Now Booking - Finland 2019
May 19 - May 27th
Mark Joseph (Site coordinator)
Winston Holdon (Field Coordinator)
Petteri Elo (Presenter, Teacher and Educational Enthusiast)
Journey to this magnificent Northern European nation known for its vast wilderness, exquisite ski resorts, and the Northern Lights. Visit the some of the most highly rated schools in the entire world as a professional development opportunity while enjoying a scenic canal cruise and a trip to the medieval city of Porvoo. Explore Finland’s wondrous wilderness, celebrated cities, and superior schools on this 2019 tour.
May 18 – fly to Helsinki
May 19 – Free day to acclimate, settle in and explore on your own - Welcome Dinner
May 20 (First full day you have for activity):
Activity # 1:
- Workshop: Finnish education system and National Core Curriculum in Action. In this session you will gain understanding and insights to the Finnish education system and National Core Curriculum to better understanding the stand that the society takes regarding education. You will study some of the key elements of the curriculum and its skill-based approach to gain understanding of the reforms that the system is going through to better meet the demands of the 21st century.
Facilitator: Petteri Elo (Duration 2,5h - 3h.) Location: Finnish National Agency for Education or The University of Helsinki
Activity # 2:
A visit to Suomenlinna, fortress island on the coast of Helsinki
Guide: Petteri Elo - Duration 3 hours
Workshop: Modelling Professional Development. In this workshop you will be presented with a simple yet effective way to keep yourself active and innovative as a professional. The facilitator will demonstrate how he works this model in practice. This will provide you with more insights to combining skill and content objectives for teaching and learning.
Facilitator: Petteri Elo - Duration 2,5h - 3h. - Location: Finnish National Agency for Education or The University of Helsinki
A school visit. - Duration 2,5h - 3h.
Workshop: Conversations with Finnish students. In this workshop you will have a chance to meet with a group of Finnish middle school / high school student. You will have a chance to pick their brains on what it means to be a student in Finland. You will also collaborate with them in creating a truly students- and skill-centered project plan that you can take home with you to be executed in your classroom. Duration 2h-2,5h.
Location: Finnish National Agency for Education or The University of Helsinki
Day in a life of a Finn: Sauna, Salmon and Surroundings
School Visit - 2.5 - 3 hours
This day will take you to Kuusijärvi, https://www.cafekuusijarvi.fi/english/, a small recreational center just 30 drive away from the city center of Helsinki. We will enjoy the area by strolling/jogging around the lake, after which we will go to the public sauna and have a dip in the lake, as Finns do it. After this ultimate Finnish experience we will stroll through the forest to Petteri's house where he will prepare a traditional Finnish lunch including freshly smoked salmon, sausages, salad and refreshments.
Host: Petteri Elo - Duration: about 6h
May 24 - Visit Porvoo
May 25 - Free Day and Canal Cruise
May 26 - Free Day - optional side trip to Half-Day Nature Adventure to Nuuksio National Park, or Day trip to Tallinn, or on your own with a Eurail Pass
May 27 – Return USA or extend your stay and go to Paris, London, St. Petersburg, Russia, etc..!
Deposit Deadline is March 31st, 2019
Cost: $3300 includes Airfare From Charlotte, NC
$2500 with out flight
Flexible Payment Plans Available. SEE FAQ'S
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
All Trips are very flexible. If you want to make some changes, or bring family contact us and we will help you make the most of your visit!
20+ hours Professional Development in the renowned Finish schools observing teachers
All the outings, plus a 2 Day Helsinki Pass
Walking Tour of Helsinki
All Ground Transportation
Housing and breakfast
Round Trip Airfare from Charlotte, NC