Flora of Finland, 10.-23.7.2023
The host organisation Ikko is a folk high school offering both general and vocational education for Finnish and international adult students during the school year and different groups throughout the year. Students also include special target groups such as students with special needs and asylum seekers. More information www.ikko.fi
The volunteers will do a wide variety of activities related to the community and nature. There are different local organisations involved and the volunteers will join several local actions. The tasks include working in a community garden and a national park as well as preparing a new ground for sport activities, tidying the ridge, berry picking and removing invasive plants. One day will be spent making seal-friendly fish traps in order to protect the Saimaa seal (it is an endangered species with only about 400 of them left). Other planned activities include organising an intercultural event.
There will also be time to relax and enjoy beautiful nature and peaceful surroundings in the countryside. This project suits people who like to do different outdoor tasks in nature.
Accommodation will be in shared rooms in the student dormitory, all meals provided. There are possibilities for various creative and other activities. Sauna and swimming facilities are also available.
Punkaharju is located in eastern Finland near Savonlinna and it takes four hours by train from Helsinki. The school is situated in a location of natural beauty, surrounded on both sides by lakes. In this place you get to enjoy the Finnish summer with its beautiful lakes and forests. The area offers good opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming.
Project is supported by the European Solidarity Corps and open for 18-30 year old citizens and permanent residents of EU countries and Ukraine. Participation is free of charge, as well as board and lodging. Volunteers need to stay the full duration of the project in order to get pocket money (5 euros per day) and travel cost reimbursed (20-360 euros depending on the distance).