Aitoo Vocational College

Are you interested in work with people with special needs? Do you enjoy peaceful nature? Welcome to Aitoo Vocational College!

  • Volunteering period: 20.8.2024-19.6.2025 (10 months)
  • Positions available: 2
  • Please note: Due to the tight schedule, the position is open for only candidates who don’t need a residence permit to Finland – citizens of the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway and people who have an EU residence permit.
  • Application deadline: Apply as soon as possible

Aitoo Vocational College (Aitoon koulutuskeskus) is a vocational institution that offers education for students with special needs. The students need special support in learning and studying regularly due to learning difficulties, disabilities, illness, or other reasons. We offer education and training for students with the most severe disabilities or chronic illnesses.

The fields of study are household and cleaning services, janitorial services, catering services, and crafts and design. We also offer pre-vocational programmes, such as preparatory instruction and guidance for those who do not yet have a clear idea of their career choice.

We aim at ensuring education, training for and empowerment of young people with special needs. We want to provide together with different actors, such as social and health care services, for young people with the best possible tools to work and manage their lives after their studies.

Our main campus is located in Aitoo, Pälkäne, and we have a smaller teaching unit in Tampere. The total number of students is 120. The students’ age varies from 16 to 20+ years. The students live on the school premises during the study week. We employ over 70 people.


Our main campus is located in the countryside in Aitoo, Pälkäne. It’s situated approximately 50 kilometers southeast from the city of Tampere. Pälkäne is a small municipality with 6 800 inhabitants and it consists of smaller villages, such as Aitoo. Our campus is located about 10 kilometers away from the village center of Aitoo. It is important that the volunteer is motivated to live in the countryside and enjoys having peaceful nature around.

Volunteer’s role and tasks

As a volunteer at Aitoo, you will assist the students and the staff at the vocational college and at the student dormitory in Aitoo. The tasks will include assisting in guiding the students and spending time, discussing, and having cultural exchange with them. You will also facilitate activities, such as hobbies and games, and assist the students in moving around. You can also help with practical tasks at the college. The tasks will be planned more in detail based on your interests and skills.

At Aitoo Vocational College, you will get a chance to take part in meaningful volunteering among students who need additional support and build international contacts at the grass root level. For the students, the interaction with the volunteer will offer a good way to gain international know-how. These tasks will support participation, diversity, and normalisation – both from the point of view of the volunteer and the host organisation.

Volunteer’s profile

Volunteering at Aitoo could suit you well if you are interested in working with young people (with special needs). You also need to have an open-minded attitude towards differences and be flexible, towards changes in the planned daily routines, for example. When selecting the volunteer, priority will be given to candidates with fewer opportunities.

Accommodation, food, transportation, and days off & holidays

The volunteers will live in their own rooms in the main building of the main campus. They will be offered the daily meals in the student restaurant of the campus. From the campus, there is a bus connection to the nearby cities on Fridays and back on Mondays. Otherwise, there are not public transport connections.

The volunteers will have 2 days off per week and will be entitled to 2 holiday days a month.

Training during the activity

The volunteers will have an on-arrival training camp and mid-ferm evaluation camp organised by the Finnish National Agency of the European Solidarity Corps. In addition, they will be invited to the on-arrival training camp and mid-term evaluation camp of the coordinating organisation Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland.

The volunteers will get access to the Online Language Support (OLS) tool of the European Solidarity Corps to help them learn Finnish.


The working spaces and sanitary facilities of the campus are mainly accessible for people with physical disabilities, but the environment (yard) can be challenging for persons with reduced mobility.If you need additional support due to a disablity, a long-term illness or other reason and would like to discuss if volunteering at Lehtimäki could suit you, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information via Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland at We’ll be happy to tell you more!

Website of the organisation

Social media

Instagram: @aitoonkoulutuskeskus
Facebook: Aitoon koulutuskeskus

Activity topics

Inclusion of marginalized young people, disabilities, European identity, citizenship and values

How to apply?

>> See the application instructions

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