The Board of Maailmanvaihto

The board of our organization is in charge of our operations and co-operation with other non-governmental organizations. The board works on voluntary basis.

Maailmanvaihto’s board is selected by the general assembly, the highest decision-making body of the organization, which meets twice a year. All members of Maailmanvaihto are allowed to vote in the general assmebly. Maailmanvaihto has some seven hundred members.

Board 2018

  1. How did you end up joining in the activities of Maailmanvaihto?
  2. What sorts of tasks have you had in Maailmanvaihto?
  3. With what kind of a life philosophy do you approach your position as a board member and life in general?


Maiju Alakurtti, host families and voluntary workplaces

  1. I began as as an intern of Maailmanvaihto in the spring 2016.
  2. Afterwards I begun being a support person and now I am also a board member.
  3. One will always get along with a positive attitude!


Anne-Mari Ikonen, support persons and support families

  1. I worked as an intern at Maailmanvaihto in the summer 2016.
  2. I have been an intern and I have participated in the training camp team of Maailmanvaihto.
  3. Boldly fowards towards new adventures and challenges!

Ronja Junno, training camps

  1. I volunteered for a year in Bolivia and after my return in the autumn 2016 I wanted to join in the activities of Maailmanvaihto.
  2. I have been a support person, participated in different events and been a part of a training camp team.
  3. I always face new challenges with joy.


Roosa Kontiokari, chairperson

  1. I went to volunteer in Nepal through Maailmanvaihto in the autumn 2014. After my return I stayed in the activities of Maailmanvaihto.
  2. Many kinds! At least I have been a board member, participated in communication and training camp tasks and acted a school visitor.
  3. Life is much more fun when you know how to laugh at yourself and also a bit to other things, too.



Anna Lemström, 60th anniversary celebration, equality matters

  1. I started in the board of Maailmanvaihto in the beginning of 201. Before that I had volunteered in Ghana.
  2. I have worked in the communication team. I have got experience in social media tasks, presenting Maailmanvaihto in events and planning marketing. In addition, I work as the editor-in-chief of the magazine MaailmanVaihtoa – Volunteers’ Voices.
  3. Among the right people things tend to work out.


Suvi Niemelä, programme of outgoing volunteers

  1. I started in Maailmanvaihto as an intern in the summer 2012.
  2. I have been an intern, training camp instructor, support person and a member of the board.
  3. With small steps towards big aims.


Kaisa Rahko, MaailmanVaihtoa – Volunteers’ Voices magazine

  1. I went to volunteer in Peru in August 2014 and after my return in jumped along into voluntary tasks in Finland.
  2. During the couple of years I have worked as, e.g., a trainer, school visitor and presenter of the organization. In 2017 I participated in the communication team as another person in charge of the MaailmanVaihtoa magazine.
  3. By doing and boldly trying out things one learns the best, I think – both in the board of Maailmanvaihto and in life in general.


Alma Smolander, school visits

  1. I got to know Maailmanvaihto when I myself spent my gap year after upper secondary school in Vietnam. I worked in a school for disabled children. The work was very rewarding.
  2. After returning to Finland I have done school visits, mainly in upper secondary schools, and told about my experiences in a country of the global South. In the board I now work as a person in charge of the school visits.
  3. One gets by with a positive attitude.


Anna Ylitalo, social media

  1. I went to volunteer in Costa Rica through Maailmanvaihto in August 2014 and after returning to Finland I felt a need for peer support, sympathy and good meeting snacks. Despite all this it was only through coincide that I ended up into the board: I, by accident, participated in the autumn in the general assembly of the organization in which the board was selected. This is how it begun.
  2. I have worked as Maailmanvaihto’s school visitor, interviewed future volunteers, participated in meetings of a network of organiations of interntational volunteering, presented Maailmanvaihto in fairs and pondered upon communication matters in the meetings of the communication team.
  3. I get easily excited about new things, and I like to target my look into the unknown – there can be a new adventure around every corner!


Fabienne Zogg

  1. I volunteered through Maailmanvaihto for half a year in Ghana in the season 2014–2015.
  2. I have participated in presenting Maailmanvaihto at different events and interviewed applicants for volunteering.
  3. Boldly towards new and unknown things.