May 1-7, 2011 we had group of students and their teachers from Finland and Denmark at our school . They are participants of the Project „Global Warming“.
Ieva Kuzaite, 8th grade student, shares her experience
Everything started 1st May…
On Sunday Lithuanians gathered near the school and went to airport of Palanga to meet Danes. Our students had taken the guitars and played all the way.
When arrived to the airport in a few minutes we saw the group of old friends. There were passed just two weeks (we visit Danes 8-16 April) but we missed each other and looked forward to our meeting. After kisses and wishes we showed to the guests Palanga, our resort of Lithuania. Palanga relaxed all and tiredness after the trip disappeared.
When came back to Silute all gathered at Greta’s place, watched a film and impatiently waited for Finns. At eleven look round the school for their bus. We weren‘t acquainted but the acquaintance was short because of late evening. So Lithuanians put guests up at their homes.
On Monday morning we met at school hall. The headmaster presented our school, told us about aims and visions of the work. Later we played games helping to learn more about each other. We were given some home task for Friday evening. Lithuanians showed the classrooms and the museum. After lunch we went to Fridrichas Bajoraitis local library. During the lecture the librarians Vita Geruliene and Dalia Pupšyte presented Lithuania and old Šilute. After the lecture we had dinner at Silute Tourism and Services business school.
On Tuesday we got up early and visited Ornithological station in Ventes Ragas. The ornithologist Vytautas Jusys told us about ringing birds and their migration. We were allowed to ring a few birds. In different rooms we heard voices of birds and it took a few minutes to understand that the ornithologist Vytautas made this sound himself. „ – In this way we attract birds to take some photos“- he says. After that we visited Silute municipality, Hugo Sojus estate and Silute museum. In the afternoon children had free time and some of them went to Klaipeda.
On Wednesday at first we worked at school with MOI, wrote thoughts about the first days together. Later went to Silute Peatbog Enterprise. We listened a lecture about peat exploitations, mining, restorative works of ecosystem and were taken to the peat digging areas to watch the process of mining.
While the trip to Norkaiciai forest the weather cooled and some of us felt a bit chilly. There were met by the representatives of State Forests. They showed us the premises for seeds extraction, nursery garden and told us how much work young tree demands to grow it into a big tree.
On Thursday we went to Rambynas Regional Park. Our guide was the ecologist of Rambynas Regional Park Drasutis Brazauskas. He took us to Witches Fir called The Big Fir .The tree is really amazing. We also visited beavers’ dams. We were too noisy and maybe frightened all beavers…From the Mound of Sereitlaukis the view are really gorgeous. You are able to admire the meadows of the Nemunas. The storks’ colony in Bitenai impressed not only Danes who have few storks in their country, but Finns as well. At school we were given a task – to count all the steps to Rambynas hill. Answers varied…We had dinner in the campsite „Sena Giria“. In the evening Lithuanians showed the town to the guests.
The last day of visit students gathered in biology room and made the final work – origami Swan. The teacher of technology Laura Martinkiene helped us. We bent one large swan with flags of three countries on it for the school museum. Two smaller swans will adorn Danes and Finns ‘schools.
In the evening we had the farewell party. Lithuanians stated the evening –sang songs, played the guitars. Later students had to present their homework- all were divided into groups and each group had to act episodes of different theme.
Later the families said good bye to newly gained members and in early morning our guests left. We are looking forward to seeing them next year.
The students and teachers of the project want to say a big thank for help to:
Food of Kretinga
Silute Peatbog Enterprise
Silute Tourism and Services business school
Rambynas Regional Park and the ecologist of Rambynas Regional Park Drasutis Brazauskas
F. Bajoraitis Local Library
The representatives of Silute State Forests
Ornithological station in Ventes Ragas and the ornithologist Vytautas Jusys
Hugo Sojus estate
The technology teacher Laura Martinkiene
And all who helped us that week
The working group of the Project „Global warming“
M. Jankus basic school