Introducing our current ESC long-term volunteers !

Elisa, from Austria

Her project: Dodo

"Dodo is an environmental NGO that addresses environmental issues societally. Their projects include urban gardening, food saving, urban planning, addressing climate issues, spreading awareness over social media, organising educational events and much more.

I am helping out wherever I am needed, from garden work in the greenhouse to participating in the organisation of different projects."

Maike, Helen and Nico, from Germany and Spain

Their project: Cultural Collective Kukoistus

"After a long travel from Germany and the Canary Islands, with 7068 km distance all together, we savely made it to the little village Korkeaoja near Kokemäki. We were greeted very nicely from the people here and got quickly used to our new living situation.

One of our first tasks was picking apples from the many apple trees on the farm. The work we do here is really fun. There is a variety of things we do besides apple picking. We also garden and are learning alot about forest gardening. We have to change a compost pile every other day and can get vegetables and herbs fresh from the garden for our cooking. Right now we are also beginning to help with the last parts of constructing a cordwood house. 

One task we didn't expect was the regular search and capture of escaped horses. Our finnish lessons are combined with cutting and preserving the vegetables amd herbs like for example the huge amount of apples and multiple big pumkins from the vegetable garden. We are looking foward to spending the next 9-12 months here and are especially excited about the winter."

Betty, from Spain

Her project: Blue Ribbon Foundation

"I work in Sininauhasäätiö and we work with homeless people around Finland. We usually have to work with mental health issues and 

addictions because some of the homeless people have these problems added. For the moment, I was helping in the day centres and the housing units and there we usually give support them with the meals, showers, drug kits... Furthermore, we spend free time with the homeless playing games or doing activities outside On the other hand, I was working in the flea market that is a center for donations of clothes."

Perrine, from France

Her project: Allianssi Youth Exchanges

"I work in the office of Allianssi Youth Exchanges. The organization supports and coordinates international volunteering programs. My tasks include the promotion of ESC projects in Finland and abroad through social media, being in close contact with the long-term volunteers in Finland in order to be a support andto promote their 

experience, and finally organizing events to raise awareness about the volunteering programs. I also particiated in the beginning of my project in two youth exchanges related to topics I was interested in. "

Dörte, from Germany

Her project:  Loimaa Evangelical Folk High School

"Moi kaikki! My name is Dörte, I come from Frankfurt in Germany and I have just started my ESC volunteer year at Loimaan evankelinen kansanopisto (Leko – Evangelical Folks High school). 

During the next year, I want to familiarize myself with the Finnish lifestyle, I want to learn a new language and to get to know new people in order to broaden my own horizon. I would love to experience Finnish traditions and customs and the unique nature. Whether sauna, campfires, northern lights, the Finnish winter and midsummer or the little things in everyday life: There are so many adventures waiting for me!"

Paulina, from Germany

Her project: Blue Ribbon Foundation

"Moi! My name is Paulina and I'm 18 years old. I'm from Berlin, Germany, but I've also lived in the United States for a few years. 

I graduated from high school this year and am now participating in the ESC program until August 2022. My volunteering project is at Sininauhasäätiö (Blue Ribbon Foundation) in Helsinki, Finnland. This organization helps homeless people, immigrants, and people struggling with alcoholism, drug abuse or mental health issues. 
I'm looking forward to my time here and I'm excited to meet new people, learn Finnish, and experience the work at Blue Ribbon Foundation. :)"

Marion, from France

Her project:  Loimaa Evangelical Folk High School

"Moi! (Hey!) I’m Marion, French volunteer from Toulouse. I will stay in Finland for one year! I’m so excited to discover this country with its culture, customs, and the typical way of living.  People are so kind, polite, and respectful. I will take part in the school activities. I would like to implement some of my ideas in community of this school."