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Finland Finland: Food not Bombs (FI-KVT 4.1)

Dates

24/06/2024   -   05/07/2024

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Environmental
Social

Fee

USD 400
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

During the camp, volunteers will organize approximately six meal-sharing events around Helsinki. The volunteers’ tasks include cooking, bringing the food to the event location, giving it out during the event, and cleaning up afterwards. Volunteers are also welcome to participate in announcing the meal-sharing events and collecting food donations. No special skills are needed.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live at the Peace Station in Helsinki where many peace organisations reside. The accommodation is simple. A sleeping bag is required as volunteers will sleep on mattresses in a shared space. There are bathrooms, a kitchen, a shower and a sauna. The accommodation facilities and the nature of the work might be challenging for a person with physical disabilities, but their participation is warmly welcome. Families can apply to the camp if the lack of privacy is not a problem. The food will be mainly the same vegan food that is offered in the events around town.

Location and leisure

Helsinki, the Capital of Finland.

Project hosted by

Food Not Bombs is an international campaign that works in hundreds of cities around the world. Food Not Bombs is trying to inspire the public to participate in changing and educating society by helping in a concrete way. The idea of the campaign is to focus our resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war, continuous rearmament and the destruction of the environment. It works by giving out vegan meals in public places to anyone in need. The campaign is also closely connected to food waste issues, and much of the cooking is done with donated food.

Additional comments

We recommend double-checking that your insurance covers your travel costs in case of unlikely but possible camp cancellation.

Additional fee: Some SCI workcamps will have an additional fee of €50.00. The additional fee covers international insurance costs of the volunteer and a small travel fund to enable disadvantaged volunteers to join projects. If you apply through a partner organization, you will pay the fee directly to the hosting branch according to their instructions. Check here whether you're applying through the SCI branch or partner: https://sci.ngo/about-us/our- movement/where-we-are

Requirements

Free-formatted motivation letter is required. Volunteers should express why they are interested in the camp and what they could benefit from participating in it. Volunteers should be interested in antimilitarism, nonviolence and peaceful conflict resolution.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Finland Finland: FOXHILL (ALLI04)

Dates

30/06/2024   -   10/07/2024

Feedback from 95 volunteers

Tags

Social
Cultural

Fee

USD 508 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 400 to be paid now.
EUR 100 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
20 - 35
Max number of volunteers
5
Still room for
2 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Helsinki (HEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kouvola
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Work

Volunteers will assist in different tasks according to their skills and interests. They will organize international summer activities for elementary school children such as taking care of animals, exploring the forest, and doing arts and crafts. Another activity involves running a summer cafe, along with maintaining a vegetable garden and reed model environment. The camp also intends to host international evenings for local residents, allowing volunteers to share about their culture. Volunteers may also join activities with elderly people and help them with household chores.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation will be shared accommodation in basic conditions in a small wooden building. The volunteers will prepare their meals together.

Location and leisure

Kuusankoski is a small town next to Kouvola about 130 km north-east from Helsinki. The camp is in a forest on top of the hill in the middle of Kuusankoski town. During free time, volunteers can take part in selfguided bike tours and organized excursions. The hosting association runs in sumemr time a cafe and a small petting zoo for children so there are many visitors in the area.

Project hosted by

Foxhill Association maintains old industrial heritage of Kuusankoski and works to increase community spirit and wellbeing of people by common action. It is a voluntary association preserving the are of wooden buildings where factory workers used to live. The aim is to keep the cultural and natural heritage alive.

Directions to meeting point

Kuusankoski

Additional comments

The volunteers need travel insurance for the duration of their stay. Extra fee 100 euros.

Requirements

The volunteers need travel insurance for the duration of their stay. Extra fee 100 euros.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Good Health and Well-being
Finland Finland: River Restoration and Village Celebration (FI-KVT 10.1)

Dates

08/07/2024   -   22/07/2024

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Tags

Environmental
Festival
Renovation

Fee

USD 400
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
6 Male + 6 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

In the first part of the camp, campers participate in the restoration of trout spawning beds in the Siikajoki river, which flows through the village. The work is part of an ongoing project to restore the Siikajoki River and help local species’ thrive. In the second half of the camp, the volunteers will participate in various ways in the Tavastkengkä Village Days (20 July) together with the villagers. Training, tools and the most necessary protective equipment will be provided by the organizer. A work supervisor will be present at all times. First aid kits are available at the work site.

Accomodation and food

The accommodation will be in the former village school of Tavastkenkä, which has shared rooms with women and men sleeping separately. There are only enough beds for a few volunteers. The rest will sleep on mattresses on the floor. Dining and leisure facilities and recreational facilities can be found in the Village Hall in the same courtyard. Both facilities have free wireless internet access. The school will also host about 30 seasonal strawberry pickers from the local farm. However, the school is large enough, so there is plenty of room for everyone.

Location and leisure

Tavastkenkä, Northern Ostrobothnia.

Project hosted by

Tavastkenkä village in the Northern Ostrobothnia region is located between the towns of Oulu and Kajaani. The workcamp is organized by Tavastkenkä village association, which focuses on activities to promote the development of the village and local events. The volunteers will provide much-needed help with the restoration of the local river and the organization of the Tavastkenkä Village Days. The planned restoration aims to improve the reproductive conditions for trout and for recovery of fish stocks in the Siikajoki river.

Additional comments

Volunteers are recommended to bring their own rubber boots, which are good to have both for work and freetime. Mosquito repellent is also good to have.

Additional fee: Some SCI workcamps will have an additional fee of €50.00. The additional fee covers international insurance costs of the volunteer and a small travel fund to enable disadvantaged volunteers to join projects. If you apply through a partner organization, you will pay the fee directly to the hosting branch according to their instructions. Check here whether you're applying through the SCI branch or partner: https://sci.ngo/about-us/our- movement/where-we-are

Requirements

Since the accommodation space is not accessible and the work is quite physical, the workcamp can’t host people with disabilities, such as reduced mobility.

Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities
Finland Finland: AUKUSTI (ALLI05)

Dates

04/08/2024   -   17/08/2024

Feedback from 95 volunteers

Tags

Festival

Fee

USD 400
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Details on the project

Age
20 - 99
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Helsinki (HEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Seinajoki
Map

Work

The volunteers will assist in organizing a local music and culture festival in Jalasjarvi. Aukusti festival has been organised since 2000 and August 2024 marks the 20th time the event is held. The volunteers will assist in practical tasks, which are simple but sometimes heavy work, in arranging the event. The first week will mostly consist of building the fences and setting up and on the second week tidying up the area afterwards. So if you are interested in music and the Finnish countryside, and are ready to work hard outdoors in all weather conditions this is the camp for you.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation is at a local youth centre Wilhola within walking distance from the festival area. There is a shared sleeping area. Meals will be cooked together by the volunteers. The youth centre has a lot of activities, pool table and games. Additionally, the festival organizer also has a movie theater that is accessible to volunteers throughout the camp. Some trips to nearby places such as Ahtari Zoo and to expereince Seinajoki nightlife are also organized for volunteers.

Location and leisure

Jalasjarvi is a community of about 8000 people in Ostrobothnia in western Finland. The nearest town is Seinajoki, which is also the most convenient to reach by train from Helsinki. Seinajoki train station is about a 3 hour train ride from Helsinki airport There are also buses as www.onnibus.fi but they are way less easy as the train leaves from the airport and you only need to change in Tikkurila.

Project hosted by

The camp host is the local cultural association Mukula which organises various cultural events for children and young people such as an annual rock festival in Jalasjarvi. The festival attracts several thousand guests. The organiser has hosted many great work camps earlier related to this festival.

Directions to meeting point

Seinajoki

Requirements

Please note that the work is partly physical in its nature. The volunteers need travel insurance for the duration of their stay.

Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-being Sustainable Cities and Communities
Finland Finland: Arts and Village Culture in Lapland (FI-KVT 12.1)

Dates

10/08/2024   -   19/08/2024

Feedback from 4 volunteers

Tags

Art
Renovation

Fee

USD 400
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
 
Map

Work

Restoration and reparation of the village hall, a local artists’ residence and an event space. Volunteers will be given tasks like painting, tidying up and other restoration activities. Protective equipment will be provided by the organizer. A work supervisor with the necessary competencies will oversee the work of volunteers.

Accomodation and food

The accommodation has shared rooms with women and men sleeping separately. Beds, bed linen and pillows will be provided to the volunteers. Separate shower times will be arranged for male and female volunteers. The participants will make their own meals. Previous years volunteers have taken turns cooking food from their home countries for the whole group.

Location and leisure

Kaukonen village in Kittilä municipality, Lapland.

Project hosted by

Kaukonen village is located in Lapland around 100 km north of the region’s capital Rovaniemi. The workcamp in Kaukonen is organized by local associations, who promote the village as a cultural space. The volunteers will help with the restoration of the village’s facilities for culture and arts.

The Ounasjoki river flows through the village, offering swimming, rowing and fishing opportunities. The camp takes place at the time of harvest: picking berries and mushrooms is possible (when picking mushrooms in nature it’s advised to have a person who can identify them with you).There are also opportunities for hiking. The Särestöniemi, Palsa, and Raekallio museums are nearby.

Additional comments

Volunteers are recommended to bring their own rubber boots as well as outdoor clothes suitable for painting. Mosquito repellent is good to have.

Additional fee: Some SCI workcamps will have an additional fee of €50.00. The additional fee covers international insurance costs of the volunteer and a small travel fund to enable disadvantaged volunteers to join projects. If you apply through a partner organization, you will pay the fee directly to the hosting branch according to their instructions. Check here whether you're applying through the SCI branch or partner: https://sci.ngo/about-us/our- movement/where-we-are

Requirements

Since the work is quite physical, the workcamp can’t host people with disabilities.

Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities
Finland Finland: NATURECAMP (ALLI06)

Dates

11/08/2024   -   18/08/2024

Feedback from 95 volunteers

Tags

Environmental

Fee

USD 454 i Fee is paid in two installments:

USD 400 to be paid now.
EUR 50 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
4 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Helsinki (HEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Turku
Map

Work

The theme of the camp is nature and youth in the countryside and the volunteers will get many opportunities for intercultural encounters. Volunteers should be prepared to present their own country and its culture to local children and youth during visits to local school and youth houses, or when organisizing an international evening events for the young people. The volunteers will get a chance to get to know the local nature through tidying surroundings.

Accomodation and food

Modest hostel style accommodation with a large common space, own sleeping bags needed. Showers in a separate building. Volunteers will prepare meals together in small teams.

Location and leisure

Ylane is a small village surrounded by lakes and forests in Western Finland, about 190 km from Helsinki. The nearest city is Turku which is about 55 km away. During free time volunteers can participate in various activities such as sauna, swimming, canoeing, berry picking and fishing. There are national parks nearby so the area provides excellent hiking possibilities. To reach the camp the volunteers can arrive in Helsinki airport and then by bus or train to Turku. From Turku there are few buses to Ylane daily.

Project hosted by

This camp is organized together by the Municipality of Poytya and local 4H-club. The local organisations have again joined forces to organise an international work camp in order to give local youth international experiences. The host organisation also runs a Nature Cabinet which runs nature related exhibitions.

Directions to meeting point

Ylane

Additional comments

The volunteers need travel insurance for the duration of their stay. Registration fee 50 euros.

Requirements

The volunteers need travel insurance for the duration of their stay. Registration fee 50 euros.

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education Sustainable Cities and Communities
Finland Finland: Lakeside Summer Camp; Building Community in a Historic Location (FI-KVT 13.1)

Dates

19/08/2024   -   27/08/2024

Feedback from 4 volunteers

Tags

Manual Work
Renovation
Social

Fee

USD 400
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
8
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
 

Work

The tasks of volunteers are related to the maintenance of the property, including mowing the lawns, chopping firewood, cleaning and pruning bushes. The tasks do not require special skills. The camp hosts will provide guidance and take care of work safety.

Accomodation and food

The accommodation is in shared rooms with women and men sleeping separately. Beds, bed linen and pillows will be provided to the volunteers. Separate shower times will be arranged for male and female volunteers. Vähäsilta has a large, two-story, more than 100-year-old main building. On the ground floor, there are dining rooms, a large kitchen and water toilets (one with disabled dimensions). The ground floor of the main building is accessible. The accommodation space is on the upper floor, which is not accessible.

Location and leisure

Tampere, Pirkanmaa region.

Project hosted by

The Vähäsilta camp center is in an idyllic location on the shores of a lake, just half an hour's drive from the city center of Tampere, one of Finland’s largest and most vibrant cities. In this workcamp, volunteers will participate in the maintenance of the camp center. The owner of the center, TampereMissio, lets non-profit organizations in the Pirkanmaa region use the camp center free of charge, which means that the usage rate is high throughout the summer. To make this possible, several collective work sessions are held at the center every year. These work sessions will, in the summer of 2024, partially be replaced by this international workcamp.

Additional comments

In the evenings, volunteers can to go to the sauna and swim in the lake. There is also a rowboat and life vests. The camp center has one bicycle that can be borrowed by volunteers. We recommend double-checking that your insurance covers your travel costs in case of unlikely but possible camp cancellation.

Additional fee: Some SCI workcamps will have an additional fee of €50.00. The additional fee covers international insurance costs of the volunteer and a small travel fund to enable disadvantaged volunteers to join projects. If you apply through a partner organization, you will pay the fee directly to the hosting branch according to their instructions. Check here whether you're applying through the SCI branch or partner: https://sci.ngo/about-us/our- movement/where-we-are

Requirements

Since the accommodation space is not accessible, the workcamp can’t host people with disabilities, such as reduced mobility.

Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-being Reduced Inequalities