|International week participants at Pispalanharju.|
|Irja Pietilä presenting her lecture about intercultural communication|
|Intense international teamwork during the lecture of Irja Pietilä. Can you find the positive Portuquese João in the picture?|
|One of the tasks was to draw together as a group, not as easy as it may seem like|
|A pair of finished group drawings by participants from Finland, France, Czech Republic and Germany. Stunning similarities!|
|Human resources Special Interest Group discussion|
Marketing and Communications SIG sharing information and experiences
After an intense start of the week of working and getting to know each other the participants got to enjoy the recreational parts of the programme as well. Tampere and Finnish culture were also playing a big part in the week programme and the guests got to know a bit about them for example from a sightseeing bus ride in Tampere and in the evening event at restaurant Kaisla located in the harbour Mustalahti. The number one culturally oriented event of the week was nevertheless the day trip to Maisansalo in Teisko, which is located only 30 minutes bus ride from Tampere.
|Tuesday evening dinner at the restaurant Kaisla. Great setting and fantastic food!|
At Maisansalo the week participants started the day with a lecture from Ms. Pietilä and after it was finished a delicious lunch was served. The lunch consisted of some traditional Finnish dishes, especially the fish dishes were fantastic. After the lunch the group got to try some Finnish summer games like croquet, mölkky and darts. Many visitors also tried nordic walking with our sports specialist from TAMK, Mr. Esko Tirkkonen. Big thanks to Esko for helping with the sports and games, because of him our guests managed to get to know a bit more about the Finnish culture!
|TAMK representative Noora Kahra and the guests enjoying a beautiful summer day at Maisansalo|
|Croquet, a Finnish summer game, also playable in a wheelchair!|
|Action shot from a Mölkky game.|
Most of the guests wanted to try the traditional Finnish smoke sauna offered at Maisansalo, what a nice and exciting atmosphere it was! The regular Finnish sauna also had many users, and the bravest also took a quick swim in the lake even though the temperature of the water was only 12 degrees Celcius. Relaxed smiles in sunshine after the experience were everywhere and the guests would have wanted to stay there for days.
|A typical Finnish lakeside scenery and swimming after sauna were the favorites of our guests.|
|Relaxing after sauna|
On the final day of the week the guests were asked to summarize what they had learnt about Finland and the topic of intercultural communication skills. The resulting presentations were both funny and full of information and smiling people. Judging from the teams' presentations and guests' feedback it was a really successful week in all aspects! Many thanks to our guests and participating TAMK personnel as well as the organizers and lecturers.
|Aww, what a nice message.|
|A little overview of the week and the experiences of the participants|
|Summary of our guests' feelings on the last day|
Text: Panu AlankoPhotos: Panu Alanko, Noora Kahra & Tuula Härkönen