European Youth Week | Volunteering team in Punkaharju, Finland (Fully Funded)

An exciting opportunity for young people from EU Countries and Ukraine to join the Volunteering team "European Youth week" in Punkaharju, Finland to contribute to the European Youth Week of 2024, which is organised between 12-19 April. This project is hosted by "Ikko" organisation and funded by the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union.

About "IKKO"

"IKKO" is a folk high school provides a blend of general and vocational education for adult learners from Finland and around the world, available during the academic year and various sessions throughout. The student body encompasses diverse groups, including those with special needs and asylum seekers.

About "Punkaharju"

Punkaharju is located in eastern Finland, close to Savonlinna, approximately a four-hour train trip from Helsinki. The school of the project is nestled amidst breathtaking natural landscapes, flanked by lakes on either side. Here, you can immerse yourself in the charm of the Finnish countryside, adorned with picturesque lakes and dense forests. The region provides excellent prospects for outdoor pursuits, including hiking adventures.

About the Volunteering project

In this volunteering team, Volunteers will participate in the European Youth Week 2024, scheduled for April 12th to 19th. Various local organisations are collaborating, and volunteers will engage in multiple local actions.

The European Youth Week aims to encourage youth involvement, participation, and active citizenship. Therefore, volunteers in this project will have a lot of opportunities to voice their vision and have an impact  on topics that they consider important.  

The tasks for volunteers include a variety of activities, including visiting schools to talk about EU youth programs, organising workshops on topics of interest such as diversity & inclusion, arts, sustainability, and democracy, and engaging in discussions with other international volunteers and local youth about current issues affecting young people across European countries. Additionally, there will be some hands-on tasks related to environmental initiatives.

Expenses & Benefits

This volunteering project is supported by the European Solidarity Corps fund and include the following:

- There is no participation fee,

- Volunteers will be accommodated in shared rooms in student dormitory,

- All meals will be provided by the organisers of the host organisation,

- There are opportunities for engaging in various creative and recreational activities,

- Additionally, sauna and swimming facilities are accessible for relaxation and leisure,

Each volunteer is entitled to receive 5 EUR/ day as a pocket money, you have to stay the whole entire period of the project to take it.

- Volunteers will have free time to represent and tell about your country and the current youth related issues  and feel free to

Travel expenses to and from Finland will be reimbursed after participation in the project according to the distance between your  travelling place to the volunteering venue as follows:
  • for travel distance between 10 and 99 km: 23 EUR / person, no Green travel available.
  • for travel distance between 100 and 499 km: 180 EUR / person, +30 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 500 and 1999 km: 275 EUR / person, +45 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 2000 and 2999 km: 360 EUR / person, +50 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 3000 and 3999 km: 530 EUR / person, +80 EUR extra for Green travel
  • Calculate your budget from Erasmus+ Distance Calculator HERE
  • IMPORTANT: keep all your travel documents! Online boarding passes and tickets for reimbursements. No documents = No reimbursement!
  • IMPORTANT: Please send your travel proposition per e-mail to the organisers and wait for their confirmation before purchasing your tickets!
- Participants are entitled to receive Youthpass certificate after finishing the project.

Eligibility | Who can apply?

- Young people aged between 18 to 30 years.

- A citizen or legal resident in EU country or Ukraine.

- Ready to attend the whole duration of the project.

- Able to communicate and work in English.

What to Bring ?

Passport or ID
- Travel tickets, boarding passes, and invoices
- European Health Insurance Card
- Comfortable indoor and outdoor clothes
- Slippers, personal toiletries, and towels 
- Personal medicine - if you're taking any please let the organisers know in advance!
- optional: speaker, instruments, games, swimsuit


Application deadline: 3rd of March, 2024

Arrival day: 8th of April 2024

Departure day: 21st of April 2024

How to apply?

to apply you need to fill in the online application form by the 3rd of March 2024.

More Details

for more details, check the host organisation website from HERE

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By applying to this volunteering program, you take responsibility and risks. Inform yourself about the regulation and potential risks. "Opportunity 4U" cannot be held liable for any of the potential risks, and this post is only for informative and popularising purposes. 

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