International youth work

Kerava youth services participate in international activities within the framework of the European Union Erasmus+ programme. Our current volunteers come through the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programme under the Erasmus+ programme.

To date, Kerava youth services had 16 international volunteers. Our most recent ESC employees are from Germany and Austria. They work at the youth services in all youth activities and attend Finnish language studies.

European Solidarity Corps

The European Solidarity Corps is a new EU programme that offers young people opportunities to help communities and individuals to work as volunteers or for pay in their country or abroad. You can sign up for the European Solidarity Corps at the age of 17 and begin participating projects when you turn 18. The upper age limit for participation is 30. Young people participating in the European Solidarity Corps commit to its mission statement and principles.

Signing up is easy, and participants can be invited to a wide variety of projects, for example:

  • prevention of natural disasters or rebuilding after a disaster
  • assisting asylum seekers in reception centres
  • various social problems in communities.
  • European Solidarity Corps projects last between 2 and 12 months and usually take place in an EU country.

Would you like to volunteer?

Volunteering is possible through the Erasmus+ programme if you are between 18 and 30 years old, adventurous, interested in other cultures, open to new experiences and ready to travel abroad. The volunteer period can last from a few weeks to a year. Kerava’s youth services can act as the sending organisation for volunteers.

Read more about volunteering on the European Youth Portal.

Read more about the European Solidarity Corps on the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education.


Contact details for international activities at Kerava youth services can be found on the Finnish-speaking site.