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Erasmus+ working in Finland


My name is Xavi, I’m from Spain, Mallorca, 28th of March I came to Finland for do my studies practice here, I needed two months of work in one company or association. With Erasmus program I could come to Jamsankoski, was a difficult decision but nowadays im so proud about that. At the begining was little be hard, because I was alone I didn’t know nothing about the people and country, my first impresion was little bit weird, because Jamsankoski don’t have a lot of people. But my feels were changing with the time, I started to know how is Finnish people and that was one of the best and unexpected things, at the begining they looks like a little bit shy and cold people, but when you have more realtion with them you can see that they are so honest, helpful and lovely people, you can be yourself and they will not judge you.

First week I was working in Jamsa College doing physical educations lessons as a teacher assistent with Nina, Mira, Antti and Matias, I learned a lot about Finnish system education. First Monday Nina picked me up and we did skiing in Himös! Was my first time and was so funny, we laughed a lot!

Second and third week I was in Jämsä Old School, with Antti Nurmi, we did lessons about Crossfit, this week was so great because I met diferents teachers and we lunch all together in a lot of places, conversating and sharing opinions about diferences between Finland and Spain. One of this teachers was Sami, English teacher in Lukio, he invited me to one of his own lessons for introduced myself and explain to Finnish students what im doing in Finland.

Week number four, I was in special course of sports with students from different schools of Jämsä, (Paunu, Lukio, Old School..), in this time I was teacher of my own group of students, I did diferents lessons about football and basketball.

Next week I was one day in gym in Jämsä, was great, but I told to Nina that I wanted comeback to Jämsä College again with their lessons, because I felt more comfortable with students than with customers in gym. In the same week, Thursday Nina pick me up and we did Orientation in Jämsä with her sister and her husband, Juha, was really nice feel running in the forest.

I can remember thee special hikings that Nina show me in Finland, Isojarvi National Park, Oravivuori, Synninlukko and Rasuaniemi, all this places are so wondefull, awesome nature and views, really peacefuls sites!

Week six and seven i was in Swimming Hall with Marko and Timo, first week in Swimming Hall I did different lessons in gym for old people, circuits training and helped to Timo to instruct, also we did lessons in the pool with old people, aquajogging, aquatraining, etc.. Second week in Swimming Hall was with kids, we teached how to learn to float up and we used a lot of diferents games for that, was so good, because we could see how they improve in only one week! Also in this two weeks I was coaching Ilves football club in the evennings, I met Manne and Mika, they translate my trainings in Finnish for small players.


Last week I was in Canoeing Trip in Konnevesi, with other students, was wonderfull, awesome views and beautiful place, our cottige house was amaizing, and all the nature too. We down with kayaks a lot of rapids in a river, was exciting and funny and we were so lucky because we had perfect weather!

After Canoeing trip I was with Nina and all her family in her Cottige place, Antti and Mira as well, was really lovely day, we played Volleyball, did pancackes, we took Sauna and swim in the lake, i felt so confortable and like a Finnish boy. I want to say thanks to Nina, Mira and Antti, and especially to Wendy, all of them make me feel like at home, so confortable, take care of me like my family, I’m so lucky!

In conclusion I’m so proud and happy about my decision to come here to Finland, was one of the best experience of my life i would again for sure! I hope comeback again one day, see you soon FINLAND! Kiitos paljon.



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!



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.

Timbeer!!! Czech Lumberjacks are here!


Lumberjacks from Czech Republic are visiting in Jämsä College forestry School.

At the first week they have learned a lot from Finnish forestry, forest certification and manual working in forest.


Quiet, cheerful and rhytmic humming Hi, Ho, Hipiti, Ho break the silence in Leivonmäki National park when we was hiking there at Thursday.


We stoped there and listened the silence of our nature.


Saturday we visited in Jyväskylä and have a really fun day! We taked also the eletrician students with us to enjoy life in Jyväskylä. Students found also two geocatch from the Jyväskylä Ridge (Jyväskylän harju).

After walking tour and looking scenery from observation tower of Vesilinna we walked to a tasty lunch. Students and also Techers Blanka, Hana, Kari and Dormitory Supervisor Riikka eat with heartily!

Be Curious and Brave, be International!

Viděl! Kari Kytömäki, International forestry teacher