The second year of our Erasmus+ KA2 project R.E.S.P.E.C.T. has started with a meeting held in Helsingin Uusi yhteiskoulu, Finland in mid-September. Among hard work and the planning of this year’s activities we wanted to ask our international guests a few questions.
Team Gran Canaria Spain, Arabela & Carmen
What makes you do these international projects?
Our project coordinator, Carmen: “Because I am a masochist! It is a lot of work, but I do it because of the impact these projects have on people on all levels, because of the contacts between colleagues and personal growth. We are a good team!”
What were your first impressions about Helsinki and Finland?
Arabela: “Helsinki reminds me of Berlin, it is modern, peaceful and quiet, people are friendly. And it not as cold as I expected.” ( I must say, even the weather improved with the arrival of our guests.)
Favourite sight? Carmen and Arabela: “Porvoo! We could move here.”
Team Germany, Klaus & Franz
What would you take from Finland to your country and vice-versa?
Franz and Klaus: “I would take your school system. You don’t divide pupils as early as we do in Germany but teach everybody the same. Everything is modern and efficient here, you can pay everywhere with credit card and everybody speaks English.”
Franz: “I would give you our cheaper prices!”
Team Poland, Ewa & Barbara
Your first impressions of Finland and Finns?
Ewa and Barbara: “Beautiful airport, music at the airport train station, it is quiet everywhere.” “Finnish people are calm and speak with a quiet voice. The school is modern and well organised, all tools and equipment are good.
Favourite sight? Not able to decide 🙂 (Porvoo?)
Team Iceland, Rima and Victoria
Rima has spent eight months in Joensuu during her studies, and naturally she loves Finland. “Amazing country, friendly and orderly people.”
Favourite place? Allas sea pool and sauna.
Victoria is a Swede living in Vik, Iceland. Her first impression of Finland was, “This is like Sweden, my home! I miss home.” “I like your school food, it is healthy.”
Team Greece, Emilia and Vassilios
Emilia and Vassili: ” Finland is a green country, excellent airport, good transportation, roads are wide, great infrastructure and a friendly atmosphere in the school.”
Did you learn any Finnish during your stay?
Your favourite place during the visit?
Emilia: “Your school. I like your school.”
Vassili: “We love your country!”
Aaw, we love you too! (Team Finland)