Small organisations in rural areas can find human resources as a challenge in organising international youth projects. This study visit shows good practices in one region in Finland. The countryside can be international!

Do you want to meet other youth workers from countryside, villages, rural centres and small towns, where distances, human resources and size of the organisation can cause challenges for international youth projects?

We know that international youth work can be done in in villages and small towns, regardless of the challenges. We also know the impact of these projects can be much larger in small places than large cities.

Participants from rural places

Do you carry out regular youth work or youth activities in a rural setting? If you are working in a public or non-governmental organisation in a small rural town, in a village or in a countryside centre, you can benefit from this study visit.

You should be over 18 and your role in the organisation should be active – maybe you organise regular activities directly to the young people in your organisation or you want to develop your organisation towards international projects.

It does not matter, if you have never organised an international youth activity. This can be your step into the European projects. If you have experiences, you should be curious to explore new ways in working in projects.

Developing Countryside with LEADER?

Many Leader LAGs in rural areas are waking up to the needs of the young people in their region. On this study visit, you will have a look how Kuudestaan NGO, a Leader LAG who has developed their work towards young people and youth work. They also acquired the KA1 Accreditation through which they help their rural area to become more international. Participants representing other Leader LAGs who work with young people or plan to start it are welcome to apply.

Being rural means being rural

If you are from a big city and/or you represent a university student organisations organising activities for other students in your university town, we will not prioritise your application. If you are a volunteer in your organisation, your role should be relevant in the planning and implementation of the organisation’s activities.

Practices from Western Finland

We will look at the cooperation of actors in a Finnish regions of Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia and Ostrobothnia in the Western Finland. During the study visit you will see how international activities are organised in small towns and villages, sometimes with a help of a larger organisation.

You will meet young people who have been part of international projects, see how projects have been carried out in small places and explore what kind of benefits of regional cooperation gives.


  • compare realities of rural areas in different parts of Europe
  • understand how international youth projects can be done in the rural areas
  • see examples of projects and working ways
  • find partners for future projects
  • explore the opportunities of EU’s youth programmes (Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps) in rural settings

Dates: 22 – 26 November 2021

Country: Finland

Application Deadline: 24 October 2021

More information, as well as the online application form can be found at