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FINLAND + SWEDEN AND THE BALTICS:
A History of Deliberate Effort to
Leave No Child Behind

JULY/AUGUST 2022

FINLAND: The Country of Educational Innovation

Global Education Allies invites all interested educators to Finland to explore the educational system that has astounded many with its top performing scores, yet boasts an approach to schooling that some call “unorthodox”. Finnish schools are known for their high levels of trust and equity, lack of standardized tests, long outside recess, minimal homework, shorter school days and minimal pressure to perform. The Finnish school system has been in the limelight ever since the first results of the PISA surveys (conducted every three years by the OECD) put Finland at or near the top in reading, math and science. 

This educational excursion will give participants an inside look and the chance to observe the Finnish education system on many levels, ask questions of experts and make connections with local K-12 educators and administrators. All interested educators and their guests. Non-educator guests will be considered based on availability.

MAIN PROGRAM DETAILS

Educators and guests will work directly with Finnish educators in establishing lasting partnerships with local schools, while also discovering the rich history and culture of the Baltic region.

The main program will include the following:

  • Visit a variety of Finnish schools and the University of Helsinki to learn why Finland ranks among the highest in the world in education

  • Enjoy an in-depth cultural family dinner experience in the home of a Finnish educator

  • Meet many Finnish educators to exchange ideas and to create classroom-to- classroom or school-to-school partnerships

  • Explore a state-of-the-art educational  nature center at the Nuuksio national park

  • Visit the Design District, the famous Farmers Market, and an island fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Helsinki

  • Experience a traditional Finnish sauna on a lake

All full-time educators and administrators as well as student teachers may apply. All participants may have the possibility of bringing 1-2 guests, depending on space availability.

Educators are allowed to apply with a guest on their Scandinavian adventure. Guests will be allowed if spaces are available. An additional fee of $150 for non-educators will be charged to cover additional expenses.

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MAIN PROGRAM IN FINLAND


JULY 30-AUGUST 4 (5 nights)

 

3 nights in Helsinki

2 nights at a Finnish lake resort in the forest

2 meals/day

All ground transportation (not including airport transfers)

All GEA staffing

Educational and cultural visits

Cost for main program in Finland: $1750

Application Process and Timeline

The early consideration deadline is January 15, 2022. Those hoping to do the Lapland and archipelago post-trip are encouraged to apply by this date. Final deadline is March 1. ZOOM interviews will be held January through March and all selection decisions will be made by March 15th, 2022. A non-refundable program deposit of $250 for the main program, $100 deposit for the pre-trip, and a $200 deposit for the post-trip (or $500 total deposit for “the entire package”) will be due within 1 week of acceptance. Program balance (including any pre- or post-trips), must be paid in full by July 1, 2022.

What’s included

Shared accommodations, most meals and program activities (including sightseeing and entrance fees), local transportation.

 

What’s not included
International airfare, airport transportation to and from our meeting and ending locations, some meals, travel insurance, add-on or upgrade options that may be selected or any covid-related testing costs.

ADD PRE & POST TRIPS TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

SWEDEN & THE       BALTICS

LAPLAND& THE ARCHIPELAGO

     PACKAGE OPTIONS

PACKAGE OPTIONS:

Option 1: Finland + Sweden and The Baltics pre-trip package: JULY 25 - AUGUST 4, $2950 (savings of $150)

Option 2: Finland + Lapland and the Archipelago post-trip: JULY 30 - AUGUST 7, $2750 (savings of $150): 

Option 3: Entire package: Finland + Sweden and the The Baltics + Lapland and the Archipelago: JULY 25 - AUGUST 7, $3950 (savings of $300!)

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Click on the flier above to view all the details about this exciting educational opportunity in one place!

WHY PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT FINNISH EDUCATION

"Finland’s experience shows that it is possible to achieve excellence by focusing not on competition, but on cooperation, and not on choice, but on equity."

-Pasi Sahlberg

COVID STATEMENT

 

It’s a new world of travel and GEA is ready to navigate it safely and comfortably with our participants and partners in mind. We believe the benefits of travel outweigh the risks - when appropriately managed. GEA will be doing everything to navigate the situation on all our summer 2022 programs and to help everyone feel secure and comfortable. This means we may sometimes go above and beyond safety protocols in the US and abroad. There are also many ways you can personally manage a safe and happy travel experience and GEA will help remind you along the way.

we reserve the right to change the itinerary in consideration of Covid-19 and other unforeseen circumstances.

Please read here about our refund policies, extensive Covid strategies, and how GEA intends to make travel as safe, fair, and comfortable as possible.