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Municipal Youth Work in Helsinki

Study Visit

16-20 May 2022 | Helsinki, Finland

Come and see how Finland's largest city Helsinki organises its municipal youth work. Large cities have to provide services for diverse groups and they have to work smartly. See how youth work is structured and delivered in the Capital of Finland!

Management and practice

In this study visit you can see how youth work is structured and delivered in Helsinki, the largest city in Finland.

The study visit shows you what goes on behind the screens in administrative planning and how it translates into practices on young people's everyday level.

Municipal youth work follows the Youth Act, several political papers and strategies, but it also needs to hear the need of the end users. On the study visit you can see how evaluation of work, knowledge management and documentation support service development.

But what happens in real life?

Priorities and strategies may seem distant and dry, but municipal service providers have to follow them. On the study visit you can also see how the strategic plans translate into activities on open youth houses, into digital youth work services and in practices like participative budgeting.

You will meet both people working in youth work administration and youth workers on the field. The study visit will give you an insight to youth work management, practice and methodology.

Inspiration to your own work

You are a relevant participant for this study visit, if you work in municipal youth work structures and you are interested in developing new ways of working, transferring practice or seeing expamples on which to build your own approches.

You can be a practicioner who works on youth houses, clubs, projects or other support services.

You can also be a person from municipal administration who runs projects or develops service concepts, or a decision-maker who is interested in cross-sectoral cooperation and relevance of youth work.

Sorry, for relevant people only!

Pay in mind that the idea is to help you to gain knowledge, practices and competences that you can put in practice in your everyday life with young people or which can help you in developing municipal services. If you are interested in the topic on a personal level, but you do not have a link to youth work practice or a youth work organisation, you do not qualify as a participant.

Safe, accessible and sustainable

In our activities we support the principle of a safer space. It means all the participants have the freedom to be themselves, express themselves freely and be included in all the activities without discrimination, bullying or harrassing others. We want you to respect the same principle, too.

Our activities are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need a support person, accessible room and transport or supporting tools, we will provide it for you. You can tell us your needs in beforehand so that we can be ready.

We take sustainability in consideration where we can. Since most participants have to fly over the sea to Finland, we encourage you to travel on land within Finland. We also encourage you to contact your own national agency to find out how they support low-emission travelling to activities abroad.

We provide plant-based meals, or use locally grown and produced foods, as much as possible. We also respect the diets and food allergies of all participants.

Europe Goes Local

The activity links to a strategic European project which helps to develop the municipal youth work practices. You can find more information on Europe Goes Local (EGL) on their website.


Covid rules

Before you apply you should familiarise yourself with the Covid19 rules when traveling to Finland. If the rules change during the spring, we will update this call. If you are selected, you will have the updated information in the welcome letter.

Currently, please note that if you are not vaccinated, the entry rules are different for you. Unvaccinated persons must self-isolate for 3 days after entering Finland, even if they are tested at the airport. The self-isolation will happen right after arrival and therefore it makes the participation in the in training impossible.

Moreover, the Finnish NA cannot cover the costs caused by the self-isolation.

It is possible to apply / participate in the activity only if you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is approved in Finland or if you have a certificate of recovering from Covid 19 in less than 6 months from entering the country.

Link to the guidelines of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare:


List of vaccines accepted in Finland:



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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Study Visit is

for 30 participants

from Austria, Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, People working in municipal youth work structures or developing them

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



The Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI (National Agency)


  • City of Helsinki (Others)

Contact for questions:

Paavo Pyykkönen


Phone: +358 400 247 774

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

You do not have to pay a participation fee for the Finnish National Agency, but the National Agency in your home country may have some fees you have to cover.

Please contact the national agency in your home country to find out what the practice is.

The National Agency in your country will make the pre-selection of participants from your country. The Finnish NA will make the final selection, based on the pre-selections.

Accommodation and food

If you are selected, The Finnish NA will organise the accommodation and meals for you.

You will be accommodated in single rooms, but you may have to share the bathroom and toilet.

We will provide meals according to participants' diets and food allergies.

If you plan to stay in Finland for a longer time, you have to cover the hotel costs and meals outside the training yourself.

Travel reimbursement

The National Agency in your own country will cover your travel costs to Finland. Every country has different practices in organising the travel and/or reimbursement of travel costs. Please contact your NA or to know how it is done in your country.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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