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Long-term volunteering at Hyvärilä takes 9 months (February-October). 9 incredible months full of new experiences and discoveries around nature, environment, Finnish lifestyle, traditions as well as language and volunteers’ community. As a volunteer you help our with youth work and media.

Short-term volunteering at Hyvärilä takes around 2 months (August-September). Your project is about youth work, arts and culture.

More information on opportunities at Hyvärilä you might find here.

Volunteers 2020

I’m Elisa. I’m from a small country called Belgium. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to move, discover, learn, travel. So when I heard about the European Solidarity Corps, it was a revelation to me. I could go, in a northern country, those countries that make me dream so much, meet people from other cultures, learn and discover their cultures. A dream that was about to come true. So when I saw the announcement to volunteer in Hyvärilä, I jumped at the opportunity. All of whom I dreamed were gathered.
Graduated in Graphic Industry and Web design, my studies will be useful during this stay. And I will be able to learn so much. I never really traveled and I felt this need to go away, for a long time to discover myself by learning more about the world but also about myself. Passionate about history, art and music I look forward to learning more about the rest of the world.

I am Olga and I am coming from Germany. Being interested in politics, nature, cultures, languages and youth work I decided to come to Hyvärilä for new adventures. As I am very motivated to make changes especially on a small scale, I am looking forward to being part of the community of Nurmes to bring in more sunshine and cultural exchange. I experienced intercultural exchange to be most efficient when it comes to globalisation and human interaction as well as understanding each other.
I have been in touch with youth work for many years, giving workshops at schools and
training young people to do the same, doing mentoring and working on youth participation when it comes to political decision making. I am looking forward to applying my knowledge and experiences as well as learning new things.

Volunteers 2019

I am Angela or you can call me Angie as my friends do. I will be volunteering in Hyvärilä between May 2019 and February 2020, in the project “Discover Finland- discover yourself”. At the moment, my two biggest preoccupations are meeting new people and learning enough Finnish to be able to have a conversation. Margarida and I will be writing about our experiences in this wonderful place.

My name is Margarida, I´m from Portugal and I graduated in chemical engineering. I enjoy being around Nature and to go hiking, photography and sports. I came to Finland because I wanted to do something different regarding my background, to have international experience, meet a new culture, to network and discover more of myself. I like to keep broaden the mind, try new things and learn new ways. As part of the DIGI-Woods project, I help with digital youth work and media, promoting both Hyvärilä and Metsäkartano youth centres, supporting their activities. I also get to explore the Finnish rural areas, and share my experience on social media. What inspires me the most is to see young people being curious and risk-takers, trusting life and breaking stereotypes.

Who else has been at Hyvärilä?

Esraa Dissoki, short-term volunteer, Egypt, October-November 2019

Bianca Pădurariu, short-term volunteer, Romania, August-October 2019

Valentina Salvadori, short-term volunteer, Italy, August-September 2019

You can choose what your volunteering experience to be about. Hyvärilä is the place where you can make the most of it.

Angela Dimișcă – Volunteer 2019

Hyvärilä is the place to be when you need to calm down. Nevertheless there is a lot of action going on – you may enjoy nature, wonderful walks and many activities outdoors.

Olga Schesler – Volunteer 2020

Being a volunteer is about helping with digital media work, promoting Hyvärilä on social media platforms, supporting their activities. It’s about making new friends and to connect with the Finnish culture.

Margarida Martins – Volunteer 2019

Ready to climb mountains to advance, ready to learn more about others but also about myself. The volunteering project offers the possibility to take advantage of that all.

Elisa Lambot – Volunteer 2020

About ESC

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) offers young people around Europe* the possibility to participate in projects of communities abroad in order to show solidarity to each another.

More About ESC

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Hyvärilä Youth Centre
Lomatie 12
Nurmes, 75500

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