Teacher's Summer School

July 9-13, 2019

Helsinki, Finland

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What is HEAT2019?

HEAT2019 - HELSINKI EDUCATION IN ACTION FOR TEACHERS - is organized by VisitEDUfinn Ltd., Hostel Suomenlinna and The Organization for Outdoor Education in Finland. It is a special all-inclusive training program about the modern teaching methods in Finland and how you apply them in practice. The lessons will be taught in historical Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, which is also a World Heritage Site. Site has a unique learning surrounding full of history and beautiful archipelago landscape.

What you will learn?

The Summer School curriculum bases on Finnish elementary school national curriculum. The pedagogical approach is in the student-centered interactive and inspiring learning sessions. The concept of “phenomenon-based” teaching, a move away from “subjects” and towards inter-disciplinary topics takes place in the Summer School timetable. The Summer School is like a typical Finnish Camp School which aim is also to strengthen co-operational and communicational skills in the classroom. A strong emphasize will be on transversal competences such as thinking and learning-to-learn, cultural competence, interaction and expression skills, managing daily life and taking care of oneself, interaction and self-expression, multiliteracy and ICT competence, working life competence and entrepreneurship as well as participation, involvement and building a sustainable future. You will be taught by local experienced Finnish teachers. The Summer School opens for You an opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and local practices, which are ethically sustainable and culturally sensitive, and could be transferred from culture to another. There will be learning outside the classroom, learning by doing and loads of fun learning by sharing.

How is the education in Finland?

During HEAT2019 You will get familiar with all the characteristics of the Finnish Education:

- One of the basic principles is that everyone must have equal access to high-quality education and training.
- Each student has the right to educational support.
- Special needs education is generally provided within mainstream education.
- The Finnish education system bases on the philosophy of inclusion.
- Educational support and guidance covers support for learning according to the individual capacity of the learners, school attendance, pupil welfare and guidance and counselling. The learning of gifted pupils and students is supported.
- Education system is based on trust and responsibility.
- Educational autonomy is high at all levels.
- Most education is publicly funded.
- National core curriculum gives space for local variations.
- Learning outside the classroom is common.
- First national examination is at the end of general upper secondary education.
- Teaching continues to be an attractive profession.
- Finnish schools have highly educated teaching personnel.
- Continuing teacher education is widely encouraged.

How is the Summer School Timetable?


Tuesday 9th of July

Wednesday 10th of July

Thursday 11th of July

Friday 12th of July

Saturday 13th of July



TOPIC: thinking and learning-to-learn

  Orientation lesson

  Secrets of Suomenlinna fortress history

pedagogical world heritage workshop

TOPIC: managing daily life and taking care of oneself

  Orientation lesson

  Secrets of archipelago nature

pedagogical nature workshop

TOPIC: working life competence and entrepreneurship

  Orientation lesson

  Exploring the fortress

pedagogical ICT workshop

TOPIC: assessment as part of the daily schoolwork

Orientation lesson

Sustainable development

Camp Olympic Games






Picnic lunch


TOPIC: Finnish school values and learning conception

  Welcome: orientation info, get to know each other

  Secrets of Finnish education system, culture and language

pedagogical language and culture workshop

TOPIC: cultural competence; interaction and expression skills

  Orientation lesson

  On World Heritage Trails

pedagogical drama workshop

TOPIC: multiliteracy and ICT competence

  Orientation lesson

  Exploring the fortress

pedagogical ICT workshop

TOPIC: participation, involvement and building a sustainable future

  Orientation lesson

  Sustainable development

pedagogical roleplay workshop

TOPIC: encouraged continuing teacher education

  Farewell party

Wrap up



Wrap-up of today and tomorrows program

Wrap-up of today and tomorrows program

Wrap-up of today and tomorrows program

Wrap-up of today and tomorrows program



Helsinki on foot


Conquest of Suomenlinna

Team spirit adventures Finnish baseball

The full Finnish Experience including sauna



Dinner in town

Dinner in Suomenlinna

Dinner in Suomenlinna

Dinner in Suomenlinna


How about the accommodation?

Summer School participants will have the option to stay overnight in an old elementary school, Hostel Suomenlinna. The Finnish Hostel Association has designated Hostel Suomenlinna as the Hostel of the Year 2018. The hostel, owned by The Organization for Outdoor Education in Finland, is located on one of the Suomenlinna islands, just 15-20 minutes from the city center by the ferry. If you are interested in this option, for more information and booking, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

If the Hostel is fully booked or you prefer to stay in a Hotel, there are plenty of good options in walking distance from the Market Square where the ferry service runs from. Check out the ferry schedule.

How to get there?

Suomenlinna is accessible only by water. A ferry service runs from the Market Square to Suomenlinna throughout the year. The trip to Suomenlinna takes 15–20 minutes and offers magnificent views of Helsinki and the surroundings from the sea.

Who is in charge of HEAT2019?

Ms Leena Heinilä, VisitEDUfinn's Pedagogical Expert, is extremely experienced teacher who has worked not only in Finnish schools but outside Finland as well. She is also an education advisor, teacher educator, administrator, researcher with interest on students self-efficacy and welfare. Her main responsibilities and major achievements are:

- Experience of empowering play and project based working methods
- Creative and engaging study projects enhancing students´ self-confidence and self-efficacy
- Responsibility of assisting students on all subjects integrated learning projects
- Successfully introduced and trained students to Virtual Learning Environment and other ICT skills
- Multitude abilities and experience of conflict resolution and problem solving
- Eco-social approach to education
- Great talent to enable and collaborate with teachers, parents, external agencies and other staff
- Developing new adventurous and innovative school and class curriculum

How much does it cost?

The price is 1250 euros (excl. VAT) per participant and it includes:

- HEAT2019 program
- lunches, refreshments and dinners during the program
- materials
- certificates of attendance

How can I participate?

HEAT2019 is a very unique opportunity for only 20 persons so be quick and register your participation today!

IMPORTANT: For VAT exemption you need to register as a representative/employee of a company or organization and present a tax certificate from your country. The certificates needs to be send by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order to get a link for a registration and invoicing without VAT. 

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Can I have a private HEAT program for my group?

Yes, of course! Just contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know about your preferred dates, group size and any other specific needs. She will get back to you with a proposal. From September to May it is possible to combine HEAT program with school visits.

What else can be done in Helsinki, Finland?

- What’s Up in Helsinki during Your study visit!
- Design and shopping tips in Helsinki!
- Do not miss the Temppeliaukio Church and the Old Market Hall!