Helsinki: Become a host family for Lyhty’s young Italian volunteer!

Maailmanvaihto is looking from Helsinki for a host family for young Italian volunteer, Miriana, who arrives to Alppila, Helsinki next August.

Miriana will volunteer for a year (8/2019–8/2020) in an NGO called Lyhty which provides workshops and housing for disabled people. Miriana will assist in Lyhty’s textile workshop Luovilla situated in Alppila district. The aim of the volunteering period is to advance intercultural understanding through everyday cooperation.

Would you have space for a young volunteer in your home? Accommodating foreign volunteer is a voluntary activity, which provides a wonderful opportunity to internationalize oneself at home, improve language skills and gain new perspectives into a familiar environment.

Host family role suits for any family or person interested in getting to know a new person and their cultural background as well as ready to share their home with a new family member. Host family provides accommodation and meals for the volunteer. We are mainly looking for a family who can provide home for Miriana for the whole volunteering period, but shorter periods (e.g. four months) are possible as well.


  • 18 years old young woman from Italy
  • volunteers in Lyhty’s textile workshop Luovilla, Helsinki 8/2019–8/2020
  • mother tongue Italian, speaks English as well
  • interested in art
  • looks forward to getting to know the local cultural environment and landscapes

Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland was founded in 1958. We work for promoting intercultural understanding, equality and peace. Maailmanvaihto sends young volunteers abroad and receives volunteers both from Europe and further away. The volunteers work in common-good work communities.


If you would be interested in becoming a host family for Miriana, please read through the general information on host family activities and contact us afterwards at hosting(at)

”At least after this two months’ experience, I can highly recommend becoming host family for everyone interested seeing, hearing and experiencing more. Sometimes a jump into thee unknown can turn out to be the best thing.” – A member of host family Jaana Silvast

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