Teachers are the basic links in school education. Today there are increasing demands of the job. Almost everyone feel overworked. So, is the stress making or breaking the teacher?

How to get balance between work related demands with stress and burnout, and personal wellness remaining healthy and happy?

Teachers want and need four things when they focus on joy in school and private life:

- to be competent and good what they do

-autonomy and freedom at job

-connection to others

-understanding goodness, truth and beauty

Taking a break, and having meaningful days of learning with other European teachers, can increase your own mental and physical resources. If teacher is happy, it reflects to the pupils, too, and encourages also the youth to belong to own community and play an active role in it. 

This course supports increasing internationalization and the qualification of the school staff .

In this session we focus on managing stress in order to change from chaos to coherence, finding and expressing "Genius Loci" (the spirit of a place), and have a short view to Finnish curriculum, especially teachers role in it as well as get to know Finnish culture.

Welcome to participate our course!





-Developing the European dimension and internationalization by cooperating with teachers from different European countries and different school levels

-Gaining knowledge and experience how to get peace of mind with easy physical activities in Finnish nature

- Getting knowledge about t Finnish Basic Education Curriculum and teacher's role in creating it, as well as teacher's role in implementing it.

Learning the difference of good and bad stress, learning how and when to say no as an approach to solve problems and managing to change stress from chaos to coherence.

- Knowing Finland and Finnish culture

-Getting mental and physical resources to meet the challenges of work

-Making short movies in workshop with professionals about the Finnish cultural behavior

-With curiosity, playfulness and joy making contacts and friendships

- Encouraging to increase English language skills

-Getting knowledge  to use eTwinning for contacting and starting new projects after course 


-Preparing materials about demands of the own job and possible solutions used.

-Preparing materials for expressing of the "Genius Loci"

Working lessons 10


At the end of the week the participants will reflect the atmosphere, knowledge and skills gained from course in own educational environment, and also present their course "Travel diaries" made during the course. Participants will be trained and encouraged to take advance of eTwinning , participate in eTwinning online courses, and to create new projects with other participants of this course or the eTwinning partners. Participants will give feedback about the course. They work after the course completing course reports to be sent to their NA:

Working lessons 10



To develope the European dimension and internationalisation by cooperating with teachers from different European countries and different school levels. To have cooperative activities by learning how to use eTwinning for contacting and starting new international projects after the course. And with curiosity, playfulness and joy making contacts and friendships.

To improve teacher’s abilities to respond to individual learners needs and to deal with their social diversity by gaining knowledge and experience how to get the peace of mind with easy physical activities in Finnish nature. Also by learning the difference of good stress and bad stress, learning how and when to say no as an approach to solve problems and managing to change stress from chaos to coherence. To get mental and physical resources to meet the challenges of the work. By making short movies in workshop with professionals about the Finnish culture, social behavior  to get  digital skills and ideas.

Competences and experiences into the curriculum by getting knowledge about Finnish Basic Education Curriculum and teacher’s role in implementing it, as well as a short view to PISA 2021 towards creativity

To know more about Finland and Finnish culture.

To encourage to increase English language skills

To feel more confident and proud about being a competent and good teacher


Roles of participants: active participating by performances and discussions, as well as workshops.

Method: lecture, workshops, performances, individual/school preparations in advance, round table discussions, easy physical activities and individual small hand made travel diary.

Evaluation : during the session and last day’s reflection: diaries, discussion, evaluation form and proposal to improve the course session.



The arriving day checking in hotel, meeting in the evening and course welcome.

DAY 1             

Getting to know each other. Introduction of the week. Aims and objectives

Presenting own school and educational system, demands of own job and possible solutions used.

Travel diaries to be made during the week.

Good stress and bad stress - making or breaking the teacher? . Discussions. Curriculum.

DAY 2  

Easy Dancing lesson at Dance school, music connecting people

Oulu historical museum, exhibitions, especially old school classroom, feeling the Genius Loci of old school. Oulu art museum, exhibition and workshop of the board graphics about "Genius Loci". A suitable good practice to use at school education in different levels.


Hiking, outdoors. Every-man's-rights in Finland. Tasting Finnish food. Evening together


Workshop at culture center Valve. Making short movies about the Finnish culture of silence, people's behavior in different daily situations...


Discussion about the week's topics

eTwinning possibilities in creating new projects after course.

Reflection and evaluation of course.

Travel diaries' presentation.

Certificates and farewell.

Working lessons 40 (lesson 45 min,)


Course fee: 440 € covering organisational support in intercultural preparation, tuition, materials, mentoring during the course, post course support and certification. ( Does not include accommodation, local travel or meals). Please remember the VAT number ( the owner of the school has it).

Courses are open also for private participants, who can also have other financial recourse than Erasmus+ KA1. For them and organisations without valid VAT code is course fee +VAT 24%)


By air via Helsinki to Oulu,  train from Helsinki to Oulu, or straight flights from Europe to Oulu.


It`s easier for participants to have same hotel. We inform about hotel after final registration. Hotel fee will be in frame of daily allowances for accommodation and subsistence ( separate from course fee). But you are free to choose any other hotel.


Please send us your interest (own words) for the course  to  Mrs. Paula Saanio  via email

In return you will get confirmation about  pre-registering ( if you are applying Erasmus grant) and FINAL REGISTRATION (after you already have a grant), You pay the course fee and buy the tickets only after you have made the final registration and the course is confirmed.