How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school is very modern and expanding. The high school, a three minute walk from the main campus, was expanded over the summer of 2002 as well as the media center on the main campus.
There are many after-school activites for the students that change from quarter to quarter. There is baseball, soccer, football, boy/girl scouts, floorball, drama club, school band as well as other activities that depend on volunteers to run. (Continue)
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
I'm a student with limited possessions so I used voovit for the move- not bad but they did insist on me giving a Finnish landline number which we just don't have. Otherwise, it's basically the postal service.
We live on the East side but it doesn't feel too rough so far despite its apparent bad reputation. There are a lot of other immigrants in this area, moslems are very visible. So I imagine there are facilities available here for moslems.
I recommend living near a metro line as it's very easy to travel to the city but there are buses and trams in other parts of the city. (Continue)
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
I recommend the American Women's Club. They have special interest groups as well as monthly meetings. You can find them in the Internet and go from there. The Club includes Americans, Finns and international english speaking women. (Continue)