MYLLYLÄHDE is a village community with adults with special needs. It is a part of the international Camphill movement which was established to work and live with people who have special needs like learning disabilities. In the community all work is shared: teaching, caring, household tasks, gardening and ecological farming. In Camphill Communities the idea is that in the community life each person contributes according to his/her abilities what they can towards the well-being of their fellows. The community is based on the general Christian values and principles. The main work activities of Myllylähde are biodynamic agriculture, animal care, gardening, packing of the agriculture products and weavery and handicrafts workshops. All work is done together with adults with special needs.
- Location: Myllylähde community is situated in the Southern Finland in the village of Hämeenkoski, with the distance of about 30 km from the city of Lahti. Myllylähde is located in a quite remote countryside surroundings surrounded by beautiful nature, forests and fields. The distance to the Hämeenkoski village center, where also the local buses run to Lahti, is about 7 km.
- Volunteer’s role and tasks: The volunteer is expected to be willing to help with all the activities of the community according to their personal skills and abilities. The tasks of the volunteer will be socializing and co-working with the people with special needs and supporting them in the community’s daily functions in practical tasks like cooking and cleaning. Volunteers can also introduce their own culture and language to the members of the community. Life in the community changes according to the seasons, and so do the tasks of the volunteer as well. From spring to autumn there is a lot of agricultural work tasks and in the winter time more work in the workshops.
- Volunteer’s requirements: It is important that the volunteer is motivated to live in the countryside and interested to work with people with special needs. Interest in a communal way of life and nature is also helpful.
- Accommodation, food and transportation: The meals and accommodation are provided by the Myllylähde community in one of the community houses. The volunteers have their own room in one of the Myllylähde’s three houses and share the kitchen and hygienic facilities with the other community members. Volunteers live and work at Myllylähde, so they don’t need to commute daily. Myllylähde is situated in the countryside, and there is no public local transport nearby – the nearest bus stop is at 8 km’s distance. But the volunteers will get reimbursement for one weekly return trip to the nearest city of Lahti. Also, the staff will give the volunteers a lift whenever possible.
- Accessibility: The voluntary workplace unfortunately cannot host volunteers physical or sensory disabilities.
- Myllylähde in the European Youth Portal
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- Available volunteering positions: No volunteering positions available.