BOIS Teacher Training
We are inspired by the Nordic model of early years education, which we want to share with you. We programme is designed to provide a holistic approach to the outdoor early childhood practices the Scandinavian way. The programme consists of 6 modules focussing on fundamentals of the outdoor education, risk assessment, multilingual education, developmental psychology, and a practical 1 week course in forest schooling. This programme will allow you to develop a deeper connection with a child, personally or professionally, within the outdoor context.
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BOIS Teacher Training, Spring 2020


Teacher Training Programme

Programme Teaser (FREE, registration required) - to be confirmed   

Module 1: Basics of Outdoor Education the Nordic way - 3 June @ 17.00-20.00 &  continues on 28 June @ 11.00-15.00 (course work)

Module 2: Risk Assessment Outdoors - 5 June @ 18.00-21.00 &  28 June @ 15.00-18.00 (course work)

Module 3: Bilingual Education - 10 June @ 17.00 - 20.00

Module 4: Montessori Philosophy - 12 June 18.00 - 21.00

Module 5: Attachment Theory - 17 June @ 17.00 - 20.00

Concluding event - 11 July @ 15.00 - 18.00 Concluding event

In each session you will:

• Learn new concepts and get acquainted with the recent research findings

• Review and critically reflect on key concepts

• Design the implementation of the concept

• Work on a project or a curriculum unit

• Receive personalised feedback in your work 

• Receive a certificate of module completion


BOIS employment opportunities

We offer a variety of working opportunities. We need at least 2 full-time educators as of September 2020, as well as part-time educators for ‘classes vertes’ and nature club activities in different languages.  

We offer a meaningful job, dynamic and dedicated team, and innovative educational lab. We welcome people who seek and want to fulfill their purpose, who have calling to help the others, who truly respect curiosity and seek for wonder, as well as eager to read, learn, and change. 

Every BOIS educator must successfully complete at least 4 out of the first 5 modules and the LEVEL 3 qualification (module 6). BOIS will reimburse 70% of the BOIS training costs after working for BOIS for more than 24 months. We will support in finding an internship at one of our partnering schools.



Language of instruction English

Facilitator Julia Bessonova (Estonia)

Location Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre or Auderghem



Applicants need to demonstrate:

  • strong commitment to teaching and learning and show that they are inspiring individuals with strong interpersonal skills, who are role models for students

  • a commitment to professional development and the ability to truly reflect on their practice, including using student feedback to evaluate the impact of their teaching

  • a willingness to develop their ability to influence and empower peers to excel


The goals of the BOIS Outdoor Educator training programme are:

  • to introduce the Finnish forest and outdoor school model, as well as the WEF 21st century skills framework

  • to support educators’ professional development in the field of the forest and outdoor school method

  • to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience among educators and practitioners of different nationalities and backgrounds

  • to stimulate activities related to the popularisation of outdoor and nature based learning within and beyond the classroom

  • to help BOIS establish closer links with practitioners and schools all around the world

  • to enlarge the pool of knowledgeable outdoor learning practitioners to support creation of a professional network


The BOIS Outdoor Educator training:

  • provides students with in-depth reflection, tailored to a self-assessment of learning and teaching practices. It provides opportunities to deepen the meaning of high-quality learning experience, as well as to gain their understanding of the Scandinavian outdoor and forest school method;

  • allows participants to improve their teaching through facilitated practice, observation of colleagues and working with 'live' students;

  • supports a wider range of teaching activities, including: activity planning, plenary sessions, questioning techniques, engaging in learning, challenging learning, assessment and differentiation strategies;

  • builds confidence of staff to become used to group observations and adopt a positive "can do" attitude.

This course is not linked to a degree program. Academic credit is not available. You will be eligible for a following certificate procedure upon successful completion:

1. Theory/attendance only (no certificate)

2. Outdoor Educator training theory certification: theory + assignments

3. Outdoor Educator training complete certification: theory (completed assignments) + Internship at BOIS

Successful training completion may lead to employment at the BOIS.