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First Camp 2020 at Hyvärilä

In the last week of July, we finally had the opportunity to experience a camp at Hyvärilä. From Tuesday morning until Saturday noon, we spent every day with the group. The camp for heartdisease children and their families gave us a good insight of youth work at a Finnish youth centre. Around 40 people inContinue reading “First Camp 2020 at Hyvärilä”

To leave is to discover oneself

It’s been four months since I left home 3.000 kilometres away. I’ve been alone for four months now, without my usual familiar surrounding. I’ve been discovering myself for four months. Because yes, going to volunteer is on the one hand a cultural encounter with your host country but also a personal one. You find yourselfContinue reading “To leave is to discover oneself”

Exchange is Key during Volunteering

. “Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels.” Natalie Standiford, How to Say Goodbye in Robot Being almost 3 months in Finland, a quarter of time passed. Time passed very quickly. Too quickly. A lot happened. Many changes took place.  Many people struggle nowadays. Those are tough times becauseContinue reading “Exchange is Key during Volunteering”

Hyvärilä-Metsäkartano Volunteers Cooperation

by Olga Schesler and Elisa Lambot Having a meeting of volunteers living comparable close to each other was way overdue. Because of many meetings and the need of a driver it took way longer to agree on a date to meet in March. But we have managed after all. On Friday, 13th March at 10Continue reading “Hyvärilä-Metsäkartano Volunteers Cooperation”

On-Arrival Training

*Picture above was taken by Sarianne Lokasaari . What is this so called ‘on-arrival training’? The training is an obligatory part of the European Solidarity Corps which is organised by the National Agency in the host country.During the one week training volunteers may connect, share their experiences and learn from each other. The training supportsContinue reading “On-Arrival Training”

First Get-to-Know

Hei Elisa. Please, describe your today’s mood in one French word. Tranquille. What does it mean? It means “quite”. It’s about being good and not having any pressure. Elisa, please characterise yourself. I’m a reserved person at first. In an unknown surrounding I need time to be myself. That time comes when I feel comfortableContinue reading “First Get-to-Know”