Impressions of Sweden
A group of students and their teachers from Germany, Croatia and Italy spent an eventful week in Gällivare, Sweden, where they visited their partner school Välkomaskolan for one week.
The aim was for teenagers to get an awareness for consumption constraints, globalization, personal attitude and desires and how these can change humans and their self image.
In Gällivare, 70 km north of the polar circle, we had the chance to visit two different mines, take part in workshops and explore the country and its residents. During our free time we and the teachers were able to show our skiing abilities on a guided tour with a snowmobile and to enjoy the beautiful landscape itself.
We lived in host families and had the chance to get to know people and culture a lot better! We went bowling, had lunch or dinner together to get to know one another, to talk about differences and similarities between the different countries.
All together, we spent a day at a local winter sport location called Dundret and some of us were skiing, sledging or walking through winter wonderland of Sweden itself.
On the last day in Gällivare students and teachers spent some time in Sápmi museum to learn more about Swedish culture and Natives. After that we had lunch and went back to school to have concluding presentations about projects students of the different countries have worked on. Aferwards we got to know a real Swedish fika.
In the evening we spent some time at Dundret again, students only, to listen to good music, making marshmallows, reflecting and talking about the past week, all the memories we have made and more beautiful moments lying ahead of us, we can not wait for more to come here in Germany! >>
A PRESENTATION OF OUR LTT ACTIVITIES
Meeting in Sweden
During the week from 2nd to 8th April we attended the Learning, Teaching and
Training activities of our Erasmus+ project. The meeting was held in Gällivare,
There were our three partner schools and us. The students were hosted by some
Swedish families for the whole week and took part in numerous activities and project
research during their stay.
We started visiting the local museum where they explained to us the traditional
culture, customs and uses of the area. Then we had lunch at a famous restaurant in
the city centre where we tried a local specialty: reindeer with lingonberry jam.
Later, we went snowmobiling, a great activity on the snow that amused many
students as well as teachers.
We also visited one of the most important underground iron mines in the area run by
the mining company LKAB.
We went by bus down into a 1250-meter-deep mine and there we learned a lot about
the machinery and processes used in iron ore extraction.
We also went by bus to one of Sweden’s largest open pit mines of copper, gold and
silver which is owned by the mining company Boliden.
We had also a very interesting presentation on the impact of the mining industry on
the environment and the lifestyle of the local people.
Another fun activity was the excursion to Dundret, the mountain near Gällivare.
There we raced on sledges, skis and snowboards thanks to the great amount of
snow present there.
That same evening, the luckiest students and teachers saw the green colours of the
northern lights that appeared above the sky of the Swedish town.
We also visited the Sami Museum, where the tools and objects used by the
indigenous population of the area are exhibited. A Sami representative told us about
their history, their lifestyle, jobs, shelters, and how they got used to living with the
newcomers over the years while still keeping their habits and customs.
We also took part in some ICT laboratories and made our own research
presentations on proper and healthy nutrition, showed our topic-related videos, and
submitted our project evaluation questionnaires. The last day, all the three schools
returned to their home countries.
To view the presentation of the activities, please click on:
During the transnational meeting in Sweden, we learned a lot about the Sami people. In this video, Laura Verdnik is sharing what she has learned...