Who are you and where do you come from?
We are a group of six students from East Frisia in Germany. Our names are Angelina (24), Fenna (25), Nadja (27), Imke (23), Julia (23), and Deike (23).
What are you studying?
We are in the second and third year of a school for business administration with the subject tourism in Wittmund, Germany. We learn a lot about marketing, accounting and the management from companies, especially tourism companies like tourist information, bus companies or hotels.
Our school includes three work placements, each of them takes 6 months. We can collect many experiences in that time.
What have you been doing in Jyväskylä?
We were on a school for tourism and did many interesting things in Jyväskylä. The special attention was sustainability in other European countries, how to do tourism activities in bigger groups and how to act with problems while guiding a group. We did many winter sports like snowshoeing, fat biking and cross-country skiing. We were doing some sports we have not done before and we have collected great experiences.
How long have you stayed in Jyväskylä?
We were in Jyväskylä for two weeks. (11.03.-25.03.2017)
Do you think the time has been too short (why?), too long (why?)
It was a perfect time for winter tourism. The time was not too long or too short. It was very physical to do all the kinds of sports all day but in the two weeks we had the chance to do some sports two times to assure the skills.
What have you learned during your stay?
At first, we learned how to work in a group and of course the new sports. As a second aspect, we learned lots of the culture and the people in Finland. It was awesome to become friends with some classmates, to spent time with them and to be in another country.
What have been the best moments during your stay?
The best moments were definitely the excursions to different places, the flexibility of the teachers and the program, the different kinds of sports and the people. Our class became more a class like before the trip and we are now a good team. The people we met were also great, they were so nice to us and it will be a pleasure to meet them again.
Give three tops and tips (based on your own experience) to someone who is planning to come to Jyväskylä. How should they prepare? What should they do/see/visit/experience?
- Visit the tower of Jyväskylä. You will have a great view of Jyväskylä and the lakes around the city.
- Go to an Ice-Hockey game. The spirit is incredible.
- If you have, the chance enjoy a finish sauna and go after it into the icy lake to cool down.
- On a nice clearly evening in the right time, you have to see the northern lights.
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