The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people (from 18 to 30 years old) to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The ESC funding covers accommodation, food, insurance, pocket money, and most of the traveling costs.
VOLUNTEERING IN KURKI ECOVILLAGE
Kurjen ekokyläyhdistys ry has offered volunteering opportunities as a host organization since 2013. We have had a total of 50 ESC/EVS volunteers from 10 countries. Our next project, now part of the ESC program, lasts eight months and starts in the middle of March in 2021. It is named SUSTAINABILITY RULES! If you are interested in joining, please contact us! We are now looking for candidates from EU countries.
The volunteers work for the project around 30-38 hours per week from Tuesday to Saturday, and they will get 2 days of vacation per month in addition to free weekends. The volunteers will receive pocket money of 150 euros per month in addition to accommodation, food, work-related travelling and other necessities.
We offer an opportunity to learn by doing and living in our community together with different people. Volunteers will gain new experiences by participating in the everyday chores of our village, from cooking to the maintenance of ecological buildings and participating in different events.
The main task is the seasonal nature work in which the volunteers will learn the year cycle of nature, what nature offers seasonally and know how to use them fresh and processed.
The volunteers are also responsible for cooking healthy ecological lunches for the whole community (from 10 to 40 people) using seasonal ingredients and the product collected and conserved. During summer they prepare a cafeteria with a lot of delicious food and beverage. We also cooperate with Vesilahti actors, for example, schools, youth clubs and health care centres. Our volunteers will also help organize events like seasonal thematic fairs concerning sustainability and countryside life.
The volunteers will be living together in their own ecological building. The immediate surrounding area is the peaceful countryside of Vesilahti, a nice small municipality of roughly 4500 residents, 35 kilometres from the third biggest city of Finland, Tampere. Kurki ecovillage has strong connections with Tampere, most of our residents are employed within the city.
Public transport between Vesilahti and Tampere is solid and the volunteers can easily reach the city.
We work as a supporting organization as well and we send regularly volunteers abroad to different kinds of projects. This far we have cooperated with Ängsbacka Course and Festival centre in Sweden and Väike Jalajälg in Estonia.
Sometimes we get cooperation offers from different organizations around Europe. Join our ESC mailing list and we send you offers! Another option is to look for interesting projects related to sustainability by yourself and then contact us when you have found the project.
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