Suomen vapaaehtoistyöleirit 2019

Suomen vapaaehtoistyöleirit 2019 / Workcamps in Finland 2019

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 11.1 ORGANIC FARMING AT VANHAMÄKI CENTRE FOR COMMON GOOD I 3.6.-14.6.2019

Number of Volunteers: 12

Description: Vanhamäki Foundation organizes camps and recreational days for different groups around the topics of horse riding, sports and organic farming. 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. During its over 100-year history Vanhamäki Wellness center has operated as a center for poor and disabled people, hospital, home for elderly people and as a youth center. Throughout the years the aim has remained the same – operate as the center for wellness and common good.

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, help with the horse stables or in the kitchen. During their free time, the volunteers can go to the sauna, spend evenings by the fire, swim, do sports and go canoeing.

Study Theme: Organic farming

Accommodation: In shared rooms, with separate spaces for men and women. Beds and sheets are provided for the volunteers.

Language: English

Location: Suonenjoki, Eastern Finland

 

FI-KVT 11.2 SAPAROMÄKI FARM ANIMAL RESCUE  18.-29.6.2019

Number of Volunteers: 10

Description:  Saparomäki Farm Animal Rescue is situated in Porvoo, in Southern Finland, 52 km from Helsinki. The name of the place, Saparomäki, translates as a “pig tail hill”. The community members are building a sanctuary for previous farm animals who otherwise would be sent to a slaughterhouse. Since the sanctuary is just taking its first steps, there are no animals yet but the first ones will arrive after the shelter is finished  during the year 2019.

Type of Work: Volunteers of the camp are going to help the community mainly with building and painting a new animal shelter for pigs, sheep and chicken. Please note that the work may be physically demanding and the constructions site is not safe environment for small children (under 6 years old). Work will be done together with the other volunteers of the community. Volunteers will also take care of their own cooking.

Study Theme: During the camp the volunteers will learn about ethics in animal keeping; animal rescue and vegan food ideology. It’s also possible to go and visit the beautiful Porvoo old town.

Accommodation: In shared rooms in a farmhouse with 2 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. All cooking will be purely vegan food. Families with children over 6 years old are welcome if living in shared rooms is not a problem.

Language: English

Location: Porvoo surroundings, about 1 hour from Helsinki.

Notes: Since Saparomäki rescue is just established, there are no farm animals yet.

 

FI-KVT 4.1 FOOD NOT BOMBS 24.6.-5.7.2019

Number of Volunteers: 11

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.

Language: English

Requirements: Extra motivation letter is required. Volunteers should be interested in antimilitarism, nonviolence and peaceful conflict resolution.

Location: Helsinki

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 11.3 FARMING COMMUNITY 30.6.-13.7.

No of volunteers: 12

Introduction: Herttoniemi Food Co-op is the first community supported agriculture project in Finland. It is a co-op of about 200 members that grows organic vegetables on a 3,5-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, but the camp is a chance to spread this knowledge more widely.

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 sleep in shared rooms and have shared bathrooms. They will have mattresses on the floor, but own sleeping bags are needed. Some of the meals are provided for the volunteers, but in weekends and morning/evening the volunteers will shop ingredients and cook their meals themselves.

During weekends and evening volunteers can visit Helsinki or other nearby locations, there is also possibility to go swimming and visit a local national park.

Language: English

Location: Vantaa

FI-KVT 12.1 TAVASTKENKÄ VILLAGE 2.-16.7.2019

Number of volunteers: 14

Introduction: Tavastkenkä is a quaint village in the north of Finland. The village association aims at developing the village, organizing events for the villagers and acting as their common voice. In addition, the organization wishes to preserve the precious and unique cultural landscape of the area with its rivers and lakes, hills and fields, forests and rapids. The aim of the camp is to clear local landscapes and traditional meadowlands of bushes and weeds and help in the organization of the village festival. The camp is expected to enhance the cultural and social integration with the village population and bring some international vibe and contacts to the local youth.

Type of Work: During the first week, the work will include clearing a thicket and reaping hay on a meadow and wetland area rented by the village association. During the second week, the volunteers will participate in decorating, building and maintaining the Village festival area together with the locals. Volunteers will also take care of their own cooking.

The surroundings offer great possibilities of enjoying the Finnish summer: different sports with the local youth, hiking, going to the sauna and swimming in the near-by lake as well as visiting a local farm.

Study Theme: The unique nature of the village as well as its history

Accommodation: In two classrooms of the old village school building. There is a kitchen as well as bathroom, shower and laundry machine in the school. There is also a wireless internet in the whole building. The building will be used by another group during the camp but there will be space for everyone!

Requirements: No special requirements. Especially in the first week the work may be physically demanding.

Location: Tavastkenkä is located in a beautiful area in the north of Finland, around 120 km from Oulu.

FI-KVT 13.1 TRADITIONS, NATURE AND GARDENING IN ÄIJÄLÄ 22.7.-3.8.2019

Number of Volunteers: 10

Description: Äijälä Family Home is situated near Jyväskylä in Central Finland. The community’s aim is to support its residents and other clients in their everyday life and life management. The community works with organic gardening and it has a charming old farmhouse which has been renovated to be a home for disabled people. Äijälä Family Home also offers supportive work activities for long-term unemployed people and preserves traditional culture and working methods. Äijälä has been hosting KVT workcamps since 1980.

Type of Work: The camp has two parts; firstly the volunteers will help organising a camp for local children with the topics of nature and traditions. The volunteers will assist the children and run the activities with the support of a Finnish camp leader. The camp language will be English, though the children may have varying level of English.

Secondly, the volunteers are going to help the community mainly with gardening tasks. Work is going to be, for example, gardening, planting trees and plants, cutting grass, harvesting and chopping firewood. The volunteers will also work in the kitchen and do some house chores. Work will be done together with the residents and other clients and workers of the community.

Study Theme: Finnish nature and traditions, organic farming

Accommodation: In shared rooms in a 200-year-old wooden farmhouse, the main building of the farm.

Language: English

Location: Jyskä, near Jyväskylä

FI-KVT 12.2 LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND CULTURE IN EVIJÄRVI 28.7.-7.8.2019

Number of volunteers: 12

Introduction: Evijärvi is a small municipality with a bit over 2500 habitants. The municipality wants to encourage the local villages to create international contacts and inspire the locals to be active in the community by offering a small fund for the local associations and villages to host a part of an international workcamp. Thus, the official camp host and the funder is the municipality but the work will be managed by the local associations such as local youth organisations, local museum and cultural heritage association and the Lutheran parish. Due to the wide co-operation, the workcamp offers a great opportunity to the volunteers to have a deep dive into the local traditions and history as well as meeting the locals from all ages.

Work: Mainly different kinds of manual maintenance work and clearing the surroundings type of tasks, as well as assisting in organising small one-day events such as Open doors Day in the local museum and Traditional Games Day for the local youth. In addition, the volunteers may help with translating the texts for visitors of the museums and other sites into their own languages. There will be several different work locations and sites, depending on which association will be responsible for the work each day.

Study theme: Learning about the region, local history, cultural heritage and meeting the locals of all ages. For instance, during the camp the volunteers will help at the local museum and at the house for log drivers – a traditional Finnish occupation dating back to the times when timber was transported on the rivers manually by men balancing on top of the logs and using only long wooden sticks to guide the logs through the rapids and river bends. Though the logs are no longer transported by river, log driving traditions have lived on.

Accommodation: In a local school building with facilities to do your own laundry, showers and kitchen. Sleeping on mattresses on the floor, so please bring your own sleeping bag with you.

Location: Evijärvi, the Southern Ostrobothnia region, Western Finland

Notes: The volunteers will use bikes to go to the works sites. Families are most welcome if the shared accommodation is not a problem.

 

FI-KVT 11.4 ORGANIC FARMING AT VANHAMÄKI CENTRE FOR COMMON GOOD II 12.-30.8.2019

Number of Volunteers: 12

Description: Vanhamäki Foundation organizes camps and recreational days for different groups around the topics of horse riding, sports and organic farming. 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. During its over 100-year history Vanhamäki Wellness center has operated as a center for poor and disabled people, hospital, home for elderly people and as a youth center. Throughout the years the aim has remained the same – operate as the center for wellness and common good.

Type of Work: The volunteers will participate in the work of the farm, especially in harvesting. In addition, they can, for example, build an element to the forest activity park, get acquainted with organic farming and product development, help with the horse stables or in the kitchen. During their free time, the volunteers can go to the sauna, spend evenings by the fire, swim, do sports and go canoeing.

Study Theme: Organic farming

Accommodation: In shared rooms, with separate spaces for men and women. Beds and sheets are provided for the volunteers.

Language: English

Location: Suonenjoki, Eastern Finland

 

FI-KVT 7.1 COMMUNITY ART AND ART CAMP FOR KIDS 18.8.-25.8.2019

Number of volunteers: 8

Introduction: 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 an art camp focusing on community art and art sessions for kids and young people as part of the organization’s children’s culture center activities. 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 art sessions for kids and young people as well as the community art sessions. In addition the volunteers will help prepare materials for the Market of Possibilities event, which is coming in September.

Volunteers will also be responsible of cooking for themselves.

Study Theme: Art with kids and community art

Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a shared space (mattresses on the floor) in a cottage with separate spaces for men and women. Bathrooms are on the outside of the cottage. Volunteers need to bring their own towels and sleeping bags.

There is space for yard games and possibility to go to sauna and swim.

Requirements: Motivation letter and criminal record extract (to be delivered before we confirm your place)

Location: Forssa, Southwestern Finland

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