Become a camp leader for the on-arrival camp of young volunteers 21.–27.8.2023

In August 2023, 20–25 young people will travel through Maailmanvaihto to Finland to volunteer here for 6–12 months. We will organise for the new volunteers an on-arrival camp from 21st until 27th August 2023 in Tuusula.

We are looking for a camp leader for the on-arrival camp. As a camp leader, you will get to carry out an international camp and train your group leading and organisational skills.

The most important responsibilities of the camp leader are:

  • planning and carrying out the program of the camp in co-operation with Maailmanvaihto’s programme coordinator and the camp team
  • coordinating the camp team and carrying out planning meetings
  • during the camp, taking care that the camp is running nicely and advancing a nice atmosphere and good interaction within and between the teams

Central themes of the camp will be familiarizing oneself with volunteering, intercultural learning, and conflict management. At the camp, the volunteers will also familiarize themselves with the cultural environment and society in Finland. The camp will be held at the camp center Kesärinne in Tuusula. The camp leader will organise the camp together with the programme coordinator, summer intern, and  3–5 camp facilitators who will work on a voluntary basis.

We hope that the camp leader will have good co-operation and interaction skills. We are looking for the task a responsible person. Prior experience in training and guiding groups as well as personal experience of living abroad will be of advantage. The camp will be held in English. Leading the camp suits well for students studying to become community educators, for example.

The camp leader will not receive a salary but half of the daily allowance. We will cover the travel expenses (from Finland) of the camp leader to the camp.

We will start planning the camp at the beginning of summer, and the team will gather about 3–4 times prior to the camp. The camp leader will work mainly remotely, but we will also have some joint planning days at the office of Maailmanvaihto which is situated in the Kruununhaka district of Helsinki. Travel expenses to the meetings will be covered (cheapest public transport). We wish that the camp leader will commit to taking part in all the planning meetings as well as the evaluation meeting after the camp.

Safer space and accessibility

We wish to build in all Maailmanvaihto’s activities an atmosphere in which all participants can feel welcome as themselves. To support this, we will follow at the camp Maailmanvaihto’s Safer space principles. If you would like to gain accessibility information, contact Maailmanvaihto’s programme coordinator Mari Takalo, 044 318 0888.

How to apply?

If you are interested in the position, please, send us your informal application in which you tell about your know-how and experience as well as about why you are interested in working at the camp. Please, send your application to Maailmanvaihto’s programme coordinator Mari Takalo at the address

We will fill the position as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The last day for us to receive applications will be 14th May 2023. If you wish for further information, please contact Mari Takalo:, 044 318 0888.

Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland is a youth exchange organisation established in 1958. We have programmes to go and volunteer abroad from Finland and vice versa. The volunteering periods last for 6–12 months. For a more equal world through intercultural learning, is our vision. Our NGO is religiously and politically nonaligned.

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