Susswater – Norway and Sweden visit Paignton April 2018
South Devon College hosted the 2nd week of project activities from 16th April to 20th April 2018.
We welcomed learners from Norway and Sweden, plus teachers who undertook a week of structured activities looking at Water Quality issues in Torbay.
The week commenced with poster presentations from the visiting students which helped to introduce the learners to each other and gain an understanding of the water systems and issues in their local area. This was followed by a visit to the Marine Laboratories in Plymouth where students learned about the activities currently underway at this Centre for Marine research.
The second day comprised of practical activities including pond sampling and investigation followed by a beach clean that most of the students enjoyed however the weather was not good, cold and raining which somewhat dampened the spirits!
An early start on Wednesday for a tour of Brixham Fish Market to see a large market in operation, followed in the afternoon by a visit to the Living Coasts Centre in Torquay, a visitor Centre for coastal wildlife.
On Thursday morning students undertook work on their posters followed in the afternoon to a visit to Hay Tor on Dartmoor and a traditional Devon Cream Tea.
The week concluded with a sailing trip at the Dart Marina prior followed by a debrief and review of the week, then departure and farewells in the afternoon.
Alongside these educational activities, there were a range of social events and cultural activities which really added to the learners overall experience.
All students completed Evaluation Sheets with feedback being mainly positive, with knowledge being gained particularly re the issue of micro-plastics in water and the variety of activities. Some commented on how they would have liked more time to integrate with students from other counties. This will be addressed in the next visit to Ireland where it is planned to mix the countries groups when undertaking activities
It was excellent to have a second multi-cultural trip with learners from different backgrounds working together to solve problems and generate ideas for the future relating to sustainability and the continuation from the first week was a real benefit to the organisations.