Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Finland
Grassroots Volunteering in Finland
The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:
Hetta Huskies offers both short and multi-day safaris from their farm base, 300km inside the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. They provide a variety of internships and training courses for those interested in either experiencing the world of mushing or developing professional husky guiding skills. Interns work alongside guides as they develop skills in everything from basic dog training to safari guiding and marketing to animal nursing.
The shortest stay they offer largely involves shovel work, from a few days to a few weeks, offers no training and only occurs when they need some muscle for specific tasks. Trainee guides, on the other hand, work the same hours as their paid guides and are given real responsibility running safaris and looking after the dogs. Simple and monotonous farm hand work is also available for five hours a day, five days a week, carrying out whatever basic tasks make life easier for the trainee guides.
Hetta make no bones about the level of hard work and commitment required for all their roles. They do some of their recruitment via the work exchange networks but more information on applying direct and a link to a comprehensive PDF document can be found here.
Accommodation & Costs: Shared accommodation and food is provided.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Finland
The first place anyone looking to volunteer in Finland should investigate is CIMO, a long established international mobility organisation. They provide exchanges, traineeships and scholarship programmes included ones funded by the EU, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Government of Finland.
Allianssi Youth Exchanges mostly sends young Finns abroad but they do place about 200 international volunteers with their workcamps in Finland every year. Those volunteers are recruited from partner organisations abroad. KVT, the Finnish branch of Service Civil International does much the same. Maailmanvaihto places EU funded volunteers on the EVS programme or self funding participants, if from elsewhere, via ICYE.
Help Exchange Networks in Finland
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Finland
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link).You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.
The Arctic Circle, with Dogs - Volunteering at Hetta Huskies in Finnish Lapland.
I Did Overseas Volunteering With 80 Fluffy Huskies For 10 Weeks! - After deciding a gap year was for her, and having always wanted to ride a husky sleigh, a search engine pointed this volunteer towards Hetta Huskies in northern Finland.
* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations
Image courtesy Visit Finland