STEP-koulutus (STEP Education)

STEP-KOULUTUS (STEP Education) is a private educational learning institution run by Kirkkopalvelut. STEP-koulutus has campus areas in Järvenpää, Pieksämäki, Lapua, Kaustinen, Nykarleby and Ruokolahti. STEP-koulutus is specialized in social and healthcare education, humanities and various church professions. STEP-koulutus also offers preparatory training and guidance and short courses for people with special needs and other groups of people.

Although being a mainstream vocational college, STEP-koulutus offers and develops educational services also for immigrants and people with special needs caused by learning problems, mental disability, etc. STEP-koulutus organizes leisure time activities for the students, because many of them stay in the dormitory during their study weeks.

STEP-koulutus has approximately 2 000 students annually and about 180 employees. The aim of the background organization Kirkkopalvelut is to build bridges between people, communities and the Christian church.

Activity topics

education and training, disabilities, inclusion


The volunteer will mainly work at the campus in Pieksämäki. Pieksämäki is a small town in Eastern Finland. STEP-koulutus is located 1,5 km away from Pieksämäki town centre. Nearby is a beautiful park, lake and a small beach with beach volleyball possibilities in the summer. Depending on the volunteer’s skills and interests, some working weeks can be done in the Järvenpää unit. Järvenpää is situated in Southern Finland, 35 km north from Helsinki.

Volunteer’s role and tasks

The role of the volunteer is to bring intercultural aspects to the everyday life of the college and students, providing them a possibility for language practice and intercultural learning. The volunteer will assist the teachers and leisure time instructors in with groups of students with special needs – either during the day in the lessons, or in the evening in leisure time activities. The volunteer will learn a lot about working with people with disabilities and about the support and possibilities they have in the Finnish society. By assisting students, the volunteer also has the possibility to learn about and share ones skills related to music, cooking, arts and handicrafts. The volunteer can also improve their communication and team working skills, social capacity, as well as English and Finnish skills.

Volunteer’s profile

We are looking for a person with own initiative and good social skills. Some knowledge or experience about disabilities is an advantage, but more important is an open and positive attitude towards volunteering with people with special needs.

Accommodation, food and transportation

Accommodation is provided at the student dormitory building situated in the STEP-koulutus campus area. The volunteer will have a private room, but the kitchen, bathroom, sauna and laundry will be shared with other volunteers and students. All meals will be provided in the student restaurant. When the restaurant is closed during weekends or holidays, the volunteer will receive food allowance. Volunteer lives and works at the campus area, so no daily local transportation is needed.


The premises of the voluntary workplace unfortunately are not suitable with volunteers with physical disabilities. If you are an applicant with a sensory disability, please contact Maailmanvaihto for discussing in more detail if a volunteering period at STEP-koulutus could be possible for you.

Website of the organisation

Social media, European Youth Portal and Volunteers’ experiences

Available volunteering positions

No positions are available, please check again later.

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