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Virtual Sister School Visit

  • Would you like to try the famous Finnish way of learning?
  • Would you like to open up new international connections even though travel is restricted?
  • Would you like to keep connected with your existing sister school even though it is not possible to travel at the moment?
  • Would you like to experience the Finnish way of learning?
  • Would you like to join a Finnish school class for a joint 1-2 weeks long project online?
  • Would you like to make friends with Finnish pupils and teachers, to see what they do outside of school class, and make a virtual visit to their home?
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VisitEDUfinn Ltd. brings you all this and more.

Thanks to our network of Finnish teachers and schools, we can offer your class a virtual visit to a Finnish school, to meet local students, discuss with them and even have a joint learning project. We will find a class with similar objectives; facilitate the visit and arrange the platform for the learning project.

 

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What are the benefits?

Even though travelling is restricted, we can still meet, have international experiences and learn together and from each other. With a pre-arranged program, your pupils will have the chance to get to experience phenomenon-based learning together with Finnish pupils.

 

You and your pupils will gain experience in digital and social skills, interacting with foreigners, speaking and presenting in English, as well as in selected other school subjects, such as biology, geography, mathematics, ICT, arts and crafts, music and performing arts, among others, as well as in wider learning themes, such as sustainable development, environmental education, entrepreneurship education. Your pupils will get to make friends with Finnish pupils, learn about their life and even make a virtual visit to their homes and meet their family!

You can also enjoy the most attractive Finnish cultural travel experiences: meet Santa Claus and his reindeer, visit a farm of husky sleigh dogs, and to enjoy the Aurora Borealis, Northern lights.

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How to connect to a Finnish school

You can select between one-day, one-week or two-weeks’ program, and among a variety of learning themes. The program can be run with your existing sister school or, if you don’t yet have one, we will match you with a suitable school. Together we will make the pre-arrangements with the local teachers and you. Then, when the time comes, everything is ready for you and your Finnish sister class to start, being able to focus on the learning experience.

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One-day Program

The visit starts with a welcoming event, and distributing the pupils into small teams of 3-6 pupils, consisting of about an equal number of children from both countries. The children will meet each other in Zoom rooms (or VooV rooms for China). To help break the ice and learn each other’s names, they will first play a game together.

After this team building exercise, the whole group comes back together, led by the Finnish teacher. This will be an interactive learning project, where both your pupils and their Finnish peers will actively participate. After this class (45 minutes) there will be a break, and the Finnish pupils will “take” you outside in the small teams via their mobile phones and introduce how Finns spend their breaks playing Finnish yard games.

After the break there is the next class, taught by your teacher. It can be a class about your language, your local culture, or some arts or music class, for example.

Then there will be a lunch break, as Finnish children go to enjoy their daily free lunch in the school canteen.

After lunch you can join in again to observe how the Finnish pupils work with arts and crafts, music or PE (physical education).

At the end of the Finnish school day, it is even possible to virtually visit a home of a Finnish student, and meet his/her family.

LEARNING THEMES

International skills – social skills – cultural skills – digital skills – language skills

Price for one-day visit
990€ (excl. VAT)

 

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One-week Learning Program – Basic

A one-week program requires more preparations to be conducted jointly by the teachers of both your school and the Finnish school.

There will be a common objective for the learning program, which will of course depend on the age and class-level of the participating pupils. The project can be framed into creating a magazine, a video program, or a poster presentation, for example.

The pupils will work in small international teams consisting of 4-6 pupils, 2-3 from both your school and the Finnish school. Learning social skills and digital communication skills via international interaction is one learning objective of every project. The pupils will partly work in their international team, and partly in local teams due to time difference, continuing on the same topics and being able to reflect upon the tasks in their own language. During the international time, the pupils can interview each other (for example for topics related to local culture, language, geography, history etc.), and create content for the project by combining drawing, writing, photographing and using digital media such as power point and video, depending on their age and the focus of the learning project. They are encouraged to use multiple ways of documentation and recording for the project, to be able to identify and cultivate their own strengths.

The work will continue like this each day, and the teachers check up on each team to help them move forward with the project. On the fourth day, all the content is put together. On the last day the content will be delivered, broadcast or presented in full for every participant to see. The accomplishment will be celebrated together in a virtual party with snacks, and some musical or other performances are also welcome.

LEARNING THEMES

International skills – Social skills – Cultural skills – Digital skills – Language skills
Documentation skills – Presentation skills – Planning and Project skills – Cooperation skills

Selected subject skills e.g.
natural sciences, sustainable development, environmental education, entrepreneurship education

The price of the program depends on the number of participants and the final, customized program. Please contact for a quotation.​

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One-week Learning Program – Expanded

In the expanded version, both you and the Finnish school will send selected materials to each other beforehand, to be able to even feel and actively get to know local plants, arts, woodwork, textile work or similar. This expanded format allows you to together with the Finnish teachers design the project to compare the two countries from selected perspectives in an even more engaging way, and also let your pupils to observe their own culture and environment from a fresh standpoint when they think about what and how they would like to introduce to the foreign pupils.

This means that the program is actually longer, as it starts 2-3 months before the one-week project. Your pupils will collect materials to be sent to Finland, and the Finnish pupils the materials sent to you. The packages will be opened one week before the project week, so the pupils can get to familiarize themselves with the foreign materials and prepare questions.

During the actual project week the pupils will work in small international teams consisting of e.g. 4-6 students, 2-3 from both your school and the Finnish school. Learning social skills and online communication skills via international interaction is one learning objective of every project. The pupils will partly work in their international team, and partly in local teams due to time difference, continuing on the same topics and being able to reflect upon the tasks in their own language. During the international time, the pupils can interview each other (for example for topics related to local culture, nature, environment, language, geography, history etc.), and create content for the project by combining drawing, writing, photographing and using digital media such as power point, depending on their age and the focus of the learning project. They are encouraged to use multiple ways of documentation and recording for the project, to be able to identify and cultivate their own strengths.

The work will continue like this each day, and the teachers check up on each team to help them move forward with the project introducing topics and answering questions. On the fourth day, all the content is put together. On the last day the content will be delivered, broadcast and/or presented in full for every participant to see. The accomplishment will be celebrated together in a virtual party with snacks, and some musical or other performances are also welcome.

LEARNING THEMES

International skills – Social skills – Cultural skills – Digital skills – Language skills
– Research skills – Documentation skills – Presentation skills – Planning and Project skills – Cooperation skills

Selected subject skills e.g.
natural sciences, sustainable development, environmental education, entrepreneurship education.

The price of the program depends on the number of participants and the final, customized program. Please contact for a quotation.​

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Two-week Learning Program – Basic

In the expanded version, both you and the Finnish school will send selected materials to each other beforehand, to be able to even feel and actively get to know local plants, arts, woodwork, textile work or similar. This expanded format allows you to together with the Finnish teachers design the project to compare the two countries from selected perspectives in an even more engaging way, and also let your pupils to observe their own culture and environment from a fresh standpoint when they think about what and how they would like to introduce to the foreign pupils.

This means that the program is actually longer, as it starts 2-3 months before the one-week project. Your pupils will collect materials to be sent to Finland, and the Finnish pupils the materials sent to you. The packages will be opened one week before the project week, so the pupils can get to familiarize themselves with the foreign materials and prepare questions.

During the actual project week the pupils will work in small international teams consisting of e.g. 4-6 students, 2-3 from both your school and the Finnish school. Learning social skills and online communication skills via international interaction is one learning objective of every project. The pupils will partly work in their international team, and partly in local teams due to time difference, continuing on the same topics and being able to reflect upon the tasks in their own language. During the international time, the pupils can interview each other (for example for topics related to local culture, nature, environment, language, geography, history etc.), and create content for the project by combining drawing, writing, photographing and using digital media such as power point, depending on their age and the focus of the learning project. They are encouraged to use multiple ways of documentation and recording for the project, to be able to identify and cultivate their own strengths.

The work will continue like this each day, and the teachers check up on each team to help them move forward with the project introducing topics and answering questions. On the fourth day, all the content is put together. On the last day the content will be delivered, broadcast and/or presented in full for every participant to see. The accomplishment will be celebrated together in a virtual party with snacks, and some musical or other performances are also welcome.

LEARNING THEMES

International skills – Social skills – Cultural skills – Digital skills – Language skills
– Research skills – Documentation skills – Presentation skills – Planning and Project skills – Cooperation skills

Selected subject skills e.g.
natural sciences, sustainable development, environmental education, entrepreneurship education.

The price of the program depends on the number of participants and the final, customized program. Please contact for a quotation.​

VIRTUAL SISTER SCHOOL VISIT

Two-week Learning Program – Expanded

In the expanded version, both you and the Finnish school will send selected materials to each other beforehand, to be able to even feel and actively get to know local plants, arts, woodwork, textile work or similar. This expanded format allows you to together with the Finnish teachers design the project to compare the two countries from selected perspectives in an even more engaging way, and also let your pupils to observe their own culture and environment from a fresh standpoint when they think about what and how they would like to introduce to the foreign pupils.

This means that the program is actually longer, as it starts 2-3 months before the one-week project. Your pupils will collect materials to be sent to Finland, and the Finnish pupils the materials sent to you. The packages will be opened one week before the project week, so the pupils can get to familiarize themselves with the foreign materials and prepare questions.

During the actual project week the pupils will work in small international teams consisting of e.g. 4-6 students, 2-3 from both your school and the Finnish school. Learning social skills and online communication skills via international interaction is one learning objective of every project. The pupils will partly work in their international team, and partly in local teams due to time difference, continuing on the same topics and being able to reflect upon the tasks in their own language. During the international time, the pupils can interview each other (for example for topics related to local culture, nature, environment, language, geography, history etc.), and create content for the project by combining drawing, writing, photographing and using digital media such as power point, depending on their age and the focus of the learning project. They are encouraged to use multiple ways of documentation and recording for the project, to be able to identify and cultivate their own strengths.

The work will continue like this each day, and the teachers check up on each team to help them move forward with the project introducing topics and answering questions. On the fourth day, all the content is put together. On the last day the content will be delivered, broadcast and/or presented in full for every participant to see. The accomplishment will be celebrated together in a virtual party with snacks, and some musical or other performances are also welcome. The pupils can also use the Finnish self-evaluation methods to reflect upon their learning experience.

To gain full benefit from the program, you can revisit the themes and materials after the project time to discuss and reflect upon the topics and learning experience according to the age and level of your pupils.

LEARNING THEMES

International skills – Social skills – Multicultural skills – Digital skills – Language skills – Self-evaluation skills – Research skills – Documentation skills – Presentation skills – Project skills – Cooperation skills – Work-life-skills


Selected subject skills e.g.
natural sciences, sustainable development, environmental education, entrepreneurship education, arts, active citizenship.

The price of the program depends on the number of participants and the final, customized program. Please contact for a quotation.​