Lahti: Become a host family for a young volunteer from Uganda

At the end of January, a young volunteer from Uganda called Ben arrived in Lahti through Maailmanvaihto. Now, Maailmanvaihto is looking for a host family for Ben. Would you like to have cultural exchange at home?

Ben will volunteer at the kindergarten for six months, until July 2023. The co-operation aims at advancing intercultural understanding through daily cooperation.

Hosting a young volunteer is a voluntary activity that offers a great opportunity to be of help, gain international experience at home, strengthen language skills, and view one’s own environment from a new perspective.

For the first moments of the volunteering period we have already found a host family for Ben, but we are still looking for a host family for a longer period. We are primarily looking for a host family for the rest of the volunteering period 6th March – 12th July (a little more than 4 months), but it is also possible to act as the host family for a couple of weeks or months.

Who can become a host family? Anyone interested in sharing their daily home living with a new family member and getting to know the young volunteer and their cultural background. The host family offers for the volunteer accommodation and food.


“Hello, I am Ben and I am from Uganda aged 24 years old. I speak English and Luganda. I am a simple guy who loves getting new friends, experiencing other cultures, and learning new languages. In my free time, I usually watch movies or have a walk. I also like listening to music and playing soccer. In volunteering, I want to learn the Finnish language and about cultures in Finland!”

Who can become a host family? Anyone who is interested in getting to know a new person and their cultural background as well as sharing their daily living with a new family member! The family provides the volunteer with accommodation and daily meals.

Got interested?

Please read more about the host family activities and contact us with an introduction on your family and your motivation to host a volunteer.

Please, send you e-mail to Programme Coordinator Mari Takalo: If you wish to receive further information via phone, you can reach Mari from the number +358 044 318 0888.

“At least with this experience of two months, I would recommend becoming a host family for all those who wish to see, hear, and experience more. Sometimes a leap to the unknown can be the best action of your life.” – host family member Jaana Silvast

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