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!‘
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.
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.
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. 😉
evaluation, planning & Salt mines
Today, we started the day by evaluating and discussing the presentations from yesterday. The students were working in international groups comparing their notes and the main reasons for immigration into each of the participating countries.
Teacher’s were busy planning the next visit to Vantaa, Finland. Expected dates are now updated and available in the calendar.
Salt mines play a huge part of Salzburg’s history. That is why they played an important part of today’s cultural exchange. We were taken to the Hallein Salt Mine and learned about the basics of city’s historical background.
Welcome to Salzburg!
Last of the participants have landed on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning we meet at BGN Salzburg, we have a look around the school, chat and start getting to know each other.
The activities start by each country presenting ‘Reasons for immigration’.
After lunch, the day continued by taking the city tour. We were met by an April weather: a mixture of sunshine, rain and hail. However, we still enjoyed the sightseeing very much.
Among other places we have visited Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg cathedral, and Mozart’s birthplace.
Thank you, Austria for welcoming us warmly!