A short guide for prospective volunteers about volunteering with ESN Uni Helsinki during the pandemic.

Are you perhaps interested in volunteering with ESN Uni Helsinki in the academic year 2021-2022, but the uncertainty caused by the ongoing pandemic is holding you back? We hope this short post gives you some peace of mind and encourages you to join our happy family.

Events during the pandemic

There will be zero pressure to participate in live events as our volunteer. We organise them only if the COVID-19 recommendations allow and our volunteers feel comfortable with the idea. In fall semester 2020, we were able to organise some small live events outdoors. Online events and social media challenges are alternatives to live events if the number of Covid infections is high. Enthusiasm in planning and organising online events would be very welcome.

Aiming for a good balance in our lives

We want ESN Uni Helsinki to be a source of joy and energy for our volunteers. Volunteering with us offers a possibility to support exchange students, get to know new people, and learn new skills.

The goal of our organisation is not to do tons of things at once, especially now while we are living under these exceptional circumstances. We don't want our volunteers feel exhausted after staring at a screen for multiple hours per day. Volunteering will not require all of your free time. We want you to have time for other important things in your life, too.

What can ESN Uni Helsinki do in 2021-2022?

It all depends on how the Covid-19 situation develops. In spring 2021, we could not organise live events and our trips had to be cancelled. Some of the bigger events we were supposed to participate along with other student organisations in the early autumn 2021 have already been cancelled due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in Finland.

Here are some ideas for the upcoming academic year:
⭐ General meetings every two weeks (online)
⭐ Live events outdoors for a limited number of participants (if the restrictions allow!)
⭐ Online events
⭐ Trips (if the COVID-19 recommendations allow)
⭐ Be there for the students, keeping in contact with them through our Facebook group and answering their questions

Want to learn more about volunteering with ESN Uni Helsinki?

Get in touch with us on social media, send us an email or attend one of our meetings or events! We publish our events on our Facebook page and on our website.