Independent Adventures


We decided to write two poems about our experience on the Independent hike and our Autumn holidays. Enjoy!


Adventure in Teijo 

Humak Nurmijarvi Erasmus 2019 Johanna Westermayr – Wooden planks in Teijo Nationalpark

Imagine you are free.
Free in decisions, free in life.
Free in the nature – just to survive.
Feeling your body, your strength and your feet,
yes even feeling your indispensable heartbeat.

You don´t believe this state is possible to reach?!
Then close your eyes, breath in breath out and listen to this small speech.
Guide your thoughts far away from every trouble.
We tell you now one story of our erasmus bubble.

Everything started with the independent task,
where we should learn how to plan, to lead, to react in risk situations carefully and fast.
We split the group in teams of two,
one hiked to Teijo, one hiked to Nuuksio.

Imagine eight girls want eight different trails to hike,
Where should we stay? How many days? How many nights? – Well, that was difficult to decide.
With dialogues, with compromises, with compass, map and pother,
We found the best hiking plan by listening to each other.

With tent, stove, food, mattress and sleeping bag,
with hiking shoes, warm clothes, compass and map
we started our trip in finland’s beautiful landscape
to discover the world’s best nature shape.

Teijo welcomed us with coldness and snow,
nevertheless the joy about the independent trip was not to low.
We were happy to be free, be ourselves, be part of a team,
could hike in the woods, the nature was a dream.

But Wait! Stop! What is that?
The cable boat to the island we liked to set the camp was closed – how bad!
Now we had to decide what we should do fast,
the night came closer, we had to find a place to sleep before the sun passed.

We changed the plans and hiked to the place we planned for the last night,
what a zigzag trouble hike…
Without water in the camp and a cold, sleepless night in the tents
came silly after tired – so we had a lot of fun on the next day´s hike on the wooden planks.

We hiked through frozen grass and fairytale mist,
finally got water from the lake but that had a twist:
It was brown and had a funny taste, so we named it Jack in the woods
and treated it as it was on our cocktail list that brightened our moods.

On our ways we had some good conversation,
We laughed we cried and god some new inspiration.
We grew together
and when we found the second nights place to sleep
our connection was already pretty deep.

We defeated our food from mice and hung it up in the trees
our new home for the night was ready but we started to freeze.
The wood was empty but we met two nice finnish guys,
Minke even walked with them to get new wood for the campfire – what a pleasant surprise.

We talked a lot, i bet they think we´re crazy
because it got late, on sunday morning everyone was lazy.
Nevertheless we watched sunset and sunrise
took a lot beautiful pictures to memorialize.

On the last day we had a short walk but again trouble to find a place to set up the tent
we thought this struggles would never end.
We walked some additional trails just for fun and learning
then we had some time to enjoy our new surrounding.

Sauna in the evening, everybody was very motivated
we jumped in the lake, took some pictures even naked
the whole evening was very relaxing; we warmed up, filled the hot water bottles for the night
and even Mariona wasn´t cold, soon the end of the trip was in sight.

On the last morning we were very fast,
we hiked in warp speed and even catched the earlier bus.
We went to Helsinki and straight back to Kiljava
this Independent Hike all in all was very spectacular!

Do you know now what it means to feel free?
It means not only easy ways to see.
It means to have fun, be together with good friends
to make wise decisions, together, hands in hands.

Humak Nurmijarvi Erasmus 2019 Johanna Westermayr- Group photo Teijo Girls

Way to magical Norway

Humak Nurmijarvi Erasmus 2019 Mariona Ramis – Glazier in Norway

After long school weeks, all of us need rest.
Some went to Norway, some Iceland and some of us had guests.

We’re gonna tell you more about our holidays in Norway.
Important to say, after that all of us need payday.

We had a long trip, started with a ferry.
Sometimes we got lost, it was kind of scary.

No real food, just snacks for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The positive thing is, all of us got thinner.

We spent three nights in Luster, at an Airbnb.
We loved the house so much, we didn’t want to leave.

We had a great time listening to Siem’s and Giacomo’s music.
They even dressed up, which was very amusing.

Did a lot of hiking, some even jumped in the freezing lakes.
While driving up the mountains we saw falling snowflakes.

Nature was so magical, it made the bonding easy.
Days were always full and in the evenings everyone was sleepy.

In the end the trip felt short, we wanted to stay longer.
We really feel that thanks to this, the group feeling is much stronger.

Humak Nurmijarvi Erasmus 2019 Giacomo Giolitti – View from Børestein, Norway


Blogpost by Mariona Ramis, Sarah Albrecht, Karolina Lõhmus and Johanna Westermayr


First day’s at Humak.


For our friends, family or other persons how to want’s now what all the students of the Adventure Education Course Autumn 2019 doing is there a possibility to read sometimes a blog. In the blogs, you can read what we are doing, what our experience is and maybe pictures of that.

Blog 1

In this blog, you can read what we did the first days after arrival and the first days of school. But also what kind of activities we did or what we did in our free time.

First day’s in Finland

Humak Nurmijarvi Erasmus 2018, Eline van der Meijden

Everybody had a different reason to arrive on a certain day. We all arrived early so we could explore the area and slowly get to know everyone. The first day’s everyone chills a lot and there was a kind of vacation feeling. Because of that feeling and time was there enough space and time to know each other. The weather was very good, it was nice and warm so a jump in the lake, even lying on the beach or a nice BBQ as possible.

Most of the people visit Mustasaari, a little island in the middle of Sääksjärvi the lake behind the campus. The make a campfire and listen to music. There was a plan to sleep on the island but maybe we can do that in the op coming months.

Introduction days

The first day of Humak Nurmijarvi Erasmus 2018, Jacob Henschelschool started and the best way to get to know each other is by playing some games. We started in the classroom and had an introduction by Sini and Juppe. They told something about themselves and there was a small introduction to the program. After that, we did 4 games outside (of course). It started with a cocktail party after that we had to make Europe and Canada with ropes. Each person has to stand on the place where they live and tell their name and with the study you do. After that, there was some speed dating, 30 sec for a lot of people to short so that was a good sign. When we are done with the games we reflected with the whole group and that was really nice!

The next day we did more games but than with the students form the 3-year program. In the games, we had to play with different people so you will get to know everybody! After that, we also did a reflection about the games and how it affects the group.

With this experience, we made in smaller groups also a program with games for the next day! That day we did the games with all first-year students of Humak. We had to play games and instruct games. it was a big success!

After that we had some small workshops about First aid, making a flower about our specialties and organizing something for the big opening! These 3 days we learn a lot about each other and how games can help you with that in the good order and instructions.

The first days of school

Already the first days of school were full of activities. We started on Thursday with our first kayaking lesson. To learn the basics, the first lesson took place in the indoor pool. In teams of three, we learned how to get out of the kayak, when it capsizes. We started by using only the kayak and gradually increased the difficulty level. In the breaks and after the lesson there was the possibility to warm up in the sauna next to the pool. On Friday we went to the lake the first time. First, we got a short but detailed introduction to the kayaks and how to prepare them for a trip. Then we took them from the containers to the lake. There, we could prepare ourselves for the kayaking. After a short introduction in a few basics, we went to the water. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the afternoon lesson because of a big thunderstorm. Instead, we started with an introduction to the topic orienteeHumak Nurmijarvi Erasmus 2018, Karolina Lõhmusring. On Monday and Tuesday, we continued with the kayak and learned more about different techniques and also had our first trip around the big lake. The topic of Tuesday afternoon was the food planning for our first hiking trip to Lapland in the third week of school. We also separated the whole group into groups of three people. These are the groups which will stay together in one tent and will cook together every evening. The whole of Wednesday was about the trip to Lapland. We learned how to build up our tents and tarps by doing it by ourselves and what we have to consider. After that, we cooked in our groups our lunch with the Trangia. On Thursday we did our last plans for the Pallas hike and also the safety plan. After that, there was the grand opening of the HUMAK Campus here in Kiljava.


Free time

Humak Nurmijarvi Erasmus 2018, Sara van de RietAfter the first days of school we’ve got to hear that there was enough free time left after school. The school ends around 4 pm and after that, you’ve got enough time to practice some skills, for example, kayaking and learn the techniques, orientation so you can read the map for the hike or if you don’t want to improve your skills you can go and explore Finland or another country.
We’ve done that the first weekend after the first week of school. We went to Tallinn the capital of Estonia and explored the city. With all of the 18 students that following this study, we were at Tallinn. It’s was a lovely trip to make and also a big challenge because we were with such a big group and everybody wants to see something else, but we figured it out. In and it was a nice first trip that we made.




Sara, Eline, Iris, Nele


Internship “Museums as Innovation Platforms”

The “Museum as Innovation Platforms” project deals with the question how the museums-institution can be used as a social discussion platform and how the museum environment and its contents can improve innovation processes and competences.

This process enriches the common museum purpose and creates a platform for discussion way beyond the usual museum content and creates a social space as well as a new learning environment.

The project, which started in 2017, is achieving this in three different steps in courses which were taking place in the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum in Turku as well as two workshops in the Museum of Technology in Helsinki.

Heini Sorakivi, Carl Postelmann, Anna Büschges at the ECIS 2019 Summit. © KAAPELI, Helsinki.

As cultural management students from Germany we, Anna Büschges and Carl Postelmann, have the possibility to gain insights in this project during our internship.

Anna Büschges & Carl Postelmann

We could attend at the European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) in Helsinki.

Besides interesting speeches of creatives about the role of the European Creatives in shaping the European economic landscape we could get to know new cross industrial projects and actors in a poster session.

As a next step we will conduct a benchmarking with similar as well as continuative projects abroad and will have the opportunity to be part of two workshops in Turku and Helsinki.”

“In our studies in Germany we often deal with the question of the opportunity of museums as a social space which have to evolve from a traditional silent institution, so the achievements of the project are very useful for approaches in our work back in Germany.”

With workshops for innovating in the exhibition space itself the project finds new ways to function as a inspiration as well as source for problem-solving.

Humak exchange students visiting the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, Turku. ©Paula Kostia.

Text by Anna Büschges and Carl Postelmann.