teachers from five countries visited the
Grammar school of Ivan Bella in Handlová from 2.to -8.April 2017,. Our project
Erasmus plus ,under the name Fair Trade, continues the second year .Young
people from England, Germany, Italy ,Austria and Denmark came to discover the
beauty and attractions of Slovakia and get to know new friends.
The first day of
the project we spent in Handlová. In the morning we went to the ceremonial
hall and we were welcomed by the Lord mayor,.Then our steps were directed
to our school, where each country presented own country to the other partners
through presentations. In the afternoon we were in the mining museum ,we did a
workshop in the Carpathian Art gallery.Children could use their skills and made
a presents for themselves or their friends.
On Tuesday, our
journey has led to Trenčin, where after visiting the castle, the students in
international groups discovered the shops
with Eco and Fair trade products and they competed to take the most original
photoes with fair trade product.
Wednesday we spent on the farm under Vtáčnik,
where young people could try milking the
sheep., the production of cheese, the brave ones couldi ride a horse. In the
nafternoon we moved to the Glass museum where we saw how the glassproducts are
made and individuals could try it too.
Bojnice castle and the ZOO were the focus of
our fourth day.We are proud of our history and culture , so we wanted to show
this place to our friends.In our Zoo we could find the signs of fair trade too.
On Friday we
went to Kremnica and we visited museum and mint, where coins for Slovakia and
other countries are made. Students could see this proces . Afternoon we climbed
to the tower of Kremnica castle where was a nice view to a historical
town and nice nature.
The time of
departure of our new friends came and gradually we said goodbye to them i. For
the next school year, we are looking forward to visiting our new friends in Italy
Austrian Feedbacks of the project
week in Peterborough
trip to England was really amazing in my opinion. It was not only a lot of fun
but we also learned a lot about the production of different products and why
you should buy Fairtrade products instead of others. When we arrived in England
we got picked up by our host families. My host family was really nice and
whenever I needed something, they tried their best to help me, so I am really
glad I got such an awesome host family. On the first two days of the project we
did lots of activities based around Fairtrade. I really liked the activity
where we had to build our own football out of newspapers, plastic bags and
small ropes. But Thursday was probably my favorite day because we went to Harry
Potter World. Harry Potter World is basically a Warner Bros. Studio in Watford,
where they display all the different places and the equipment used to film
Harry Potter. But the other days also were a lot of fun, especially the trip to
“Bounce”, which is a trampoline park near Peterborough and the trip to
Cambridge, where I bought lots of awesome souvenirs. I also really enjoyed the
trip because I got the chance to practice my English-speaking skills and I made
lots of new friends, who I am still in contact with now. I am already looking
forward to hopefully meeting some of them again at the meeting in Austria.
week in the UK
Sunday January the 22th my friends and I went to Peterborough, which is a nice
place to the north of London. The journey took us about 7 hours and when we
came there our host families came to pick us up. My host and his mother were
very nice friendly Portuguese people and welcomed me friendly. On Monday they
showed us the TDA, which stands for Thomas Deacon Academy and they also have
the slogan Trust Discipline Aspiration.On Tuesday we went to see the Cathedral
of Peterborough, which is a huge church in the centre of Peterborough. Our
guide had such an impressive voice, that it got very thrilling and I liked it a
lot. The next day we made a fair trade workshop and went afterwards to Bounce.
Bounce is basically a place with many trampolines. It was so funny and my
friends and I had lots of fun there, even though it was so exhausting.On
Thursday we went to the Harry Potter World. We saw so many original props,
which were used in the film. It was very impressive and so interesting.
Afterwards everyone bought something at the Harry Potter Shop. On Friday we
made a trip to Cambridge. We made a boat tour and we saw the University of
Cambridge from the outside. The boatman told us some very interesting things,
even though it wasn’t that easy to understand him, because he had an accent.The
next day was our departure. It was a sad day and my friends and I would have
liked to stay longer because we had a great time and we really enjoyed it.
journey to Peterborough
week my friends and me were in England, Peterborough. We went there on the 23
of January and came back on the next Saturday. In England we stayed at host
families, who were all completely different. Peterborough is a multicultural
town, some English, some pakistani, arabic,
muslims,......I didn't think I would be hosted by such a friendly
family. I felt very comfortable there. Also the food was sooooooo good.
The most time I spent with my Austrian friends and my host called Noor. She was
the youngest child of my host family, which had 4 children. Noor is such a nice
and lovely person. On Wednesday we went
to „Bounce“, which is an indoor trampoline park in England. We all looked
forward to go there. It was amazing because at „Bounce“, you can try different tricks for example
flips. But it was so exhausting.
The next day we went to "The making of Harry Potter". It was so
great. We saw so many original props, which were used in the films. At Harry
Potter World we all spent a lot of money, because everyone bought something. In
the evenings we were in town shopping or drinking something. We were at
Starbucks, Tamu, Creams, Boots, JD and things like that.
I made a lot of new friends and it was very funny. (Julia Sifrar)
the 23rd of January our group travelled to Peterborough, England. The first day
started at 9 o’clock in the Exam Hall. This is a hall of the Thomas Deacon
Academy (TDA) which is used for presentations and exams. On the first und the
second day we made different FAIR-TRADE-workshops. The Wednesday started with a
FAIR-TRADE-football-presentation and we had to made a football with newspaper,
plastic bags and strings. Our team (students from Denmark, Slovakia and
Austria) won this competition and I think our team was the best one. After
lunch we drove by bus to ,,Bounce” . This is a big hall with many different trampolines.
It was so nice, but the time wasn’t long enough. In the evening our Austrian
group went with some Italian and English students to town and ate desserts at
Creams. The Thursday was the best day. We travelled to Harry Potter world. It
was sooooo nice. Every Harry Potter fan has to see this.On the Friday we
visited Cambridge and went punting.
After this day our Austrian group and the hosts went to Tamu and ate
desserts.A big thank you goes to my hosts, the Hibberts. It was so nice to stay
with this family. It was a great experience and it was cool to make new
friends. (Stefan Vanzou)
The highlights of the Fairtrade
project were the visits of the Harry Potter world, the bounce land and the
university of Cambridge. At Harry Potter's world, we looked at all requisites
and all technical parts, how the movies were done. We saw all famous
requisites, rooms, monsters and the clothes of the actors. It was fantastic. At
the Cambridge university, we took a boat ride around it. We learned a few
things about the university and took beautiful memories with us. At the bounce
land, we bounced around, until we were out of breath. It was a really nice time
on the trampolines. At the way to the Cambridge university, we stopped at Hotel
Chocolat to see and buy some chocolate. The host family was very nice to me all
of the time and had everything perfectly organized. It was an unforgettable
experience, the highlights made it a wonderful trip. (Wiktor Rauter)
It has been such a nice week. I have experienced so many new things. Slovakia might not be the country I had thought I would be visiting, but now I am happy that I have had the opportunity to visit such an exciting country as Slovakia. First I want to say a “thank you” to my host, Dominika. I am blessed for having had the opportunity to know her. From the first step, I took into her apartment, it felt like home. She was very attentive and asked me many times if I wanted something or if I was okay.
I think the day on the farm was so much fun. I rode on a tall horse, even though I am a bit scared of horses. I held a lamb in my arms. It was a cute little lamb. We also got to experience how the Slovakians make cheese. I know that they love cheese, so of course it was part of the schedule. We have also seen the very beautiful country side in Slovakia -the high mountains and hills. It is not something we are used to in Denmark. I am happy that I have some new friends from Slovakia now. I am definitely going to visit their country and my host again. I miss them and it already.
Hello Vickie! A greeting from
Signe Skou Terp
I just wanna say thank you very much for such a nice week. Your family is lovely, and you made me feel welcome. Before we arrived in Slovakia, we didn’t really know what to expect. But whatever expectations we might have had, you guys managed to exceed them all. Your nature is beautiful, and you were all so kind to us. If we had problems paying for our food at a restaurant, one of you would come up and help us translate before we even asked.
We saw many beautiful castles,
and I had a lot of fun when we were visiting the farm in the mountains. The sheep were so sweet, and it was a very idyllic place. The zoo in Bojnice was a very nice as well, even though we could not see all the animals.
I really enjoyed my stay, and I hope to return again soon!
Trade journey to PeterboroughA greeting
to LucySarah Eline
It's almost half a year since we visited you, and I would like to send you a greeting. I had such a good time visiting you. You and your family took such good care of us. Besides all the delicious food your mother made us (especially the roast dinner and the cream eggs), one of the advantages of living with you was that we got to know your culture very quickly. I have so many great memories from our visit. I think one of my favourite days, was when your parents drove us to Wagamama and we ate the most delicious meals. Afterward, Poppy, Hattie drove back to your house with us, where I tried cream eggs for the first time, what a revelation, I wish I had bought some. One of the other best memories is going to Harry Potter world, I could live there! As if Harry Potter world was not wild enough, we had to wait in the queue in the worst and coldest bus I have ever been in, for more than 5 hours. When we finally got home, your mother made everything so much better with a hot cup of tea.
Thank you so much for letting Thea and I stay at your place. You have been an excellent host
Best regards Sarah
I have added some pictures below, I thought you might enjoy
A greeting from Denmark -
The trip to Peterborough was excellent, and we experienced many
memorable things together with our hospitable hosts that made us feel very
welcome. There were many different things on the program, but I especially
enjoyed the trip to Cambridge, where we went punting. Our hosts showed us
around in the idyllic city and we ate pancakes at a local café to get the heat
back in our cold feet. The trip to Cambridge was just one out of many wonderful
experiences, and although it was a busy week, we would not be without any of
the experiences we had.
We used our English every day, and it was hard to return to only speaking
Danish again. We got a good impression of Peterborough and visited the
beautiful cathedral among other things. Our hosts took us out for dinner, and
they also introduced us to roast dinner and other delicious English food. It
was really a pleasure to feel so comfortable in a foreign country and get such
a good relationship to the other students involved in this Fair-Trade project.
Thank you very much for a lovely week!
Fair Trade -
A greeting from Denmark -
I want to thank you and your family for giving me a place to stay. I really liked being there. You were all very hospitable from the first day. Say hi to your Mother and sister from me.
The Engagement to England was really great. The school system was very different from ours – Your school system is much stricter than ours and that was interesting to experience. Otherwise the things were very well planned.
I loved the trip to Harry Potter land, because it’s something we all know about it, but never experienced. Besides this, your churches were really beautiful and it was interesting to be in Cambridge. You were all very hospitable and I would definitely like to come back.
Peterborough visit - a greeting from
On the 22nd of January I went to Peterborough. I went with seven of my classmates from Denmark, and we were all very excited. We had a warm welcome on Sunday evening at a local hotel, where the teachers were staying. My host was Poppy, whom I knew from when she visited Denmark. We drove home and she showed me her house. Her family were all so nice, and the experience just got better and better throughout the week. I became good friends with her dog Jimmy, whom I still miss very much.
Poppy and I spent a lot of our spare time with the other Danish students. We went shopping, we ate at Wagamamma and watched movies together. I also learned how to play SHED by her family. I couldn’t have wished for a better host family.
We also did some exciting Fairtrade related stuff. We played a game which was meant to illustrate how unfair the conditions of the farmers are. It was about creating oranges for a company to buy them. We also came up with an idea for our own company; the idea of my group was to create sandals made of recycled material. Among other exciting things we went to see the local cathedral which was really nice. On Friday we went to Cambridge to see the city. We saw the university and went punting on the river Cam.
Fairtrade Peterborough- a greeting from
Maria Tveen Rindalsholt, Sønderborg Statsskole, 2.d
I was very happy to visit Peterborough in January 2017. We experienced the many differences there are between England and Denmark both culturally but especially in the way the school systems differ - school uniforms, the buildings and the system itself. It was nice that the programme was so closely related to Fairtrade - almost every day we did something directly connected to the theme. Some of the great things (not directly connected to Fairtrade) we went to see with the whole group was ‘Harry Potter World’ and Cambridge. Cambridge was a very beautiful city and even though we had a very cold punting trip, there was so much to see that it didn’t really matter.
My hosts were Flo and her mother Pip. I stayed at their place with another Danish girl. They were both extremely friendly, for instance Pip had done some research on typical Danish breakfast to make sure that we liked the food. We both felt very welcome. Flo was really good at taking us out to experience different things; we went out to eat, walked around the city and visited some of the other English students. The week gave us some great memories to remember 😃
Peterborough - a greeting from
Cecilie Pallumblad, 2.d Sønderborg Statsskole
The trip to Peterborough was very good. One of the best things was that the host families were so sweet and kind to us, as they made us feel welcome in their homes throughout the whole week, and they always made sure that we weren’t short of anything. During the week, we spent in Peterborough almost every night the host families had organized something for all of us from Denmark and some other countries. One night we went out to eat at a restaurant which was very good and we all got to talk to each other.
It’s was very exciting to be with so many young people from so many different countries and make new friendships. The school in Peterborough did an amazing job organizing activities for us all, and the whole week was full of fun and educational activities about Fair Trade and about the city of Peterborough. It was a very good trip and I am definitely going back. 😃
Visiting England – Fair Trade - a greeting from
Julie Sand Christensen
It was a pleasure visiting England and experiencing all the differences between the Danish culture and the culture in England. For example, it was interesting how the school in England was compared to the schools we have in Denmark. Also, the school system is quite different.
During our trip to England, we had a lot of memorable experiences. The one, I liked the most, was the last day, when we visited Cambridge. On our way to Cambridge we first visited a chocolate store, where all the chocolate was Fair Trade.
When we arrived in Cambridge, we went for a paddle trip ( called punting) on The Cam river. This was one of the many good experiences in England. It was a good way to see the city while relaxing. Unfortunately, it was pretty cold the day we visited Cambridge, and therefore the boat trip felt very cold, because we weren’t walking around or being active in other ways. Afterwards we walked around Cambridge and it was once again proven, that it is a great place.
The only sad thing about this day was that we, the Danish girls, were leaving for the airport and returning to Denmark in the evening.
Fairtrade greeting from
Anne Katrine Oksbjerg
I had a wonderful trip to Peterborough back in January. I stayed at Hattie’s place with her and her lovely family. They were so nice to me and they took a big part in giving me such a good experience in England. I can’t thank them enough for their kindness and for hosting me. I think, they were very hostable to open their home for me. It gives another and better view of the culture in another country when you stay with a host family instead of staying at a hotel.
The English hosts of this trip had made a great week program for us. The activities varied from serious working with Fairtrade to be only for pleasure. We worked mainly with Fairtrade in the school for example we tried to recycle a coffee bean pack into a new product and we took part in an orange farmer game, where we tried to be a Fairtrade farmer. Beyond that, we visited Bounce, a trampoline world, and we visited Cambridge University. There were so many beautiful buildings in Cambridge and the nature around was entirely idyllic.
I think, the best part of our trip was our visit in Harry Potter World. It was amazing to see the place where the movies have been filmed and the properties they have been used. In our spare time, the Danish students and their hosts spent a lot of time together. One evening, we at Wagamama. The food tasted really good and I can sincerely recommend the place. The week have been very good and instructive. I hope, we can keep the contact and I can come back one day and visit you all again.
April 2017 two members of staff and five students made the journey from
Peterborough, England to Handlova, Slovakia for the next stage of the Fair
After a very early start and a long, but comfortable
journey, the English team arrived in Handlova where the students were met by
their host families. One by one, the remaining partner schools arrived from
Italy, Germany, Denmark and Austria.
morning of day one the project teams met at the Town Hall for a welcome
presentation from the Mayor of Handlova. After a brief presentation the Mayor
invited everyone up in person to present them with a gift bag from the people
of Handlova and the opportunity to sign theHandlova
Town guest book.
next stop was the Gymnasium Ivana Bellu, our Slovakian partner school. During
our visit to the school we received a tour of the building and watched the
After enjoying lunch at the school we made our
way to mining museum to learn about the heritage and history of Handlova,
before moving on to the art gallery for a spot of creativity, sewing felt
hearts, which we were able to keep as a reminder of the day.
two saw us travelling by coach by the town of Trencin for a tour of the castle
and the opportunity to climb the tower. The castle was situated high above
Trencin providing fantastic views of the town, river and surrounding
countryside. Climbing to the top of the tower only served to make the views
even more stunning!
some fun and games with the stocks and a picnic lunch in the castle grounds the
students were split into groups and set the challenge of producing the most
imaginative Fair Trade photograph. With two hours to capture the winning pose
the students made their way around the town of Trencin.
Day three was a real treat. Once again, we
travelled by coach but this time up to the mountains to a remote livestock
farm. Upon arrival, the group was split in two, with group one visiting the
sheep barn and group two learning how to make the traditional Slovakian cheese,
Korbáčiky. The students loved
being around the animals, particularly milking the sheep and holding the lambs
who were more than happy to have a cuddle or two.
activities, the groups came together to watch the farmers cook a mountain side
lunch of Bryndzove halushky - potato
dumplings, sheep cheese and roasted bacon, followed by dessert of berries with
After lunch the students were given free time to explore the
farm while they waited for the arrival of the horses. As the horses made their
way over the hills, it was clear to see that this was going to be the highlight
for our students. One by one the students were given the opportunity to ride
the horses, guided by one of the farmers. As predicted the English students
went back for more, enjoying a second ride around the hill. This was a lovely
experience for our students.
On the journey back to Handlova we stopped at a small, purpose
built glass workshop. During our visit we were able to watch how glass is
heated, manipulated and blown to create beautiful glassworks. After learning
the basics, the students were invited to have a go at glass blowing themselves.
We didn’t have quite as many volunteers as with the horses but we are pleased
to say that Luke, one of the English students, was up for the challenge.
Day four was the one we had all been looking
forward to, the beautiful, fairytale castle of Bojnice. We travelled by coach
to the town of Bojnice which did not disappoint with its tree lined main street
leading up the castle. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side, but that
didn’t dampen our spirits (just our hair!).
receiving a very informative tour of the castle, with lots of photo opportunities,
we made our way to one of the local restaurants for lunch where we treated to
some traditional Slovak cuisine. After a delicious lunch, the winners of the
photography competition were announced. We are proud to say that our students
were in the groups that placed 2nd and 3rd.
After lunch we walked back up the hill to
Bojnice Zoo, which is situated opposite the castle. The students enjoyed seeing
the animals and the stunning views from the tree top view point.
It was difficult to believe that day five had
come round so quickly. With our bags packed, the English group boarded the
coach for the final time as we prepared to depart at lunchtime. Before our
journey home there was just enough time for one more visit, this time to the
town of Kreminca and home of the Mint.
another chilly day and on our approach to Kremnica we could see snow on top of
the mountains….in April! (we don’t get much snow in England).
itinerary for the morning was a tour of the Mint factory where the coins are
produced in their thousands and the Mint museum which had its own secret mine! After
the tours, and with just an hour to spare, the students were given some free
time to explore the pretty town of Kremnica and of course, make snowballs out
of the huge snow block covering the town square! After our time in Kremnica, it
was time to say good bye.