European Solidarity Corps in Finland - Long term projects



Allianssi Youth Exchanges works as supporting / coordinating organisation for incoming and outgoing volunteers.

We work with Finnish partner organisations and together are able to provide a meaningful and well supported volunteering experience for the international volunteers staying in different parts of Finland. We recruit volunteers for several partner organisations. These projects usually host volunteers for 6-7 months, but shorter/longer stays are also possible in some projects.. At the moment there are three open projects with start dates from summer (Punkaharju) to September (Basketball museum and Perapohjola). These projects are for EU citizens /residents only.

The projects are in different parts of Finland in smaller communities. All the projects have lots of interaction with local and immigrant youth as well as a wide variety of tasks. The working language is English, so the volunteer have to manage to run activities in English.

The volunteers should send their carefully filled application forms (can be found in bottom of the webpage)  together with CVs (+ optional
motivation letter) to Allianssi Youth Exchanges email ASAP. If you  have any questions please contact us by email.

The applicants should mark clearly which project they apply to and write their Skype address for interview purposes.




Project 1: ESC volunteer position in IKKO Folk High School in Punkaharju

Period of volunteering : Start date July-August 2019.  Length of stay flexible between 2 - 9 months in 2019. 

Number of volunteers : 1 -2.     Applications ASAP 

The host organization Ikko is a modern, non-political and non-religious folk high school offering both general and vocational education for Finnish and immigrant students and groups throughout the year. We also host special target groups such as students with special needs as well as young asylum seekers. Punkaharju folk high school is located in rural area in eastern Finland, so the volunteer should feel comfortable with living in a small community far from city lights, preferably being young people who enjoy environment and outdoor activities. The project is suitable for young person without much experience of international exchanges, but he/she needs to able to communicate in English in sufficient level.

The volunteer should be motivated to learn, to adapt, to propose ideas, take initiative and open to discover other cultures and work in a multicultural environment. The ESC volunteer will plan and organise activities such as various workshops related to for example arts, culture, languages, computers, cooking, sports, music, games and other topics depending on the skills and interests of the volunteer and the students. About half of the students in the folk high schools are from immigrant origin.The students attend different courses and degrees, some join for short term courses, some stay a full year. Most of the students are young adults, 18-30 years old. In summer months the volunteer will be assisting  with different groups, especially with the international volunteer work camps taking place in Punkaharju between June and September.

In general, the volunteer will work in co-operation and under guidance of folk high school staff:

- Preparing, organizing and assisting in various afternoon and evening activities for the residential students such as different workshops, events, cooking clubs, arts and crafts, sports activities etc.  

- Supporting in practical tasks in the folk high school when needed

- Disseminating information on European Union, especially European Solidarity Corps and encouraging students to try out European mobility programs

- Co-leading international volunteer camps and groups especially in summer and vacation periods

-Acting as intercultural messenger encouraging the students  (and the international volunteers in summer) with different ethnic backgrounds to co-operate together and make everyone feel welcome to join all the activities. The volunteer in encouraged to carry out own ideas, own projects such as running a workshop on some topic of her /his hobby or expertise ( sport, language, handicraft, music, for example).

The volunteer will spend time with the folk high school students and other groups, to socialize with them and co-organize leisure time activities during the working hours. Volunteer will stay at the student dormitory in a double room. There are about 150 residents at the school, most of the students in IKKO are young adults between 18-30 years, not teenagers. The school offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, so the ESC volunteer has all the meals prepared. The volunteer is expected to do activities with young people so it would be useful to be a sociable and positive person, who loves outdoor and nature. The school is multicultural so volunteer should be interested and able to work with people from many different cultures. More information on the hosting organisation

If you are interested please email the application form from the bottom of this page  to ASAP. 


Project 2 :  ESC for Finnish Basketball Hall of Fame in Heinola and Lahti

Period of volunteering: August 2019 - June 2020
Number of volunteers: 2
Application forms + CVs ( motivation letter optional) by email to ASAP, at the latest by 25.6.19.

Description of the project:
Interesting mix: Basketball Museum and basketball coaching.
Looking for 2 volunteers (we expect at least one of those interests/experiences): Experience/interest in Sports (especially basketball), museum-work, media (social media, digitalizing, video/photo editing), working with youngsters and activate them to move.

Finnish Basketball Hall of Fame consists missions about: Museum and Exhibition work, Alumni activities and Hall of Fame gallery. We have two small exhibitions located in Heinola Lohja and also movable exhibition. Finnish Basketball Hall of Fame is focusing to be society museum for all Finnish basketball communities and persons. Year 2019 Finnish Basketball Federation celebrates 80th birthday and Basketballmuseum is organising Poster Exhibition Tour and seminars. There will be also virtual reality game on tour.

Heinola YMCA is local basketball team in town of Heinola. There is players aged from 6 year old to seniors, about 150 together. Heinola is located about 130 km from Helsinki, and 30 km from Lahti. Heinola YMCA is Museum’s partner in this volunteer project.
Lahti Basketball is big basketball organisation in city of Lahti. There is men’s Main league team and 400 juniors (boys and girls). They are another partner in this project.
Volunteers work with Director of Finnish Basketball Hall of Fameh related to Museum tasks. YMCA Heinola takes responsibility in Heinola about volunteers wellbeing and teaching about basketball coaching. And there are many coaches willing to help volunteer. Volunteers are also working for Lahti Basketball in Mainleague games and Open gym-practices. That organisation will also help and support volunteers.

Accommodation is in town of Heinola near YMCA Training Center. There is own private room for volunteer (shared bathroom) and shared kitchen. Sometimes it is possible to stay in Lahti in order  to get to know Lahti Basketball organisation and travel less between Heinola and Lahti. And it gives possibility to get known better Finnish way of life.  Transportation is public transportation (bus ticket). Volunteer can participate at Finnish language and culture education once a week in Heinola or Lahti.
We hope that our volunteer would be interested in basketball culture, be positive, sociable and reliable, be ready to do activities with children and could work independently.

The tasks can be for example sport activities, culture activities, exhibition workshops, activating social media in Museum of Basketball, helping making exhibitions, digitalising museum materials, monitoring/organising open-gym practices, assist coach in basketball trainings, helping tournament- organisations, cleaning gym, taking care of cafeteria in Training center, etc.  Working in our project is quite versatile and flexible. Volunteers could also plan and put into practice role-game for junior teams to learn different kind of roles in basketball courts.

The position is suitable for any young person aged 18-30, BUT we are not able to guarantee accessibility for people with physical disabilities. Our work language will mainly be Finnish (especially in Basketball trainings), but with volunteer we use English. We are open to discuss with the volunteer what kind of work she/he would like to /can do. We would like to have short interview with skype so please give us your skype address.
We hope you are positive and ready to work different kind of tasks – enjoy your time in Finland with basketball!

More information: Lahti:
Museum of Basketball (in Finnish):
YMCA Heinola (in Finnish):
Lahti Basketball juniors:

Application forms + CVs ( motivation letter optional) by email to ASAP, at the latest by 25.6.19.


Project 3: ESC Volunteers in Peräpohjolan Opisto in Lapland

Period of volunteering: September 2019 - February 2020
Number of volunteers: 2
Application forms + CVs ( motivation letter optional) by email to  at the latest by 25.6.2019.

Peräpohjolan Opisto is a seasoned, independent folk high school which was founded already in 1901. It locates in a traditional, scenic landscape of Tornio Kiviranta by the famous free flowing Tornio River. Close proximity to the Swedish border offers wide range of cultural opportunities to our students. Peräpohjolan Opisto provides education, vocational training and additional training in the fields of education and guidance sector. Students can study a profession, complete basic education or just individual courses.

Our personnel consists of 20 people and 3 of them will be working with the ESC volunteer. Currently we have approximately 250 students, most of them are young adults.. Peräpohjolan Opisto also has a substance- and smoke-free student dormitory which accommodates up to 32 persons. Volunteers will be
accommodated at the student dormitory in 1-2 persons per room. Meals are served at school canteen so different diets can be taken into consideration.

We hope that our volunteers could organize activities and instruct our students living in a dormitory. S/he could also work with education export by building a network to her/his own home country. Our volunteers are also welcome to participate in Finnish language and culture education. One of the volunteer will do co-operation with the youth office in the town of Tornio and have some tasks with the local youth workers and young people. The positions are suitable for any young person aged 18-30 with fluent English skills, hence the common working language will be English. 

Of course we are also open for discussion to the volunteer´s own ideas of her/his work. We wish our volunteer is a sociable and has a positive attitude and own initiative. The volunteer should also be tolerant and has an ability to work with different cultures. We would like to have a short interview with the possible volunteers, so
Skype address would be highly appreciated. School website


Project 4 : ESC volunteer positions in Kanneljarvi Folk High School
Period of volunteering : February 2020 - September 2020
Number of volunteers : 2
Application forms + CVs ( motivation letter optional) by email to by 30.9.2019.

Kanneljärvi Folk High School is a vocational institute with a wide range of educational services to provide.
The range of study programmes in Kanneljärvi Folk High School consists of the upper secondary vocational degree in Youth and Leisure Instruction, further qualification degree in Special Needs Instruction for Children, additional basic education and adult education studies i.e. Art studies. In addition to the above mentioned Kanneljärvi Folk High School also provides studies in Finnish language and culture for immigrant students. Kanneljärvi Institute also has a student dormitory and the extra-curricular activities provided for the students form a basis for an expanded pedagogical view. Kanneljärvi Folk High School is situated 60 kilometers from Helsinki.

Our personnel consists of 30 people and of those 30 approximately 3-4 individuals will be working with the ESC volunteer. These individuals work or otherwise influence in the field of youth and leisure instructing and therefore are well equipped to be involved in voluntary work. The instructor working in the dormitory will also be participating in the voluntary work. All together we have 350 students, of those students 100 lives at the dormitory during the weeks. In Our dormitory is not allow to use any intoxicant so we insist that our volunteer respect these rules.
We hope that our volunteer could organize activities and instruct students who are dormitory residents.
The activities can be for example: sport activities, culture activities, volunteer own culture club, household activities etc. If volunteer have will to do gardening activities we can also arrange that kind of work.
Volunteer can also do kitchen and tidying/maintenance activities. Volunteer can also participate trips and camps what we are doing with our students. Volunteer can participate Finnish language and culture course.
The position is suitable for any young person aged 18-30, also youngsters who have economic challenges or immigrant background. Our work language will mainly be English. We are open to discuss with the volunteer what kind of work she/he would like to /can do. After that we make a concrete plan of voluntary service.
Volunteer will stay at the student dormitory. The rooms are double rooms shared by 2 persons. We have food services for our school and we can pay attention for different diets. We hope that our volunteer can do activities with young people and we are also hope that she/he is sociable and positive person. Our school
is also multicultural so volunteer must have tolerance and ability to work with different cultures. Our school is not unobstructed so unfortunately we cannot provide place volunteer who is in a wheelchair.  Remember to give us your skype address. More information on the school :


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