A group of learners from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London visited Poland recently as part of a European project that encourages friendship and understanding between different countries and cultures.

Seven learners, accompanied by staff member Anthony Robinson, spent three days in Nowy Sacz, near Poland’s second city, Krakow. As well as visiting young people from a local school and sitting in on English language lessons there, they had a tour of the historic city and were treated to traditional Polish food, song and dance. They even journeyed up into the snowy mountains nearby for a traditional sleigh ride.

Hair and Beauty learner Billie Mehmet, 17, said: “It was really interesting to spend time getting to know young people from another country. We were made very welcome, and I learned a lot about Polish culture. We even learnt some Polish tongue twisters!”

The visit made headlines locally – the group was filmed by a local TV station and have been featured in a full-page piece in the local newspaper.

The Comenius programme aims to promote the wellbeing, health and fitness of young people across Europe, while also enhancing mutual understanding between different cultures and raising awareness of the importance of healthy diets and lifestyles.

The College’s Enrichment Manager, Anthony Robinson explained: “The Comenius scheme allows us to take our learners overseas, as well as hosting exchange visits from other European countries. A trip like this one is a fantastic opportunity for our young people, and will broaden their horizons.”

Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience, Jane O’Neill, said: “our involvement with the Comenius scheme is just one of dozens of ways that learners can add value to their training when they study with us.”

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