Learning and Exploring the area
The participants will spend the first two weeks at the Sigtuna Folkhögskola (Stockholm county), where they will have English classes daily (Monday to Friday), totaling 50 hours of teaching. As most Swedes speak English, the students will practice their language skills also besides classes. During the weekend between these two weeks at the Sigtuna Folkhögskola, a homestay-weekend is planned; host families will be in the Stockholm and Uppsala counties.
The students will spend the next two weeks in Jämtland. At the beginning of week 3, the students will move to Östersund for a homestay-week: they will enjoy Swedish family’s life, discover Swedish culture and traditions and have the chance to train their English and Swedish skills. During the stay in Östersund, the participants will also approach the Sami culture and history through several outdoor activities organized by AFS in the surrounding area. The Sami people are the only indigenous people in Scandinavia that are recognized and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and are hence one of the northernmost indigenous people of Europe, living in parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping and sheep herding, but their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding.
Week 4 will be spent in a hostel-camping close to the Norwegian border in a fabulous natural environment. The Camp has a long history behind in organizing outdoor training and the participants will experience several activities in the wilderness and will have the chance to explore this wonderful part of Sweden beside clear waters, through forests and mountains.