So this is it for now! Last night was the grande finale of the wilderness guide course that I have been taking in Kuusamo, Finland. The course that I have participated in is giving me a so-called competence based qualification for the work as a guide. The course is a vocational course, and there is no written final examination like for example in universities. Instead of written examination, there is a practical examination. You are showing your skills in real work situation. The person responsible for evaluating your performance in the examination will be present in the examination situation. The person responsible for the evaluation has also the authority to grant the qualification when the student has passed the examination.
The course that I have participated in, has two months of training in real work places. First month of training was in September and another was now in January-February. I was doing the both training periods in a place called Basecamp Oulanka, which is a hotel-, restaurant- and activity center in Kuusamo. During my winter training perios, I have been able to plan and execute my own product at Basecamp. My product is an night time snowshoeing trip in forest and on the lake ice. During the trip, the participants get a chance to experience the natural darkness and silence, and if weather permits, also the starry night sky and northern lights!
In my examination, I was participating in the night time snowshoeing trip as an assistant guide last night. There was the pricipal guide, me and the evaluator and also 13 clients with us! We were very lucky last night, the sky was clear enought that we could see quite a lot of stars and also some northern lights! And after the trip, there was the evaluation session. I was quite satisfied of the feedback, and I was mostly getting the best grades in evaluation! So I think I have been performing very well! Of course there is always something where you can improve your performance, but so far I’m quite happy with the results! But the course is not over yet, we are still going to be making a cross-country skiing trip with the students and then the last day of the course will be 13th of March, when we are going to get the certificates for passing the course and the examination!
From now on, I’m going to be building up my own northern lights guiding business. At the beginning, it is most likely going to be a part-time thing, which I’m going to do working in my day job. What I’m going to do as my day job is still a little bit unclear, but I’ sure that I will know more about that later in the spring.
Here is a photo from last nights trip: