ICYE: Applying Instructions

The first step in applying for ICYE voluntary work is to fill in the application form which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. We invite all applicants for a selection interview.

Selection criteria

Participants are selected for the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) programme based on their application and an interview. In the selection, the main focus is on personal suitability. The participants need to have an interest in different cultures and people as well as motivation for voluntary work. In addition, openness, flexibility, and ability to adjust as well as the ability and desire to learn new are important during a voluntary work period.

In order to get selected an applicant must have a rather good idea about which sort of program and conditions they are applying for. One does not have to know the culture of the destination country widely, but one must have some sort of a picture of the prevailing living conditions.

The minimum age limit for participating in the ICYE program is 18 years. The upper age limit varies according to the destination country. The age limit of each country is stated in the country introductions.

Participation fees

The participation fee includes accommodation and daily meals, insurance, trainings (pre-departure orientation camp in Finland, a training on the language and culture in the destination country and two evaluation training (in periods of 6 months one evaluation meeting)), daily travels to work, the support of ICYE office in Finland as well as in the destination country, small pocket money, and a meeting of the returnees in Finland after the return.

NB! The participant also needs to pay for the flights and the visa to the destination country. The participant is responsible for organizing their travels to the destination country.

NB! In case extra costs are caused by the Coronavirus situation (quarantine costs when arriving in the destination country, for instance), the participant needs to pay for these costs.

Maailmanvaihto grants the participants stipends (maximum of 500 €) on an economic basis.

Applying and starting times

The first application period for the departure in August–September 2023 will end on 31st October 2022. The second application period will end on 31st January 2023.

In case due to the coronasituation, you cannot travel to the destination country you had planned, you can change the destination country, postpone your departure or cancel your participation without costs (see cancellation terms in more detail).

Application form and attachments

Download the application form (pfd).

Please, send as attachments:

Send e-mail your application to maailmanvaihto@maailmanvaihto.fi or mail it to the address Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland, Oikokatu 3, 00170 Helsinki.

Cancellation terms in a coronavirus situation

If due to the coronavirus pandemic, Maailmanvaihto cannot organize for you the planned ICYE volunteering program abroad (if the destination country limits the entrance to the country or if the foreign ministry recommends avoiding the country, for instance):

In case the situation in your destination country is worrying but neither the entrance to the country is limited nor the foreign ministry recommends avoiding traveling to the country, you can

In addition, it is worth finding out from the flight company, with which kinds of costs the flights would be possible to postpone or cancel if needed.