Finnish Residential Adult Immersion Programs
If you’re 18 years or older and want to sharpen your Finnish, or just stretch your mind, our adult programs at Salolampi are perfect for you. We will help you improve your pronunciation, expand your vocabulary, learn new conversational skills and broaden your knowledge of Finnish culture.
Salolampi‘s environment looks like Finland, complete with authentic Finnish log cabins and tanssilava (dance pavilion) surrounded by birch trees. Enjoy the electric indoor or wood-fired lakefront saunas, kantele music and singing, or a game of mölkky while our kitchen staff prepares delicious Finnish cuisine.
Our talented and motivated staff members provide expert instruction in small and large group settings catered specifically to your language abilities. They make sure sessions include ample opportunity for practicing your Finnish as well as for meeting new people and having fun. While the adult sessions are carefully adapted to suit the ages of the participants, Salolampi adult sessions offer participants the same authentic menus as the summer sessions for young people.
This program is generously supported by the Salolampi Foundation, providing numerous scholarship options.
Meet the Program Leaders
Tiina Watts has been teaching Finnish at Salolampi Adult Weeks and Family Fun Weekends since 2003. Her seven children and her husband, Ed, have all attended many family weekend programs, and five of her children have been to summer youth programs. Salolampi is a magical place for the whole Watts family.
Tiina’s background with Finland started with her Finnish mother, Lea Antsola Mahoney, who taught her Finnish songs and culture, but unfortunately not how to speak her mother tongue. Tiina had the chance to learn it later as a teenager living in Helsinki for three years with her family, and then as a missionary for her church for a year and a half in the ’80s. Tiina also spent a summer in Finland working at the Alvar Aalto museum and the Jyväskylä library. She loves the Finnish language and especially its grammar. Her main goal as a Finnish teacher is to help others love the language, too, in spite of its intricacies and all the crazy stems and endings and exceptions! The beautiful, complicated, fascinating, soft-spoken language reminds her of the Finnish people and the Finnish landscape.
Tiina’s other passion is Finnish music; she plays guitar and piano and loves singing. Singing is a great way to learn pronunciation, vocabulary, useful phrases and grammar. Tiina’s language lessons are full of singing, movement, games, interaction, speaking, listening, and writing activities, grammar, and lots of variety.
Tiina will graduate with her Master’s degree in August 2021 in Second Language Teaching from Brigham Young University. She has recently been hired as a Finnish instructor and Scandinavian Languages Coordinator at BYU. As the director of Salolampi Adult Weeks, her main goal is to improve language curriculum and teaching at Salolampi. In addition to making sure Adult Weeks always have great instructors, Tiina is committed to bringing the best cultural presenters, crafters and musicians in the state, and in the country, to Salolampi Adult Weeks. Tulkaa katsomaan ja oppimaan!
Amy Iida Tervola Hultberg
Amy Iida Tervola Hultberg is dean of Salolampi, the Finnish Language Village. Iida has been a villager, credit villager, counselor, business manager, credit facilitator and assistant dean at Salolampi. Iida earned her BA from Concordia College, has an MA in education from Hamline University and K-12 administrative licensure from St. Mary’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has done doctoral work at The Ohio State University and is currently nearing the end of doctoral coursework at Capella University.
Iida has taught elementary school students in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, for 13 years, serving the district as the primary literacy coordinator for five years. Well-established in Finnish-American circles, she is executive secretary and active board member of the Salolampi Foundation and a trustee candidate of Finlandia Foundation National, along with serving as store manager and food service supervisor of Minnesota Finnish Historical Society Chapter 13.