Introducing our current ESC long-term volunteers !

Nicoletta, from Italy

Her project: Allianssi Youth Exchange Office

“Moi moi!  My name is Nicoletta, I’m 22 and I’m working for Allianssi Youth Exchanges as a volunteer. I’m Italian and my willingness to start a new big adventure brought me here to Finland. I am a graduated student in International Relations and before starting a master I really wanted to feel more as a part of this society, so I decided to join the European Solidarity Corps and start a project 

 that I’m pretty sure will change my life.  I’m motivated to reach as many people as possible and make them know about the amazing international opportunities that the European Union offers. 

I can’t wait to discover every part of Helsinki and Finland, so start your engines and let’s begin this new journey. ”

Ioana, from Romania

Her project: Allianssi Youth Exchanges Office

"I am working in the office of Allianssi Youth Exchanges organization, which is helping other associations to organize their own projects and coordinates volunteers coming to Finland or going abroad.

My main motivation is to spread awareness over the opportunities that youth have, like going abroad, learning about different topics, discovering new cultures and working in international environments."

Khrystyna, from Ukraine

Her project: Loimaa Evangelical Folk HIgh School

"Greetings from Hirvikoski!

My name is Khrystyna and, as a Ukrainian who was raised in Italy, I came all the way to Finland to hopefully bring some Italian friendliness and some Ukrainian resilience to the North. I am currently finishing my masters in Translation and my passion for foreign cultures and languages is another reason I am here.

I am going to volunteer at Loimaa Evangelical Folk High Schlool (LEKO) for the whole upcoming year and my main (but not only) tasks include helping with the organization of activities for both pre-schoolers and adults studying here. Since LEKO offers upper-basic education mainly to non-Finnish national adults, I am very interested to observe the ways in which they offer help with a succesfull integration, to learn from them and to help them in the best way I can."

Clemence, from France

Her project: Blue Ribbon Foundation

"Hi! My name is Clémence, I am 24 and I come from France. I am a long-term ESC volunteer in Helsinki for Sininauhasäätiö since the 1st of September.

This association is helping homeless people in different ways :

- Welcoming in a safe place opened during the day, offering warm food and drink, the possibility to take a shower, doing laundry, getting new clothes, talk with other people or simply rest

- Finding accommodation in the housing unit or in an other place

- Giving support in social and administrative tasks

- And also by raising the public's awareness about this issue

I am a social worker in my country and decided to volunteer in Finland to learn new ways and practice to help vulnerable public, discover this beautiful country and meet inspiring people ."

Warda, from France

Her project: Rovaniemi City Youth Services

"Moi everyone! My name is Warda, I'm 21 years old and I'm from Paris. I started my journey as an ESC volunteer at the end of October at @monderollo in Rovaniemi. I was in the city previously for 4 months as an intern and I fell in love with the place, that is why I decided to come back. I can't wait for the future adventures I am gonna live here and I hope you will join me on this page for this experience as I will try to document it and bring you along. Kiitos"

Silvia, from Spain

Her project:  Blue Ribbon Foundation

"Moikka! I’m Silvia, a 23 graphic designer from Madrid, Spain.
I am a volunteer in Sininauhasäätiö, in Helsinki, until September 2023. In this organization we
mostly work with homeless people, young and grown-ups, providing different services and
support.

I wanted a little change in my career and immerse myself in another culture while being
helpful to other people sounded like the right option ."

A volunteer, from Germany

Their project: Cultural Collective Kukoistus

"Hei. I am a German girl volunteering for Cultural Collective Kukoistus. My work here has been very variable. On the one hand, we have been working outside in the garden, preparing firewood for winter, harvesting, and making compost.

Apart from this, we have been working on making a pavement, and building an inside oven. Here in the Finnish countryside, I have met wonderful people from all over the world.

What I have learned so far about Finland:

  • This is the country where everything belongs to everyone, blueberries, lingonberries, and mushrooms in autumnal “kukoistus” (bloom)
  • For no reason in particular, the northern lights can show up in southern Finland in the beginning of September
  • Away from the big cities, streets are empty, but people are full of life
  • And of course, Finland is the country of endless lakes that stretch out in front of your eye until their blue merges with the sky - some people are crazy enough to swim in them in winter"

Estera, from Poland

Her project:  Allianssi Youth Exchanges Office

"Moikka! My name is Estera and I recently started volunteering here at Allianssi nuorisovaihto. I come from Poland, but for the last few years I lived in a small town in Germany.
After finishing my education I wanted to do something good for society and feel a part of it, and that's why I decided to volunteer. 💖

Fate brought me here to Finland and I am very grateful for that. 🙏 I am very motivated to make this time valuable and meaningful and I want to spread the word about international opportunities to as many young people as possible."

Capucine, from France

Her project: LEKO

"I'm Capucine, I'm 20 years old, I come from France where I was a student in civil engineering. At the end of my diploma I was not sure that I wanted to continue on this way. I wanted to take a year to find myself and learn more about myself. The travel and the discovery of a new culture was for me an evidence. So the European Solidarity Corps was the right option for me, I have the security and protection I need for a first long trip.

So I'm a volunteer at a school in Loimaa, Loimaa Evangelical Folk High Schlool (LEKO), I'm doing this volunteering until the end of July 2023. It's a school that teaches the basics of the Finnish language to non-Finnish people. And I assist the project coordinator of the school."

Marc, from Spain

His project: Monalikku

"Moi moi! I am Marc Gavaldà and I am from Catalonia, Spain. Before coming to Helsinki I was working as the person in charge of communication in a federation of non-profits called FEPA. I also was in charge of coordinating some projects there. I loved my job but after 5 years I thought it was time for me for a change and someone told me about the Youth Solidarity Corps program. For me it was the perfect opportunity to start the change I was looking for and at the same time to have some people taking care of the process in case something comes up. It can be scary to start an adventure like this so it was nice to have people to contact for any incidences.


I wanted a place very different from Barcelona, where I was living, and Helsinki was a really good option for that. I just have been here for two weeks but I like this city a lot. I want to learn about the culture, the language and live new adventures since I will be here for a year. I already met some wonderful people and I am excited to make plans and get to know the city!”