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5 things I learnt in Finland – Maria Maciel

Hello, I’m Maria Maciel from Portugal. I am doing long-term volunteering in Villa Elba in the Nuotta Coaching project. During the last 4 months living in Finland I had the opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge I acquired at university as a criminologist and to learn 5 things. These learnings are based on […]

Ella decided to go to Greece to do volunteer work

Ella from Finland participated in a volunteer work project “Remembrance Trails” in Kryoneri village, which was organized by Filoxenia. I went on trip and traveled to Greece for a month in May to do volunteer work. I wanted to challenge my self and do something different that I hadn’t done before. The month in Greece […]

Lara´s experiences of volunteering at Villa Elba

20 years old Lara Sönser from Austria recently ended her volunteering project “Greener Work in Villa Elba”. About a year ago, she decided to volunteer abroad through the European Solidarity Corps. After some time she found her place at Youth Center Villa Elba. Now she will tell about her wonderful experiences in Finland. I was […]

“The end feels bittersweet; amazing but also sad” – Project Friendship!

The month-long team volunteering project, Project Friendship, has just come to an end. In the project, a team of 12 volunteers from Europe and neighboring countries planned and lead functional workshops about friendship and interaction skills at local schools. In all, they visited 8 schools and held 31 workshops for 594 students. Before the volunteers […]

Emil’s experiences of volunteering

Emil Smolander has just completed his last exams and projects for his studies at Keski-Pohjanmaan ammattiopisto towards becoming a youth and community instructor. With his degree in hand, he looks to what lies ahead. Unsure if he will continue his studies or start work within the youth field, what he does know is that now […]

“One story of my life” -Enzo

Hello, my name is Enzo, I am French and now I am a volunteer in Finland in the municipality of Pedersöre. But before I get to that I tell you the whole story. I always had difficulties at school with a birth disease dyslexion, but with willpower and courage I overcame these difficulties and started […]

Youngsters’ trail II -seminar highlights

In October 2021 was finally time to meet face to face with our partner organisations of the project Youngsters’ trail II -seminar. Topic of the seminar was impact of international youth work. Aim was to get commong understanding about impact, and to get new ideas and to share best practises how to evaluate and assess […]

Blog: Youth Stories – Varvara’s story

We have been lucky to host a volunteer Varvara from February until end of the year. Varvara comes from Russia, Siberia. She has a Bachelor degree on International Relations with the focus on Europe cooperation, so she was a perfect fit to our International Youth Centre. You can read on Varvara’s first impression from Finland […]