ESC Volunteering: Available Projects

Apply for the European Solidarity Corps Volunteering periods in Finland! On this page you can find those projects coordinated by Maailmanvaihto that are currently seeking volunteers and instructions for applying.

A notion for the applicants: The available European Solidarity Corps Volunteering periods can be postponed to a later date or cancelled in case needed due to the Corona virus situation (see the news from the Finnish National Agency for Education).

To apply, please download Maailmanvaihto’s application form:
application form (pdf) or application form (docx).

You can find instructions for filling in the form from the bottom of this page. Please read also read carefully the project descriptions below as well as the program information. Please note that Maailmanvaihto only accepts applications which have been filled into Maailmanvaihto’s application form. Send your filled-in application to evs(a)maailmanvaihto.fi.

Available ESC Projects

1) Myllylähde-yhteisö – Myllylähde Community

MYLLYLÄHDE is a village community with adults with special needs. It is a part of the international Camphill movement which was established to work and live with people who have special needs like learning disabilities. In the community all work is shared: teaching, caring, household tasks, gardening and ecological farming. In Camphill Communities the idea is that in the community life each person contributes according to his/her abilities what they can towards the well-being of their fellows. The community is based on the general Christian values and principles. The main work activities of Myllylähde are biodynamic agriculture, animal care, gardening, packing of the agriculture products and weavery and handicrafts workshops. All work is done together with adults with special needs.

2) Seurakuntaopisto – The Church Training College

SEURAKUNTAOPISTO (The Church Training College) is a private educational learning institution run by Kirkkopalvelut. Seurakuntaopisto has campus areas in Järvenpää, Pieksämäki, Lapua, Nykarleby and Ruokolahti. We have app. 2000 annual students and app. 180 employees. Seurakuntaopisto is specialized in social and health care education, the humanities and various church professions. We also offer preparatory training and guidance as well as short courses. Although being a mainstream vocational college Seurakuntaopisto offers and develops educational services also for immigrants and people with special needs (caused by learning problems, mental disability etc.). We also organize leisure time activities for the students, because many of them stay in our dormitory during their study weeks. Aim of our background organization Kirkkopalvelut is to build bridges between people, communities and church.

3) Dagtek’s Arts&crafts Workshop

DAGTEK is a part of Kårkulla samkommun, which offers services for people with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders. The activities Dagtek offers are divided into several sections that all focus on different areas. In Dagtek’s arts&crafts workshop there are four different workshops with different textile crafts, visual arts and ceramics. Each workshop has a coach who coordinates and leads the activities. Dagtek’s arts&crafts workshop community consists for the moment of 22 persons, mostly women, with minor challenges with learning and four workshop coaches/mentors.

4) Lehtimäki Folk High School

LEHTIMÄKI FOLK HIGH SCHOOL is a boarding school for youth and adults with special needs. The school offers 70 places for students and there are more than 100 different short term courses for disabled youth, adults and elderly as well as their families. The school also offers rehabilitation courses such as riding therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Some training is aimed at increasing the occupational capacities of the people through, for example, computer literacy training.

5) Kisälli-Harjulanäki

KISÄLLI-HARJULANMÄKI has two main activities: it has a nursing home called “Harjulanmäki” for mentally disabled people and a workshop called “Kisälli” which provides art and work therapy for disabled people.

How to apply? Three simple steps:

  1. Choose from the list above the project you wish to apply to.
  2. After selecting the project, download and fill in Maailmanvaihto’s application form: application form (pdf) or application form (docx). If you wish to apply to more than one project, please fill in a separate form for each project. Write your answers on the green blank fields. There is no length limit for your answers.
  3. Send your application form as an email attachment to: evs(a)maailmanvaihto.fi Write the project name to the subject field. Attach your application to the message and send. Photos are optional.

Please note these things: