|Title||Intercultural Homestay Programme between St. Mark’s Girls Secondary School, India and Lappeenrannan Lyseon Lukio, Finland|
Ms Anjali Handa/Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh
|Venue||New Delhi, India|
Together with 10 students from St. Mark’s Girls Secondary School, New Delhi, India, we visited Lappeenrannan Lyseon Lukio from 16-22 August 2015 in Lappeenranta, Finland. The main purpose of this homestay programme was to promote intercultural communication as well as global understanding among the students, and to create awareness for the similarities and differences between Asian and European culture.
Through this international collaboration, our students got an opportunity to get familiar with each other’s educational system. They also attended English and Biology lessons and had a cooking session with their Finnish counterparts. In this way, the students from both India and Finland saw each other’s ways of cooking. They also got acquainted with various aspects of Finnish culture and traditions through group discussions, presentations, dance and musical recitals, and a guided city tour of Lappeenranta and Helsinki, under the assistance of the Finnish teacher Ms Hannele Puolakka. We also got the chance to meet Mr Kimmo Jarva, the Mayor of Lappeenrantaand and visited the Green Campus of Lappeenranta University of Technology as well as a Primary School in Lappeenranta.
Our students did not only enjoy visiting landmarks like the Sibelius Monument, Lake Siama, the Sand Castle, and the Old Town Hall, they also went to Rautionhovi (the woods) for some adventure. Our students also have had the opportunity to play traditional Finnish games, experienced the sauna, joined a cruise and went fishing.
All in all, it was an unforgettable experience for everyone. We got to know the Finnish cultures and created new interpersonal relations. Experiences like these are essential for the overall development of the students, and to make them responsible global citizens. Our special thanks go to Ms Hannele Puolakka, teacher coordinator from Lappeenrannan Lyseon Lukio, for organising the programme and providing us with the utmost care. Meeting our fellow ‘Language – A Mantle Of Communication’ participants would not have been possible without her.
Thank you also the ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) for enabling us to work together in Online Collaborations, and for making such “face-to-face” collaborations possible.