It was a true pleasure to meet you and your staff. My colleague and I have learned many things by being together with you and we will surely treasure these in our personal and professional journey. We have spent some wonderful days together. We really enjoyed this experience very much. Thanks for everything and I really hope to be able to come back again with a lot of my colleagues.
Maria Giuliana Demurtas
I enjoyed everything and I would recommend your course to everyone I know. The actual idea of getting a direct glimpse into Finnish schools is brilliant! And the fact that we got the chance of visiting a school in Estonia and to visit Tallinn was a definite bonus. Your course is unique, so very different from everything I have ever experienced before, you never get the time to get bored as it's so active and you get in touch with so many people. I would always choose a course like yours over any theoretical teacher course.
I had the pleasure of working with Arne during a benchmarking course in Helsinki in April, 2016. He is an exceptionally capable and talented professional who can turn difficulties into opportunities. He is highly knowledgeable, meticulous, organized and supportive. He is also a man of his word and a reliable problem solver. But I am particularly impressed by his illuminating positive and vivacious outlook that brings people together and creates a vibrant atmosphere where people can share their opinions and discover an unknown side of themselves. He is an ambitious, top-notch professional with whom I look forward to having many more years of collaboration and mutual projects which provide people with new insights and a deeper understanding on the changing trends in the field of education.
I had the pleasure to have Arne as trainer during one of his Benchmarking courses in Helsinki and Tallinn. Arne was always well prepared, had a deep knowledge of the issues we addressed in the course, he was happy to answer hundreds of questions every day and through his thoughtful arrangements we could make the most of our experience in the Finnish and Estonian schools. Also, after the course, when I asked for advice concerning a KA2 project, his input was prompt and very useful. Last but not least, he is a really friendly and kind person.
Arne made everything in his hands so that we felt welcome and at home in Helsinki and made our experience wonderful. He is a really charismatic, enthusiastic and energetic person ready to help everybody and to share his views and experiences. He managed to organize everything to tailor a different experience for everyone in the group. Arne was definitely the key person for the experience to be a complete success!
I found the course not only educational but also profoundly relevant and current. It gave me the experience and ideas I needed so I could take that back to my school to implement strategies to move the school forward. Observing many schools allowed me to see a wide range of teaching methods, curricula and personal accounts of teaching in Finland. Arne is an excellent consultant that provided factual information as well as personal opinions which I found extremely helpful in making my trip to Finland as useful as possible. Everything experienced was well thought through and allowed myself to see a panoramic view of education rather than a biased narrow view. I would thoroughly recommend this experience and I hope to return in the near future for another course.