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January 27 - February 3


We are so happy with the response to LIFE2023! The event is now fully booked. If you want to join the waiting list, please get in touch with us at info@visitedufinn.com. Alternatively, you can join our STEAM-themed teacher training program/course Full STEAM in Finland, Oulu.



Welcome to the 6th Edition of the Lapland International Forum for Education™!

LIFE2023 is a new way to dive deeper into the renowned Finnish education system while enjoying the unparalleled beauty of Lapland. The program reflects the collaborative learning culture promoted by our newest national curriculum. You will be job shadowing Finnish teachers and daily life at local schools, interacting with invited speakers as well as with other participants from around the world, and going out for Socratic walks in the snow. 

This unique teacher training course is the sixth Lapland International Forum for Education™, and it is organized in collaboration with VisitEDUfinn, creator of the LIFE event, and Visit RovaniemiWelcome to Rovaniemi to experience education in the Finnish way!

IMPORTANT UPDATE November 8, 2022: 

LIFE2023 was sold out so quickly that we decided to move the event to a bigger venue. The new venue is Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus, located only 250 meters from the earlier venue, Hotel Scandic Pohjanhovi.

Lapland International Forum for Education™ was chosen in 2019 as one of the winners in the Authentic Finnish Educational Travel Product contest. LIFE2023 offers an exclusive opportunity to visit Finnish kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and the University of Lapland‘s Teacher Training School. One day you will even get the chance to job shadow Finnish teachers from the students’ perspective during our Be a Student -lesson simulations: Nature pedagogy, Handcrafts, Home economics, Sport (snowshoeing), and Welfare pedagogy. In addition to school visits, lectures, and workshops, you can participate in social programs, such as the city of Rovaniemi reception and farewell dinner. 

The essential part of LIFE2023 takes place right near the Arctic Circle in the city of Rovaniemi, also known as the official hometown of Santa Claus. During the event, you have an opportunity to meet him in person and participate in many other exciting and unique winter adventures. The main venue is Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus, and you can stay the last night of the event in a Showhotel or Glass igloo watching the Northern Lights.

During LIFE2023, you will learn concrete examples of how to work as co-teachers, how to group the students to work together, what kind of means there are to support students with special needs in multi-professional cooperation, and how to structure students’ collaboration. In Rovaniemi, we will also establish our own learning culture together and thus experience what it means in practice.  Preparing our students for the unpredictable future is our common challenge. In Finland, we believe that a collaborative learning culture with a safe and warm atmosphere is the best way to enhance students’ 21st-century skills.

In addition to the main event in Rovaniemi, you can extend your visit either at the beginning or at the end: Start the journey in our capital city Helsinki (January 27-28) by listening to the top Finnish education experts at Educa fair, the largest event for Finland’s education and training sector. You can start your Educa experience by joining a special Educa School Visit. In 2020, Educa gathered together over 20 000 educators from Finland and abroad. If Educa and LIFE2023 still leave you hungry for more, don’t worry. On February 3, we organize an optional extra outdoor pedagogies workshop as an AFTERLIFE EXPERIENCE. 

If you took part in the previous LIFE2022,  LIFE2020, LIFE2019, LIFE2018, or LIFE2017 events, we warmly welcome you to join us again. Based on your feedback, we have added more days, more interaction with other participants, and made other changes so that the overall experience will be better than ever. 


"This visit is part of our efforts to learn from the best in the world when it comes to education"

"So grateful the conference was so well planned and organized. Would highly recommend to others."

Dawson science teacher Ms. D cannot wait to teach her students all about the Northern Lights! Ms. D, along with Ms. Musgrave, Ms. McNamara and Ms. Jacobsen, spent the week at Visitedufinn Ltd. LIFE2020 Conference and had the unique opportunity to learn from the famous Finnish education. They got to see how everyday life works in Finnish schools, visit with local teachers and students, and listen to the top Finnish education experts. Dawson is a true learning community and professional development is a big priority for faculty and staff. We cannot wait to learn more from our Finland Four! #DawsonDifference

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Melina Rauhala

Ms. Rauhala (B.A.) is an educational sciences student at the University of Turku with studies also in the fields of psychology, business and HR, and sociology. As an education major, she is passionate about lifelong learning and the Finnish education system. She believes in change through education. In addition, Ms. Rauhala loves to learn new languages.  She completed an Erasmus + university exchange in Spain as a part of her studies and wants to work toward everyone getting international learning opportunities. Ms. Rauhala is working for VisitEDUfinn part-time while finishing her studies. 



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