PARTNERS' activities

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday October 14th in Turku - Boost



On Friday we took a bus and went to Turku. First we had a social meeting at Boost. There we made five groups and then we needed to create a new project and after that we presented the project for everyone with the group. After that we went to have a burgers and coffee or tea.

When morning was over we took a bus to the center of Turku. Then we started a game which was exploring Turku. During the game the students walked all around the center and they needed to do some chores. One was at Aboa Vetus where they had a coffee. The last place where they needed to go was Tuomiokirkko and there we all met.

Once again we took a bus and the group headed to the mall called Mylly. There people had time to do shopping and eat something. After that was time to go home and prepare for the evening’s party.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday, October 13th

We started the day in the school with some team-building sports activities. We had the chance to play floorball and basketball with all of the participating students. Besides getting to know each other better, we could burn some calories. After a short pause, we learnt a bit Finnish language from the Finnish students, so now we can start a short conversation, introduce ourselves or ask if we are going to the sauna. After we ate in the school canteen, we visited a local company called DINOlift. There they gave us an interesting presentation about their job and how they succeed.  Later we walked through the factory and got a first-hand experience of the previously mentioned work.

We all spent the afternoon together by a lake. In the cottage, we could not only play games and hang out, but we tried out some Finnish traditions as well. We used the sauna and right after coming out of it, we jumped into the cold water then we went back. After the delicious dinner, all four countries showed some national dances and taught it. We finished the day with a hunting game in the dark forest, where we had to find our teams colour, and then complete a puzzle. The puzzle was the home country's, Finland's flag. We all would like to say thank you for the amazing day! Kiitos!

Teachers had an extra programme, which was a meeting with the representatives of the local vocational school. We got deep insight into the Finnish education system and the position of the vocational training within. Taking the hairdressers' course as an example we learnt about the structure of the curriculum, the ratio of general and professional subjects, the ratio of theoretical and practical training and the exam requirements. We also talked about the international cooperation with foreign vocational schools that provide on-the-job training opportunities for students. E.g. Erasmus, Kam'oon China, ThaiGo.



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12th

It has been four days since we arrived in Finland. The views are amazing, I must say, but every single new day is colder than the day before. Or at least, that is my modest impression. However the massive cold I am going to catch by the end of the week is totally worth it.

One of the things that has caught my attention so far is the way people behave here. I don’t mean it in a bad way, of course, it’s just a matter of culture anyways. It is hard for me to understand why they take their shoes off when they enter a house, for instance, or a kitchen like the picture below. And if they do, why don’t they take them off when they’re in other places like that factory where we were today, Pema.


By the way, it’s a factory that makes welding automation. Maybe this is out of context but, even though welding is not precisely interesting enough for my liking, I find  the passion with which they talked about business amusing. It was inspiring, and I guess that’s what counts in the end. They even gave us something to eat, so I guess it was a plus. After a couple of explanations about how things worked there, we arrived at Loimaan high school section again, and waited for a while for the kitchen class to be opened. Once we got into it, we had a good time preparing apple crumbles, a Finnish recipe. It wasn’t bad at all, in fact, I’m thinking about trying it out at home myself.


Earlier in the morning we had attended an interesting international event at school which provided an opportunity to disseminate YES for Future. Actually, some of the students in the project presented their schools and towns and the Finnish team gave us an account of their participation in other projects and student exchanges. Even volunteers and students from countries like Austria, France and Brazil presented their countries and culture as well as their cooperation and experience in Loimaan lukio.
At the end of the day, when the sun started to set, we went to a Finnish student's house, but what happened there is another story. So, to cut a long story short, we had a great time.

By Andrea Lavado Gordillo



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday in Helsinki


Tuesdays program was to visit the capital of Finland, Helsinki, and also one of the biggest companies in Finland’s food industry, Fazer. Fazer is famous for its chocolate and liquorice but they also produce breads and pastries. Their new Visitor Centre had just been opened so we stopped by on our way to Helsinki.
 

The Visitor Centres' building itself was really modern and attractive and seriously cooler than we had expected. The exchange students were divided into three groups by their home countries and the Finnish hosts went with their guests. All the groups were given a guide who led a tour around the centre. The groups started from different points but every tour ended at the tasting area. The guide told us about the history of the Fazer company, the history of making chocolate and how the production actually works.
 

The guest were given opportunities to try things by themselves too, which made the tour fun and interesting. You could plaid loaves, assemble a plateful which a computer would rate by its healthiness or you could “visit” the actual factory area with virtual reality glasses.There was also a sort of a greenhouse planted in the middle of the centre. It contained tropical plants (a cacao tree, an orange tree etc.) which are crucial for the production of chocolate.
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As mentioned before, the tour ended at a tasting(more like eating) area. There were these huge pipes or tubes filled with all kinds of Fazer chocolates and liquorices. There was also a sort of a “christmas tree” made from plastic bowls full of chocolate. We were allowed to eat as much as we wanted/could. And that we did. Sadly you weren’t allowed to take any of the chocolates with you nor return to the area later. Some of Fazer’s newest breads were also available for eating but our main focus was on the chocolates.


After eating ourselves full we did a bit of shopping at the Visitor Centre’s shop and then funnily enough had lunch at the café. I think the majority of us were ready to puke while waiting in the line, but the lunch was still good.

We continued our journey with the bus and were still on schedule as we arrived to Helsinki. The bus stopped at the Senate Square where our bus tour guide was waiting for us. She told us about the Helsinki Cathedral and the architecture of the buildings surrounding the square. She also informed us of the places we were going to see during the two hour bus tour. We took a couple of group pictures and got back to the bus.


 
 
Our second stop was Helsinki’s Rock church, which was a new experience not only for the guests but also for some of the Finns. The church is quarried out of the natural bedrock and has great acoustics(which we however were not allowed to test).
 


 
 
 We drove on past the public beach and Sibelius park in which the monument for Jean Sibelius, our national composer, is located. Our next stop was at the Seurasaari islands’ bridge. After some more groups pictures we started driving back to the city centre but this time using another route. Among some other sights we saw the Olympic Stadium and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Whenever we were inside the bus the guide would point out different places or share some basic/”fun” information about Finland.
At last after two and a half hours we were back at the Senator Square. We were behind on our schedule but the guide still insisted we had to hear some last facts or suggestions on what we should do during the free time we were going to have. But as the tour had taken so long, our free time was a lot shorter than planned. A lot of people had thought about going shopping or finding a nice restaurant where to eat(and not visiting the Ateneum Art Museum as the guide kept on suggesting) but as we had less than an hour time most of us settled for staying within a short distance from the Senator Square. We were however promised more shopping time in Turku on Friday, which made things a bit better. On our way back to Loimaa the guests had a chance to take part in an incredibly cool and awesome quiz about the stuff they’d learned during the day and the winner got an equally cool and awesome chocolate prize. 

Emilia Varhi










Monday, October 10, 2016

Students' Exchange in Loimaa, Monday, 10th of October, 2016


We made it!!! It is hard to even think about anything while standing still outside the small red house with green roof (they are quite common in Finnland) in freezing cold waiting to go to Loimaan lukio, Upper - secondary school in Loimaa.

Our first day was a normal first day. Getting to know the new school for a week. We played many different interactive games about our likes and dislikes, ate typical Finnish black candies (a lot of them actually haha) and some other oaty breads, drank coffee and basically just got to know eachother a bit more (most of the names we, by the way, forgot immediately). The morning was completed by a school tour.






After a lunch break that we had in the school caffeteria, we were given a presentation about JCI organisation and were addressed by the three speakers with experience in the field of leadership and business. And that lead to a competition game (not in real life) which you probably all know (drum rolls) THE SHARK TANK!!!! Each country presented / piched its own business idea, that we had prepared at our schools before, and tried to convince the "sharks" they are a good bait. Nobody got a job, sadly, but it was a great way to share our business-way-of-thinking with other people.




The Spanish team won the business pitching competition but we were all asured that we had done a good job. Overwhelmed by the good scores we were ready to learn a bit mote about presentation skills. We played an Introduce your friend in the limited time game which we enjoyed very much.




To cheer ourselves up we headed to the bowling centre where we drilled our anger, because we were too bad to hit that one pin (Well, only some of us were good at it!).

We are normal human beeings so we had to eat and because we are normal young human beeings we ate pizza! The night ended with hanging out at different students' houses and seeing northern lights! Yes, the actual ones!!!!






Tjaša Padežnik, Gimnazija Slovenske Konjice