Before I came here there were some reasons why I wanted to come and they are.
I love travelling and Finland is the country I wanted to go and I think it is a great opportunity to learn about its culture. I chose Turku, because some colleagues who were there recommended me this place and due to I have already been in Helsinki so I wanted to know other important city.
I want to learn Finnish culture, but I want to live a multicultural experience, because I like to know people from different countries and with different cultures, so I think I will find it in Turku.
I would like to learn how is the nursing there and improve my knowledge about caring for foreigners, because I think I will work abroad.
Also I want to improve my English, and maybe learn some Finnish.
Now I have been in Turku for almost 3 month I think it was the best option, I have been sharing my time with amazing people and I also feel like I have a family here and I will have it around the world.
If I compare Finland with my place I can find several differences but it is not a problem for me because I also like Finland, especially Turku. I think it is due to the people I have met here but anyway I really love it and it is a good place to live.
Several Finnish people have been telling me that the best part of Finland is coming and it is the summer and I am really looking forward for that. But I also love snow and snow sports and that is why I decided to come to Finland because I was thinking there would be more snow and for longer, but anyway mi time here has been amazing.
Text and photo: Antonio Daza Castillo
Get Finternational course was a course which I did not choose, but where I learn so much about the differences between cultures and I had a really good time with people from different cultures.
At the beginning I didn’t think that the course could be a really good experience, but I was wrong. I thought that because I have already had some intercultural subjects at my home university and I was thinking it would be the same, but it was better due to I learnt some cultural behavior and then I saw theme in the real life and I could compare with my culture and observe the differences with real examples.
It helps me so much to understand different behavior and to realize how ordinary acts for me may be misunderstanding, so now I know I have to apt to the different cultures when I am with people from different cultures and how I can do it easier for both cultures.
I also enjoyed the time I have been in the Get Finternational course sharing it with more exchange students who made it better and funnier, because in spite of our cultural differences we are like a family, we are living all together, enjoying our exchange time in Turku and we are in the same situation and living the same experience.
Finally I have to say that this course has been a really good experience, where I have learnt so much, more than I thought, and it made me culturally richer. I got new skills to be able to treat properly different kind of people and I think I have understood why we had this course and which goals we needed to get. Furthermore to share that experience with exchange students made it richer and easier to understand everything.
Text: Antonio Daza Castillo