International cooperation projects for organizations

Current projects

Green school

The project is creating a Green school model as a school addressing global environmental problems in the local community by education and practical youth-led action. The schools will get a model of practical involvement of youth in environmental action. The Green school model, formulated as a result of summarizing and developing experiences of the best Karelian educators, will be tested in 6 pilot schools (3 in Finland and 3 in the Republic of Karelia) and disseminated inside and outside the region. The project is implemented by Karelian Education Development Fund (Russia) in partnership with Hyvärilä youth centre (Finland) and Regional ecology and biology center named by Kim Andreev (Finland).

Funded by ENI CBC Karelia programme in 2018–2020

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The project is aimed at development of local filmmaking resources in the Republic of Karelia and Finland, and increasing the attractiveness of the border areas for living and doing business. The project is run by Karelian Cinematographers Union (Russia) in partnership with Petrozavodsk State University, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia, Centre of National cultures of the Republic of Karelia (Russia), and Reguaonal development agency Business Joensuu, Hyvärilä youth centre, East Finland Film Commission, Karelia University of applied sciences (Finland).

Funded by ENI CBC Karelia programme in 2019-2020

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Trade knowledge

Based on previous experience of organizing camps for young people interested in learning traditional TRADE of the area, professionals from cultural and youth sectors will explore opportunities for better quality programs and exchanges. The project implies exchange of good practices between professionals in the filed of youth work and cultural heritage: Plan it Be it (Cuprus), Zavod Dobra Pot (Slovenia), Nurmes Museum and Hyvärilä youth centre (Finland).

Funded by Erasmus+ programme in 2019-2020.

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Stay connected: digital youthwork in rural areas across the border.

This project will continue cooperation between schools and youth organizations of North Karelia and the Republic of Karelia. In 2020-2022 teachers and youth workers from Finland and Russia will share their best practices in using digital methods, and learn new methods which they can use in the classroom and within non-formal education programs. Two trainings for youth workers and teachers, and eight international exchanges will bring together participants from small municipalities along the Finnish and Russian border. They will learn together, make friends, explore culture and language of the neighboring country, and improve digital skills along the way.

Funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

Contact us

Ekaterina Sysoeva
International Coordinator
Hyvärilä Youth and Holiday Centre
tel. +358 (0)50 570 8634

Project archive

Find out about international cooperation projects implemented in Hyvärilä in the recent years. Here you can learn about our history of international youth exchanges, volunteering projects, international cooperation projects with schools and organizations.

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