Tallinn - CIEE Copenhagen Study Tour

Spring 2019

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Tallinn is the Capital of Estonia, one of the smallest countries in Europe. Yet the country and the city have plenty to offer visitors. Estonia was a former Soviet republic and the conflict between East and West is still very much alive in the country where NATO has deployed troops as a political signal to Russia. Estonia has also become among the most digitalized countries in the world and is a front runner when it comes to E-governance. While we are in Tallinn, we will visit global companies operating from Tallinn and hear more about the city and its history. 

As Tallinn was never devastated in war, like so many other European cities, it is one of the best-preserved cities in Europe with a fantastic medieval city center. We will experience the old town and cultures of Eastern Europe, while we at the same time will see modern history when we visit museums and sights from the Soviet area.

The bustling capital of Estonia, Tallinn, offers a rich history combined with contemporary culture, and today it is called the Silicon Valley of Europe. Estonia’s placement has made it a major trade hub -- which has also led to the influence and rule of many external powers, including the Vikings, Germany, Sweden, and more recently, Nazi occupation and then Soviet rule from 1944 to 1991. Tallinn’s Old Town is among the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The tour to Tallinn will bring us to Skype, the Danish Embassy, a non-governmental environmental organization, a Cold War museum, and visits to medieval sites around the city.

Sample Itinerary

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Friday

DANISH EMBASSY
Presentation on Danish-Estonian relations and history and Estonian governance, including an introduction to 20th Century geopolitics and the Cold War.

PRESENTATION FROM MICROSOFT SKYPE
Skype software was originally developed by Estonians, and today, Tallinn hosts one of Skype’s headquarters. Tallinn offers a unique pool of talent to run a large, international tech company. 

Saturday

LET'S DO IT TOGETHER
This global non-governmental organization with an  active chapter in Tallinn organizes  large-scale clean-up days and raises awareness for environmental issues.

WALKING TOUR
The group will walk together back to the Old Town and meet the walking tour guides. The walking tour introduces the history behind castles, town wall towers and churches.

Sunday

OPTION 1: HEALTH CARE MUSEUM
We will check out and put our luggage in a private bus. We will then walk together to the museum.
The visit to the Estonian Health Care Museum will introduce historical and modern health issues in Estonia, and the museum shows human anatomy and the history of medicine. The museum is located in two fully renovated medieval buildings in Tallinn Old Town. After the visit we will walk to meet the other group and take the bus to the airport together.

OPTION 2: VABAMU MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS AND FREEDOM
We will check out and travel to the museum in a private bus. A tour and visit includes exhibitions 
on everyday life in Soviet Estonia, including the KGB, and the history and consequences of occupations, both in the region and worldwide.

Free Time Suggestions

ESTONIAN HISTORY MUSEUM – GREAT GUILD HALL

Films and hands-on displays at this extensive museum show how Estonians lived, fought and survived over 11,000 years. The museum covers Estonia’s history from prehistoric times right up to the end of the 20th century. It makes its home in the 15th century Great Guild Hall, itself a spectacular relic of Tallinn’s past.
 

MUSEUM OF ESTONIAN DRINKING CULTURE

This museum showcases the historic Luscher & Matiesen Distillery as well as the history of Estonian alcohol production and drinking culture. The distillery was the nation’s leading winery in the 1930s and has now made a comeback. In the 800-year-old cellar rooms you get to know exciting stories and view interesting exhibits.
 

JAPANESE GARDEN IN KADRIORG PARK

An exquisite Japanese Garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Masao Sone, sits at the northeast corner of Kadriorg Park. The plants were chosen specifically to suit Estonia’s colder climate. Rocks play an important part in the garden. Mr. Sone fell in love with Tallinn’s Old Town cobblestone and this influence is clearly visible.
 

WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?

The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.

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