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Finnish Volunteer Programme - ETVO

ETVO is a Kepa volunteer programme that channels volunteers to civil society organisations (CSOs) in the South. These CSOs must already have an existing cooperation relationship with a Finnish CSO that is a member of Kepa.

The programme aims at bringing benefits to the relationship and the work of both the receiving organisations in the South, as well as Finnish civil society.

The purpose of the programme is to enhance the dialogue between the South and the North and to strengthen the partnership between the two. The second main objective is to contribute to global education or awareness raising. Involvement of the Finnish CSOs helps the volunteers to become active members of the civil society when they return to Finland.

ETVO has been active since 1995, it has no political or religious affiliations.


The volunteers have worked, for example, in environmental conservation, with street children and with people with disabilities. The volunteering period varies from six to twelve months.

Having worked with Finnish funded development projects in the South, the volunteers will have a personal insight to international co-operation, its success stories and challenges. ETVO tries to channel their experiences into Finnish CSOs.

People of other nationalities than Finnish are welcome to apply to be ETVO volunteers. However, due to he ETVO trainings that take place before departure, a working knowledge of Finnish is required.


To receive volunteers from ETVO your CSO must have a existing development cooperation with a Finnish CSO that is a member of Kepa that must then contact us and we will negotiate with them.

Contact details

Please, before getting in touch with us, read the information above.

Etvo programme
Kepa ry
Elimäenkatu 25-27 (5th floor)
00510 Helsinki
tel. + 358 50 317 6689
fax. + 358 9 584 23 200
etvoatkepa [dot] fi