamp!

Are you interested? Send KVT president Anni Lamponen () a short and informal presentation of yourself by 15.11.2020. Tell us who you are, how well you know KVT and why you are interested in becoming a board member. Anni will also answer any questions related to board membership – don’t hesitate to contact her! The new board members for 2021 will be selected in KVT’s autumn meeting 19.11.2020.

“Join us, this is fun! The best thing about KVT is that it is so easy to join the activities: everyone will surely find something meaningful to do that speaks to them. I think KVT is a good representative of lifelong, informal learning, where everyone can develop while making the world a better place, whatever their age or life situation.”

Saara Kytömäki

KVT board member 2016-2017

Volunteer Weekend Sat 3.10. in Zoom

Dear KVT volunteer,
welcome to KVT’s annual Volunteer Weekend on Saturday 3rd Oct 2020!

All KVT volunteers who have participated in workcamps or long-term projects or people who have worked as camp hosts are welcome to attend! Other volunteers of KVT are welcome too.

The Volunteer Weekend has traditionally been organized as a physical event, but this year we wanted to take into consideration the coronavirus situation and the geographical distances our volunteers have, so for the first time ever the Volunteer Weekend is organized online in a Zoom video conference!

We will start the day on Saturday 3.10. at 10:00 in Zoom and we will continue untill about 14:00. During the event we will get to know each other, share and talk about our volunteering experiences in workshops and get to know how KVT works and what are the ways to participate in KVT activities also in the future.

Registration for the event is open until Wed 30.9. Sign up using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsf-2pqj4jHtWaNefuvkUEfWb0nR_50dFs (Please note that after signing up you will receive the participation link to the Zoom call via email)

Welcome!

Voluntary workcamps in Finland

Voluntary workcamp is a possibility to get to know Finland from a new perspective, meet new people and participate in the activities of a local community. You don’t always need to travel far to gain unforgettable experiences and learn something new.

Because travelling abroad is challenging at the moment for many of us, we decided to open our voluntary workcamps in Finland to everybody who are already residing in Finland. This way we can offer more opportunities for people to volunteer in grassroots peace work!

KVT organizes two voluntary workcamps in the summer of 2020 and they are now open for applications:

Organic Farming at Vanhamäki Centre for Common Good, 12.-26.8.2020, Suonenjoki

Sustainable Food Locally and Globally, 24.8.-8.9.2020, Jokioinen

You can check the camp descriptions from our webpages.

You can apply to the Finnish camps the same way you would apply to a camp abroad in the camp database. When you participate in a Finnish camp as a resident in Finland, you don’t pay the normal camp coordination fee, but a decreased fee of 55€ and the KVT membership fee. You can read more about voluntary workcamps and applications or how to become a KVT member. At the camp all participants are provided with accommodation and food, you just have to organize your travels to the camp.

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Update on KVT’s policy regarding the coronavirus

KVT Finland board has in its meeting on 25th of June discussed the COVID-19 situation and its effects on KVT’s projects. Restrictions on travel and gatherings have been lifted and we will start to organize projects with physical participation starting from August 1st. This means that we will organize two voluntary workcamps in Finland in August, only receiving volunteers from countries with no travel restrictions according to the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We also invite Finnish volunteers to participate in Finnish workcamps this year.

Volunteering abroad is also possible starting from August 1st, but only to countries with no travel restrictions according to the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We will assess the situation with each volunteer one month prior to the start of the project.

The leading principle in KVT’s actions is responsibility and in this situation we still cannot responsibly promote international mobility everywhere in the world. We still want to promote and build peace in the areas where it is possible both in Finland and abroad and offer meaningful projects to our volunteers in the safest way possible.

The board and working groups are still planning activities that could be done safely online. Still to come are, for example, a workshop on ethical and responsible volunteering, international coffee breaks and KVT’s info evening. We will give more information on these events on our website and in our social media channels. We will also share initiatives from our partner organisations in Finland and abroad to which you can participate online.

We will still follow the pandemic closely both in Finland and elsewhere in the world and we also take part in regular discussions within our international network Service Civil International (SCI). We will continue to publish all future decisions on our website and in our social media channels. SCI also has a website where they give information on all common decisions and practices the network makes.

If you have any questions on KVT activities or decisions, please contact KVT office ().

KVT’s policy regarding the coronavirus

KVT Finland board has in its meeting on 23 April decided to suspend sending volunteers to projects abroad as well as all projects in Finland that require physical participation until 31 July.

The leading principle in KVT’s actions is responsibility and in this situation we cannot responsibly promote international or even national mobility. We don’t want to expose our volunteers or the communities we work with to any risk of contracting the virus. In many countries and regions the healthcare system is already burdened and accessing services is limited. We don’t want to put any extra burden on healthcare by encouraging volunteers to travel in Finland or abroad. By avoiding traveling and mobility in general we will also protect those areas and communities where the coronavirus has not yet spread.

The board and working groups are instead planning activities that could be done safely online. These plans include an evening to share workcamp memories, a workshop on ethical and responsible volunteering, international coffee breaks and KVT’s info evening. We will give more information on these events on our website and in our social media channels. We will also share initiatives from our partner organisations in Finland and abroad in which you can participate online.

We will still follow the pandemic closely both in Finland and elsewhere in the world and we also take part in regular discussions within our international network Service Civil International (SCI). We will continue to publish all future decisions on our website and in our social media channels. SCI also has a website where they give information on all common decisions and practices the network makes.

If you have any questions on KVT activities or decisions, please contact KVT office ().