ESTONIA: STEM course 2020 – traditional skills & nature, training & community

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Culture heritage, traditional skills and nature: training and community engagement.

Update 13th January 2021: We are working with hosts to determine possible dates for NET courses in 2021 as soon as COVID conditions allow for travel. The decision of the UK government to leave the Erasmus+ programme will not affect those projects with a signed contract. We will update participants on any new travel insurance and visa regulations.

Participants from the postponed course in 2020 will be offered first choice on any rescheduled courses in 2021.

As soon as we have confirmed dates and details we will post them here and share through our consortium. The proposed course for 2020 is provided below for information. 2021 course content may change slightly due to COVID regulations.

Host: Maarika Nagel (Viitong/Heritage Tours)

Course Dates: 14 – 21 June 2020

Application Deadline: 2nd March 2020

Preparation Meeting Date: 20 May 2020

Aims & Themes: exploring traditional skills as part of education, community life and heritage engagement in a digitally engaged and biodiversity rich country.

Draft Itinerary:

 2020 study trip Erasmus+ programme

Central Estonia

Dates: June 14 to June 21 2020

Day 1

Goal of the Day:

arrival, Old Tallinn – UNESCO heritage site

Welcome tour in Old Tallinn guided by Riin Alatalu

Dinner, good sleep

Overnight in Tallinn

Day 2

Goal of the Day: environment and sustainability, industrial and dark heritage.

Vasalemma and Rummu villages.

Former horrible destination of prisons and criminals and the worst soviets, nowdays an atractive tourism destination.

Vasalemma – industrial heritage.

activity Meet Kaja Lotman – the outstanding lady of Estonian environmental activities, the nominee of Alfred Toepfer medal given for the most outstanding input in nature protection and sustainable development of Europe 2019.

Overnight in Tallinn

Day 3

Goals of the Day:

1.Outstanding practices integrating agricultural and country heritage to modern life.

2. Sharing the heritage knowledge with youth via studies.

Tallinn – Olustvere Vocational School

Studies on Agriculture, Hospitality and Catering, Tourism and Travel, Handicraft.


Drive to Viljandi town

Tour of Viljandi

Overnight in Viljandi or nearby.

Day 4

Goal of the Day: Interpretation of cultural heritage.

Tartu University Viljandi Culture Academy

Viljandi Folk

Workshop – men’s crafts.

Overnight in Viljandi or nearby.

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Day 5 

Goal of the Day:

1.Textile heritage, mission of life.

2. New life of historical lodi – boat

Heimtali Museum and Anu Raud – the Grand Old Lady of Estonian traditional textile.

Afternoon in University town Tartu.

Sailing on historical lodi-boat, discussion on board with builders of lodi boat.

Overnight in Tartu

Day 6

Goal of the Day:

1.Tartu University, Alma Mater since 1632.

2. ERM – Estonian National Museum

Tartu walking tour

ERM – Estonian National Museum

Meet the people, see behind the scene

Drive to Tallinn (2 hours)

Overnight in Tallinn

Day 7

Goal of the Day:

1.Military history

2.Historical suburbs

Bastion Passages of Old Tallinn

Evaluation of historical suburbal areas of Kalamaja, Telliskivi, Noblessner, Proto, Sea plane Harbor, Patarei Prison, meet the people.

Some free time for special interests.

Overnight in Tallinn

Day 8

Departure day

Click here to download the full course list for STEM 2020 

Click here to download the application form for STEM 2020. 

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STEM is a new programme but Maarika has been running NET courses for several years and you can read participant reports from NET Estonia here.

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