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Visiting Czech students

Our Czech group arrived to Jämsänkosken on Sunday night. The journey after all turned out to be quite long, nevetheless thanks to small funny events it was definitely not boring.

On Monday morning we got to meet our Finnish counterpart at the Electrical Engineering department. Both groups created mixed teams and started to work on their istallation assignement that was assigned by Mr. Jussi Ahonen, the teacher of the Electrical Engineering department. Monday afternoon was full of floorball when both groups created two teams. At first it was the Czech team against the Finnish team, where the Czech team in order not to take away the good luck from our national  ice-hockey team, let generously win the Finnish team. Then they created mixed teams and just enjoyed playing floorball.

I do have to emphasize that the Czech national ice hockey team beat the Finnish ice hockey team later that day.

The very next day, which means on Tuesday afternoon, both groups had a presentation in the Auditorium. The Czech group carried out a presentation about the Czech Republic.

During Wednesday and Thursday both groups were working on their installation assignement.

On Friday morning all the students went to visit Jyväsklä where they visited the Crafts and design Campus in Kangas, visited a high school in Jyväskylä and in the afternoon all of the students went sightseeing around the city.

The weekend was devoted to further exploration of Jämsänkosken and the town of Jämsä.

On Monday morning the two groups continued in working on their installation when many of the groups have actually managed to finish the manual work and started to work on creating the final bill for the work they performed. The Monday afternoon was again devoted to sport and the students played football in mixed teams.

Tuesday of our second week was spent in Tampere.  There we visited a Spy Museum where we found out about technologies that were used in espionage. Students could also try some of the techniques. In the afternoon we visited Museum Vapriikki where we saw an exhibition about the Chinese Forbidden City. Some students visited the exhibition about The Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame or Tampere 1918.

The rest of the week is going to be spent by finishing the assignement and strengthening the relationships between Czech and Finnish students.


Our first week in Jyväskylä

by Spanish students of Agrària IES Felenitx in Mallorca. See also their school blog.

First of all, we want to introduce ourselves, we are three students from Mallorca (Spain) that we have come to Jyväskylä for an Erasmus+ program. We study different professional training in Mallorca and we have come to Jyväskylä  in order to do our job training for one month. Two of us study gardening and the other one study bakery.

In this first blog, we will explain the first week of the gardening students:

On our first day, Jari Järvenranta came to pick up us in our residence, and then we went to AO and we met Susanna Leinonen (our tutor). During this month we will do the garden maintenance of different AO campus.

The second day, we went to visit Jämsä college. We think that college has a really good installation. We met there another student from Mallorca that he is doing his practical training about physical activities.

The third day, we started our practice in Jyväskylä. We did nice arrangements.

The fourth day, we went to a green house in Muurame “ Ritun Puutarha”. We spend a really good time and we hope to come back there.

The fifth day, we did diverse garden maintenance in Viitamieni campus.

We spend a really good week!



Visitor from Mallorca

By Mr Joan Rosselló, Head of Agriculture Department, IES Felanitx, Conselleria d’Educació, Cultura i Universitat


I am Mr. Joan Rosselló, teacher of the Agriculture Department at IES Felanitx (Upper secondary school in Mallorca, Spain). I have been lucky to visit JAO on a preparatory visit to arrange some Erasmus+ on-the-job training experience for our students next April and May.

Our college is situated in the town of Felanitx on the east coast of Mallorca island at about fifty kilometers far from Palma capital city. This village was once known by its wine production and now for its agricultural and touristic industry. There, students can get their Vocational Education Training diploma on the branches of Business and administration, Electricity and electronics and Agriculture. In this last case, we teach Horticulture, Gardening, Florestry, Landscaping and Rural environment. We have already had European Programs with many countries and Erasmus programs with United Kingdom and Poland.

During this preparatory visit, thanks to the accompaniment of Prof. Jari Järvenranta, I have visited the JAO colleges and most of their very well equipped installations in Jyväskylä and Jämsä. I have been able to see how teachers work and how they organize the classes in a very flexible way to offer the best chance to any student. I have visited the classrooms, the workshops and their open-air activities as well as their cozy common areas. I also have been accompanied to interview with many entrepreneurs of collaborative companies: plant nurseries, garden centers, florists and forest exploitations.

I have felt very welcome everywhere and fortunate to know firsthand very interesting places and people dedicated to vocational training. I could realize about the differences in educational, cultural and economic issues. I think none of them can be a problem for my students’ stay but a challenge and an opportunity to know, respect and love your culture and lifestyle. At the same time the Erasmus+ on the job training is a way to let you know somehow about our formation and lifestyle.

Finally, I think this preparatory visit has been widely worth to break the ice for many future good cooperation between Jyväskylä Educational Consortium and the Balearic Vocational Formation high schools. It is definitely about continuing working for the best formation and job opportunities for our Finish and Balearic students.

Thanks to anyone who has made this preparatory visit so helpful.

Czechs in Finland

It has been very interesting and good for our practice. We learn a lot of new things, for example how to use program for 3D printer or how to make home instalation and another few projects. We saw how much is different school learning system in the Finland and in the Czech Republic. We saw how looks finlands kanteeen and meal there was very good. We wasnt just learning we try new sport, discgolf. And we visited a lot of destinations and cities. So our trip here was very nice and informative.