Sport and Free time – a visit to Oberhausen
Our first LTT (Learning/ Teaching/ Training Activity) took place in Oberhausen. 23 girls and
boys from the partner schools came to experience an interesting and varied week with their
German hosts. By accommodating the guest pupils in host families the overall experience
could be intensified, the additional time with "parents and siblings on time" as well as the
experience of everyday life led to completely new impressions. For all participants this was
an interesting, in some cases new, but definitely worthwhile experience.
A city tour through Oberhausen, moderated by the German pupils for the guests, a visit to
the current exhibition "Miracles of Nature" in the Gasometer (a famous landmark of
Oberhausen reminding of its industrial past), as well as an excursion to the Borussia Park,
the football stadium of Borussia Mönchengladbach, with guided tours were cultural highlights
of the program.
In addition to presenting their own school and home region, the project work at school
focused on the evaluation of a questionnaire on the subject of "sport and free time" (which
had been carried out in all schools) as well as on the creation of posters on the current
program and its evaluation. Of course, there was also a lot of sport: the students completed a
soccer parcours, demonstrated their skills in a mixed tournament and with handball learned a
different type of ball sports and deepened their game. Referring to the title of the project “Fair
Play 4 EU”, the results were of secondary importance in this respect because the focus was
on learning, experiencing and playing together.
Not only when doing sport, but also during the whole week communication took place in
English, which posed a challenge for the pupils. But they met and mastered it actively and
thus became additionally motivated to continue working on their English skills.
After successful 6 days, the guests said goodbye to their hosts, full of many new impressions
and experiences, memories and new tasks, the implementation of which will now all be
tackled to carry the project forward.