This week has been the international week for Karelia UAS and many fascinating events took place. Professors and University staff from all over Europe and Asia were invited to this very special week to attend interesting lectures and meetings, many stimulating topics were discussed.
Second year tourism and hospitality students Eetu, Elias, Kati, Kimi and Magdalini and exchange student Jasper had their own part in this eventful week; organising the winter afternoon event was our team’s task. Arranging the winter afternoon has been a long, and at times challenging. This was at the same time an extremely giving, teaching and stimulating procedure. We learned about all the different phases of arranging events, activities and everything they entail. Against the common notion, planning and developing an event is much more than reserving transportation, the location and coming up with activities and the menu. Subjects such as customers’ safety, target demographic, their needs and possible requests. Paying attention to the details, was of high significance and had to be taken thoroughly into consideration. Coming up with ideas that would not only satisfy our guests but possibly exceed their expectations was an exciting thought to all of us.
Moreover, improvisation and a fast and skillful adaptation to any circumstances, once again a great strength in event planning skills was needed; a few days before our event we found out that the location we had reserved had suffered damages. A flood had occured and we had to rearrange, recall and reshape a big part of our plans. Everything was rearranged and our group was finally ready to welcome our guests.
Welcoming our guests and introducing ourselves.
The winter afternoon included various activities, Kimi and Eetu were showing our guests how to ski. Elias and Jasper offered ice fishing lessons and Magdalini took the guests on a snowshoeing excursion. Sauna and snow dipping were a once in a lifetime chance for many! Physiotherapy student Elina was the yoga instructor for the day and offered our international guests an exotic, relaxing and a serene experience of forest yoga. Media student Mira and a team of international business students were following with their cameras, making sure everything was recorded and special moments of the day would not be lost!
Beautiful winter scenery and forest yoga on the left picture, playing and having fun on the right one.
The menu was a Karelia inspired, the offered food was cooked by the first year tourism and hospitality students, under the guidance of professors Mikko Lahti and Tuula Ikonen. Candles, flowers and linens were used for decoration with an aim of a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Karelia UAS provided the necessary equipment for the aforementioned activities.
On the first picture, Karelian food prepared by professors Mikko Lahti, Tuula Ikonen and the first year tourism and hospitality students. On the second one, a warm, cozy atmosphere.
The guests were active and willing to try most of the activities. They carried a graceful energy and spread positivity to everyone! Interacting with them was a great experience, their presence and excitement reminded us of the very reason we signed ourselves on this project; to create smiles.
P.S. The pictures used are taken by media student Mira Pamola.
Looking forward for the next challenge!