Traditions, nature and gardening in Äijälä
Description: Äijälä Family Home is situated near Jyväskylä in Central Finland. The community’s aim is to support its residents and other clients in their everyday life and life management. The community works with organic gardening and it has a charming old farmhouse which has been renovated to be a home for disabled people. Äijälä Family Home also offers supportive work activities for long-term unemployed people and preserves traditional culture and working methods. Äijälä has been hosting KVT workcamps since 1980.
Type of Work: The camp has two parts; firstly the volunteers will help organising a camp for local children with the topics of nature and traditions. The volunteers will assist the children and run the activities with the support of the camp leaders and camp host's workers. The camp language will be English, though the children may have varying level of English.
Secondly, the volunteers are going to help the community mainly with gardening tasks. Work is going to be, for example, gardening, planting trees and plants, cutting grass, harvesting and chopping firewood. The volunteers will also work in the kitchen and do some house chores. Work will be done together with the residents and other clients and workers of the community.
Study Theme: Finnish nature and traditions, organic farming
Accommodation: In shared rooms in a 200-year-old wooden farmhouse, the main building of the farm.
Approximate Location: Jyskä, near Jyväskylä.