ICIE in Helsinki – July, 2020 (Build Your Own) - 8 Days

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The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE) is committed to the development of all learners as productive world citizens and leaders for the future. The ICIE 2020 Conference in Helsinki, Finland will provide a conference program at the highest caliber featuring Nobel Prize winners, keynote speakers, invited speakers, and a large number of scholars and presenters alongside a selection of exhibitors.

This conference is especially geared toward teachers interested in gifted education, education excellence and/or innovation in education.

Traveling Teachers will love this opportunity to learn, grow and connect with education colleagues from across the globe. This same conference has happened in several countries to date, including Jordan, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, teh United States, Israel, Poland and Germany, to name a few. This is truly an international community of educators, which is at the heart of what Traveling Teachers is all about. We explore and thrive where travel and education intersect!

Join us for a week of professional development, personal growth and play in Helsinki this summer!


Join other Traveling Teachers from around the world for the 2020 ICIE Conference in Helsinki, Finland. This will be a fantastic opportunity to pursue your own professional development, with enough downtime to leave refreshed.

The “Build Your Own” package is exactly as it sounds! You choose which lodging, meals and activities are included.

If you see an activity that you’re interested in that you’d like to schedule for another time, let us know! The itinerary only notes when we will be doing that as a group. If you’d like a more exclusive experience with your friends, co-workers or loved ones, we can arrange that for you.

Note that all lodging is at Töölö Towers. Conference rates are available while supplies last.

Please note that each teacher must build and pay for their own package.


Day 1
Saturday, July 18th, 2020

Arrival day

Check-in to lodging

Free day and evening to explore

Optional: Meal upon arrival delivered to your room!


Day 2
Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Free day to relax or explore

Optional Add-On: Day trip to Porvoo, Finland


Day 3
Monday, July 20th, 2020

Free morning

Optional Add-On: 4-hour tour of Suomenlinna Island & Fortress, including tastes of local Finnish cuisine

7pm-8:30pm – Conference opening ceremony


Day 4
Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

8am-7pm – ICIE Conference

Optional: Join other Traveling Teachers for dinner and cocktails


Day 5
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

8am-5:30pm – ICIE Conference

Optional Add-On: 2-hour Finnish sauna experience at Löyly in evening


Day 6
Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

8am-4:30pm – ICIE Conference

Optional Add-On: Small-group visit to nearby Nuukisio National Park and reindeer farm – led by a local, Finnish guide.


Day 7
Friday, July 24th, 2020

8am-5:30pm – ICIE Conference

Farewell group dinner, traditional Finnish cuisine


Day 8
Saturday, July 25th, 2020

Departure day

Optional Add-On: For those departing later, consider joining us on a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia! This 11-hour excursion includes both ferry crossings to and from Helsinki, as well as walking tour in Tallinn, and plenty of time to explore on your own.



  • Lodging (specifics will vary according to your selection)
  • ICIE Conference fees and all related materials
  • Daily breakfast at lodging
  • Daily lunch at conference
  • Daily coffee at conference
  • Local Helsinki sauna experience
  • Finnish farewell dinner on last night
  • 24/7 contact and support of trip leader


  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation
  • Trip insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Meal inclusions dependent upon your selections

Frequently Asked Questions

Is ground transportation included?

No. Transportation between accommodations and events will be on your own, but rest assured knowing Helsinki is very walkable! The city also takes pride in a great public transportation system.


Is airfare included?

Airfare is not included in Traveling Teachers LLC tours. However, we’d be more than happy to help you score deals on airfare. Just let us know, and we’ll be on the lookout for you! 🙂


Can I bring my friends/spouse/partner/family?

You are more than welcome to make this a couples getaway, city break with friends or family vacation! You will just want to consider the lodging options.

We have specific packages that were designed with couples, families and teacher friends in mind.

While you are more than welcome to design your package using this option, it will likely be more expensive doing so for multiple people.


Am I able to make payments for my trip?

Yes! 25% of the total is due at the time of registration (we’ve done the math for you already 😉 ).

Please note that the total due must be paid by Friday, June 12th, 2020.


Are payments refundable?

Unfortunately, no. As soon as your payment is received, we pay our partners and vendors whatever is needed to secure your reservation for activities, lodging, meals, etc.


Is there a discount for students?

There is! If you are pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree in education, you qualify for the ICIE Conference Student Discount.

Just look for the extra services at the bottom of the package details when booking. Then, select the Student Discount option.



You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD $ 700/person
Additional Options
Small Single Room at Töölö Towers: 7 nights - July 18th-25th, 2020 Compact room to fulfill basic overnight needs. Breakfast not included. Single twin bed in private room Private bathroom Hair dryer Mini fridge Television Wifi Cooking possible in shared kitchen https://en.unihome.fi/locations/toolo-towers/small-single-room-14m2/
USD $ 500 /traveler
Small Twin Studios at Töölö Towers: 7 nights - July 18th-25th, 2020 Shared kitchenette and living room, suitable for two people Breakfast not included 2 twin beds Hot plates Fridge Coffee maker Electric kettle Microwave Cooking utensils Set of dishes for 4 persons Hair dryer Television Wifi https://en.unihome.fi/locations/toolo-towers/twin-studio-34m2/
USD $ 600 /traveler
One-bedroom Apartment at Töölö Towers: Kitchenette includes: - Stove with oven - Fridge - Coffee maker - Electric kettle - Microwave - Cooking utensils - Set of dishes for 4 persons Private bathroom includes: - Hair dryer Other amenities: - Television - Wifi
USD $ 800 /traveler
Student Discount: If you are a student pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies, you qualify for a student rate for the ICIE conference! Just be sure to provide proof of enrollment in courses when you register (full-time for undergraduate, and at least part-time for graduate).
USD $ 165 /traveler
Discount for Finnish Residents: If you live in Finland, you qualify for the local registration discount! Note that you cannot take both the Student and Local discounts.
USD $ 220 /traveler
Total $ 700 USD

Trip Facts

  • Ground transportation is not included. However, we'd be happy to get you oriented so that you are well-prepared to use Helsinki's wonderful public transportation!
  • Our group will be no larger than 20 people.
  • Payment plans are available. 25% of the total is required at booking. The remainder is due by Friday, June 12th, 2020.
  • Highs are typically in the 60s/70s F (15-20C), with the lows typically being in the 50s F (~10) during summer. Be sure to bring layers!

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