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Volunteering

  • Service
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As a volunteer at Familia you will contribute to the advancement of the equality of intercultural families, couples and young people in Finnish society. You will also have the opportunity to influence Familia's activities and use your own skills and experience for the benefit of others. Volunteering at Familia is a way to improve your skills, meet new people, support others and learn from them as well as gain experience.

Volunteering possibilities at Familia:

1) Peer support groups

In Familia's peer support activities, volunteers can share their experiences and support their peers.

At Familia we have peer support activities for the parents of intercultural families, mothers with babies under one year old, fathers, job-seekers and intercultural couples waiting for their residence permit or looking for jobs.

Our peer support groups are meant for people who have an intercultural family.

To become a volunteer, you don't always necessarily need to be in an intercultural family yourself, but you need to have a personal and/or professional experience of the participants' life situation

2) Clubs and workshops

Clubs and workshops are activities where everyone is welcome to participate as they are. The activities are mainly led and created by volunteers.

Examples of activities:

Finnish language discussion groups

Hobby workshops (for example handwork or poetry)

Language clubs

Art workshops

Multilingual music groups for children

3) Communication and advocacy work

Communications volunteers produce content for Familia's blog and social media. As a volunteer you can use your own skills and experience to benefit others and to raise awareness for the issues of intercultural families in Finnish society.

Communications volunteers meet four times per year (virtually or hybrid model). Together, we explore your skills and possibilities to work on the following topics:

  • Blog and Research writing
  • Graphic Design
  • Influencer marketing
  • Podcast episode planning
  • Establishing new contacts for cooperation
  • Video content creation and edition

Previous experience is not required and fluency in Finnish language is neither mandatory. Nonetheless, it is considered as an asset some knowledge on the aforementioned matter.

Do the following

More information about this activity and instruction how to sign up on our web page.

To whom and on what terms

Who can volunteer at Familia?

If you want to contribute to supporting intercultural families of Finland, you are welcome to be a volunteer at Familia! Our peer activities require that you are familiar, through personal or professional experience, with the participants’ situations. We value the knowledge and skills of ordinary people - you don’t have to be an expert to volunteer with us!

Our groups and activities are mainly in English and Finnish, but we strongly encourage you to let us know if you would like to lead an activity in another language!

Our volunteering is flexible and we take into consideration your life situation by offering different lengths of volunteer assignments that don’t necessarily require a long commitment. We also offer volunteer assignments online, so you can participate in volunteer activities from anywhere in Finland.

Familia stands against discrimination and welcomes you as a volunteer regardless of your gender, sexual orientation, age, education level, political orientation, religion, language skills, country of origin or disabilities.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byFamilia
Responsible for the serviceFamilia
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, English
Text edited by: Familia
Updated: 24/2/2022