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International countryside

project description

Our area includes 8 small but independent towns. The biggest town is Nivala where are 11 000 residents and the smallest is Pyhäntä with just 1650 residents. All these towns are in rural area. Keskipiste-Leader works with many small and local operators and the idea is to place volunteer in some of those to work. These local operators are for example village associations, municipalities youth work, or parishes youth work. The role of volunteer is dependent on which local operator they will work. Work for EVS would be very versatile but likely it would be with children and youth and/or culture. Volunteer will learn the Finnish way to do youth work and get many new contacts. EVS would see the lifestyle of true Finnish countryside and get to know people who are living in it.

In this project volunteer will work with young people in Haapajärvi municipality. Work places are youth workshop, youth club Stolle and vocational school dormitory.


accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Volunteer will live in a vocational school dormitory (with separated rooms, common kitchen). Volunteers will receive bicycle to move around area, if needed. Pocket money is 125€ / month.

Volunteer can eat free lunch on Monday to Friday. Addiotional money is given to buy own food for weekends and evenings.


training during the project

All volunteers will participate On-Arrival and Mid-Term Training organized by Finnish National Agency.

Volunteers will have possibility to participate Finnish lessons at folk school or vocational school.


volunteer profile

It would be good if the volunteer is from countryside and used to live in rural areas or is interested about it. Anyone can apply the placement, applicants are free to send us their CV and motivation letter via e-mail (
Working hours differ from typical and there will be voluntary work in the evenings and weekends. Volunteers need to be flexible on working hours. Primarily volunteers would live in town center but they must be prepared to live far from the center depending the placement.


how to apply

Send us an e-mail with your CV and motivation letter to evs(a) . Selection for the most suitable volunteer is made in co-operation with local operators. The decision will be based on motivation. It is also possible that there will be Skype interviews with the candidates.


additional information

Volunteers must understand that they are coming in total countryside and their living and working places can be very far from town centres and the public transportation is poor.
Volunteer must understand that winter is very cold and dark in Finland. There are not many amusements here and everything is far from everywhere. Mostly the accommodation would be in schools dormitory.