About us

International Wilderness Guide is a 10-month education program to become a professional in the field of nature tourism. The training is organized by the Tampere-based vocational college Tredu. It exists since 1997 and the number of graduates working as entrepreneurs and employed guides clearly underlines the need of such a program in Finland. In 2021 the official language of the program was changed from English to Finnish due to changes in the rules of vocational education. We are committed to offering the program again in English in the future if rules allow.

Learn more about the program by reading about our 30+ years of history.

Information regarding admission and contacts can be found on the website of Tredu: https://www.tredu.fi/koulutus/era-ja-luonto-opas/ Further information about the official qualification can be found here.

IWG Meeting

Every year the IWG meeting gathers alumnis back in Kuru. In 2023 it took place on Nov 4th, for 2024 the preliminary set date is Nov 2nd. More details will follow when the event comes closer.

The IWG Boogie

Don’t forget to dance the IWG boogie – find our highly inofficial playlist here:

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“The IWG program has enabled me to start my own business and has therefore given hundreds of international tourists the chance to discover the natural beauty of Finland.”

Joose, IWG 19

Want to get to know us?

Many of our graduates have established their own company or are working for tour operators in Finland (and some even beyond).

Get in touch

For any questions regarding admission, please get in touch with the lecuturer Mikko Oinonen (Mikko.Oinonen@tampere.fi).