Halid Muratoski (22) from Republic of Macedonia came to Finland in May 2012 and worked as a volunteer for a 12 month period in an organization called Lantern (Lyhty ry) in Helsinki working with people who have intellectual disabilities.
© Luis Pato.
Please read more about Halid’s experience in Finland from his Finnish chronicles blog.
Lyhty ry’s mission is to enhance the well-being of the person with intellectual disabilities, his family and the whole society.
Lyhty ry organises:
Halid came to Finland via Maailmanvaihto ry - ICYE Finland. Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland is a non-profit civic organisation created by young people. ICYE (International Cultural Youth Exchange) Finland offers multifaceted voluntary work opportunities within local communities and international organisations in more than 30 countries all over the world. Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland, sends and receives 30–40 young people each year.
Maailmanvaihto coordinates two different voluntary work programmes in Finland: ICYE and EVS. The differences between the ICYE and the EVS volunteer programme are the volunteers’ countries of origin and the funding of the programme. Maailmanvaihto’s own ICYE programme is meant for volunteers coming from outside Europe and the volunteers take care of the programme costs themselves. On the other hand the EVS voluntary service is meant for young Europeans and is funded by the EU.
Please note that most of the volunteers working in Finland will be accommodated in a host family. Some projects might also have more independent living arrangements.