Friday, September 27, 2013

WOWSA Project Wroclaw September 2013

On the 23rd September myself, a tutor and 2 learners headed to Wroclaw, Poland for a project meeting for the WOWSA project. And what a fantastic trip it has been!

Arriving on a miserable Monday night in Wroclaw we were welcomed at the hotel by our Polish host. We chatted about the city and the country that myself and the 2 learners were completely new to. We grabbed a quick pizza in a local restaurant and prepared for the next day.

The next two days were filled with meetings regarding the presentation. We presented to the partners days which we thought would be ideal for planned days to do events on E-Safety. Both sets of partners were keen on the ideas and suggested the idea of using Skype as a way of educating people and linking up the events.

We presented the work we had done with some great assistant from one of our learners Liam, who presented with great confidence and answered questions brilliantly! Chris, another one of our learners on the trip, was asking questions and interacting with the partners fantastically!

Wednesday brought us to the next meeting, we discussed ideas regarding distribution of the methods we had picked up and who to target. It was an interactive session in which everyone got involved. Work was that productive we finished early giving us more time to enjoy the wonderful country that is Poland. Walking round the beautiful city centre of Wroclaw, our tutor Valerie finding an infamous watch shop (Watch straps for £3 as we heard about for the entirety of the rest of the trip!)

Later in the evening we headed towards our second destination. A grand hotel with a rather eerie feel to it further into the countryside and the mountains of Poland towards the Czech Republic border. To everyone's delight, it came with a grand pool and spa (much appreciated by all involved!)

Thursday was a fascinating culture day in which we walked around the local town learning about its history. Getting to see a brilliant church (The oldest wooden church in Poland). And getting to see a miniature museum town, showing models of local buildings in a precise 1:25 scale, learning about the history of the area at the same time.

Poland has been a fantastic country. The location, the people, the food and everything in-between is brilliant! A country I look forward to hopefully returning to one day.

Many thanks to our wonderful Polish hosts, who organised a wonderful trip and put up with us for the week! It was also a great opportunity to meet Turkish partners, a very nice bunch of people! (Who gifted us some exquisite coffee) Also this being my first trip with LMC, I found it a great learning curve for me. Picking up management skills as well as picking up experience on European project trips!


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