Acerca 200,000 lagos, saunas y festivales de artes, maquillan la cultura única finlandesa. Si disfrutas de esquiar, ir de excursiones, navegar y de una mezcla equilibrada de la vida pueblerina con las ciudades modernas, deberías sumergirte en la vida cotidiana de uno de los países mágicos de Europa. Los finlandeses suelen ser tímidos y reservados pero se abren tan pronto te conocen, son enfocados en el sentido común, sin problemas y en hacer que las cosas funcionen. Disfrutan de la única experiencia de 24 hora de día en el verano y todo el día oscuro durante el ártico invierno.

Ls jóvenes en Finlandia tienen mucha independencia y disfrutan pasara tiempo al aire libre, incluso en el invierno. La cultura activa finlandesa incluye montar bicicleta, ir de paseos en bote, hacer esquí, jugar fútbol, hacer atletismo y pesäpallo (béisbol finlandés). Tus amigos finlandeses asistirán a los bailes formales de las escuelas llamados vanhojen tanssit con música moderna y tradicional.

 

A photo posted by Alya Diva (@alyaxdiva) on

Host Family & Community

Family is very important, and everyone shares in the household chores. 

School

Finland has one of the best education systems in the world, so you can expect classes that are both engaging and challenging. You’ll attend a public high school (lukio) where the year is divided into five or six terms, from mid-August to the end of May. Finnish, Swedish, foreign languages, math, science, psychology, art, music, history and geography are subjects that you will study intensively in each term. There’s no need to be too formal with you teachers, you may even address them by their first names.

A photo posted by Alya Diva (@alyaxdiva) on

A photo posted by Bella🐷 (@bellalogan11) on

Language

Finnish is the main language of Finland. Swedish is also an official language, and both are spoken in bilingual areas. Having a basic knowledge of English will helpul. AFS will help you find language courses in the first few months or provide you with materials to learn the language on your own before going on your exchange.

Food

Mealtimes in Finland are less formal than in some other countries, so during the weekdays you may prepare and eat food on your own. On weekends, many families dine together and catch up on their activities that week. Meals tend to be simple but nutritious, including meat, fish, potatoes, pasta, bread and dairy products. Coffee is a favorite beverage, even among teenagers, often with a sweet wheat bread called pulla.

Mustikka pie 💜💜 #finland

A photo posted by maddalena sandu (@maddalenasandu) on

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.
TEEN PROGRAMS (UNDER 18 YEARS OLD)

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.

ADULT PROGRAMS (18 YEARS OR OLDER)

The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program will support your intercultural learning experience. This state-of-the-art program prepares you to successfully navigate new cultural environments—during your AFSNext experience and long after you finish the program. Online intercultural learning modules combined with in-person sessions help you develop practical and global skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need and mission-driven organizations believe will help achieve their social impact goals. You will receive your certification upon completion of the training program. 

Busca los Programas Disponibles en Finlandia