ESC Volunteer Teams in 2021 in Finland
Project code ALLI01ESC
Project name: Strong roots make us active
Location: Kauhava, Alahärmä
Dates: 6.6. - 19.6.2021
Number of Participants: 14
Description of the work: The theme of the ESC camp is roots and local identity. Härmä, the area where the camp will take place, is famous for its strong local identity and the local people feel that they have strong roots in their home villages. These roots create a lot of grass root activity in the form of restoration of old buildings, taking care of old traditions and running the local theatre, maintaining the nature path and many other things.
The camp: The host organisation Aisapari organises the work sites together with local cultural history Association Härmä-Seura and other associations. Alaviitala was a typical farmhouse where the local court assembled once in a while a hundred years ago. The house was empty for many years and now it has been renovated. There is still some building and tidying to do at the site. Kotiseututalo is also a traditional farmhouse that has been renovated and transformed into a museum and a meeting place. The old house, farm buildings and the yard also require some maintenance. One of the former Finnish presidents, J.W. Snellman, used to live in Alahärmä. The place is now a memorial site, which needs some gardening. All of these sites have fascinating history and a strong connection to the identity of the region. The participants can also write short presentations about the sites in their own languages.
Härmänkylän Nuorisoseura is an association with an active community theater. Every summer, dozens of volunteers put on a play. They need some help with setting up the open-air auditorium, cafeteria and the stage.
Saturday 12.6. will be a national theme day for rural villages. Alahärmä village will also take part in that event. The camp participants can help organise the events and produce content for different social media platforms. This year the event will be organised mainly online.
Accommodation: The shared accomodation is close to the work sites, please bring your sleeping bag. There are shower facilities and kitchen. The participants will prepare their own breakfast and dinner. Lunch will be served at the working sites.
Description of the area: Alahämä village is part of the city of Kauhava. It is situated in Western Finland. The nearest bigger cities are Seinäjoki and Vaasa
More info http://www.visitkauhava.fi/en/visit_kauhava. The local associations will organise free time activities such as hiking, paddling, games and visits to local places of interests so that the volunteers can interact with local people and get to know the area. The aim of the project is to promote volunteering and increase intercultural communication and understanding of diversity.
Connections: It is easiest to reach us by taking a train to Härmä (or Kauhava). The 400 km train ride from Helsinki to Kauhava/Alahämä takes about 3,5 hours.It is also possible to take a bus. If you fly to Vaasa you can take the bus from Vaasa to Kauhava/ Alahärmä.
Requirements: Participants should be able to ride bikes because they will be riding their bikes to and from the work sites.
Additional remarks This project is supported by the EU European Solidarity Corps program and due to travel restrictions at the moment only open for 18-30 year old Finnish citizens or other residents of Finland (foreign students, asylum seekers, refugees etc.). Participation is free of charge, as well as board and lodging. Volunteers need to stay the full duration of the camp in order to get their pocket money (5 euros per day) and travel costs reimbursed. Be ready for a community experience and physical work, to meet new people and situations and get a taste of countryside life !
Please apply here.