Program Details

The English Kindergarten Of Kotka

  • Start Date 2017-08-14
  • End Date: 2018-08-16

  • Location: south-east coast of Finland in the city of Kotka

The English Kindergarten of Kotka (Kotkan englanninkielinen leikkikoulu in Finnish) offers early childhood education both in English and Finnish for children aged 1–7 years. There are 42 children and 6 teachers in the kindergarten. The kindergarten is run by the Finnish-American Society.

In the kindergarten it is believed that every child is unique. Respecting others and environment as well as good manners are valued. Central to the goals of the kindergarten is providing the children with a chance to familiarize themselves with the English language and culture.  The mission statement of the kindergarten is ”Together with the  parents we want to raise our children in a safe and caring environment that will encourage the children to grow into self-motivated, confident, and co-operative individuals. We believe every child is unique and hope to strengthen his/her self-esteem. We emphasize the importance of good  manners as well as important social skills. The children are immersed in the English language through curriculum and play. We hope to instill a sense of global awareness and tolerance of all people.


Volunteers will live in a host family so it is important to be motivated to adapt to family living. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are served at the kindergarten during school days. Other meals are provided by the host family.


In the kindergarten there are about 40 children aged from three to six years. The aim of the kindergarten is, besides normal educational work, to provide the children with opportunities to internationalize themselves and to gain knowledge of English. The aim is to provide the children with skills to communicate in English in everyday situations. The staff includes five teachers and a kitchen worker. Children are divided into three groups: Juniors (3–4 year old), Seniors (4–5 old), and Pre-Schoolers.


Volunteers should be able to communicate in English and motivated to work and play with children aged 1–7 years. They should have good social skills.

How to get there?
Terminal: Helsinki / Vantaa Airport
International Airport: Helsinki / Vantaa Airport
Domestic Airport: Helsinki / Vantaa Airport


6 months - 2,850.00 EUR

12 months - 3,700.00 EUR