Wellbeing from nature, Punkaharju 18.-31.7.2022

Wellbeing from nature, Punkaharju 18.-31.7.2022   

(Project code: ALLI05 ESC) 


Ikko is a  folk high school offering both general and vocational education for Finnish and international adult students and different groups throughout the year. Students also include special target groups such as students with special needs and asylum seekers. 

Volunteer's tasks

The volunteers will familiarize themselves with the Finnish nature and learn how to orienteer in the forest so that you do not get lost while hiking or berrypicking.  We aim at living in harmony with nature by tidying hiking routes, making some seal-friendly fish traps in order to protect the endangered Saimaa seal and also learning to make birdhouses for small birds. The group will also work with gardening tasks and other outdoor activities. There will also be some Finnish language and culture lessons and workshops and time to relax. 


Accommodation will be in the student dormitory, 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 opportunities for outdoor activities. 

Details of the project

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). Due to covid-19 pandemic  volunteers need to have certificates of their full series of approved covid-19 vaccinations or a certificate of earlier covid-19 infection less than 6 months ago.   

Project is full.