The final lesson

And then there was one. The last lesson of the course. It was time to watch the videos the group had made over the past weeks. They were supposed to choose one UN Sustainable Development Goal and somehow cover it in their video. Otherwise they had a free hand. After watching all the videos we talked about them and the whole group voted which three videos should be published here on this site. I was very proud of all of my students and they did a good job. However, I agreed with the students – these were the best ones. Others were good as well but they had some technical issues that prevented publishing.

Joona, Pyry and Mikko’s: Education

Miikka, Mikael, Tommy and Matias’s: Goal 12

Joonas and Aleksi’s: SDGs (like a vlog post)

I am feeling very happy after the course. This is what one student wrote in his journal after the course:

“So, what have I learned during this course? I have learned a lot about different people, cultures and countries, and I think I can watch the world much more open mindedly now.”

Until next year!


Week six

This week was very lively again since we had nothing but visitors! It gives me a bit of stress trying to make sure everybody finds the school (not goes to a wrong one…) and is able to arrive more or less on time. Sometimes I need to make some phone calls and pick up people from wrong places, no matter how precise information I try to give. Still, I find this kind of work utterly important even if there is some hassle every now and then.

First we had Petra Kreč from Slovenia. It was a bit different lesson since Petra is educated in group dynamics. We did some activities and didn’t concentrate on her home country for the whole lesson. We had a lot of fun and the group was very willing to play along.


Next there were two visitors on each lesson: Marzie Khoshnazar (Iran) with Maria (Greece) and Lin Wang aka Jessica (China) with Rima Haddid (Algeria). It didn’t matter that we had already had a visitor from China. They got in touch with each other before Jessica’s visit and didn’t talk about the same topics. Rima’s lesson was a bit different from others. She introduced a new concept to us, Third Culture Kids. Rima’s background was multicultural and she shared her own experiences with some scientific information on actually being without a home country and mother tongue. It was quite eye opening.

Marzie on the left and Maria on the right.


Rima and Jessica


Week five

This week was full of guests! On Monday we were visited by Zhu Ning from China. On Wednesday there were three AIESEC students: Matúš Genský (Slovakia), Bayu Permana Putra (Indonesia)  and Hajer Ben Ghalloum (Tunisia). It is very educational and fun to have so many visitors in the class during this course. We get to meet interesting people who are willing to come and share their experiences with Finnish students. I, the teacher, get to be a student as well and learn a lot.

From left to right: Hajer, Matúš and Baju. In the pictures on the right there is Zhu Ning.

On Thursday the results of the US presidential election were out. Naturally we spent a while talking about them. In the remaining time of the lesson we had various activities and e.g. watched a film “Why study languages”.

Week four

After the autumn break we continued with a very current theme: the US presidential election in November. We studied several articles related to the topic, took a look at some statistics, watched a few (funny) video clips and naturally talked about the future scenarios. The discussion was very active! There was wondering, worrying but also calm attitude. We were eager to see what would happen. Now we of course know that Donald Trump got elected.

We had one exceptional lesson because the school photos were taken and people kept walking in and out of the classroom. During that time we talked about stereotypes and how nobody is immune to them. We just need to understand that stereotypes do not represent the truth or tell anything about an individual.

In the final lesson of the week we had another lovely guest, Marian Tumanyan from Armenia. I reckon Marian was the first Armenian person anyone of us had ever met. Therefore we were very interested in everything she told us about her home country, language and culture. It seems to be a very interesting and beautiful country!


Here is Marian teaching us the alphabet.