Now we have been in Finland for three weeks and thought to write some feelings about the on-the-job learning.
Before we left we didn’t have a lot of information about anything. We knew only that we were going to work with kids but that’s all. We were nervous what those nine weeks are going to be. We were also wondering what kind of accommodation we have.
Little by little things started to get clear and the accommodation was perfect too. We got to know workmates and we already miss them a lot! Also our job became familiar.
The city of Innsbruck was interesting and definitely started to feel like home rapidly.
Even though we had some adversities, we survived about everything. All together everything went well and it was an amazing experience! We are super happy that we got this opportunity to leave abroad. We got a lot of new experiences and improved our language skills.
We recommend to everybody to go abroad. You will get much wider view about world and about your career.
With huge love,
Tanja, Mandi & Tiia
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.
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
It has been two weeks since we have written last time. We decided not to write last week, because we didn’t have anything special to tell. This is a compilation about last two weeks.
Two weeks ago, on Sunday Mandis boyfriend Tommi came here for a visit. They were shopping, skiing and snowboarding and looking around the city.
It was kind a quiet week at work because of the Easter. There were only couple kids at group lessons. On Friday Tiia and Tanja were taking care of the Nordkettes little office because the real office worker wasn’t there.
We got traditional finnish presents from Tommi and mämmi was one of them. There is no Easter without mämmi!
Patcherkofel closed last Monday. This mountain is located so low that snow is melting earlier than other places. We still had work at there because we were preparing things for the summer. Our boss has a summer company which is operating biking tours.
On Tuesday our lovely teacher Jaana came here. We were waiting for her at the airport with cool sign.
Jaana stayed here for three nights. We showed the city for her, ate at nice restaurant, and visited at Nordkette and Patcherkofel with Michael.
We had a long weekend and we just enjoyed life. On Sunday Mandi was skiing at Stubaier Gletscher. It was an awesome place!
After one week we are already in Finland. Now we must enjoy about beautiful weather and everything else!
Tiia, Mandi and Tanja
Six weeks behind and three weeks to go!
On Monday Tiia was in Nordkette. There was not so much to do, because customers were older kids and they allready knew how to ski. Thats why we all were rest of the week in Patcherkofel. We worked in the office and helped with little things.
We joined sledding twice during this week. There was big groups from Poland.
One morning our workmate Theresa has left those nice messages to us.
On Thursday we visited at Bergisel skijump-stadion. It was perfect weather to go there because it was so warm and sunny. We could see the whole city and mountains from top of the tower. We took packed lunch with us.
There was also pictures of finnish skijumpers. We felt so proud to be finnish!
We had a long weekend, because we had also Friday off. We didn’t do anything special… Just rested and enjoyed beautifull weather.
– Tiia, Tanja and Mandi
This week we all worked on the slopes, Tiia and Tanja at Nordkette and Mandi at Patcherkofel. Job was the same as always.
We also had a visitor from Finland this week. Tiias boyfriend Aleksi was here from Monday to Friday. We all drove around the city by bus and show places to him. We were also skiing in Patcherkofel.
On thursday we were eating in Indian restaurant. Food was very tasty but service was not so good… As soon we went in we noticed that waiter had bad day. He was very rude. The cardmachine was broken and he didn’t even apologied when we had to walk kind a long way to get cash from the atm.
Tanja had birthday on Friday and we celebrated it in a café.
On Friday Tiia and Aleksi visited Alpenzoo. It’s one of the highest located zoos in Europe. There were lots of animals, for example bears, goats, different kind of birds and wisents.
The half of the on-the-job training is done! We are never going to get tired of these views:
Tiia, Tanja and Mandi
Hallo und Grüße aus Österreich!
We have been here for one month now and we are still wondering where is our homesickness?!
During this week Tanja and Tiia were in Patcherkofel.
Tiia taught to Tanja how things are working in the office. Unfortunately peak season is going to abate gradually. Because of that this week has been kind of quiet. Luckily our boss Michael said that there are coming more customers next week.
At the beginning of the week Mandi was helping with the kids in Nordkette. However there wasn’t much to do so she started to do a task which Michael has given to us. We have to search travel agencies from Scandinavia where skischool could market itself for next season.
Here you can see one of the most popular sightseeings in Innsbruck. It’s called Goldenes Dachl (The golden roof). It’s located near by our apartment. The Goldenes Dachl was built for the memory of the second marriage of emperor Maximilian I. The reason was that Maximilian wanted to abrogate the rumors about the weak financial position. The roof is 16 meters wide and it’s made of 2657 coppertiles.
Mandis family were here for a winter holiday. Mandi and they spent time together. They were skiing, shopping, looking around the city and eating in nice restaurants.
Tiia, Mandi and Tanja
Mandi and Tanja were working at Nordkette and it was a little bit different kind of week this week. There were groups from kindergardens. Kids were 3-6 years old, so it was harder to communicate with them because they speak only German.
On Monday we picked children up from the kindergarden in the morning. Mandi was staying with the group and went to the cable car by bus with them. Tanja took children’s equipment to the mountain with Michael.
Mandi and Tanja helped beginners on the slopes, helped to get up and taught to do a “pizza”.
Tiia continued working in the office at Patcherkofel. She did her first bookings by herself. There has been some busy days on the slopes, so she had to take care of the office alone. Tiia likes the job because it’s suitably challenging. Customers are mainly adults and they can speak English.
We joined the sledding safari again. Customers are mostly British and they always enjoy the sledding a lot.
Our workmates mentioned about a spa called Olympisches Dorf in Innsbruck. We decided to go there on Saturday. It was a nice place but we were surprised of one thing. Sauna is not included in price, normal ticket costs 5,50€ but if you want to go to the sauna it costs 9,90€. It is foregone conclusion that sauna is part of spa services in Finland. There were a lot of people, especially families with kids.
Today, on Sunday, Tiia and Tanja went to the city to see sightseens during Mandi was skiing. Tiia and Tanja visited in churches, park and mountain walking route. We still can’t believe how much possibilities to do and see here are in Innsbruck.
Spring is on the way and here in the city it’s very warm weather. And the first flowers are already appeared.
We really enjoy our time here!
– Mandi, Tanja and Tiia
Our second week in Innsbruck is in the end. This week went fast and we got in touch with work. Things are getting clear little by little.
During this week, Tanja has been in Nordkette and Tiia and Mandi have been in Patcherkofel.
In Nordkette, there was a big school-group from local school. Tanja helped skischool instructors with the beginners. On thursday she was doing also officeworks.
In Patcherkofel, Mandi worked with the group of the beginners on the slopes. Tiia worked this week in the office and started to learn how to book skilessons etc.
Every Wednesday night skischool offers possibility to go moonlight sledding safari. Its for adults and older kids. Safari is in Kühtai mountain which is an hour away from city of Innsbruck. Safaris price (25€/15€) includes transfer, rental of toboggan, hot drink at the mountain hut and guide service.
This week we took part of it. It was great experience and all the customers enjoyed it.
Tällä viikolla meille tuli selväksi, että Itävallassa on todella tiukka lainsäädäntö koskien työelämää. Työskentelymme hiihtokoulussa oltiin pantu merkille ja epäilykset laittomasta työskentelystä olivat heränneet sosiaalivirastossa. Sekä hiihtokoulun johtajat ja me jouduimme epämiellyttävään tilanteeseen tiistaina. Meidät kutsuttiin virastolle kuultavaksi. Viranomaiset halusivat tietää täällä olomme todellisen syyn ja varmistaa, että kyse on koulutukseemme kuuluvasta työssäoppimis-jaksosta, eikä virallisesta työsuhteesta. Palkaton työharjoittelu on Itävallassa täysin vieras käsite ja siksi asia herätti täällä kummastusta. Asiat ovat onneksemme nyt kuitenkin kunnossa ja saamme jatkaa harjoitteluamme täällä kuten ennenkin.
Päivät täällä kuluvat nopeasti ja kaupunki alkaa olemaan pikkuhiljaa tuttu. Joka päivä oppii kuitenkin jotain uutta, niin työssä, kuin vapaa-ajallakin.
Tiia, Mandi ja Tanja
We have been here for six days and here are some first feelings.
We arrived at Innsbruck on Sunday evening and our boss Michael picked us up from the airport. He kindly welcomed us and took us to our apartment.
Our apartment is located in the Old town. We live in the old house, on the fourth floor. We absolutely love to live here because all services are behind the corner. The owner of the apartment is very nice young woman. She has told us everything about Innsbruck and Austria. And if we have any questions or we need something is always very easy to contact her.
There are three places where we are working: mountains Patscherkofel and Nordkette and the small office in the city.
Michael picked us up on Monday morning and we went to the mountain, Patscherkofel. There is a ski school where we are working. We met our workmates there and looked around the area. There were a lot of kids at the ski school this week and everybody were so busy to tell us advices. That’s why we are still a little bit lost what to do.
During this week we have worked lot of with the kids. We have taught basic skiing skills to them and helped them with the lift. We have also done paperworks in the office. Here you can see our working clothes:
Kokonaisuudessaan meillä on hyvät fiilikset täällä olosta. Työ vaikuttaa kivalta ja meidät on otettu todella hyvin vastaan. Meitä pyydettiin myös tiistaina mukaan juhlimaan Itävaltalaisia karnevaaleja. Niitä juhlitaan aina viisi viikkoa ennen pääsiäistä ja silloin ihmiset pukeutuvat naamiasasuihin ja lähtevät kaupungille juhlimaan. Hiihtokoulussa pukeuduttiin tänävuonna Minions-asuihin. On todella ihanaa huomata, että työkaverimme haluavat tutustua meihin ja viettää aikaa yhdessä myöskin vapaa-ajalla.
Odotamme kovasti, että pääsemme työhön vielä paremmin sisään.
Saa nähdä mitä tulevat viikot tuovat tullessaan!
Tiia, Mandi ja Tanja
We are Mandi, Tiia and Tanja and we study tourism for the last year. We have our last on-the-job learning and we are going to Innsbruck which is one of the biggest tourist area in Austria. Lots of people all over the world visit there every year because of the Alps.
The city of Innsbruck, former host of the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976 as well as the first Youth Olympic Games in 2012 is located in the heart of the Alps.
Innsbruck is famous about its great skiing and snowboarding possibilities. Skiers and snowboarders have access to over 500 kilometers of trails in 25 surrounding village resorts connected by a free ski bus. There are eight major ski areas that provide varied terrain for all levels of skiers.
We will leave next Sunday and stay there for nine weeks. We are going to work at ski school.
Our main duties are still open but we will work with children. We will tell you more when we get there.
Tanja, Mandi and Tiia