FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can you briefly introduce your program to us?
We offer high quality research-based and certified camp education programs for international children aged 8 to 17 yrs with focus on STEAM, Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math AND 21st century skills, also called future skills. Our programs last 7 to 10 days and we also offer shorter workshops for visiting groups.
Our program for 8-10 year olds is called Little Gems, for 11-12 year olds Junior Gems and 13 to 17 year olds Teen Gems.
We also have a lighter program option called “Explore Finland” that can be adjusted to any age group.
2. Why the children should fly all the way to Finland to attend the camp?
This is your child’s chance to experience the best Finland has to offer! The cleanest air in the world, our beautiful nature, the best education system and the best teachers. All combined into an unforgettable experience. Children will practice English communication skills and learn more about Finland. Joining our camp is a safe way to practice independence, and a relaxed and motivating way to learn in a new way.
3. What is the most exciting part of the camp?
In Finland we often use the nature as a classroom. There will be lots of outdoor hands-on learning and new experiences. If children join a summer camp perhaps the midnight sun will surprise them and if you join a winter camp you might be lucky and see the northern lights!
4. What they can get after the event?
The children will get the tools for 21st century skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, career readiness that will help them to succeed better at school. They will develop a fresh mindset, and look at sustainability in an empowered way - with more focus on problem solving and leadership.
Each participant will receive a personalized EduGems diploma. A child can obtain a personalized evaluation from a Finnish awarded Dr. level science teacher. The children will receive photos and memories from the camp.
5. What are the speciality of your program over others?
Our speciality is, above all, our content. We have our own curriculum, developed by our pedagogical director, who is a praised STEM-teacher in Finland. Our program is certified by Education Alliance Finland and all science classes are taught by Dr. or Master degree teachers. EduGems is more school-like - more academic - than a traditional camp.
Our program puts focus on individual learning and on bringing out the strengths of each child. The whole program including excursions are carefully planned to meet our high standards of quality and safety.
6. How about the teaching language? Will children be able to understand?
As English is the main teaching language, a basic level of English is required to attend the camp. Lots of visual cues as well as Chinese translation is offered where necessary. A Chinese interpreter will always be present if so needed.
7. Will children be able to meet the Finnish students or other international students?
The answer to this question is yes! Our camps are held at very popular camp centers with long traditions of arranging camps for children, both Finnish and international. Joint cultural exchange is equally important for Finnish children, and there are many Finnish children eager to join our international camps to bring and receive cultural exchange. Whenever possible we will also arrange school visits with the schools we are cooperating with. Our camps are open for all nationalities to join and we look forward to see a good mix of international students.
7. Who are our teachers?
All science classes are taught by Dr. or Master degree teachers. Our pedagogical director, Marianne Juntunen, is a Doctor in Chemistry education, has a double Master degree of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics education as well as in Technical microbiology, and she is the head teacher at our camps.
The movement and sports sessions are developed and led by our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator & Expert Niclas Wiitala, who has a holistic approach to wellbeing – everything is connected: physical exercise, mental wellbeing, a balanced diet, rest and recovering. He makes movement fun and engaging for everyone.