European Solidarity Corps Volunteering

Come and experience European Solidarity Corps (ESC) volunteering in Finland!

The European Solidarity Corps Volunteering offers a great way to participate in creating grass-root level contacts and understanding among people with different kinds of backgrounds. You will also get a chance to learn new skills.

We welcome European Solidarity Corps volunteers for periods of 6–12 months. Many of our volunteers work in the educational field or with people with disabilities – in folk high schools or workshops of people with disabilities, for example.

“European Solidarity Corps volunteering is such an amazing opportunity for young people to learn new skills and spend time learning in another country. It also helps to build friendships and teaches us more understanding of each other across Europe.” – Catriona Dinnegan, a volunteer from Ireland

The European Solidarity Corps volunteering is carried out and financed by the European Union. We at Maailmanvaihto coordinate European Solidarity Corps volunteering periods here in Finland, and host volunteers in our own organization, too.

Most of our European Solidarity Corps volunteers begin their projects in August or September. We apply for funding for the volunteering periods from the Finnish National Agency of the European Solidarity Corps.

European Solidarity Corps voluntary workplaces

We coordinate European Solidarity Corps periods in these voluntary workplaces (click the name for further information):

  1. STEP-koulutus (STEP Education)
    No open positions currently. Please, check again later.
  2. Kisälli-Harjulanmäki
    No open positions currently. Please, check again later.
  3. Dagtek workshop acitivities
    1 position | 20.8.2022–19.08.2023 | Application DL 24th April 2022
  4. Lehtimäen opisto (Lehtimäki Special Folk High School)
    2 positions |20.8.2022–19.6.2023 | Application DL 24th April 2022
  5. Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland’s office
    1 position | 16.8.2022–15.8.2023 | Application DL 24th April 2022
  6. Myllylähde-yhteisö (Myllylähde Community)
    2 positions | 15.8.2022–14.8.2023 | Application DL 24th April 2022
  7. Sippolan koulukoti (Sippola Residential School)
    No open positions currently. Please, check again later.
  8. Spesia ammattiopisto (Spesia Vocational College)
    No open positions currently. Please, check again later.
  9. Tapola Camphill Village Community
    3 positions | 15.8.2022–14.8.2023 | Application DL 24th April 2022
  10. Vanhamäki Activity Centre
    2 positions | 7 months as soon as possible | Apply as soon as possible!

>> See all currently open positions and applying instructions

Who can participate?

The European Solidarity Corps volunteering is meant for 18–30-year-olds who live permanently in one of the European Solidarity Corps programme countries or partner countries mentioned below.

Program countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, (Finland), France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of North Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Partner countries:

Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Palestine, Territory of Russia as recognized by international law, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, Territory of Ukraine as recognized by international law

We will receive for volunteering in Finland only people who have received a full series of vaccinations against the coronavirus. By requiring the vaccination, we want to ensure the health security of the volunteers, voluntary workplaces, and host families.

Costs?

Reasonable traveling expenses (based on travel distance) to Finland and back to the home country are covered for the volunteer from the EU funding. In some cases, the volunteer may have to pay a small part of these costs.

Also, the following costs are covered for the participant from the EU funding:

The accommodation and food are provided by the voluntary workplace and/or a local host family.

“During this year, in every place, I have stepped in, I have found something unique. I think this is because my perspective on life has changed. I see the world with the eyes of another culture.” – Carmen Cobos, a volunteer from Spain

How to participate?

Please visit this page for the projects that are currently looking for volunteers, applying instructions, and the application form.

NB! Prior to sending us your application, please find for yourself a sending support organisation from your country of residence. You can browse sending organizations in the European Solidarity Corps Database for accredited organisations.

Further information?

“Volunteering has been a period of intense change in our lives. New country, new people, new climate… Definitely, a moment to discover, not only our surroundings, but also ourselves.” – Volunteers Nathan (from France), Diogo (from Madeira of Portugal) and Elisa (from Spain)