Are you looking for meaningful voluntary work? Is there room in your life for a new friend? Participate in the Buddy activities of Maailmanvaihto.
New experiences and connections in your own neighborhood – become a Buddy for a new volunteer from abroad! As a Buddy you are the volunteer’s local friend, who helps the volunteer to find local networks and free-time activities.
Through Maailmanvaihto, Finland receives around thirty young adults from abroad who’ll do voluntary work in non-profit organizations in different parts of Finland. Finland is seldom a familiar place for the volunteers beforehand, and it is likely that they do not have many social contacts in Finland at the beginning of their volunteer period.
Buddies ease the volunteers’ accommodation process by familiarizing them with the local customs and way of life. You’ll get a chance to learn the volunteer’s cultural background and language, such as Spanish or Swahili. As a Buddy it is also likely that you will find yourself trying out new things in your local area, things that you might not otherwise try out.
First and foremost you spend time with the volunteer. You are the volunteer’s friend and someone who the volunteer can contact easily. You’ll ask how the volunteer is doing and you’ll help the volunteer to find hobbies. Occasionally you’ll also spend time with the volunteer – for example by going for a walk or for coffee together.
As a Buddy you are an important part the volunteer’s support network, which includes also the voluntary workplace, possible host family, and the office staff of Maailmanvaihto.
Buddy activities are suitable for all those who are interested in getting to know a new person and supporting them. We are looking for people who are at least 18 years of age. We require the Buddies to commit to the task for the whole volunteering period (6–12 months).
The values of Maailmanvaihto are global responsibility, intercultural learning and equality. Important principles in our activities are caring and inclusivity, reliability and responsibility, and transparency. Buddy activities are suitable for all those who want to commit to the value base and operating principles of Maailmanvaihto. Read more about the values and operating principles of Maailmanvaihto.
As a Buddy you’ll receive a guidebook for the Buddy-activities (in Finnish). In addition to this, we’ll organize a meeting remotely for Buddies and the volunteers at the beginning of the volunteering season. During the volunteering season, you can also contact the office of Maailmanvaihto whenever you have any questions.
Buddies can ask for a small financial aid from Maailmanvaihto to organize activities together with the volunteers and the Buddies. The aid is primarily meant for the activities of Buddies and volunteers that are held in groups, but if the group activities aren’t possible due to long traveling distances, the aid can also be granted for one-to-one activities between the buddy and the volunteer. The maximum amount of financial aid is 33 euros/volunteer.
We’re looking for Buddies for these volunteers:
If you are interested in becoming a Buddy, do this:
If you have any questions about the Buddy activities, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re happy to tell you more:
Program coordinator Mari Takalo
+358 (0)44 318 0888