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Explore and Learn in Finland - 9 Days

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November 21, 2020 - November 28, 2020 Available $ 2,000
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November 21, 2020 - November 29, 2020 Available $ 2,000
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November 22, 2020 - November 28, 2020 Available $ 2,000
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November 22, 2020 - November 29, 2020 Available $ 2,000
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Join teachers from across the globe to observe world-leading practices in the Finnish school system. You’ll learn how to “teach like Finland” by visiting schools and networking with Finnish teachers. You’ll see classrooms in action.

When you’re not learning from your peers, you’ll explore the historic city of Helsinki. You’ll meander through a sea fortress from the 1700s, taste delicious chocolate at the Fazer Experience Visitor Centre, and enjoy a refreshing sauna. Or, if you choose, you can spend a cozy day in experiencing “kalsarikannit.”

On the second leg of our trip, you’ll experience the magic of the Finnish Lapland with other teachers. We’ll chase the Northern Lights, speed through arctic forests on a snowmobile, and get a chance to be mushers with adorable huskies! We’ll also learn about the traditional reindeer herding practices of the indigenous Sami, and we’ll get a chance to encounter these reindeer ourselves.

With this trip, you’ll enjoy safe, clean and comfortable accommodations in nice hostels and a vacation rental. You will share your room with another *Traveling Teacher. Daily breakfast, to-go lunches, and ingredients for dinner are also included. When our itinerary requires that we eat dinner at a restaurant, that’s covered too.

Please note that this package does not include airfare to/from your point of origin, to Finland. The flight between Helsinki and Rovaniemi IS included, however.

In summary, the following is included in your trip package:

  • Accommodations for eight nights (arriving Saturday 11/21/2020, departing Sunday 11/29/2020)
  • Flight between Helsinki and Rovaniemi
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches/brunches, and 8 dinners
  • Coffee and other drinks (both at lodging and when out)
  • Introduction to the Finnish education system, by Finnish teachers
  • 3 full days of teacher shadowing at Finnish schools
  • Debrief of school observation experience
  • Transportation for group itinerary activities via day tour, public transport or ride-share
  • Northern Lights expedition
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Husky farm visit and mushing lesson
  • Reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride
  • 2-hour Finnish sauna experience at Löyly
  • Admission to: Fazer Experience Visitor Centre, Suomenlinna Fortress & Museums, Winter Garden, Arktikum Science Museum
  • Finnish Farewell dinner

Note that within the first few days of your arrival, the Finnish-American Club of Helsinki puts on a Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate American culture, and the relationship between the United States and Finland. If you’d like to participate in this dinner, select the option for it at checkout.

Because some teachers may arrive later or departure sooner, note that your total will be adjusted if this is the case. When you’re booking, be sure to note your arrival and departure dates. I will confirm your final total with you, if it is less than the total stay price.

*Note that you can request to room with a particular Traveling Teacher. Just ensure that each of you request the other person as a roommate when you book. We hold this policy to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort.

This is professional development you can love!

You’ll receive 20 hours of observation and education about the Finnish school system, and you will receive a certificate for these hours at the end of your school visit.

You’ll also get to explore the history, architecture and culture of Helsinki – which has a rich past!

For the second leg of our trip, you’ll experience the arctic magic of the Finnish Lapland. You’ll search for the Northern Lights, speed through the forest on a snowmobile, meet adorable huskies, and learn about the indigenous Sami’s relationship with reindeer.

Day 1
Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Arrive in Helsinki, Finland

Coffee with other Traveling Teachers

Brunch at Winter Garden

Fazer Experience Visitor Centre

Dinner together*

*Optional Add-On: Special Thanksgiving Dinner

Day 2
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

Alternative date to arrive in Helsinki, Finland

Coffee with other Traveling Teachers

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress & Museums

Shop and graze at Old Market Hall

Explore the city

Dinner together

Day 3
Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Introduction to Finnish School System by local teacher(s)

*First tentative day of teacher shadowing (subject to change, though we will shadow for three full school-days)

Dinner together

Day 4
Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Learning from Finnish teachers by observing classrooms at Helsinki schools

Visit to Helsinki’s Christmas Markets

Day 5
Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Learning from Finnish teachers by observing classrooms at Helsinki schools

2-hour refreshing sauna experience at Löyly

Day 6
Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Debrief of school visits

Fly to Rovaniemi

Check into vacation rental

Visit Arktikum Science Museum

Dinner together

Northern Lights expedition

Day 7
Friday, November 27th, 2020

Snowmobile safari

Reindeer encounter

Husky visit and mushing experience

Explore Santa Claus village

Day 8
Saturday, November 28th, 2020

Main departure day

Free day to explore

Meals together

Day 9
Sunday, November 29th, 2020

Departure day for remaining Traveling Teachers

Inclusions

  • Accommodations for eight nights (arriving Saturday 11/21/2020, departing Sunday 11/29/2020)
  • Flight between Helsinki and Rovaniemi
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches/brunches, and 8 dinners
  • Coffee and other drinks (both at lodging and when out)
  • Introduction to the Finnish education system, by Finnish teachers
  • 3 full days of teacher shadowing at Finnish schools
  • Debrief of school observation experience
  • Transportation for group itinerary activities via day tour, public transport or ride-share
  • Northern Lights expedition
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Husky farm visit and mushing lesson
  • Reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride
  • 2-hour Finnish sauna experience at Löyly
  • Admission to: Fazer Experience Visitor Centre, Suomenlinna Fortress & Museums, Winter Garden, Arktikum Science Museum
  • Finnish Farewell dinner

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Trip insurance
  • Medical insurance

Frequently Asked Questions

I've never stayed at a hostel. What is it like?

The accommodations at Both Hostel are unlike the hostel experiences often noted in movies and TV shows. You’ll only share a room with one to two other teachers.

For the sake of description, I will refer to these as “comfort hostels.” These hostels offer more amenities and privacy than traditional hostels, which have up to 24 people sleeping on bunk beds, in one room.

Is ground transportation included?

Yes! Ground transportation includes airport pickup, airport drop-off, public transportation and ride-share between activities.

Is airfare included?

Airfare between your country of origin and Finland is not included in this package. However, the flight between Helsinki and Rovaniemi is included.

Can I bring my partner/spouse/friend/family?

You are more than welcome to make this a couples getaway, or family vacation. However, our lodging is not conducive to those types of stays.

If you’d like to join us for the school visits and/or activities, but you will book separate lodging and meals, please select one of the other package options for this trip.

Am I able to make payments for my trip?

Yes! 25% of the total is due at the time of registration (we’ve done the math for you already 😉).

I will send you an invoice at the end of each month showing your balance due. I can also setup automatic monthly payments if that’s more convenient for you.

Please note that the total due must be paid by Friday, October 9th, 2020.

Can I share a room with another teacher who's coming?

Absolutely! If you’d like to request a particular roommate, please note that when you book. Please also have your friend request you. If both parties do not request each other, we will not honor the request

Are payments refundable?

Unfortunately, no. As soon as I receive your payments, I book everything needed for your trip – which includes any covered accommodations, meals, activities and/or school visits. Because these need to be booked with our partners and providers in advance, we unfortunately cannot refund any payments.

If for some reason you can not make this trip, I can roll your trip fees over to another package that works better with your schedule and needs.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Explore and Learn in Finland
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Additional Options
Special Thanksgiving Dinner
Don't want to miss Thanksgiving dinner? The Finnish-American Club in Helsinki puts on an annual dinner around Thanksgiving, to celebrate with Americans and those interested in American culture.
$ 75 per traveler
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Trip Facts

  • 8 maximum
  • Airfare to/from Finland is not included. Public transportation, flights between Helsinki and Rovaniemi, and ride-shares are included.
  • The elevation is 85 feet. Expect seaside, winter weather!