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  • 54 references 42 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Swedish; learning Afrikaans, Danish, Estonian, Faroese, French, Icelandic, Latin, Northern Sami, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Student / Teacher
  • Master of Arts, Master of Education in progress.
  • From Lieto
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About Me

Hello! - Ciao! - Hejsan! - Heisann! - Hei! - Sæll!

My name is Pekka and I'm 30 years old. At the moment I'm studying Primary Education in Åbo Akademi University. I'm originally from Lieto, which is located 12 kilometres east of Turku. Before I moved to Vaasa, I lived in Turku for almost eight years (with one summer spent working in Kimitoön, which is the biggest island in the Finnish mainland).
The study year 2018-19 I spent working in Kökar, Åland.

I'm a qualified Italian and Swedish teacher, graduated from University of Turku in 2017. Apart from those two languages, I have also have teaching experience in Norwegian, Finnish, English, Biology, Geography, Religion and PE. My current goal is to become the first teacher in Finland who teaches Italian as first foreign language instead of English.

In the meanwhile I also dedicate some of my time to football coaching (doing it since 2008) and repairing second-hand bikes. Thinking about making my CO2 footprint smaller is also something I've been doing quite much lately (according to some tests, my footprint is around 2,3 globes / 3,9 tons at the moment). I have begun to diminish my waste production by composting biowaste with a Bokashi compost; that's a really cool thing in my opinion.

I describe myself as a friendly and sociable person, whose main mission is to enjoy life as much as possible. I love football and it's one of the most important things in my life. I'm dreaming of combining language teaching and physical education in a way that children could learn languages by doing sports.

If you have some questions, I will be more than grateful to answer them :-).

Cheers

Pekka

PHILOSOPHY

I live my life, because life is the most beautiful thing that can ever be achieved. Life is to be enjoyed as much as possible at the moment and without big worries (even though big worries are inevitable sometimes; that's what makes us humans in the end).

My blog:
https://blogs2.abo.fi/pekkatoivonen/

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting and surfing whenever possible. I would like to show different places for people and meet up for lunch. It's a terrific way of meeting new people.

NB. If you send me a couch request, please read carefully the section "My Home" first.

Se mi mandi una richiesta, ti avviso di leggere attentamente la sezione "My Home" prima.

Skickar du en förfrågan till mig, så ber jag dig att läsa igenom texten i sektionen "My Home" först.

Jos laitat majotuspyynnön, ni lue ekaks huolel läpi teksti osios "My Home".

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Hosting mainly, but with some experience in surfing too.

Interests

  • culture
  • diy
  • environment
  • cooking
  • coach
  • politics
  • reading
  • traveling
  • cars
  • music
  • skiing
  • sports
  • soccer
  • teaching
  • languages
  • volunteering
  • football
  • feminism
  • recycling
  • reuse

Music, Movies, and Books

Music:

Last.fm: Peginho

Movies:

Documentaries, films based on actual events, comedies... you name it!

Books:

Too many good ones just to mention a few.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hiking to Larsbreen glacier in Svalbard and visiting caves underneath it.
InterRail in Summer of 2009.
Driving car between Reykjavík and Vík í Mýrdal in Iceland.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can deal with many sports. As I'm a football coach, I can give you some tips to get better in football. If you haven't tried ice skating or cross-country skiing for example, I can give you a helping hand with that.

I can also help with learning different languages and would like to learn more of them myself as well.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Knowledge above all. I can teach you how to make pizza. I can also tell you about language policies of Finland. Yes, we do have two official languages plus three languages that are official on a regional level.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Åland Islands

Countries I’ve Lived In

Finland, Norway, Åland Islands

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