Volunteer in Finland with United Planet: 6 or 12 months

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


11 Arlington StreetBoston, MA 02116


Come volunteer in Finland, one of the largest countries in Europe. Finland has held a unique global position because of its borders with Russia to the east, Norway in the north, and the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Bothnia to the south. Nearly one-third of the country lies above the Arctic Circle, with the coastal lowlands and central lake system making up the rest. Winter temperatures average 0 to -35 degrees Celsius! Finland is lauded for one of the best public healthcare and education systems in the world while many other public services (think swimming halls, gyms, state-of-the-art libraries) are available to all at no or low-cost. Volunteers here find meaning through learning from Finland's complex culture and sharing ideas.

United Planet is the US and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Finland, you will be hosted by ICYE Maailmanvaihto, ICYE's partner organization there. Maailmanvaihto is the Finnish word for the world exchange, and was created in 1958 with exactly that goal: for youth from all over the world to exchange places in an effort to learn from each other.

Possible volunteer projects include:
- Assisting in a kindergarten or elementary school, both in the classroom and with other tasks as needed
- Helping at a foster home or at an organization that works with people with disabilities, including learning about and assisting in various types of therapy, art classes, agriculture, garden work, animal care, and more

Please visit our website for more information about the projects.


  • Tutoring
  • People Skills
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Mentoring
  • Special Needs
  • Relationship Building

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 or 12 months
  • U.S. or Canadian citizen

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