Fallkulla Domestic Animal Farm (Fallkullan kotieläintila in Finnish) is the only municipally owned youth centre in Finland where young people can take part in practical work with livestock. Fallkulla was established in 1989. Website: https://fallkulla.munstadi.fi.
Fallkulla gives young people aged 9–17 the opportunity to tend sheep, pigs, goats, cows, hens, ducks, rabbits and horses as well as the chance to participate in various activities with the youth. Fallkulla is run by the Helsinki city youth department.
There are various tasks for the volunteers, such as feeding the animals, cleaning the barn and stable, milking the goats, brushing the animals, horseback riding and taking care of the common cleanliness of the cattle shed. Other work tasks include youth work, gardening and other outdoor work as well as office work. The working schedule of the volunteers may include both morning (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and evening shifts (1 p.m. - 8 p.m.) as well as working at weekends. The voluntary work period will provide the youth, the staff of the farm and the volunteer with an international experience as well as possibilities to improve language skills.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The volunteer should be interested in animals and their welfare and enjoy working in the cow stable and yard. The volunteers should also be motivated to support youngsters in working in similar tasks. The participant must be in good health and cannot have any allergies (animal, hay or dust).
Unfortunately, the workplace cannot host volunteers with physical or sensory disabilities. For instance, even if the buildings of Fallkulla are accessible for the customers, the work with the animals in the stable and elsewhere is not suitable for a volunteer who needs aid devices. The work includes much lifting and different kinds of working positions.
Fallkulla is located in northern part of the capital city, Helsinki. There are some 620 000 inhabitants in Helsinki. The farm is situated near the residental areas of Malmi and Tapanila. There is a good public transportation network in the area.
Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)
Volunteers live in a host family in the Helsinki area so it is important to be motivated to adapt to family living.
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