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Tutoring of sport internships in Jämsä and Mallorca

If you don’t want to read text above, you can just watch this video about my trip to Mallorca. There are pictures from Palma city, IES Bendinat school, working places Illes Centres de Wellness  and Forestal Park Mallorca with beautifull sights and nature, pictures from working time and free time.  You’ll find video HERE.

My name is Nina Mäki and I am teacher of physical education in Jämsä College. I also teach in further qualification of physical education. I have worked in Jämsä college since 2000, almost right after I graduated from Univerity of Jyväskylä.

About this internationality work, I have been in contact with friendship school IES Bendinat from Mallorca since last spring.  First when their coordinator Nela visited Jämsä. We had a lot of talk and visited different places and working places.  Now one of their student, Xavier, came to Jämsä in the end of March to do his two months final practice including to his studies. I have coached and organized his staying and training in Jämsä. He has been working in different places, for example as teacher and assistant in p.e. in different schools like secondary school, high school and Jämsä college. He has also been working in swimming hall and football club. Xavi has promised to write about his thoughts in this blog later.

In the end of April two of our further qualification in physical education students went to Mallorca to do their learning and training there. In Mallorca I would meet girls and  visit environments and working places for future plans also.

On Monday 15th of May after full working day I started my trip by train first to Helsinki and on Tuesday morning trip continued to Mallorca. I was going to visit some working places in Mallorca and become familiar with staff, their sport studies and environments.

I came to Palma de Mallorca airport at 11:00 am on Tuesday. Adrian pick me from airport. There was some problems in using wifi and getting contact to him. The gate I came was showed wrong in the wall, so he waited me in wrong place, but wefound  finally each other.

We started working right away, by visiting my student’s first working place Illes Wellness Center. It was a huge center with full activity and classes from 6:00 am to 22:00 pm. Very special view from sport classes, nice staff, good and modern equipment of different activities.  All places from swimming pool to functional training places were introduced to me by Manu and Jana Orduna. They also explained their system of student training. Their structure is that student learns all kinds of activities by taking part in classes. In the final week student keeps one or more class by her/his self. I think it’s good plan also for most of our students. The language is a little problem for acting as instructor in classes and this  must be thought well in advance if competence test is planned to do in this environment. There was also talk about induction, which is needed more next time. But this was good experience and very all round working place for future to the module of exercise instruction. They didn’t have so much experience with foreign student, I think we were first, but of cource there has been a lot of spanish students doing their practice.

Second working place was a Forestal Park which is an adventure park in forest. There was very good induction for students to place and safety.  They had also many instructions in english. There are good possibilities to get learning of customer service to groups and to individuals, equipements, safety things and exercise instruction. Here in first picture are Sanna, Katja and the head of Forestal Park Begona.

I also visited accommodation of Sanna and Katja. It was very nice student accommodation and if we compare it to dormitory of Jämsä, there is no big differences. Nice view 🙂

One day I visited school IES Bendinat. There is secondary shcool, high school and vocational school in same building. Totally about 1200 students. For sport studies they have lower and higher studies. Lower studies are for nature sport activities like hiking, mountain biking, canoying and so on. Higher studies prepare you to act as personal trainer, or head of gym, instructor and so on. At school there were very good equipements and facilities. For example this amount of mountain bikes would be nice. Adrian (in picture with me) teaches both in lower studies and higher studies.

Classrooms were quite similar to finnish classrooms. There was also one special class room with  possibilities to do all kind of work with hands, place for functional learning.

In the picture below there was going a class in nature sport studies. They learned here for example how to forecast and take account weather when you are hiking in mountains etc.

Above in picture is teacher of sport studies Carlos Ginovart. He told me that in Spain they have managed to get minimum level of education that you can work in sport field. Meaning it’s not possible to work for example as instructor in gym or as personal trainer, if you don’t have education of minimum level. For example if you act as a personal training without education, you can get penalty of 3000 euros. That kind of decision would be super in Finland also. For peoples safety.

There was also going an international volleyball tournament in the school. They would like to have our students there next year! This year there was participants from Spain, Poland, Italy and Germany aged between 14 and 19. I got good contacts with their teachers, some of the were p.e. teachers. Tournament ended with beach volley.

Here (picture above) is the head of sport studies in IES Bendinat Alfredo Zamora, p.e. teacher from Italy (name is missing) and teacher Anna Lovati from Italy. I think this volleyball tournament could be on the job learning for module acting as professional in sports (and arranging a sport event) and there would even be change to make a competence test with this tournament.

One day I had a lunch with principal of IES Bendinat Margarita Gomila in  such an amazing place (pictures below). There was also teacher Migue Angel Romero, my tutors Adrian Vega and Nela Hidalgo. I think in speech there was similar issues going on. Like how to get teacher to work more together. They were thinking should they break walls from working offices.

Can you imagine more beautifull place to take a lunch ?

I participated also with sport group amazing race in Palma. This student group is doing very similar studies to our further qualification of physical education.

There was a lot of different sport places right in city center. In Palma there is 300 000 residents living and the most time of year tourists multiple this amount.

Picture above: personal trainer working in citypark.

Only three days, but so many different places,  people and views. I think I came back a lot of richer because I got a lot of  experiences. I also have many ideas for competence tests and totally better knowledge in planning on-the-job-training periods in Mallorca in future.

Whole my tour I was taken care  very well by Adrian and Nela from IES Bendinat, but also by superkind hostess for my accommodation  Nuria. Last evening we walked and took dinner with Nuria in Valldemossa, which is nice and beautifull old village just 18 kilometers from Palma. Here in picture is a street of Valldemossa.

Adíos Mallorca !!!





Paving in Denmark

Study trip 14.11.-25.11.2016 in Denmark, Beder

We made 2 weeks’ study trip to Denmark with 8 students and teacher Jari Järvenranta. Our destination was Jordbrugets UddannelsesCenter Århus in Beder.


Purpose of this trip was how to make paving and to use right stones to different places.
We accommodated in dormitory. There were twin rooms with showers and also comfortable shared kitchen and living room.


First week we were working with Danish students in big hall. Floor area was filled with thick sandbed (like sandbox). We were separated in groups with two Danish and two Finnish students. Danish students teached us from step to step. It was really instructive way to learn paving. They had 12 weeks’ experience about paving, but we didn´t have any experience for that and all was new for us. Mostly we used different kind of natural stones.






We made different kind of practices; example how to build the wall, arch with natural stone and also concrete paving.


We also cut stones with stone chisel and used laser for measurement


Teachers were experts and friendly, and they gave us very good advices. One of the teachers has world quiness record in paving. After we finished the first paving project we had a barbeque party


On second week we practiced how to make concrete stone paving. It was more easier that using natural stones.

One day we visited in Hoffman, Unique Garden Design and local Stark. Hoffman is a big landscape company, and they use much more equipment’s in paving work than companies in Finland. They showed us how to use paving machine .


Unique Garden Design is only company in Denmark who makes special design gardening. Quality is very high, but you have to pay for it. For example they ordered customs granite stones from China as a bespoke.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner were eaten in school canteen. The food was delicious and excellent, and special meals were noticed well. The food was just like in 5 star hotel with cheese plates, lots of different salads, fruits and fresh bread/rolls. Kitchen staff was making also morning porridge just for us. When we left the canteen, we had difficulties to put the chairs up . Also in class rooms there were same rules. In our school there is not that kind of rules. It was quite funny when the chef gave a permission to take a food, and all Danish students RUN and picked the food from the buffet table.
We had leisure time also .
Most of us visited in Aros art museum, botanical garden and Moesgård museum.



Walking on the beach was relaxing after the paving days. We also visited Århus many times with busses, because it took only 20 minutes by bus to the city. We also walked in great school area and in small Beder village. We noticed that Danish invest must more to gardening and paving that we in Finland.

How to make your school more international -course in Portugal, Oliveira de Azeméis 9.-15.10.2016

PrintI participated in a course that focused on the internationalisation of schools at Oliveira de Azeméis in Portugal from 9th to 15th October 2016. Oliveira de Azeméis is a small town some 50 kilometers away from Porto and some 20 kilometers away from the Atlantic Ocean. The course was held in a local school, Escola de Soares Basto, which has students from preschool to vocational school. We were served coffee and lunch: both were made and catered by the school’s own students and it tasted really good!

Syömässä OAZ 2016
Photo: Filipe Cálix

We arrived on Sunday and had only a short introduction of the course. Later we had a welcoming dinner at the hotel’s panorama restaurant at the top floor. The course participants were from all around Europe: Germany, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and me from Finland. Both the participants and trainers seemed very nice and you could hear chipper conversations all around you.

On Monday we discussed about internationalisation in general and talked about our own needs, strengths and views about internationalisation. We got many good tips and instructions on how to coordinate internationalisation and how to compose an application to get grants.

OAZ 2016
Photo: Filipe Cálix

On Tuesday participants introduced Key Action 2 –projects they had executed in their own schools. In Croatia they had combined robotics to mathematics and in another school they had worked on students’ employment skills. In addition, a school in Spain had cooperated with a school in Sweden.

E-twinning ambassador Jan Horman presented us eTwinning tools via a video conference. A few participants shared their own eTwinning experiences: some were good and some not so well executed – mostly because of too many participants and a lack of coordination.

Photo: Filipe Cálix

On Wednesday we discussed about how to compose an application to get Key Action 2 –grants. We talked about every participant’s cultural stereotypes and true values because these are the issues every student has to think about when participating in an international project. After lunch we went on an excursion to Porto and strolled beside a riverside while enjoying some local delicacies and fado-songs.

Porto 2016
Photo: Mari Erho

On Thursday we discussed about how strongly internationalisation was considered in every nation’s national curriculum. Different countries had very different ways to execute their national curriculums in general. We also took a look at the Open Badge –platform. It can be used to recognize student’s skills for example while being abroad for training. Badges can also be used for gamification, which motivates students.

Friday was the last day for me because I had to leave early on Saturday due to my early flights. We discussed how to arrange video conferences for planning and executing international projects. A few platforms were introduced (Skype, Hangouts, Zoom etc.) and we tried Zoom. We also discussed how and why evaluate international projects: what platforms to use and what aspects to evaluate.On a break we went to see a short rollerblade show, because two of the school’s students had just won a world championship in that sport.

On Friday the municipality and Soares Basto school arranged a sightseeing tour to a local mill. We were served local bread and wine and thoroughly enjoyed the lovely atmosphere and surroundings by the river.

Myllyllä OAZ 2016
Photo: Filipe Cálix

I got a few cooperation proposals from two local schools and one from Germany during the course. They study electrical engineering and catering in the Portuguese schools and office clerk training in the German school.

I gained a lot of new friends and contacts, both personal and professional, a lot of information on internationalisation in schools and a lot more of ideas, a bit weight and a few sunburns also. What a great week!

Ryhmäkuva OAZ2016
Photo: Filipe Cálix

School’s website:

Mari Erho

Goodbye to Prague




On our last day, we were to finish our webquests. Minna and I decided to join forces and made one awesome webquest on Sustainable Tourism. This work is for anyone to develop and try with students. Should you be interested, we can provide you with some background in return to hearing about your experience.

After the webquests had been presented, it was time for the last entry in the course programme, the certificates. We all got certificates and lots and lots of pictures were taken. We gave the organisers some local felt articles and Suomi chocolates. Morgan, who was to leave for Iceland the next day, also got a first aid kit to help in case of (small) crisis and an ao tube scarf to keep him warm… Then we all went our separate ways, we took a flight back home (half an hour late, with no explanations).

All in all, the course was really interesting, we learned a lot about various online applications, learned to make our own websites in weebly and got a glimpse of the future, the augmented reality. Our teachers Morgan and Veronica were really both experts in their fields, the practical arrangements went well, and we even got links to all the material used. We also got new ideas and, of course, new friends.

For more information on the training organiser, please visit their internet site and/or Facebook.

Webquests and Old Friends



Thursday was a really interesting day. In the morning, we studied Weebly. Weebly is

another online tool with which you can create webpages. Those pages can be e.g. “normal” webpages, a portfolio or even an online shop. Then we went on to study we


bquests and each of us had to make our own. Minna and I worked together but made our own sites. On those sites we then prepared webquests. Our webquest is about ecotourism in Himos and Jämsä region. The results of our work (still under construction) can be seen in our respective weebly-sites.

Minna’s weebly

Sari’s weebly

WP_20160818_19_47_43_ProIn the evening we had a dinnerdate with an old friend. Does anybody recognise her? We saw Ivona and her husband. They took us to a lovely little place near the National Theatre. Some very traditional Czech dishes were served. We had a very nice dinner and a nice talk.

After dinner we walked to the oldest beer brewery and pub, the U Fleků, in town.

Actually, they do not make beer there anymore. The brewery was established in 1455, so it is more than 650 years old. Nowadays it is a pub serving their own beer, with live accordeon music in the background.

What Are Good Presentations Made Of?




On Wednesday we met Veronica who led us to the wonderful world of making presentations. First, she introduced Coggle to us, a Google-tool that one can make some graphical (mindmap-like) presentations. This was just a brief introduction, since not everyone had (or wanted to use) a Google account.

But, what then makes a good presentation, e.g. in Powerpoint? I memorised some rules:

  • No more than 3 different font sizes,
  • No more than 3 different colours,
  • Make sure your graphs and charts tell the right thing and make sure you use them properly,
  • Use a sans sherif -font, like Arial (and not Times New Roman),
  • Avoid using time consuming transitions (animations),
  • Better not to use automatic timing,
  • Avoid wasting space on the obvious, like telling to click here or there when you can just add a hyperlink right into the text,
  • Always save the best for last (i.e. the most important thing).

Once we had learned all that, we practised making a Prezi-presentation and talked a little about Powtoon, a cartoonlike animated video. We also looked at word clouds in Word It Out. was something that I had not heard of before. In it you can add symbols to pictures. Then you can assign a function to that symbol, like opening a website or playing a video. Sounds and looks good, worth trying.

Cyber Bullying and Smartboards




Above you see our topics for the second day. But first we played the Kahoot!-quizzes we made yesterday. Our quiz was about Finland and, not a big surprise, our teacher Morgan won. We gave him a bag of salmiakki as a prize. He then passed the bag around, and the faces of our classmates were really worth seeing…

Next we discussed the pros and cons of online applications. To record our discussion, we used popplet. The results can be seen in the picture below.


We continued with popplet to discuss cyber bullying. We shared ideas on how to instruct children and youth to be careful in the internet and to use netiquette. We also shared some links to really interesting websites on the subject:

In the afternoon, we joined a group of Turkish students attending the same kind of ICT in Education course to learn about Smartboards at a local elementary school. Unfortunately, because of the difference in the level of the two groups’ language skills, it was not very fruitful to us. Nevertheless, we got some new ideas and again some links to useful resources.

After school, we took a tram up to Prague Castle to see some of the wonderful gardens and enjoy the sights. Then we walked down to the city centre, did some shopping and had dinner. After 13 hours on our feet, we were quite ready to turn in again.

Our First Day at “School”



After breakfast, we started on foot to the course venue. First, we crossed the river Vltava which is quite near our hotel. The distance between the hotel and the course venue is, according to Mr Google, about  1,3 km, so that would have been a nice morning walk had there not been a steep hill…

Well, we found out way to “school” where we were most warmly welcomed by the staff and our teacher, Morgan, who by the way is a Fenno-enthusiast. He has been to Finland and he says that loves the peace and quiet there. There are five students in our group, they all come from different countries. There are representatives from Latvia, Italy, Slovenia and then there are us, Minna and I. The first day was a little shorter, we covered some online applications and then each of us prepared a Kahoot! -quiz that we are going to play tomorrow.

In the afternoon, we had a guided tour, on foot, in the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and she also has been to Finland, to Helsinki. In the photos, you see some famous sights of Prague.

Minna on the Charles Bridge hoping to return to Prague.

Up, Up and Away




My colleague Minna Taipale and I have received an Erasmus+ -grant to attend a course “ICT in Education” in Prague. In Finland, the Erasmus+ -programme is administered through CIMO. CIMO is the national agency for the European Union’s education and youth programmes.

The weather on the ground was nice and sunny, but once we got off the ground, it became a bit dark and gloomy. But then, when we got high enough, the sun was naturally shining again above the clouds.  When we started our descent to the Prague airport, the sun was shining also on the ground.

Once we got to the hotel, we were so tired after havíng travelled Minna for eight and Sari for 11 hours, that all we did, was to find the nearest restaurant which was a nice Italian place. We had our dinner outside under the trees, it was such a warm night and turned in.




Teacher in Innsbruck


In the end of the March, I travelled to the capital of the Alps, Innsbruck, to meet my three turism students. The girls were there on their job-learning period. The girls´ two working places were up on the mountains; one in Nordkette and the other in Patscherkofel. The company, where the girls were working, is called Ski and Snowboard school Innsbruck.


The girls´  assignment were to help the kids in the ski school and make the bookings in the office.  The training subjects were guiding and marketing  in tourism business. I met the girls´boss Michael, and we had the evaluating discussion. It was great to talk face to face about the Finnish evaluating systems compared to Austrians´. The girls had made an excellent job througt the hole job learning period, which lasted nine weeks.

Innsbruck is an amazing city with the marvellous scenery. Where ever You look, You see the mountains. The city is ideal for students to live: it´s safe, small enough, not so expensive, there are lots of tourists and the best slopes in the Europe. The girls´apartment was nice and cozy, located in the heart of the city, in the old town. 20160329_190100[1]

If You´re dreaming to live on abroad for a while, Jämsä College offers a great opportunity to get some international experience, which is a huge benefit in the future, when You are searching for the job!

Turism teacher, Jaana