In English

What Is KVT?

KVT the Finnish Branch of Service Civil International is a non-governmental organization that  promotes peace, cooperation, equality and active citizenship. KVT was established in Finland in 1947, so we already have 70 years of experience in promoting peace and organizing responsible grass-roots volunteering projects! 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.

A photo from Tervola-workcamp, organized in Finland in 1947.

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 – both short and long-term. In addition to workcamps, KVT coordinates long term voluntary projects of 1 to 12 months. 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.

Why VoluntEER?

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.

International volunteering brings people together to work for a common goal in projects which benefit the local communities. Voluntary workcamps and long-term volunteering create new shared experiences and friendships between people of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteering is also a great way to be an active part of a society.


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Are you an asylum seeker living in Finland?

KVT is looking for asylums seekers to join KVT’s camps in Finland for the summer 2018!

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What is a voluntary workcamp?

Camps in the Global South

Camps in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia. Who can participate?

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How to apply for camps?

Here you can find the detailed instructions on how to apply to camps all over the world!

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Volunteer abroad for up to a year

Here you can find information on volunteering abroad from 1 to 12 months.

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How to apply for long-term volunteering?

How to apply to long-term volunteering? Find detailed instructions here.

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Contact information

Kansainvälinen vapaaehtoistyö ry


Rauhanasema, Veturitori 3
00520 Helsinki

Office telephone: +35845 6399 964

Do you want to volunteer abroad?

Eveliina Viitaniemi
Exchange and Volunteer Coordinator
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Long-term volunteering abroad

Do you want to volunteer in Finland?


Do you want information about general administration?

Tanja Rajala
Executive Director

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