Kokkola, Finland, March 14 to March 18, 2016.

Students from Electromechanical School Varaždin participated in the Erasmus plus project held in the city of Kokkola in Finland from March 14 to March 18, 2016. Name of the project is The European Job Market for Youth. In addition to our students, students from Finland, Turkey, Hungary, Poland and Germany also participated in the project. Students representing the Electromechanical School are all studying to become media technicians and are currently in third grade. Dorothea Mrazović, Dario Gradečak, Patrik Šavor and Nikola Vnučec were accompanied by professors Dunja Turk and Sunčana Habek.

The program in Kokkola started on Monday, March 14 by visiting the school that was hosting the project, followed by a tour of the city and the program ended in the evening with a talent show. At the talent show the students showed their skills of singing, dancing, playing ... The next day in workshops called Leadership and negotiation students were learning and improving their skills in that areas. Very useful and interesting were the visits to local businesses where the students were able to see the way of conducting business in the Scandinavian countries, the similarities and differences to the way we work. The most interesting parts of the day were dedicated to winter sports. One night was scheduled for winter swimming and the students showed their courage and went swimming, in a lake where the temperature was 4 ⁰C which was later followed by a visit to a sauna.

Nordic walking and fishing in a frozen lake were just some of the activities that the Finns prepared. During the last day in Kokkola, the youth center organized workshops and sports activities followed by evaluation of the entire visit. The participants received certificates of attendance and the project ended in the evening, when we attended a hockey game of the local hockey team.

On Saturday, March 19, we left Kokkola and spent a few hours in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. We returned to Varaždin during the night. The visit to Finland was very educational and interesting, and the next project visit will be held in Croatia in May, where it will be hosted by the Electromechanical School.