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Join KVT volunteer work camp in Finland!

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KVT organizes international short-term voluntary projects in Finland and sends volunteers to projects abroad. KVT also offers volunteering opportunities for asylum seekers and immigrants living in Finland.

What is KVT?

 

KVT is a peace organization that aims to promote equality, social acceptance and respect for the environment. KVT was established in Finland in 1947. KVT is the Finnish branch of Service Civil International (SCI), which was established in 1920. SCI is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organizing international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. There are SCI branches, groups and partner organizations in over 50 countries around the world.

 

KVT’s most important activity is organizing international short-term voluntary projects in Finland and sending volunteers to projects abroad. In addition, KVT coordinates long-term voluntary projects of 2 to 12 months (including EVS). KVT also offers volunteering opportunities for asylum seekers and immigrants living in Finland.

 

What are KVT work camps?

 

Voluntary work camps/projects bring 6–20 volunteers from different countries and backgrounds to live and work together. Work can include for example gardening, renovating a house, setting up a festival or organising free-time activities for children. Work doesn’t require any special skills. Camps last about 2 weeks and volunteers work 6–8 hours per day.

 

Volunteers don’t get paid for their work, but they get accommodation and food for free during the camp. The camp language is English. Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old. Families with children can also participate in some camps. Immigrants and asylum seekers living in Finland are welcome to participate in all camps in Finland.

 

Voluntary projects are a unique form of doing voluntary work. They bring people together from many different countries, cultures and backgrounds to live and work on projects of benefit to local communities. The projects are designed to support and encourage local initiatives, which are continued after the work camp has ended. Projects also introduce volunteers to problems which local communities face in their struggles for peace, social justice and environmental sustainability.

 

How can you apply?

 

If you are living outside of Finland, contact your local branch of SCI at www.sciint.org and find out about registration fees. Make the application in the camp search at www.workcamps.info.

 

If you are a foreign person living in Finland, please contact KVT project co-ordinator in Finland. The Finnish work camps are mainly meant for foreigners, but also foreign people living in Finland can apply. People like asylum seekers and immigrants from developing countries can take part in the Finnish work camps for free.