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Elf path event 7.12.2023

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Welcome to Villa Elba’s Elf Path and feel the magic of Christmas approaching The traditional Elf Path event is organized for the 11th time this year. This year, the path is open to the public on December 7th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The area is decorated in a familiar cozy manner, and along […]

Erasmus+ study visit hosted by Villa Elba

Thanks to Erasmus+, this autumn (10-15.10.2023) Villa Elba hosted a study visit that is the continuation of cooperation between Austrian and Finnish youth workers, coordinated together by Villa Elba and POJAT. During the visit, our colleagues from Austria got to know Finnish youth work from different angles in several places: Seinäjoki (outreach youth work, youth […]

Villa Elba got an extension of the European Youth Centres Quality Label


The European Steering Committee on Youth (CDEJ) has decided to prologue the Council of Europe’s Quality Label for Youth Centres to Villa Elba Youth Centre for 2022-2026. The audit was conducted last spring 2023, and we have finally received confirmation of our continued recognition. Achieving the Quality Label requires meeting 15 criteria and several sub-points. […]

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 […]

In May a group of youth workers from Finland went to a Study Visit to Austria

At the beginning of  May, our adventurous group of outreach youth workers from Finland participated in an Erasmus+ Study Visit organized in Innsbruck by Villa Elba, CUBIC, and POJAT. It was an intensive week dedicated to familiarizing ourselves with local youth work in Tirol and presenting Finnish outreach youth work. During the visit, the participants […]

Merry Christmas!

Villa Elba protects Finnish nature by donating this years Christmas card money to The Finnish Association for Nature Convervation.   The Finnish Association for Nature Convervation is Finland’s oldest and most influential environmental organization, which has 150 local associations and thousands of active members all over Finland. It has been a frontrunner in Finland’s environmental affairs since […]

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 […]

New residents on the troll path!

During August, a group of enthusiastic volunteers worked renovating troll path in Elba as young people participated in Youth can do it! a project funded by European Solidarity Corps. In addition to renovating the trail, the young people have done clay trolls and troll houses, so there is a lot of fun to see along […]