Getting into the Sauna culture

The job-shadowing in Estonia was quite special during all the month we spent here. We had several activities for four weeks all around the country. The first ten days we were involved in the project called „Rahvuskaaslased“, where we had job shadowing with the youngsters whose roots are from Estonia, but who have lived all their life abroad. All together we learnt more about the history, language and traditions of Estonia.

During those days, we had a great opportunity to visit incredible places like the Parliament of Estonia, Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia, and the Government of the Republic of Estonia. We had relaxing visits to natural places like Soomaa rahvuspark, the Canoe trip on the river of Ahja and Taevaskoja, small places near to Viljandi.

We had a great possibility to see Estonian traditions more closely, namely the Sauna culture. 

Besides, we also had a special cultural evening, where we had a chance to learn Estonian folk dance in Tartu.

After the end of that particular project, we started with a new activity: we moved to a place near Otepää to participate in the autumn days of our organisation (Seiklejate Vennaskond). We discussed with the other volunteers from Estonia the possible improvements and the future of our organisation.

Then after those activities and events, we started with our workshops for school children and youngsters in the youth centre. Our workshops were about the following five topics:

  • Intercultural Roots
  • Say it by Movement
  • Write a Picture for your feelings
  • Being a butterfly
  • Animals worldwide

Children were extremely happy to take part in our workshops and they liked to share experience and knowledge with us.

I learnt so much during those activities and got inspiration for my own job-shadowing in Uruguay.

Kairi, Estonia

Job shadowing in Estonia