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2. Voluntary Activities

Last update: 28 November 2023

As stated in Youth Act, one of the core ideas of youth policy and youth work is to support young people’s active citizenship. Volunteering can be seen as a form of such activeness. Based on the act, the governmental bodies at the national and local levels support this effort, for example by funding third sector organisations.

Many youth organisations in Finland provide training for their members, and especially for members that volunteer as instructors or leaders. There are also possibilities for voluntary work abroad. Voluntary activities can also be part of thematic studies in upper secondary education in Finland. Beside the enrichment volunteering gives to the lives of individual young people and to the well-being of the society, the bottom line is that regardless of where the skills are gained, these should be recognised by the education system (for more see Youth Wiki/Finland 2.7 Skills recognition).