ICYE: Applying Instructions 2019–20

One can apply for the ICYE voluntary work by sending an application form. All applicants are invited for a selection interview.

Selection criteria

Participants are selected based on their application and an interview. In the selection the main focus is in personal suitability. The participants need to have interest towards different cultures and people as as well as motivation for voluntary work. In addition, openness, flexibility and ability to adjust as well as ability and desire to learning new are important qualities during a voluntary work period.

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

The minimum age limit for participating into the International Cultural Youth Exchange voluntary program (ICYE) 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, an 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, a 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 the destination country.

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

Applying and starting times

The applying period for voluntary work periods which begin in August–September 2019 ends on the 1st of February 2019. The destination countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand Nigeria, Taiwan, Uganda and Vietnam. In the same deadline one can apply also for voluntary work periods which begin in the beginning of year 2020. Maailmanvaihto organizes a selection interview day for the applicants on the 9th of February 2019.

Application form and attachments

ICYE Candidate Application Form

Please attach into your application the following documents:

Send you application via e-mail to the address maailmanvaihto(at)maailmanvaihto.fi or via mail to the address Maailmanvaihto ry – ICYE Finland, Oikokatu 3, 00170 Helsinki.