Project 6 : Loimaa Evangelical Folk High School

Loimaa Evangelical Folk High School (LEKO) is a private educational establishment with 80 years
long history. It is located in Hirvikoski, calm and beautiful rural area of South-West Finland at
village, next to Loimaa town, 150 km from Helsinki, 60 km from Turku. LEKO works in the fields
of formal, non-formal education, social work, spiritual work, children welfare and hospitality
services locally, regionally and internationally. The largest group of our full time students are non-Finnish national adults learning Finnish language with in content of upper basic education program and we are providing different courses. 

The largest group of our full time students are non-Finnish national adults learning Finnish language with in content of upper basic education program and we are providing different courses. We have more than 20 nationalities in this year. Lately we are working with Ukrainian refugees too. LEKO serves about 100 full time students, and 50 staff members.

Your work as a volunteer

We are looking for international volunteers to give stronger EU value and self-development perspective at our school. We are looking for person with curiosity, self-initiative and willingness to help, cooperate and to lead; to be part of LEKO, Loimaa and larger community. The volunteer will work in co-operation and under guidance of 3-4 folk high school staff members,
but be supervised by one. At the start, there will be developed acting plan with active involvement of volunteers needs for whole period in Finland. Expected tasks or we would need the volunteers’ hands on:

  • to give a support at LEKO Children Play Group with pre-schoolers and elementary school kids at home work hub
  • assisting, organizing, preparing free time activities for non-Finnish residential students (like  home work hub, cooking, craft, sport…), to help with in languages (like hosting English Chatting evenings, club of your culture and language)
  • to take part in activities at children and youth development welfare centers (for local ones and for non-Finnish)
  • to get ready, for taking leading part in local and/or international develpmental group
  • to give a support in practical tasks in the folk high school when needed
  • to have a presentation of her/his-self, home country, youth activities in own country
  • to work on self-development by getting Finnish experience and/or participating in some courses
  • to follow up on personal growth through perspective of Key Competences for Lifelong Learning by planning, acting and reflecting
  • to reflect in social media about volunteering work in Finland

Accomodation & Food

Volunteer is welcome to be part of LEKO educational program (Finnish Language) and to
participate in trips and camps organized for LEKO community. He/she will stay at the student
dormitory with rooms shared by 2 persons and common kitchen. There is a food services in school
at working days, with possibility to pay attention for different diets. School has bicycles and a car
(B driving license preferred)

Volunteer profile

The position is suitable for any English speaking (in level of conversation) young person aged 18-30. LEKO is unobstructed in study area only, so unfortunately we cannot provide place for volunteer who is in a wheelchair. Our work language at school is Finnish, but with volunteer we use English.  We will skype/WhatsApp interview most potential candidates and are open to discuss with the volunteer about the tasks she/he is most interested /capable of doing. We would be happy if volunteer will enjoy socializing and doing activities with in multicultural society with tolerance. We hope that our volunteer is positive, ready to take different kind of tasks. We are looking for
volunteer with desire to give own involvement and to get experiences from Finland. 

More about the hosting origination

Former volunteer shares his experience !