TAMK summer school 2015 received 25 students in the Basics of Finnish summer school and 18 students in Tampere-St. Petersburg summer school. Basics of Finnish summer course was held on 3rd – 14th August whereas Tampere-St. Petersburg course took place on 10th – 17th August.
The free-time activities for this year’s Basics of Finnish summer school started off with Viikinsaari Island trip on the first day of the course. On the consecutive days the students were taken to Kick-biking in Kauppi, visit to Vapriikki Museum, bowling in Kauppi bowling alley, Pyynikki observation tower visit, teamwork exercises in Flowpark Varala, Finnish food tasting in TAMK, Nordic walking and Sarkänniemi amusement park trip. The design and the flow of the free-time activities was well appreciated by the students with constructive suggestions for our future summer schools which we collected from the students through our feedback form.
On the first day of Tampere-St. Petersburg summer school (10th August) we had a combined free-time programme in Flowpark Varala with both Basics of Finnish and Tampere-St. Petersburg participants. Participants from both the courses were together in the Finnish food tasting on 11th August from where the St. Petersburg participants left to Marimekko for a visit and presentation from company representative. Tampere-St. Petersburg participants also went to Vapriikki Museum on the following day.
On 13th August, Tampere-St. Petersburg participants left for Helsinki and eventually to St. Petersburg where they were accommodated to Hotel Moscow throughout their stay. St. Petersburg free time activity programme included guided bus tour of the City, cruise on rivers and canals, visit to Catherine’s palace, guided tour to State Hermitage Museum, and company visits.
As a farewell programme for the students, we held a dinner party in ‘Nepali Kitchen’, a Nepali restaurant in Tampere. Everyone celebrated their last day at summer school there as some of the students were in TAMK only for the summer school duration. On the other hand, TAMK summer schools were also joined by exchange students and degree students (degree students for Tampere-St. Petersburg course) who are continuing their studies in TAMK.
Text: Nikesh Timilsina
Photos: Nikesh Timilsina, Ursula Helsky-Lehtola, Michel Faas and Camilla Kalevo