Vanhamäki Activity Centre, Organic Farming in Finland

Join a team of three volunteers to support small Finnish community and local organic farming.


About the organisation

Vanhamäki is an activity centre in Suonenjoki, which is a small rural town of some 7 500 inhabitants, situated in the central Finland. Vanhamäki provides different kinds of activities for visitors and it also runs organic farm, horse stables and a foster home. The centre produces organic berries and vegetables and the products are also sold in the little shop.  Vanhamäki also has a lunch restaurant, serving 100-200 clients every weekday. It is very famous for its food, using organic and local ingredients as much as possible.

Volunteer’s role

Volunteering tasks vary according to the season: in the summer time the volunteers work more in Vanhamäki and in the autumn and spring there is more cooperation with other local organizations, such as local folk academy, association of unemployed people and a school. At Vanhamäki the volunteers assist in different kinds of tasks, both outdoors and indoors. They take part in organic farming and maintenance work of the park area. Volunteers also assist in planning and carrying out events in Vanhamäki according to their skills and interests. The volunteers can also carry out tasks in the office and kitchen, as well as at the horse stables of the activity centre. 


It is important that the volunteer enjoys both practical and social work tasks. It is good to have an interest in organic farming and nature.


The volunteers are accommodated in the Vanhamäki centre in single rooms, shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner in the restaurant of Vanhamäki.


To apply, please download Maailmanvaihto’s application form: application form (docx) or application form (pdf) and read instructions for filling in the form from the bottom of this page. Send your filled-in application to

Please note that Maailmanvaihto only accepts applications which have been filled into Maailmanvaihto’s application form. Prior to applying, please read carefully the project descriptions below as well as the program information.

If you need any help filling out your form please contact Mateja at

Application deadline: 26/01/2020


The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is an EU funded programme that gives young people (aged 18 to 30) the opportunity to volunteer in an organisation abroad. The funding covers travel expenses to and from the project as well as accommodation, food, a small personal allowance (”pocket money”), insurance, language training and local transport during the project.


Interested in applying or need more info?  Contact Mateja in VSI: 0873367275