Gdansk 2014/15

Meeting with Lech Walesa in his office
Meeting with Lech Walesa in his office

Twice, in 2014 and 2015, I worked as a facilitator at a school exchange between schools from Poland, Germany and Ukraine. Both pictures are from 2014 because this exchange was in some way more fascinating for me. I remember a lot from these days and have still contact to some of the participants. It is very interesting for me to follow the ways of the students and what happened after they finished school. I even met with two of them, Solomia and Oleg, during my trip to Ukraine in summer 2017.

But what I also remember were the discussions we had for example about the European Union. Already then there was a big distrust among some of the Polish students of the EU. "Poland just loses a lot of money because of the EU", was one of the sentences that kept in my mind. And also a teacher of the Polish school said during a dinner that, should the PiS win the next elections, she expects worse things than what happened in Hungary. Unfortunately, she would be right with this prediction.

Me with participants from Ukraine
Me with participants from Ukraine