Non-Finnish speakers

Jarkko Mikkonen, Suomen Punainen Risti
Kuvaaja: Jarkko Mikkonen, Suomen Punainen Risti
"Finnish Red Cross volunteers taking out elderly people."
Kaisa Siren, Suomen Punainen Risti
Kuvaaja: Kaisa Siren, Suomen Punainen Risti
"Volunteers can teach skiing."
Mirva Helenius, Suomen Punainen Risti
Kuvaaja: Mirva Helenius, Suomen Punainen Risti
"Volunteers can teach fishing."

At the Northern Helsinki branch of Finnish Red Cross, we are offering two-ways multicultural activities: possibilities to get services and support, but also volunteering activities to participate in.

Services and support  

At the Metsälä-Auramo Reception Center which is located in Metsälä, Helsinki, there are activities like   

 

  • CV support - Hakemushelppi offering asylum seekers possibility to get support in drafting their CV and making job applications.The activity is on Tuesdays. Please contactkeijo.rantanen(a)tapro.fi.
  • Thursday hanging around evening - Hengailuillat torstaisin including playing, discussing with asylum seekers, teaching English, interpreting.Please contact arja.aaltonen(a)luukku.com.

Volunteering activities

Non-Finnish speakers are very welcome to various volunteering activities.

Friendship activity – Ystävätoiminta 

is one of the activities where volunteers are needed: to take out elderly people and discuss with them, mainly in the area of Northern Helsinki. For more information, please contact tuulaboffour(a)hotmail.com.

Co-interpreter/Peer interpreter 

In all activities where foreigners are either helping or getting help, different language skills are needed. If you want to help translating as co-interpreter/peer interpreter, for example in activities like SuomiKamu, First Aid groups, help with homeworks, CV support etc, leave your contact information and languages you can interpret to hannele.kokotti(a)compesita.inet.fi and quynh.ly(a)redcross.fi

Dream Team Helsinki

Dream Team is an international Finnish Red Cross group offering opportunities to volunteer. We as a group organize variety of events, but also join other groups in need for some extra muscle. Whether you want to volunteer only once in a while or several times a week, we will help you find what you are looking for. 

We volunteer for example with asylum seekers, immigrants, elderly, prisoners, homeless, children, students etc. You name it, we do it. You can find all the upcoming events in Facebook under events. All events have a host. Don't hesitate to contact them or the community for more information! No such things as stupid questions.

Did not find what you were looking for? Come and plan your own event! Just throw your ideas on the wall and we can plan together. Or come see us in one of our events. If nothing else helps, write us an email to dreamteamhelsinki@gmail.com

Suomiwa sählänin 

When: Monday 17.30-19.30
Where: Lapinlahden Lähde, Lapinlahdenpolku 1

In the Finnish-Arabic language club, Suomi wa sählänin, everyone teaches their own language and learns from each other. The group has a facilitator, who helps others to learn, teach and discuss. Everyone who is interested in learning Arabic or Finnish is welcome! For more information, please contact Alaa_alali89@yahoo.com

فكرة"الفنلنديوسهلا" هيتعلماللغةالعربيةاوالفنلندية. ويتمذالكمنخلالمجموعةمتكونهمنمتكلمينالعربيةوالفنلديةبدوناشرافاستاذمتخصصفياللغتين. التعليميتممنخلالالمنتسبينللجمعيةمعوجودمشرفين. 
لاتوجدمتطلباتمستوىاللغة،والجميعمهتمينبدراسةاللغةالعربيةأوالفنلنديةمرحببهم.

Volunteering for the non-Finnish speakers in the Capital Area

All the activities available at the moment are either in reception centres or somewhere else around Helsinki and Espoo. Please read more and take a look at the calendar to find different volunteer groups who are organizing activities in English or in other languages.