Student Exchange in Sweden

The exchange dates – 27 March – 31 March

Venue –  Nyvångskolan Dalby, Sweden

Participants – 29 students from Sweden; 8 students from Bulgaria; 7 students from Spain, 14 students from Italy

Visiting teachers – 6

Day 1

  • Warm welcome by the school community.
  • Introductions
  • Speed Dating to get to know each other – team .
  • Reflections – anxieties and expectations in national groups
  • Lesson Observation – Maths, Art, Social Science
  • Swedish Language Class – whole group activity
  • Orientiering – team building activities at Skrylle
  • BBQ chit chat around the fire

    Eating mashmallow by the fire after orientiering and teambuilding activities

Day 2

*Student Reflections

My Swedish family turns on all the lights when it gets dark; even when they are not in the room.

Meals times are very early in Sweden – lunch is at 11.30 for example.

When we say it is getting warmer in Sweden, our foreign counterparts say it is very cold here in Lund.

Our Catalan guests face time a lot with their friends even when we need to go out. They Skype a lot.

Everyone takes off their shoes before entering the house.

Swedish students say some of their guests do not brush their teeth before going out. They do it after they wake up.

Swedish people do not talk much or watch TV or listen to music when they have dinner.

It’s too quiet in the houses. Also in the area.

Swedish students are very respectful in class – the moment the teacher starts speaking, they are quiet.

In Sweden they are strict rules and they are observed – alcohol is a case in point.

Bulgarians wash their hands before every meal even if their hands are not dirty.

For Bulgarians it is socially acceptable to smoke in public.

All signs are in Swedish even though almost everyone speaks English.

No tablecloths on the tables in Sweden.

Almost no night life in Sweden.

Candlelights during mealtimes.

Bulgarians walk with kind of flip-flops in the house instead  of barefoot.

Swedish students have Religion classes.

Swimming 200

*Apps presentation

We meet the guys who will be designing the app to discuss the content

*TV show

Students recorded a TV show presenting a discussion about the cultural differences they have observed.

*Visit to the Mayor

Meeting the Mayor of Lund

*Walk around Lund – students from the hosting school took turns to be guides and they told us interesting things about the history of the town. We visited the Cathedral, the University, Remains of a church and the Open-air Museum. Then we had a visit to the City Council where we had a warm welcome by the Mayor of the City who talked about the history of Lund and asked the participants questions about our project. Then we watched a short documentary about the city.

At the Open air Museum
Inside the Cathedral

Day 3

* reflections

Students’ Reflections
Students’ Reflections

* App content national group

Students brainstormed ideas for questions to be included in the application.
* Teacher meeting

We planned the surveys for students and parents and some of the activities for the final meeting in May.
* App content international group

Students worked on the questions for the application.
* Student councils presentations

The Swedish students presented the different councils of the hosting school and the way their work influenced the climate of democracy and equality in the school. This was a great example of active citizenship.
* Newspaper interviews

A journalist from the local paper interviewed teachers and students about the project and how it impacted their understandings of other cultures.
* Cooking national dishes

The four countries cooked national meals for all to try – the brownies were prepard by the Swedes; the Bulgarians prepared shopska salad; the Italians cooked pasta; the Catalans cooked tortilla.
* Videos of cooking national dishes premiere

The participants presented the videos documenting how they had prepared the recipes of national dishes given to them by their foreign counterparts. Stuffed peppers were cooked by the Catalan students, Paella was cooked by the Bulgarian students; the Swedish students cooked pasta and a Sicilian desert; the Italian students cooked two Swedish recipes.

Day 4

  • Tour of Malmo

The weather was not with us today – rainy most of the day but we visited a beautiful beach and then we were off to Malmo. 17626277_1030776233719142_6481754869603847949_nAfter a short walk, we went to the Museum of Natural History where we had a great time looking at the exhibition of animal species from different regions of the world as well as local species. There was an interesting exhibition for Romani people, presenting personal accounts of the life of people from this ethnic group. The Museum had a number of photographs, representing aspects of life in Sweden over the last decades.

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Day 5

  • Sports
  • Teacher Meeting
  • Karaoke Night
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