A year as an international tutor

Hi everyone! Today’s blog post will be in English due to its topic matter.

Back in spring 2018, a fellow media student asked if I would be interested in becoming an international tutor. I’d been an exchange student before and I wanted to practice my English, so I applied for the position.

After being accepted as a tutor, I went through some training and attended an orientation camp with the other to-be tutors. I was the only media student in our team of international tutors, so I was a little nervous. Being a media student, I’d spent most of my studies at Joensuun Tiedepuisto and therefore hadn’t met many students from other degree programmes. I was worried for nothing as the other tutors were very open and friendly! I quickly felt like I was part of a team.

Being an international tutor has been both challenging and incredibly rewarding. There have been many benefits for me from being an international tutor. I’ve been able to work on my English skills, meet people from different countries and become friends with them. Still, the greatest reward from the past year has been the positive feedback from our tutees. Last autumn, we even received a photo album from our tutees with pictures of our best moments together. I take that as proof of that we’ve done our job well!

The photobook had a lovely message in it as well!

Of course, there are some challenges that come with any task. Being a tutor for foreign exchange students, you can’t always predict the possible challenges your tutee will face. You will have a lot of responsibility making sure your tutees feel welcome in Finland and Karelia UAS. The most important task of an international tutor is to be there to welcome their tutees and help them get used to life in Finland, so being available is incredibly important.

Being an international tutor comes with sweet rewards!

During my year as an international tutor, I’ve been able to go to new places and experience new things. As international tutors, we’ve wanted to let our tutees experience the best of Finland. Our trip to Petkeljärvi national park is something I’ll remember for a long time. We sang around a campfire and sat in a sauna together. The other tutors also took our tutees to Lapland and Koli! I was unable to participate in these trips, and I still can’t help but feel like I’ve missed out on something amazing.

I can truly recommend becoming an international tutor at Karelia UAS! It’s a good way to become more responsible, work on one’s English skills and gain a bunch of new friends as well as a couple of credits! Honestly, some of the best memories from my 2nd year in Karelia UAS have been from the different events we’ve hosted for our exchange students. I’m also looking forward to see what the new tutors have in store for the next year!


Have a great summer!

– Siiri