Hello there. Nice to meet you. Who am I, you may ask?
I am a 24-year-old teacher student from Oulu, Finland. Well, I wasn’t born here, but as I have lived in so many different places, I really don’t always know myself where I’m from. I identify myself as a Finn, and, for now, I do live and study in Oulu.
So I am a teacher student. I am taking part in the Intercultural Teacher Education (ITE) program at the University of Oulu. Unlike other teacher education programs in Finland, ITE is taught mainly in English and it concentrates on challenges teachers face in a multicultural classroom. The program is a combined bachelor’s and master’s program, taking approximately five years. So far I have really enjoyed the program, and the people who I’ve met and study with are amazing.
Scouting is my life’s passion, a way of life. Being a scout has taught me so much: leadership skills, responsibility, nature and camping skills, and working with children and youth. And so much more. My own values are based on the scouting values and it is an organisation I am very proud to be a part of.
I was an exchange student in France through Rotary Youth exchange. Since then, I’ve been a Rotex; a former RYE student who aids the Rotary with current and future exchange students. As Rotex we organize activities for exchange students, act as tutors on Rotary trips and provide peer support, as well as participate in training sessions for rotarians, students and their families, and assist Rotarians in different ways. The exchange program and Rotex together got me interested in joining Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored service organization for young adults. Who knows, maybe I’ll become a Rotarian one day.
On top of these I keep busy singing in a choir and reading lots and lots of books. I feel like I can never own enough books, and every nook is filled with them. I’ve always enjoyed a good story, ever since my parents read fairytales as bedtime stories when I was growing up.
This year in my studies we have a teaching practice, an internship, end of this semester. We are urged to find a place for it from another country. The internship seemed like a good excuse to start blogging in English. I have written blogs before, in Finnish. It was a great way to keep in touch with family and friends during my exchange, and also later on in life. So really, this is where I’ll be sharing my experiences. And possibly not just the internship, but hopefully other adventures as well.