We’re looking for camp leaders for summer 2022

Do you want to work for peace, solidarity and intercultural understanding?
Would you like to spend a couple of weeks this summer by volunteering for a community project and learning about different ways of life in Finland?
If your answer is yes, apply to be a camp leader on KVT’s voluntary work camps!

Being a camp leader is an enriching international voluntary work experience. Kansainvälinen vapaaehtoistyö ry (KVT) organizes international voluntary work camps in different parts of Finland every summer and is looking for camp leaders for our camps in the summer of 2022!

The camps bring together 5-12 volunteers of different nationalities and backgrounds to live and work for projects that benefit local communities and have an impact on a social, cultural or environmental level. You can see the descriptions, locations and dates of the camps here.

Camp leaders will not receive financial compensation for their participation but their travels to the camp and to camp leader training (if organized as an on-site event) will be reimbursed. All volunteers will be provided with food and accommodation during the camp.

KVT expects all camp leaders to participate in a two-day camp leader training before the camp. This year there will be two opportunities to participate in a training:

  • May 21st to 22nd
  • June 18th to 19th

Voluntary work camps in summer 2022

2 camp leader spots at Environmental Work Againts Invasive Species 6. – 15.6.2022, location: Kauhajoki

2 camp leader spots at Organic Farming at Vanhamäki Centre for Common Good 12.6. – 23.6.2022location: Suonenjoki

2 leir2 camp leader spots at Food Not Bombs -leirille 27.6.-8.7.2022, location: Helsinki

2 camp leader spots at Art and Nature in Korpilahti 12.-21.8.2022location: Jyväskylä

If you would like to become a camp leader for one of our camps this summer, please send us an email at

Due to Covid-19 all the volunteers who have signed up for a camp will receive a confirmation 4 weeks before the planned starting date of the camp on whether the camp will be organized. Please make your travel arrangements only after receiving the confirmation.

Training for volunteers going to long-term projects or camps in the Global South Sat 14.5. in Helsinki

Build solidarity in the world? Gain experiences that carry through life? Learn new skills for the future? All these are a part of international voluntary work!

All volunteers planning to apply to voluntary workcamps in the Global South or long-term volunteering projects of 1-12 months are expected to participate in KVT’s training. Anyone who is planning to do a volunteering project during the year 2022 is welcome to sign up, you don’t need to know the exact project yet. The next training will take place on Saturday 14th May at 9:30am to 6pm.

The training will be in Helsinki (the exact location will be announced later). The training day consists of getting to know KVT, learning about different aspects of volunteering abroad, practical arrangements, responsibility and the purpose of volunteering. You will also meet other people who are in the process of preparing for their volunteer experience. All participants are expected to actively take part in the activities and discussions during the day. The trainers will be experienced KVT volunteers, who have themselves also volunteered in different parts of the world.

We will offer breakfast and coffee breaks during the training, for this we will collect 4€ from all participants. We will also go to lunch together, but that will be at everyone’s own cost.

Sign up to the training by Wednesday 11th May by sending email to . In the email tell us where and how long you are hoping to go in your volunteer project. More detailed info and a preliminary task will be send to everyone one week before the training. All participants must have their KVT membership paid by the day of the training.

No war in Ukraine! No war anywhere!

We, the undersigned SCI organisations, strongly condemn the full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. In particular, we express our solidarity with and support for peace movements and peace activists in Ukraine, Russia and internationally, as they resist the war.

We, the undersigned Service Civil International (SCI) organisations, strongly condemn the full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. In particular, we express our solidarity with and support for peace movements and peace activists in Ukraine, Russia and internationally, as they resist the war.

We are concerned that this invasion leads to a huge number of victims and deaths, injuries and severe emotional distress among civilians and military in the countries concerned. It can cause significant deterioration of infrastructure and the ecosystem, an economic crisis and mass displacement of people.

We call upon the Russian decision makers to immediately stop the violence and withdraw their troops from Ukraine and bordering territories. We call upon the international community and all parties involved to engage in substantial and sincere diplomatic negotiations in accordance with international agreements and place the humanitarian needs of civilians first. We call upon the countries of the European Union to welcome people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine and guarantee international protection.

We call upon people within our network and all over the world to stand up against the war in Ukraine. We ask you to join or organise demonstrations for a diplomatic resolution and against a further military escalation of the conflict. Call for an immediate ceasefire as well as a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the conflict on social media and with decision-makers in your countries.

A war undermines efforts at global cooperation. It leads to an increase in military spending, while resources are much needed to address pressing global issues, such as the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the technologies available for warfare today, among them huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, de-escalation is the only way forward.

We call upon people within our network and all over the world to stand up against the war in Ukraine. We ask you to join or organise demonstrations for a diplomatic resolution and against a further military escalation of the conflict. Call for an immediate ceasefire as well as a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the conflict on social media and with decision-makers in your countries.

Peace is a choice that all parties in the conflict must commit to now! Diplomacy is the only real method for conflict resolution! No to war in Ukraine!

Service Civil International is an international peace organisation active since 1920. We are dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organising international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. The organisation consists of 40 branches and more than 90 partner organisations. We oppose all forms of armed conflict and militarization. Since its beginnings, SCI has developed peaceful dialogue between people of all nations, with the vision of a world without armed conflict, hostility and with positive peace. For many years, we have been supporting peace and reconciliation efforts in Ukraine and Russia.

Branches and partners that support this statement:

  1. SCI Hellas
  2. SCI Austria
  3. Stowarzyszenie Jeden Świat – SCI Poland
  4. ÚTILAPU Hungary
  5. Volonterski centar Vojvodine
  6. SCI IVS USA
  7. SCI Catalunya
  8. Mati Canada (not SCI)
  9. SCI Germany
  10. SCI Italy
  11. GAIA SCI Kosovo
  12. IVP Australia
  13. KVT Finland
  14. SCI Korea
  15. PVN Albania
  16. SCI Madrid
  17. VSI Ireland
  18. SCI Sri Lanka
  19. Association Volontariat Sans Frontière (VSFr Tunisia)
  20. ID Norway
  21. SCI India
  22. SCI Romania
  23. SCI Malaysia
  24. CVS Bulgaria
  25. IVP Indonesia
  26. SCI France
  27. SCI Switzerland
  28. International Voluntary Service (IVS-GB)
  29. VIA Netherlands
  30. SCI Belgium

Call for participant: Mobility of volunteering? Eco-friendly! 6.-13.3.2022 in Austria

Are you interested in international mobility and it’s effects? It’s a topic we can’t really skip when volunteering around the world, so it’s important for us to also think about the pros and cons of international travel and how to develop the practices around international travel. KVT has one place booked for a seminar in March, which is organized by our partner NGO in Austria.

Would you be interested in participating? Send us a message () if you are interested and/or if you need more info. You find more info about the seminar, the work included and how to apply from the organizer’s webpage. The DL for applications is 16th January.

KVT on holidays 24.12.-2.1.

KVT office is closed for Christmas from 24th December until 2nd January.

Many thanks for all the active volunteers, KVT members, camp leaders, camp hosts and other partners for your cooperation! Again, we have had a year full of challenges, but at KVT we have also succeeded in creating and testing new ideas and building our knowledge in new areas. Let’s continue to volunteer, to try new things and to improve our skills also in 2022!

Happy Holidays, see you next year!

Workshop on responsible volunteering: Wed Nov 17 (online)

Do we need international volunteering? Who benefits from it? What should international volunteering look like in the future and in the post-COVID world? Come and discuss these questions and different takes on responsible volunteering with us!

KVT’s online workshop with this topic is held on Wednesday November 17th at 17.30-20.00. The workshop is a continuation of a similar-themed workshop we’ve held before, but you don’t need to have participated in the earlier workshop or have international volunteering experience in order to join this workshop – everyone is welcome!

We will also have participants from some of our partner organizations around the world, and the workshop will be held in English.

The workshop is held online, on Zoom. Registration in advance through this link. After you register, you’ll get your individual link to join automatically. We will accept 15 participants in the registration order.

Registered participants will get a small pre-task a few days before the workshop to get more familiar with the topic.

Welcome!

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Applications open for camp hosts

Do you know a task that needs some helping hands to get done?

A village house in need of painting, an outdoor area in need of tidying up, a local event without enough organizers or program… Or maybe an online project in need of help or collectors for background info and resources?

Become a host for an international voluntary workcamp or share the info to a friend! KVT is looking for camp hosts for 2022!

KVT organizes about 10 international voluntary workcamps in Finland every year, which support the activities of various non-profit organizations. Volunteers arriving through KVT might work on organic fields, play with children, help with the renovation of common areas and the restoration of traditional landscapes, as well as with the organization of cultural events and all kinds of other work as needed.

What is a voluntary workcamp?

  • Camp consists of 6-16 volunteers from Finland and abroad and 1-2 volunteer camp leaders
  • Camp lasts from 10 days to 3 weeks
  • Work at the camp is simple enough so that volunteers don’t need any special skills
  • Camp host has to be a non-profit community, e.g. an NGO, educational establishment, public institution, cooperative or a congregation
  • Camp host offers volunteers food, accommodation, working instructions and tools
  • Most camps are organized in the summer when people have holidays, but a camp can be organized in other times of the year too
  • KVT will recruit volunteers and camp leaders and support the camp organization if needed

How does a virtual workcamp differ from a traditional workcamp?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our international network started to develop online/virtual workcamps in 2020 to enable volunteer projects also when people can’t travel.

The duration of a virtual workcamp can be shorter, for example 5-7 days, and the camp host only provides work instructions and the necessary programs for the work. No food and accommodation. In a virtual camp volunteers meet and work mainly online.

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Why should I host a voluntary workcamp?

A camp is a great way to get work done, when it is difficult to find suitable time and enough people to get it done alone. With the help of the camp, you will also gain visibility for the activities of your organization, spread your knowledge and inspire new people to work within the theme of the camp.

At their best, camps bring a lively and energetic atmosphere to local communities and create multicultural encounters in smaller places. If your association or community is lacking some helpful hands, don’t hesitate to contact us!

What does the camp cost to the camp host?

Camp hosts pay KVT’s community fee, which is 200€ in 2022.

In addition on traditional workcamps the camp host is responsible for providing food and accommodation to the volunteers. For a camp that lasts 10 days and has 10 volunteers, the food budget could be around 1500€. Virtual workcamps don’t generate food or accommodation costs for the host, so the organization is likely to be cheaper. Other costs at a camp can come from tools needed for the work, transportation to get to the work site etc.

KVT will take care of the training for camp leaders and provide insurance to all volunteers who come through KVT. Volunteers take care of their own travels as long as public transport is available.

What kind of camps have been organized previously?

Yle’s video about Äijälä family home camp (in Finnish)

Video of Mankila camp 2017

Collection of videos from camps of 2016

Video of Tavastkenkä camp

KVT’s blog has also some stories from previous camp hosts in Finnish (e.g. Porvoo, Mäntsälä, Veneskoski, Forssa). 

Are you interested?

Fill out the preliminary questionnaire for traditional workcamps (in Finnish) or for virtual workcamps (in Finnish). If you need help with filling the form, please contact us! You can also fill it in English. We have a camp host guide in Finnish also, but please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about organizing a voluntary workcamp. You can reach us at for any camp related questions.

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The KVT board is looking for new members

Do you have experience related to volunteering or organization 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. 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 2022 will be selected in KVT’s autumn meeting 24.11.2021.

Update: Volunteer exchange possible with restrictions

KVT Finland board has in its meeting on 22nd September discussed the COVID-19 situation and its effects on KVT’s projects. As the travel restrictions have eased we can now open volunteer exchange with some restrictions.

At this moment it is possible to participate in short-term projects (i.e. international voluntary workcamps) abroad in Eu/Schengen countries as well as in countries also outside the EU where border traffic has returned to normal. These countries will change according to the Finnish Government instructions. Volunteers must check and comply with the travel regulations of each country. 

Long-term volunteer exchange will be opened with restrictions starting from September. It is possible to go when the volunteer has received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and the project and country in question are able to receive volunteers. Full vaccination is important because in many countries and regions the healthcare system is already burdened and accessing services is limited. We don’t want to put any unnecessary burden on healthcare.

The board and working groups are still planning activities that could be done safely online. 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 still follow the pandemic closely both in Finland and elsewhere in the world and we review the situation monthly in board meetings. 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.

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 ways and in the areas and where it is possible both in Finland and abroad and offer meaningful projects to our volunteers in the safest way possible.

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

Volunteer Weekend Sun 3.10.

Welcome to KVT’s Volunteer Weekend on Sunday 3.10.2021!

Join us to enjoy the volunteering spirit and get to know other volunteers! Even though the past year has been difficult for volunteering activities and international mobility, it is still important to get the chance to share our experiences and learn from each other.

All KVT volunteers who have participated in workcamps or long-term projects (either in Finland or abroad) or people who have worked as camp hosts are welcome to attend! Other volunteers of KVT from working groups, events, local groups etc. are welcome too.

The Volunteer Weekend will be organized in Helsinki at the Peace Station, if the covid situation allows. This will be confirmed closer to the date.

The event will start on Sunday 3.10. at 10am and it will last untill around 4pm. The morning is reserved for people who have volunteered through KVT (volunteers at camps, long term volunteers, camp leaders and camp hosts etc) to share their exprience and go through the feedback workshops. Morning program will last until around 1pm, when we will have lunch and move on to the afternoon program. Afternoon is open doors programme to which all previous volunteers and anyone interested in KVT are welcome to join! In the afternoon we will share information about KVT’s activities, have fun together and get to know each other.

KVT will offer breakfast to those who take part in the morning session. We will also provide lunch, to which afternoon program participants can join also.

We ask all participants (either morning, afternoon or full day) to sign up before hand, so we can reserve enough food and plan the program to fit all. Sign ups are open untill Fri 1.10. 3pm. You can sign up through this link.

Welcome to the Volunteer Weekend!