"Don’t hesitate to come to Norway, it’s great here!" Rollup Image Lucie Mosquera is from Switzerland and is training to be a teacher. She’s currently exchange student at Nord University, here to experience Norway and Norwegian teacher education. By:Ole Johan Ramfjord Published:17. December 2021 kl. 16:00 Updated:17. December 2021 kl. 15:54 Main body"We work with Arts and crafts. Last week we were taught to carve, and we made knives and spoons among other things. Now we're out in the woods in Levanger to make things out of wood", says Lucie.She's learning among the trees, not far from Nord University's campus in Levanger. Together with her fellow students, she's learned to use tools such as a knife and an axe. They're making swings, tables and chairs on tree stumps. In addition to learning the tools and craft skills, students are encouraged to adapt their materials by bending, sawing, drilling and barking.“We learn to create something from nature with our hands. It's really cool," she says. Šárka from Czech Republic. Photo: Rune HjelenClassrooms in the forest“The next task is to create a living space in the forest, the answer to which is usually to create something you can be inside", says Assistant Professor Rune Hjelen.The most important thing is to collaborate with others, and work with unfamiliar tools.Lucie and the other international students work together with Norwegian middle school students.“We believe this will lead to interaction across national borders, and learning from each other's cultures. We have a tradition of hiking and building in Norway. No matter where you are in the world, you build with the materials you have. In Norway, we have lots of trees, and being able to use the resources we find in nature is brilliant," he says.For Lucie, teaching in the woods is something completely new, she is used to learning in a classroom where everyone sits."This is very different. We're out and about, working together and learning a lot. I think it's really great." Šárka from Czech Republic and María from Spain. Photo: Rune Hjelen An alternative approach to educationLucie is from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and is both Swiss and Spanish. She's studying to teach children from four to twelve years old.She chose to study for a semester in Norway because the approach to education is different, compared to her home country.“You think more about the children and about learning by doing here. Not just sitting in a classroom while the teacher talks."In addition, she's fascinated by Norwegian nature.“I've travelled around Norway and found it's a really beautiful country. So I came both because of Norwegian nature and culture, but first of all because of teacher education here."Outdoors a lotShe says that they knew that they were going to be outdoors, but sleeping outside was a new experience for her.“We learn that a classroom can be anywhere, not just inside. For example, we spent three days in the woods with canoeing and outdoor accommodation. It was unexpected, but we learned a lot! If you want to challenge yourself and learn more about how to teach students outdoors, I think Norway is the perfect choice. What's more, you learn a lot about yourself.""What would you say to students considering taking a semester in Norway?"“Don't hesitate to come to Norway, it's great here!" says Lucie. By:Ole Johan Ramfjord Published:17. December 2021 kl. 16:00 Updated:17. December 2021 kl. 15:54 Right bodyFacts: Nordic and International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning ECTS credits: 30 Semester: Autumn Study level: Shorter programme/one term programme Teaching language: English Campus: Levanger Faculty: Faculty of Education and Arts More about the programme Share on Facebook Share on Twitter E-mail Print this page Articles published on www.nord.no may be reprinted with reference to the original source. Images on www.nord.no may not be used without the written permission of the Communications Unit. Nord University takes no responsibility for the content of external websites linked to articles on www.nord.no.