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Helsinki (FI) - Turku (FI)

16 July - 30 July 2022

14 days, Valborg

From € 850,-

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15-25: € 850,-
26-28 (at request): € 1330,-

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Valborg:
Helsinki (FI) - Turku (FI)

16 July - 30 July 2022

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Sailing an Archipelago of Ideas. Sustainable Youth Exchange for trainees from: Finland, the Netherlands and Hungary. Join the international group of young people to sail a traditional ship Valborg together, while learning about the environment and each other’s cultures. Steer the ship, navigate, fish for microplastic in the Baltic Sea; discover beautiful places and learn new things about yourself. Search the waves for wildlife, play games, sing, laugh and make amazing memories! For young Windseekers aged 15-25 (26-28 at request). Apply for a € 300 bursary to lower the cost of your journey! Contact info@windseeker.org for details.

About your Journey

Join the Valborg for the Youth Exchange with sustainable theme. Explore the spectacular coast of Finland and cross over for a visit to Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. Stop by in Mariehamn in the Aaland Islands, the island Saaremaa, or some uninhabited Finnish islands - depending on where the winds take you! Learn to sail a traditional ship, contribute to plastic research of the sea, make friends from different countries – and have a wonderful adventure that you won’t soon forget!

The ship sails day and night, and so will you! Divided into watches, you will take shifts with other trainees and crew. Soon you will know how to steer the impressive vessel, trim the sails, navigate, make knots and so much more. Sounds daunting? No worries, teamwork makes it easier and you won’t even notice when you’ve started to take more and more responsibilities on board. Soon you will be sailing the Valborg with new confidence in yourself and your crew mates.

Meet a marine biologist from The Ocean Movement and learn to get water samples from the sea. Analyze the microplastics, learn about marine ecosystems, brainstorm solutions for leading more sustainable life. With so many people from different countries, it's impossible to predict what you might come up with! The mentors on board will organise intercultural activities, games and discussions, and make sure everyone is feeling right at home.

No budget? No worries! The Windseeker Dinghy will help you get on board. The program, much more than just a fundraising training, is part of your preparation and included in the Exchanges. Raise money for your journey, supported by an experienced coach. Learn new things about yourself and gain life skills. It is also a great way to connect with other trainees. Let us know at booking if you’d like to take part. It's a good idea, really. Regardless of financial reasons. Join Dinghy and get going!

Ports

Helsinki is the capital city of Finland with a population of about 600,000 people. It has been established in 1550. Take a ferry to visit the Fortress of Suomenlinna or the Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. If you prefer to stay on the mainland you can’t miss the Rock Church – literally built into rocks. Other attractions include the Esplanadi Park, Hakaniemi Market and lots of museum. Fans of architecture cannot miss the Finnish National Theater and the Lutheran Chathedral.

Turku is a Finnish city dating back to the XIII century. Join in the ships’ spectacular route through the Turku Archipelago before being brought right into the middle of the city on the banks of the Aura River. Walk the cobblestone streets, visit the medieval castle, Forum Marinum maritime centre, or one of many art museums. Take a stroll down the river bank to find your favourite little restaurant or cafe.

  • Helsinki (FI)

  • Turku (FI)

Sponsorship and costs

Apply now for a bursary - up to € 300 to lower the costs of your journey! Contact info@windseeker.org

The subsidized youth price for this journey is € 850,- per trainee, instead of the regular price of € 1,330.

Reimbursement of your travel costs to and from the ports by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. Reimbursement up to a certain amount, depending on the trainee’s country (according to the rules of the Erasmus+ Program). Maximum possible reimbursement: Finland € 20 (possibly more, pending approval of costs), Hungary, the Netherlands € 275; Estonia € 180.

The reimbursement will take place several months after the journey, based on receipts and tickets.

Key points

  • Dates: 16 July 2022 - 30 July 2022
  • Embarkation: 16:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
  • Participating countries: Finland, Netherlands Hungary and Estonia
  • Windseekers joining: 22
  • No sailing experience required!
  • Official language on board: English
  • Price includes: accommodation and meals, excludes drinks at the bar
  • Price excludes transportation costs to and from the ports. Travel costs will be reimbursed after the journey, up to certain amounts, depending on the country of origin.
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Need to take with you on board: sleeping bags and towels
  • Participating Windseekers need to become members of their countries' Sail Training organisations

STO Garant

This Journey is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website (www.sto-garant.nl/en/downloads).

This process is automatic and you do not need to do anything else. After receiving your booking, Windseeker will send you detailed information on how and when to pay for your journey – together with all the other important details.

 

What does it mean?

In short: you do not pay the booking amount to Windseeker but instead into an escrow account. This trust account holds your payment in reserve until your journey’s end. The booking amount is then released to Windseeker on the day after your trip ends. If Windseeker or the Ship should become financially insolvent before the end of your trip, STO Garant will implement the guarantee. The Guarantee Scheme details how you can make a claim under the guarantee in such cases. You can read more about this here.

  • Piotr (22) Poland

    "Worked together with different nationalities for a week was a life changing, hilarious experience."

  • Aron (18)

    "I BECAME MUCH MORE CONFIDENT AND EXPLORED MY LIMITS"

  • Claire (20)

    "AN AMAZING ADVENTURE THAT TEACHES YOU THINGS YOU WILL NEVER LEARN SOMEWHERE ELSE"

You sail on the Valborg

Small Ships

Valborg

Nowadays Valborg serves as a Sail Training vessel, participating in events like the Tall Ships Races and offering charter trips to companies and private groups to finance the Races. During winter Valborg stays in water (and ice), and serves as …

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Windseeker logs

  • Almost Home

    Oosterschelde

    Cape Verde - Netherlands

    – by crew Oosterschelde

    In a way we’re having bad luck: the English Channel is an area with a lot of traffic. Unfortunately we cannot see it. On our last day at sea the temperature dropped till 7 degrees (above zero, fortunately) and the …

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  • This is Where I Belong

    Oosterschelde, 2013

    Sailing from Maurituis to Australia

    – by Hannah Hurford

    When I found out that you could still sail traditional ships I remember thinking: a) this is probably a joke, and b) why have I not done it yet? I had experience sailing on yachts and dinghies but with an interest in naval …

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