Monday, 16 September 2019

Meeting of Armenian and Finnish volunteers 

Last friday was full of good vibes and emotions. We had nice day in Isoranta camping area with two finnish volunteers, Oona and Krista: two bright individualities who are already in Croatia for ESC short period volunteering. 

This meeting was organised by Lahti City Youth Services, which is the sending organisation for them, and the main goal of the meeting was pre-departure training for Krista and Oona.

During this training they got some advices from trainers, they spoke about their expectanions and goals, and they have drawn U Curve (scheme which is showing how most people experience Life in a foreign country), which emotionally helps to understand where you are .

And why were Armenians there????????? 😉
The main idea of our being in Isoranta for this 
meeting-training was to share our experience and emotions with them. We talked about volunteering  from different angles.We tried to give them some ''advices'' that can be helpful. We talked about living alone in a foreign country, that it can be new, strange or shocking for them. We told them all the things that we have experienced while being in Lahti for this two months. 
And I hope that they will enjoy their time in Croatia the way we do in Finland. 
Let's wish them good luck!!!

#youthere #escvolunteers

Oona, Finland

Hi there!! I'm Oona, 19, from Finland and I'll take part in #YOUTHere! project and travel to Croatia for voluntary work. I will be working mostly with kids and youth. I'm really very extra excited about this and hope I'll face new and interesting situations there!

I graduated from high school in spring 2019 and
I'm now spending a gap year so this is a great time
to leave Finland, FINALLY! Haha

I would say I'm spontaneous and a colorful person who likes to laugh! I like theater, acting and photographing. I always try to be open for new opportunities and let life show me what comes next!

I heard about voluntary work from my friend and got instantly interested. I applied and luckily I was chosen! I haven't even been there yet but I would recommend that every one should leave for voluntary work in some point in their life.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Krista, Finland

Hi, everybody! I am Krista, a 23 year old girl from Finland. I am going to spend the next two months in Croatia doing volunteer work mainly with kids and youth. People have described me kind, calm and positive. I like crafting and DIY projects. I got a degree in childcare in 2015 and last year I got a degree in carpentry.

I excited to get to know a new culture and meet new people. I also want to improve my language skills and I think this is a very good opportunity to do that. Since I am unemployed at the moment, I feel this is the perfect time to go.

I don’t know much about Croatia so I don’t know what to expect, but I am excited for this adventure.

“Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” - Snow White

Monday, 12 August 2019


Was it challanging or no?

We arrived in Lahti on the 21 of July. Our first impressions were really good, because people who met us were very kind and hospitable and the weather here was perfect, which also helped us to keep a good mood.

Since day 1 we had entertaining city tours. We saw real finnish summer for about 2 weeks. During the city tours we explored some ’’hidden’’ corners of Lahti, but there are much more things to discover.

We visited our workplaces: Ohjaamo, Multi-Culti and Mukkula. We met people who work there. We got some information about the work of the organisation and mainly about this three workplces. And we were told what work we are ging to do. Later we had a tour to youth centers and visited some of youth workshops.

We visited some young people from different workshops and we were on a picnic with them in Mukkula beach. We had fun there.We played some games and the newest game for us was Molkky, which is traditional Finnish throwing game.

During our first weekend we were in Mukkula Sauna and later in Harbour, where met Armenians living near Lahti and we became friends, and later we found 2 two boys who are the only Armenians living in Lahti city. And as the weather was good we had amazing tours around Lahti city.

During the second week we visited Tuusula and Jarvenpaa for Meidan Festval. This was a good chance to discover Finnish culture and customs with other volunteers and foreigners while being surrounded by local people. And later we got a surprise package from Discover EU organisers)))

On the weekend we were in Helsinki with our Armenian friends, we had Helsinki city tour and later we visited Korkeasaari Zoo, this was a zoo located on an island.

During the third week we had our 3 day on-arrival training, which was really helpful and interesting. Than we visited Mukkula youth center. We were in an international CouchSurfing weekly meetups organised by one of our Armenian friends.

So this was short intriduction about our first three weeks and impressions of living in Lahti.

Best wishes,
Dusya and Levon J J

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

On Arrival training = ''First Aid''

On Arrival training is really important support for volunteers, who just arrived and know nothing about the surrounding world.

Everyone knows, that being a tourist in anothr country is kind of a joy, but realizing thath you are going to live somewhere for more than 7 months is really ''shocking'' fact, even if it was your decision to go there, where everything is different and new for you, starting from culture and customs ending with weather and nature. And at the moment an ON ARRIVAL TRAINING is coming to help.

We are volunteers from Armenia and we had 3day On Arrival Training, which was divided into some sections, which were really helpful. During this training we got answers to those questions which were troubling us. We had a wonderful trainer Anna-Kaisa Vihersalo, who is really professional at her job. She patiently explained everything and listened to us.

On Arrival training was not a boring thing, because during those days we spent really good time, we tried different national cuisines as well as Finnish, we were in monthly city market, we knew different and interesting methods of knowing each other better, and not only each other but ourselves as well. We built the path of our goals and drew the hand of our mental wellbeing. We knew about possible risks and challanges that can happen and found ways how to solve them. And we want to appreciate organizers for this training which really helped us.

Best Regards,
Dusya and Levon :)

Friday, 26 July 2019

Hi everybody !!!

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m Dusya and I am 21 years old. I came here from sunny Armenia and I am going to live here for 8 months, sooo, this means that this is not our first and last meeting))).

I have recently graduated from Yerevan State Linguistic University of Languages and Social Sciences with a bachelor degree and I was looking for an opportunity to live, travel and get practice abroad, so ESC was really good chance for me.

So now it will interest you how I knew about this project and that’s what I am going to tell you...

I was on an internship at Brusov YSULS Career Center and Graduates Association, and they offered me to participate in this project (p.s. Brusov YSULS Career Center and Graduates Association is ESC coordinator in Armenia). I thought about it for few days and decided to send my CV for participation, and as you see I am one of the lucky volunteers who was choosen to participate in this project.

And now I’ll try to do my best to be useful for this project and of course I will enjoy my time here, in hospitable LAHTI!!!

Nice to meet you all. 

Levon, Armenia, 23 years old

Hi everyone. I am Levon from Armenia. I am a friendly, polite and honest person and i am looking for new friends and adventures. I’ve graduated from my university this year and wanted to get a good package of experience before proffesional work and also travel to Europe, see wonderful places, broaden my world-outlook. I’ve been doing volunteering in my country since 2016 and participated different kinds of projects. I have learned about this ESC project from my friend who also participated in it.

Before coming Finland i knew about it only some things, that it is very cold here)))) about Laplandia, and also about heroic Finns who fought against Russian conquerors and saved their homeland.