Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland’s office

Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland is a non-profit NGO working in the field of international volunteering, organising long-term volunteer work programs for young adults (18–30+ years). Maailmanvaihto is a member of the ICYE Federation (International Cultural Youth Exchange), which consists of 40 organisations worldwide. Maailmanvaihto is led by the board with eight twelve members. There are three full-time staff members working at the office: Secretary General, Program Coordinator and Communications Officer and a good number of volunteer co-workers who run the activities of the organisation. Maailmanvaihto coordinates ICYE and ESC volunteering activities, annually sending about 20–30 Finnish young people to volunteer abroad and receiving about 30–40 volunteers to Finland. Our principles are intercultural learning, active citizenship and global responsibility.

  • Location: Maailmanvaihto’s office is situated in Helsinki, about a 10 minutes walk away from the central railway station.
  • Aim of the volunteer co-operation: The aim of hosting an ESC volunteer at the Maailmanvaihto office is to offer a young volunteer an opportunity for intercultural learning and learning about a youth exchange organisation’s activities and about media and communication work. An international volunteer will also enrich our organisational culture by bringing in their cultural background and new ideas and views of a young person to the way Maailmanvaihto presents itself to young people.
  • Volunteer’s role and tasks: The volunteer will support the Maailmanvaihto office staff in informing young people about the volunteering possibilities and in organising international volunteer programs. Volunteer’s work tasks include:
    • Office work related to organising volunteer programs (e-mailing with volunteers and partner organisations, promoting available placements and assisting in the selection processes and travel arrangements)
    • Practical arrangements of training for volunteers as well as other events (e.g. kitchen work and taking photos & making videos)
    • Hosting the Language Café of Maailmanvaihto or some other own own project based on one’s own skills and ideas Developing a project according to the skills and ideas of the volunteer, emphasizing communication work (e.g. videos and social media campaigns on learning in international volunteering)
    • Taking photos and making and editing videos, making graphic design, making social media posts
    • Making a newsletter for the international volunteers
    • Updating guidebooks for the international volunteers and other material
    • Reviewing and updating the English website
    • Participating in making the Maailmanvaihtoa magazine
  • Volunteers’ profile: In their tasks, the volunteer needs fluent English skills and it is useful to know Finnish, too. We expect that the participant has their own initiative and is eager to use their skills and bring forward their ideas. We also expect responsibility, a systematic approach as well as communication and cooperation skills. The volunteering period is suits for a young person interested in communication and information work. For the participant, there are available Office programs as well as the products of the Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Accommodation: In a host family in the Helsinki area. Flexibility and motivation to live in a host family and to interact with the family members is essential. The lunch will be provided as lunch allowance and other meals by the host family. In case public transportation travels are needed for the way to work, the costs will be covered for the volunteer.
  • Accessibility information: In Maailmanvaihto’s office it is possible to move around with a wheelchair, but the office space is unfortunately not completely wheelchair accessible: there is an approximately 7 cm doorstep at the entrance, and the toilet is not big enough for a wheelchair. In case you have a disability or a long-term illness, please contact us prior to applying in order to find out in case we could offer you the support you need.
  • Website of the organization:
  • Maailmanvaihto in the European Youth Portal
  • Maailmanvaihto’s social media:
  • Available positions: No volunteering positions available.