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 is one vacancy open in project number 6. The application deadline is 7.2.2020 and start date February 2020.

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.

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

Period of volunteering : Start date January 2020.  Length of stay flexible between 2 - 9 months in 2020. 

Number of volunteers : 1 -2.     NO VACANCIES AT THE MOMENT

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 by the end of September. 


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

Period of volunteering: August/September 2019 - June/July 2020
Number of volunteers: 2
Application forms + CVs ( motivation letter optional) by email

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 


Project 3: ESC Volunteers in Peräpohjolan Opisto in Lapland        NO OPEN VACANCIES NOW

Period of volunteering: October 2019 - February 2020 (or longer)
Number of volunteers: 1-2

Application forms + CVs ( motivation letter optional) by email to  by 2.10.2019.

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          PROJECT IS FULL
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 :


Project 5:  ESC volunteers at Cultural Collective Kukoistus at Korkeaoja village
Period of volunteering: Start date in April-May 2020.   

Number of volunteers: 1-2

Application forms (from the bottom of the page)  + CVs ( motivation letter optional) by email to  

We accept applications in until 29th of February, after which we inform the applicants. You can apply for a period from 3 to 12 months, though we prioritize more long term applicants. First volunteers are welcome to start in the beginning of April. You can also start later in the year, if there are vacancies. If we don’t fill vacancies for the whole year at once, we open for new applications later in the year. We try to interview all the applicants.

Cultural Collective Kukoistus is located at the Korkeaoja village in the western part of Finland, some 40km from the coastline. We work here on various projects centered around art, ecology and building. Some of us live in the village and others in nearby cities. Our aims are to increase the opportunities for artistic work in the Finnish countryside and combining art with living close to the land while promoting sustainability and ecological values. Our operation is centered at the old main house and it’s surroundings at Korkeaoja organic farm.

Among our ongoing long-term projects are the creation of an international residency for artists (to this end we are renovating the 8 rooms + kitchen main house) and the establishment of a 1ha communal edible forest garden. In addition we organize a wide range of festivals, exhibitions, workshops and seminars. We are also renovating an old stone barn to function as a multi-purpose workspace.

The residency is aimed for people of all ages and all cultures and backgrounds, as are all the projects of our cultural collective. Our public events attract people from all around Finland, but also focus on serving our local community in the south-west countryside of Finland.

Our special interests are performance art and time/space art, permaculture and ecological design, and holistic, wholesome life in general.

Some examples of past event and activities are: Käsitekesä summer exhibition, Artistic Ecosystems seminar, the Immaterial festival of performance art, ”Kotonen” mobile house construction workshops and lectures on permaculture and forest garden design.

We are looking for volunteers interested in art, ecology, gardening, building, and life in the countryside. Qualities we look for: creativity, self-initiative, flexibility, patience, social skills and a positive outlook. From spring to autumn we have more people staying here, so getting along with random people is important, while from autumn to winter things tend to quiet down and tolerance towards quiet and solitude can also be important. There are several unfinished projects going on simultaneously so capacity to handle some chaos and unpredictability is good to have.

The tasks for volunteers vary according to season and the progress of various ongoing building projects (the renovation of the main house and the stone barn, finishing a cordwood hut and a recycling center) as well as the forest garden. The skills and interests of volunteers will be taken into account. The work hours may vary as well, but we make sure it all balances out. Tasks may include:

  • Construction (this can be simple and repetitive manual tasks, or more demanding work depending on skills)
  • Working in the garden and orchard (watering, weeding, planting, protection, harvesting of herbs, apples, berries)
  • Maintenance of the residency house (cleaning, organizing, heating)
  • Maintenance of the yard and surrounding spaces
  • Assisting artists in residence (if there are some and if they need help with something)
  • Cooking
  • Heating the sauna
  • Making art (For those who want to pursue their own artistic practices we also want to offer the time and space for working on their art. We can offer tools, but you’ll need your own materials. Art that is installed / takes place in the village is most welcome, but not a prerequisite.)

The period of mid winter, form December to March, is really only suitable for someone who enjoys quiet and solitude (and we mean this in a Finnish sense ;) And especially for someone who has their own creative projects they can pursue, as there isn’t so much practical work to do during that time.

Accommodation is in the residency house (8 rooms and a shared kitchen). There is usually a couple of people staying in the house, sometimes more during busier summer months and during events or workshops. The residency is not fully operational yet, so we don’t have artists staying throughout the year. Volunteers can prepare their meals in the shared kitchen. There is also a wood heated sauna, a small lake with a tiny beach and a barbecue & chill out spot. There’s a wifi connection and a shared computer to use.

There are also a few horses, a cat and some occasional dogs inhabiting at the farm. This is good to take into account if you have allergies.

The closest shops and services are 15km from Korkeaoja, in nearby small towns. There is no public transport, but we have a car for the volunteers to use, and try to coordinate rides. We also have bicycles volunteers can borrow. Distance to Pori, the nearest city, is 35km. Nearest bus and train stations are 15km away, with good access to Pori, Tampere, Helsinki and other cities.

For leisure time there’s plenty of nature to enjoy. For other activities the city of Pori has a quite active cultural scene with exhibitions, concerts and festivals. Yyteri beach (50km) has wonderful natural dunes by the seaside. 

Contact us if you have any further questions!


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Project 6  ESC volunteer position in Loimaa Evangelical Folk High School in Hirvikoski

Period of volunteering : Start date  February 2020.  Length of stay about 5 months (until 30.6.2020). 

Number of volunteers : 1 

Application forms (from the bottom of the page)  + CVs ( motivation letter optional) by email to by the 7th of February 2020

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, 150 km from Helsinki, 60 km from Turku and 4 km form Loimaa town. LEKO works in the field of education, social work, hospitality services and spiritual work locally, regionally and internationally. It provides formal, non-formal and informal education for different target groups. The upper basic education programs for adults (with in main target group of immigrants) dominates in the profile of school. As well, there is accommodated program for 10th grade; local and international professional development courses; activities for development of interests. A dormitory, catering and camping services are available at LEKO too. School provides social services for individuals and families in municipality. 3 blocks of children homes for local and immigrant children and youth are here as well. The Happy workshops are held for people with special needs in school. A wide variety of activities for different target groups such as  spiritual meetings, discussion clubs, sauna nights, camps are held here.

We are looking for volunteer with desire to get experiences from Finland, person with curiosity, self-initiative and willingness to help and share his/ her own experiences with LEKO, Loimaa and larger community and get ready, actively take leading part in international Volunteer Corps group in late spring.

LEKO serves about 100 full time students, and 50 staff members. The student community is mostly comprised of the different national background young adults and families with young children.

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:

- work with residential students: assisting, organizing, or even preparing various free time activities, like Women Club, Sport evenings, Cooking Club, English Chatting evenings, Workshop about volunteers’ country.  Assist in work with Preschool Play Group kids, and children in children homes. The volunteer in encouraged to carry out own ideas, own projects, some topic of her /his hobby or expertise (sport, language, handicraft, music, for example)

-  make small presentations explaining about her/his home country,  youth activities in own country and larger in EU.

- get ready and co-lead international volunteer group in early summer, act as an intercultural messenger encouraging the participants with different ethnic backgrounds to co-operate together.

- activate social media for LEKO

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

Volunteer is welcome to take part at Finnish language and culture course 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. 

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 interview most potential candidates and are open to discuss with the volunteer abou 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 and to enjoy his/her time in Finland.More about hosting origination  




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