On 24 March two Finnish students, Noora Pelo and My Truong came from Porvoo, Finland, to take part in a one-month internship in Békéscsaba with the help of Erasmus + programme. Their sending school, Careeria is one of the foreign partner institutions of Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training Szent-Györgyi Albert Vocational-grammar School and Dormitory in the field of health care training. This time, the Szent-Györgyi, as the host school, took part in organizing the programme in Békéscsaba, tutoring the students, and following the practice with the guidance of Ms Mónika Andó, teacher. Their accommodation was in the Alma Mater Hostel, next to the host school.
The students said they heard about the Erasmus+ practice possibility in their school, and although both came from Careeria, they did not know each other until the days before departure. During the preparation period, they mainly expanded their professional and cultural knowledge. For the first days their two teachers were with them studying the Hungarian health care education and training.
In the first half of their time in Békéscsaba, they got to know the daily routine of the host group at the “Downtown” early childhood centre, and they were involved in various educational and caring tasks, and they taught Finnish songs to the children. In the second half of their practical period, they observed the nursing and caring activities at the “Életfa” retirement home, and they joined the daily tasks where they were mentored by the workers of “Életfa”.
The Finnish youngsters also expanded their cultural knowledge during the four weeks. In addition to Békéscsaba, some of the sights of Gyula and Budapest were visited. In their free time, they walked the streets of Békéscsaba, along the “Élővíz” Canal, enjoyed the pleasant spring weather and the joint programs with the students of the host school. They also liked the nearby “Póstelek” castle and park, and they took some trips to there during their stay. The girls were involved in the student life of Szent-Györgyi, they participated in the students’ week programme, and they really enjoyed the cooking together with new friends and tasting traditional Hungarian dishes.
On the whole, they found their adventure very useful in Hungary, and although they were excited about how they could be able to survive in an unfamiliar country, how could they communicate, what and how they could eat, finally everything was lgood, and they return home with many nice memories. After completing her studies, Noora imagines her future in the field of child care, while My would like to work in the Finnish army in health care area.