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 The Teacher Leader Fellowship Program Abroad

The Teacher Leader Fellowship Program Abroad
FINLAND (April 13 to 20, 2024)

Hotel’s information:
Hotel Lilla Roberts- 4.5 star hotel (Travelers' Choice, TripAdvisor)

Address: Pieni Roobertinkatu 1-3, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358 9 6899880

Initial Itinerary, subject to change

Day 1, Saturday, April 13th: Depart to Helsinki, Finland

Day 2, Sunday, April 14th: Welcome to Helsinki, Finland

  • 8:00am: Breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 2:00pm: Meet our professional guide at Helsinki International Airport arrival hall. A brief introduction to Finland and Helsinki during bus transfer to the city center and Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 4:00pm: Optional short walk (including a sky view tour of the city).
  • 6:00pm: Welcome Dinner at Hotel Lilla Roberts restaurant.

Day 3, Monday, April 15th: Introduction to the Finnish education system

  • 8:00am: Breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 8:30am: Departure by local tram or private bus to Finnish National Agency for Education. Overview of the principles of the Finnish education system.
  • 10:30am: Visit the Finnish Parliament for a possible discussion with education policymakers.
  • 11:30am: Lunch at Oodi library with an introduction to library education services, especially the children’s section.
  • 12:30pm: A visit to Helsinki Music Centre, a meeting with Sibelius Academyeducators, Töölönlahdenkatu 16 C
  • 2:30pm:  Visit to Etu-Töölön lukio, upper secondary school, Arkadiankatu 26, Student Science Tutors workshop
  • 5:00pm: Return to the hotel.

Day 4, Tuesday, April 16th: Finnish learning culture in practice and teacher training

  • 8:00am: Breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 8:30am: Departure to Helsinki Normal Lyceum (K12).
  • 9:00am:Teacher education at Helsinki university, class visits, workshop on teacher training, school lunch, teacher trainees, and trainers
  • 1:00pm: VVisit to bilingual Engel Kindergarten,Albertinkatu 2
  • 3:00pm: Visiting Sanoma Pro, part of Sanoma Learning, European K12 learning company, Porkkalankatu 20 A.
  • 5:00pm: Return to the hotel.

Day 5, Wednesday, April 17th: Engage with local educators and students

  • 8:00am: Breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 9:00am: City ferry departure to Suomenlinna fortress, a UNESCO Heritage site.
  • 9:30am: Suomenlinna Camp School, Suomenlinna C 9, presentation
  • 10:30am:  Suomenlinna experience together with some school students /(Herttoniemenrannan alakoulu)
  • 12:00pm: School lunch followed by a reflective workshop.
  • 2:00pm: Lecture on inspiring learning methods.
  • 4:00pm: Return to the hotel.

Day 6, Thursday, April 18th: Engage with local educators and students

  • 8:00am: Breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 8:30am: Metro to Herttoniemenrannan elementary school.
  • 9:00am: visit the school and work together with the teachers and students, including the school lunch
  • 1:30pm: Free afternoon for personal activities. Optional activity information will be provided.

Day 7, Friday, April 19th: Engage with local educators and students

  • 7:30am: Breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 8:00am: Bus departure to Porvoo, founded in the 13th century. Visit Kevätkumpu education centre, followed by school lunch.
  • 1:30pm: Optional guided walking tour in Old Town Porvoo.
  • 3:30pm: Visit to Marimekko Outletincluding also a short Marimekko presentation
  • 5:15pm: Transfer by bus to Perho Culinary, Tourism and Business College, Mechelininkatu 7,a school presentation
  • 6:00pm: A farewell dinner and reflective chats in Perho restaurantز
  • 8:00pm: Bus back to the hotel.

Day 8, Saturday, April 20th: Goodbye Helsinki

  • 8:00am: Breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 10:00am: Optional Finnish treasure hunt stroll exploring pedagogical and cultural treasures or personal leisure time.
  • 2:00pm: Bus transfer to Helsinki International Airport.

Included in Your Package:

  • Direct flight to Helsinki from JFK.
  • All transportation for school tours and planned places in Finland.
  • Daily breakfast and specified lunches at Hotel Lilla Roberts.
  • 2 dinners - Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinnerز
  • Four additional lunches at the schools we visit.

Cost Structure:

  • Double room occupancy: $4450 per person.
  • Single room occupancy: $4950 per person.

Exclusions from the Package:

  • Travel health insurance.
  • Activities not specified in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities for services.

Payment Schedule: (Alternate plans can be discussed upon request)

  • $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • $1,350 due by February 1, 2024.
  • $1,350 due by March 1, 2024.
  • $1,350 due by April 1, 2024.

Room Upgrade Options (subject to availability):

  • Single occupancy upgrade: Additional $560 due by February 15, 2024.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

  • Cancellations must be in writing.
  • Cancel 90 days before departure: 60% refund (excluding the non-refundable deposit).
  • Cancel between 90 and 60 days before departure: 50% refund (excluding the non-refundable deposit).
  • Cancellations within 60 days of departure: No refund.
  • Note: The initial $400 deposit is non-refundable in all circumstances.

Emergency contacts and specific details about optional activities will be provided upon confirmation of the trip. Weather advice and dress code guidelines will be sent closer to the departure date.


Contact us
Contact Dr. Betty J. Sternberg
Director, The Teacher Leader Fellowship Program Abroad
E-Mail: sternbergb@sacredheart.edu
Phone: 860-463-5871
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