PDK Traveled to Finland/Sweden in March, 2013
In spring 2013, PDK and EF, an international tour group, brought members on a 10-day global study tour to Finland and Sweden. The tour included school visits, conversations with education leaders and several guided tours of historic and cultural sites.
Itinerary for Finland/Sweden Trip:
Day 1 â€˘ Overnight flight to Helsinki.
Day 2 â€˘ Arrive in Helsinki, Finlandâ€™s capital and largest city. Transfer to the hotel and join the EF tour director for a walking tour of Helsinki.
Day 3 â€˘ Guided sightseeing and school visit. See some of the cityâ€™s most famous landmarks, including Temppeliaukio Church. Then visit a local school to discuss teaching practices with Finnish educators.
Day 4 â€˘ â€¨Examine the methods that lead to high scores on PISA on a site visit to a local school. Next, visit the Finnish National Board of Education where you will learn about Finnish education policy.
Day 5 â€˘ Tallinn, Estonia.â€¨ Travel by ferry across the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
Day 6 â€˘ Helsinki/Stockholm.â€¨ Examine education policy on the national level as you visit the Finnish Ministry of Education. Enjoy exploring the Finnish capital at your leisure before departing on an overnight ferry to Stockholm.
Day 7 â€˘ â€¨Travel to Stockholm, Swedenâ€™s capital and largest city. After your arrival, your tour director will lead you through Stockholmâ€™s Gamla Stan (Old Town). Prepare your own education visits for the afternoon before relaxing at one of Stockholmâ€™s many cafĂ©s.
Day 8 â€˘ Stockholm.â€¨ A local guide will introduce you to Stockholmâ€™s impressive architecture and rich history. See City Hall, where the Nobel Prize is awarded, Skansen, and the famous Vasa Ship, located on the island of Djurgarden. Compare education in Finland and Sweden as you visit a school in Stockholm this afternoon.
Day 9 â€˘ Stockholmâ€¨. Compare education in Finland and Sweden as you visit another school in Stockholm. Examine teacher training in Sweden during a visit to local school or university.
Day 10 â€˘ Flight. â€¨Transfer to the airport for return flight home.