Suomenlinna World Heritage | ESC Volunteering in Helsinki, Finland (Fully Funded)

An exciting opportunity for 13 participants from EU countries and Ukraine to join the ESC Team Volunteering project "Suomenlinna World Heritage" for 2 week in Helsinki, Finland. This project is organised by "The Governing Body of Suomenlinna" and funded by the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union.

Suomenlinna World Heritage | ESC Volunteering in Helsinki, Finland (Fully Funded)

About host organisation

The Suomenlinna Governing Body is a governmental agency that takes care of the Suomenlinna Fortress, which is really important and recognised by UNESCO. They fix it up, keep it in good shape, manage it, and show it to people. Their job is to make sure the fortress and all its history stay safe for the future. The Finnish government has promised to keep special sites like Suomenlinna in the best condition possible. The Suomenlinna Governing Body also plans events, like the Suomenlinna World Heritage Volunteer camp in August 2024. It's a project where volunteers from the European Solidarity Corps help out at Suomenlinna.

Volunteer's tasks

The main task for the volunteers will be to help with fixing up and making the area around Suomenlinna Fortress look nice, with guidance from the site managers and specialists. The longest task during the project which will take three whole days, will be focusing on restoring historical cannons with the help of a Building Restorer. They'll also do shorter projects like tidying up the land by removing plants that shouldn't be there. Volunteers will also get to learn about sustainable tourism and spend time with a local partner, Ryhmäteatteri Summer Theatre, for part of an afternoon. They'll have a chance to learn a lot about Suomenlinna's history too. There will be discussions about World Heritage, why it's important to keep places like Suomenlinna authentic and well-preserved, and about being socially and ecologically responsible. Each volunteer will also get to teach others about a World Heritage Site from their own country. Plus, there's a special day where locals are invited to join in and help with landscaping work at the site.

Eligibility | Who can apply?

This project is addressed to 13 volunteers from EU countries and Ukraine who fit with the following requirements

- Young people aged between 18 to 30 years old.

- Interested in learning new ideas and to improve your life situation, self knowledge and employability.  

- Ready to attend the whole duration of the project.

- Able to communicate and work in English.

Expenses and Benefits

- Participation is free of charge, as well as board and lodging. The project is supported by the European Solidarity Corps programme

The host organisation will provide the volunteers accommodation in Hostel Suomenlinna dormitories (one for women, one for men). 

- Some meals will be provided by the organiser. Volunteers will prepare some of the meals together in teams. 

Volunteers are entitled to receive (5 euros per day) as a pocket money. Volunteers need to stay the full duration of the project in order to get pocket money (5 euros per day) 

Besides the European Health insurance card you are going to be offered a private insurance from HENNER too.

Your travel expenses will be reimbursed according to the distance between your home and Greece according to the following limits:

  • 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.
  • Calculate your budget from 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 a YouthPass certificate after the project where you are expected to self-assess your own learning and you can add it to your CV.

What to Bring ?

Passport or ID
- Travel tickets, boarding passes, and invoices
- European Health Insurance Card if you have it
- 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: 5th of May 2024

Arrival day: 2nd of August 2024

Departure day: 16th of August 2024

How to apply?

to apply you need to fill in the online application form by the 5th of May 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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