Project dates: A total of 48 week(s) during the period 01/08/2020 to 30/09/2021
Application deadline: 11/03/2020
The volunteer works as an assistant in Lyhty’s assisted housing Kotikutonen of the non-profit NGO “Lyhty ry”. Lyhty provides housing, education and work activity services for adults with learning disabilities. Lyhty is located in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Kotikutonen is located in area called Pitäjänmäki. In housing units, a volunteer's job description includes helping with household chores such as cleaning, cooking and laundry. It is important to do homework together with a intellectual disabled person or to guide a person with intellectual disability to do their own homework. The housing units appreciate the volunteer's creativity, openness and genuine presence. For example, a volunteer can socialize with a resident, go out for coffee with other caregivers and residents, organize art shows or cook, play music, or organize activities such as a sports or dance.
Accommodation, food and transport arrangements
Volunteer is accommodated in one of Lyhty’s housing buildings and will be sharing a room/house with other volunteers. Meals and transport are arranged through Lyhty.
Training during the project
The volunteers will have a mentor working with him/her trough the year. Watch our Youtube video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0jLoip_eVs
Good social skills and motivation to work with people with special needs are important. The work can be dynamic at times and requires such mentality. It is important to have the motivation to learn Finnish language.