Are you interested in volunteering abroad? Would you like to get to know your destination country at a deeper level than the surface?
Head abroad through Maailmanvaihto! We send young adults for voluntary work periods of 6–12 months. The aim our our long-term voluntary work periods is to create grassroot level connections and understanding between people with different kinds of backgrounds. When you dive into a different kind of a daily living as a volunteer, you will learn in practical situations.
We send volunteers to Europe and to further away. The volunteers mainly work among children and youth in the educational and social work field, in non-for-profit communities and organizations. Volunteers are also received by environmental organizations, peace and women movements and cultural projects.
“My voluntary work period was a very rewarding and wonderful experience which increade my professional skills as well as my understanding on the world and its cultures.” – Anu Molarius, Proyecto Horizonte – Ushpa ushpa, Bolivia
The voluntary work periods last for half a year the minimum, so that the volunteer and the receiving community have time to properly get to know each other and to build co-operation. To support the intercultural learning, the volunteers gain training both in Finland and in the destination country.
The volunteers are required to have a skill to adjust, flexibility, openness as well as interest towards different kinds of cultures and lifestyles. It is beneficiary to know the language used in the destination country already before the departure, but this is not a requirement. Not any educational or work background is required.
The participants must be at least 18 years old. The upper age limit is in the European Voluntary Service 30 years, whereas in the ICYE program to many of the countries it is possible to go also in an older age.
Training. Maaimanvaihto trains the participants to act as volunteers abroad. In the trainings at least these issues are covered: adjusting to a new environment; the role, rights and responsibilities of a volunteer as well as health and security issues. Also support and information from former participants is available.
Caring. We take care of you during your voluntary work period. As your support is a contact person both at the receiving organization as well as at Maailmanvaihto. In the countries of the ICYE program, volunteers are supported by the local ICYE organization.
Support after the return. PAfter your return you will receive from us support for adjusting to being back to Finland and you are warmly welcome to join in the activities or our organization here in Finland.
Reciprocity. Our activities are based on the principle of reciprocity. In addition to sending volunteers, we receive volunteers to Finland, so that both Finnish and foreign volunteers and work communities gain learning experiences.
Strong experience. Maailmanvaihto is an organization founded in 1958. During the year, we have gained a strong experience in organizing international possibilities for young people.