Länsi-Saimaan 4H


Länsi-Saimaan 4H-association is a small, non-profit youth organization and it is politically and religiously non-aligned. 4H arranges leisure activities for children and young people between aged 6-28 years old.

For 6-12 years old children we have after school clubs and camps. There children can learn new skills such as cooking, handicrafts, entrepreneurial, interaction skills and relationship with nature.

For young people aged 13 and older we help them to develop skills that will be useful in working life and try to give them opportunities to get their first work experience.

We support young people's first steps as entrepreneurs by grass root business coaching. They can develop own project as 4H-hobby company and be self-employed.

The project: ”Nature theme days and day camps"

In this project we co-operate with local schools in South-Karelia. We are organizing thema days for pupils. The thema days include a lot of information but we are going to plan and implement the activities to be as playful as possible.

In May we will organize thema days and camps with forest nature and forestry mostly for 1-6 grade students. We go to the nearby forest of the school where we host workshops with other stakeholders. During the schoolday pupils get information about the relation with forest nature, forestry, and everyone`s rights and responsibilities in nature. In June we have daycamps for the same age groups.

The volunteering tasks

  • Planning and conducting activities for thema days and daycamps using functional methods such as puzzle tasks, drama, quizz, problem solving tasks, games etc.

The benefits of volunteering

  • Experience in planning activities by functional methods
  • Experience in non-formal learning
  • Experience in team work

Wishes regarding the volunteer profile

  • You like to work with children
  • You are not afraid of leading workshops to groups of children
  • You have at least helpful English language skills
  • You have ingenuity and imagination
  • You get along with people
  • You are curious to learn new things
  • You are interested in social media communications and photography

Accomodation and meals

You will live in your own apartment in Taavetti village. There is one bedroom, living room, small kitchen, toilet and shower. You have to share the rooms and kitchen with the other volunteer(s). You will receive money for food costs and primarily cook for yourself.

Description of the area

Luumäki is a municipality in Finland, located in the province of South Karelia. The municipality has a population of 4,562 and covers an area of 859.84 km², of which 109.78 km² are water bodies.  The center of the municipality is Taavetti and the accomodation is located there.

In Taavetti there is a bus station but the nearests trainstations are in Lappeenranta city, 40 km from Taavetti, and Kouvola city 50 km from Taavetti.  The nearests airport is in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. From Taavetti Luumäki it is about 200 km to Helsinki. The LAU1 number for the area is 091.