Youth work at Metsäkartano

Metsäkartano Youth Centre has almost 40 years experience in organising youth camps, international youth exchanges and volunteer work, school camps, and projects. All youth group programmes are tailor-made according to customers needs.

The purpose of all the international youth work is to promote the acceptance of others, tolerance, feeling of community, cultural understanding and awareness, intercultural dialogue and solidarity.

"During my time in Finland I’ve experienced the Finnish culture and discovered the place given to youth work in the society. I have been working with international groups before and have started to study non-formal education, I will use my knowledge to assist the youth team as much as possible. I am learning about communication and digital work during this mission.
I like the place, the team, the people and the country so far. My contract ends in September 2020, hopefully, I’ll be able to stay one more year by using the ESC Jobs and traineeships program. Laura"

Metsäkartano Youth Work Youth Exchange

International Youth Work

International activities such as youth exchanges, voluntary service, cooperation and youth workers' mobility are an important part of Metsäkartano´s youth work. These events allow participants across Europe and beyond to participate in rewarding experiences.
We offer guidance and tutoring to youngsters seeking adventure and a new set of skills; we promote international projects on our platforms to support partners; we write, coordinate and implement projects we believe youngsters and youth workers can benefit from.

Metsäkartano Youth Work

International volunteer work

Metsäkartano is an active user of Erasmus + and EuropeanSolidarityCorps programmes, we are also a member of many international networks. Metsäkartano provides international youth information services for the youth in the region. Besides European co-operation, also cross-border cooperation, Nordic cooperation and the Baltic Sea cooperation are Metsäkartano´s interests. The goal is to improve the internationalization of the Finnish youth and youth workers as well as to provide unforgettable non-formal learning experiences for the visiting international youth groups.

Check out the blog of our volunteers!

Metsäkartano Youth Work
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Youth work projects

Our projects are mainly about: Finnish nature, youth work, Finnish culture, creativity and solidarity.
Since 2008, Metsäkartano has been hosting a three-weeks-long group-volunteering project: Poke The Globe.
This project includes young people with fewer opportunities in giving them the possibility to participate in a big event within an active group. Volunteers stay in the youth centre and their main task is to organize an international event for the local students. The idea of this short-term volunteering project is to bring different cultures to our region, inspire local youngsters to reflect on international activities (home and abroad) and encourage them to take initiative in their local communities.
Poke The Globe gathers approximately 250 – 300 students from the region.

For 2019/2020 we are hosting two volunteers for the DIGI-WOODS project.
This project is a cooperation with Hyvärilä Youth Centre to address the current employment situation all around Europe with a focus on digital youth work and media. The volunteers are involved in supporting tasks of youth workers, the marketing and media, their daily life and Metsäkartano’s events .

Are you interested in international youth work?

Ask more from our international youth work coordinator

Maija Jeskanen

International youth work coordinator

+358 40 356 4530

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