Volunteer abroad next autumn – apply for the ICYE programme 31st of October the latest!

Thinking about volunteering abroad? Apply for the ICYE volunteering programme and go to Asia, Africa, Latin America or Oceania for 6 or 12 months!

Join us in building intercultural understanding and peace through international volunteering!

“My volunteering period was a rewarding and wonderful experience that strengthened both my professional skills and my understanding of the world and its cultures.” – Anu Molarius, Bolivia

“In a year you will start living the everyday life abroad, you will find your place there. You have time to learn to understand why people act like they do in that environment, you will be able to get deep enough.” – Aura Lehikoinen, Vietnam

When as a volunteer you dive into the local everyday life and culture, you will get loads of new experiences and points of view and tie international friendships. There’s over 20 target countries in the ICYE programme – Brasil, Ghana, Indonesia, India…  Head to volunteer in a school in Kenya or a day care center in Japan! ICYE volunteering takes place mostly in voluntary work related to children and the youth, but also in for example homes for the elderly and organisations working in the fields of culture, environment and human rights.

The application for the 2020 August-September departure is open now! The first application round ends on the 31st of September 2019 and the second on the 31st of January 2020.

How to apply

Apply to the International Cultural Youth Exchange programme through Maailmanvaihto (ICYE Finland). Maailmanvaihto trains and supports the volunteers going out to the world. There is a participant fee to the programme. The fee covers e.g. training, administration and insurance costs. The first step is to send the application.

Application form and instructions
Programme information and target countries

Founded in 1958, Maailmanvaihto works for advancing intercultural understanding, equality and peace. Maailmanvaihto sends young adults from Finland to volunteer abroad for 6 or 12 months and receives volunteers from abroad to Finland. Maailmanvaihto is a religiously and politically uncommitted nongovernmental organisation.