Pettilä Village Community
Description: Veskansan ry is a local, non-profit village association in the village of Pettilä in Savitaipale, Southeastern Finland. The association is dedicated to providing social activities for the local community: it maintains its own garden with a greenhouse, a cafeteria and a flea market, and organizes various community events during the summer. This year, the association warmly welcomes a group of SCI volunteers to bring some international spirit in its summer activities. Savitaipale is a small municipality surrounded by beautiful landscapes of forest and lakes, and the nearby area is home to several interesting historical sites, such as Niinivuori rockpainitings that date back to the stone age.
Type of Work: Volunteers will assist in organizing the annual Country Market and pedal car competition in the village, and also help in the garden, the cafeteria and the flea market. The work will include for example cooking and baking, gardening work, and various tasks before, during and after the Country Market, such as making advertisements for the event, setting up tents, and selling and serving food during the event. During their free time, the volunteers will have a possibility to meet with young people from the village and try some typical Finnish summer activities, such as swimming in a lake and going to fishing, boating or berry-picking.
Study Theme: Local heritage
Accommodation: In a shared room. Mattresses and bed sheets will be provided for the volunteers. Separate bathrooms and showers for women and men will be available. Part of the meals will be provided by the camp host and part of them will be cooked by the volunteers themselves.
Approximate Location: Savitaipale, Eastern Finland