Work try-out experience with StepEurope

My name is Elias Ayele, I have studied and graduated international human rights law in 2015. My journey with StepEurope ry started in the summer of 2016, and it led me to a week-long training to a country I would have never imagined to visit Pristina in Kosovo, a beautiful city with lovely people. It was my first ever Erasmus plus training, whose primary focus was on the training of trainers for youth workers on the topic of migration, refugees, and asylum seekers in Europe. It was an extraordinary experience to meet various people from different countries with a common goal and vision. It was during the training that I have aspired to be more involved with StepEurope and even to host similar project in Turku. Nonetheless, it was in September 2017 that I officially joined StepEurope ry team as työkokeilija (work try-out) for a six-month period, which would last till the end of March. I must say it has been a wonderful experience for me. I am grateful to have been taking part and see the Finnish NGO work through StepEurope ry.

Aside from assisting and participating in our local monthly activities, my main responsibilities during the work try-out include organizing events such as Restaurant Day and “A Look Behind the Labels” panel conversation, short interactive workshops on migration and integration, social media posts, being a co-trainer in the NJN (Not Just Numbers) international training and participating seminars. Lately I was happy to have been working on the final report of our international training in December and the new project application to be implemented in the coming autumn.


I can say the highlight of my work practice was the “Not Just Numbers” training in December. It was a week-long international training with 30 amazing youth workers from seven countries. Though the training was only for a week, my responsibilities and the team of facilitators started to work towards the training way back in October. I was assigned as a co-trainer along with another intern, which meant that I had to prepare the training sessions and also help with many practical and preparation works to facilitate the training. Personally it was a great learning experience and platform to gain trainer competence and build confidence. I have learned a lot from the main trainer as well as the participants. It was such a wonderful time to have interacted with them and the trainer, who made the training lively and memorable.

I would say that StepEurope ry is like one big family, which includes the board, the project coordinator, interns and our active volunteers, who are filled with experts in their professions. I have enjoyed the modern co-working environment in Logomo.  Particular shout-outs to our board members and Ronja; our project coordinator, for being helpful in guiding and making my work try-out filled with fun and rich experience I can take away in the end. I would definitely suggest others to come join our team, which is really open to and flexible with anyone willing to develop their careers and competences or learn more about different social issues.


Become a member of StepEurope

Becoming a member of StepEurope ry is easy way to support our activities and the good purpose to help young adults to find their potential, increase their networks and get tools for future life.

Membership fee is only 10€/year. Besides you will reach to these benefits:

1. priority to go abroad to international training and seminars

2.Discount on local activities, if any payment

3. End of Season party participation for free, twice a year

Click here to find the invoice.

Call for New Board Members!!

StepEurope is a youth focused international organization registered under Finnish law in 2015. The organization’s main objective is activate young people and help them to develop their potential. To achieve this objective, the organization arranges youth exchanges, organize and participate in workshops and training, have regular meetings and offers internship and volunteer work. We also want to increase youngster’s awareness about different cultures to reduce racism and break boundaries.

Currently, we are looking to add two dedicated individuals to our small team as board members. A successful candidate will be part of a growing organization who aims to be a leading international youth organization in South-West Finland. As a board member, you will be part of decision making process, provide technical support to volunteers and paid staff members, provide support in different international/ local event the organization hosts and make yourself available to support the team when needed.

An ideal candidate will be required to have:

  • A commitment to StepEurope’s vision, mission and values
  • Good independent judgement
  • Commitment to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Having knowledge in accounting, project management, fundraising and proposal writing is an advantage.

This role will require about 10 yearly meetings and on average 6 hours for a month.

This can a create opportunity for instance for STUDENTS to increase their capacities and get experience besides probably include the experience also to the studies and get some credits!


Please, forward a short statement demonstrating your motivation for this role and how your skills and experience meet our requirements, together with a comprehensive CV to subject: “Call for New Board Members”.
Deadline 23th of March 2018

More information about StepEurope ry and/or +35845 2219008