VOLUNTEERING through EVS
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an EU-funded program through which young people 17 to 30 years can do voluntary work in a foreign country. The EVS funding covers accommodation, food, insurance, pocket money, and most of the traveling costs.
Kurjen Tila has offered EVS volunteering opportunities as a host organisation since 2013. We have had total of eighteen EVS-volunteers from six countries. Our project is named EMPOWERMENT THROUGH COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND CULTIVATION.
volunteering in kurjen tila eco-village
The volunteers work for the community around 34 hours per week from Tuesday to Saturday, and they will get 12 days of vacation in addition to free weekends. The volunteers will receive a pocket money of 125 euros per month in addition to accommodation, food, necessary traveling, and other necessities.
We offer an opportunity to learn through working and living together with different people living in our community. Volunteers will gain new experiences by participating in the everyday chores of our village, from cooking and ecological building to animal care. Our volunteers will also help organize events like seasonal fairs. A major cornerstone in our project is the cultivation of our land and ourselves; bringing the food to the table all the way from planting the seeds through weeding and finally harvesting the crops.
The volunteers will be living in our community house, pictured in the background image of this page. The immediate surrounding area is peaceful countryside of Vesilahti. Vesilahti is a nice small municipality of roughly 4500 residents, 35 kilometers from the third biggest city of Finland, Tampere. Kurjen Tila has strong connections with Tampere, most of our residents are employed within the city. You can research the surrounding area through google maps here.
Public transport between Vesilahti and Tampere is solid, but if the need arises we have a car permanently in the use of our volunteers.
Our volunteers from previous years have all been writing on this blog, go check it out!