Long term ESC projects in Finland!

Hosting Organization – Maailmanvaihto

Sending organization: “Common Sense” Youth Organization

Purpose of the project: 1. Dagtek serviceenhet (community) is a part of Kårkulla samkommun (federation of municipalities), which offers services for intellectually disabled persons with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders. The activities Dagtek offers are divided into several sections that all focus on different areas. The participants in the LO (Livsorienterad verksamhet in Swedish) life skills activities need a lot of guidance and support in their daily activities. The LO activities take place in small groups consisting of 2–4 people and are always planned according to the condition, interests and needs of the participants. About 20 people take part in the LO activities daily, some of them participating also in the activities of the arts & crafts workshop Dagtek facilitates. Dagtek’s daily activities consist of, for example, music, arts and crafts, painting, different games and going outside for walks. The goal is to encourage every participant to be active, get involved, make their own decisions and affect the content of their daily lives, taking into consideration every participant’s individual starting points.

2. Lyhty B housing unit is a part of a non-profit non-governmental association called “Lyhty ry”, which provides housing, education, and work activity services for adults with learning disabilities. Lyhty B is a home for 8 adults with learning disabilities.

Number of volunteers: 1 volunteer between 18-30 years old (Only Azerbaijani citizenship)

Project period  – 28.01.2020-27.01.2021 (12 months) 

Deadline: 01 December 2019

How to apply? – Please get ESC registration number, fill out  Application Form and send it to: evs(a)maailmanvaihto.fi.

All costs are covered by ESC

 No participation fee! 

Language: English

Voluntary requirements and conditions:

1. It is important that the volunteer is socially active, flexible and motivated to participate in the community life as being there for the participants, being social, talking with the people, and bringing up their ideas to the colleagues and mentors. Dagtek hopes that they can receive a volunteer interested in working with adults (18–60-year-olds) who have developmental disorders. Dagtek also wishes that the volunteer has good social skills and is open to meeting new people. The voluntary workplace appreciates flexibility and a positive outlook on life and other people. It is also important that the volunteer is able to tolerate fast-changing situations. Experiences or skills in alternative communication methods are an advantage, but not a requirement. If you feel like you have the ability to motivate and encourage people and awaken their interest in participating and being active, you are a good match for Dagtek’s team! The working language of Dagtek is Swedish, so it is important that the volunteer is motivated to learn Swedish.

2.Good social skills and motivation to work with people with special needs are important. The work can be dynamic at times and requires such mentality.

Important note: Detailed information about the projects can be found in this SITE