Finland, Vantaa – Day 6

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

The last day before leaving Finland was dedicated to spending time with the hosting families and engaging in different sorts of activities. 

Saying goodbye to new friends

After that it was time to say goodbye to the new friends and travel back home.

Fortunately, we still will meet each other in Melilla, Spain in spring-20!

Finland, Porvoo – Day 5

The morning started by bus trip to Porvoo, the old wooden city about 50 km to the east from Vantaa.

On the bus to Porvoo

Founded nearly 800 years ago, Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland. One can feel its long history when walking on its charming streets. For centuries, the city has been a source of inspiration for many Finnish artists.

Porvoo, Finland

Finland is a Christmas country and that day happened to be the opening of a Christmas season. There was Santa Claus walking on the streets and all the Christmas lights were lightning. It really was beginning to look like Christmas!

Finland, Helsinki – Day 4

Helsinki

On Friday we visited the capital city of Finland. We took a bus city tour around Helsinki followed by some free time walking around. Although the weather in the capital wasn’t very welcoming, we enjoyed the trip nonetheless.

Finland, Vantaa – Day 3

Baking joulutorttu

The day started by visiting the home economics lesson that is only found in Finnish school system. The students baked ‘joulutorttu’, a Christmas tart. Some students were still working on European cultural guide.

Teachers’ training

Meanwhile teachers participated in teacher training program consisted of a lecture on “ICT in 21st century schools”.

‘Last Christmas’

The theme of upcoming Christmas was brought up when all were welcome to participate in a music lesson, pick up an instrument and learn to play ‘Last Christmas’. A lesson that many appreciated, since the progress was experienced immediately.

Singing along

 

Finland, Vantaa – Day 2

Presentations

The day started by working with the project. Each country was introducing their culture, traditions, history, religion, cuisine, political parties and economy. 

Group work

After the presentations the students worked in groups. Based on what they had learned about each country the students started to create a European cultural guide. 

Finnish sauna

After lunch we walked few kilometers to Lake Kuusijärvi. There was a change to experience a traditional Finnish sauna and swim in the lake. Many students were brave and dipped in the lake.

Finland, Helsinki – Day 1

Welcome to Finland

Despite strike at Helsinki -Vantaa airport all the participants were able to land safely by the late Monday evening. 

The Midnight Hobbits

On Tuesday morning we all met at the school canteen. We had coffee and some traditional Finnish sweet bread called ‘pulla’. Then there was a welcoming party at the auditorium. The school band called The Midnight Hobbits was singing about long, hot summer. We also learned facts about Finland. After that we had a tour around the school and got to know each other a little bit. 

Presentations

The activities started by each country telling about immigration in their school. We saw presentations in which the immigrants were telling about their experiences in moving to a new country. They gave some ideas about what school could do better in helping them to adjust to a new culture and environment.

Haltia

After lunch the day continued by visiting Haltia, the Finnish nature center in Nuuksio National Park about 30 km from Helsinki. Nature from all over Finland, from southern archipelago up till snowy hills of Lapland and all Finland’s 40 National Parks can be experienced there. We also visited Reindeer park which is the southernmost place in Finland where you can see reindeer. 

Feeding the reindeer

Austria, Vienna – Day 6

Family activities

The last day before leaving Salzburg behind was dedicated to spending time with the hosting families and engaging in different sorts of activities. Some of us went for the trips in the nearby locations, some of us checked out the local marathon

After that, unfortunately, it was time to start packing and say: ‘Thank you, to everyone in Austria for a fantastic stay, and to everyone else being part of the project, and see you in autumn 2019 in Finland!

Austria, Vienna – Day 5

the capital

On Saturday, Austrians have prepared to take us to their capital city, Vienna, and show us a big part of their country’s history. We toog a very comfortable high speed train to get there, and enjoyed the Austrian countryside through the windows during the journey.

We started off by visiting Prater and observing the city from high up. After that we took a mini guided tour through the city center and the most important sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg.

Thereafter, students were allowed to explore the city on their own for some time, before embarking on the train back to Salzburg full of impressions.

Austria, Salzburg – Day 4

Discussing immigration

This day was very interesting, and important, to all the participants. We met with twenty two young people between the age 15-25 from Minerva school in Salzburg who were willing to share with us their stories.

In spite of the language barrier, this was a very enriching day for everyone.

The students of participating countries were about to ask questions that they had prepared beforehand, but towards the end they also improvised and discussed whatever came to their mind at the moment.

It was wonderful to follow the process of the discussion. From when at the beginning the Minerva students stood little nervously on one side of the room, to the end, when all people were mixed together and sharing even personal experiences, hobbies and impressions of living in Austria in a relaxed way.

The results of this discussion will be published very soon.

Austria, Salzburg – Day 3

Today, the students started by visiting the local lessons and then continued by presenting the results of questionnaires about improving teaching methods. All the countries had had their students fill in a questionnaire about what they thought would help the educational process from several different perspectives. We will share these results soon.

Teachers’ training program consisted of a lecture on ‘Inclusion in Austrian schools’ which naturally developed into an interesting discussion between the participating teachers.

After the lunch, we took a trip to the largest ice cave in the world Eisriesenwelt which happens to be situated very close to Salzburg. The trip was quite exciting and slightly physically demanding, which of course was necessary after all the work and sitting at school. Some of the students enjoyed the snow for the first time in their lives. 😉