Sunday, February 13, 2011
On Saturday we all met the Belgiums at the train station and sent the kids home with our Czechs so they could get to know each other. Ida and I took the three Belgium teachers out for dinner and gave them a mini tour of Tabor. On Sunday we had lunch at Ida's and then met the students for an evening of bowling. The Belgiums speak three languages, French, Dutch, and English and our Czech speak multiple languages as well. Even though all kids speak multiple languages they have to speak to each other in English since it is their only common language. It is a wonderful opportunity to use and practice their English language.
On Monday we took the kids to an art studio and the Czech students were creating plaster masks of the Belgium student's faces. I have absolutely loved loved loved getting to know a new culture but it was a little disappointing to see how lazy some of the Belgium students were at this activity. Some of the Belgium students were complaining that they were "allergic" to plaster and didn't want to participate. Some of the girls were complaining that they "didn't want to mess up their makeup". Ah...to be a teenager. After the art activity we took the students to the underground tunnels and then to the museum. Again, some of the Belgium students were pushing each other and acting so rude in the museum. I had to play "mean teacher" again to keep the students in line. I really hate being "mean teacher" but I could not believe how disrespectful some of the Beligum boys and girls were being. They are young (15-16) but I am sure that you don't push each other into glass showcases in museums in Belgium either. Although there were some disrespectful students, there were some absolutely fabulous Belgium students as well. It definitely reminded me of my classroom back home...after the long time at the museum we went back to school and then we took them to MP7 for some music and social time.
On Tuesday a small group of Czech students (we have working groups of Czech students so the 30 participating don't miss school everyday) and Ida took the Belgiums to Pisek. I didn't go along so I don't what the experience was like. When they got back, we took the teachers out for dinner and hung out. I thought the Belgium teachers were great and very friendly.
On Wednesday, Zuzka took the Belgiums to Cesky Krumlov for the day. I had to stay at school to teach so again I don't know what the day was like. Zuzka said the day went great. Again, Ida and took the Belgium teachers out to dinner.