The Content of Northern Ireland, November 2018

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Tuesday 27th November 2018

After a welcome from the Vice -Principal of the Belfast Boys’ Model School (BBMS) the group travelled by coach to Belfast International Airport for a visit “behind the scenes” of the airport, including the main control room and viewing tower. Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions, views of the airfield were restricted. After the tour the group was addressed by the managing director of the airport and other key members of the management who explained the wide variety of employment opportunities that were available at the airport and the entry requirements. This was a two-way exchange, with many insightful questions being asked by the students. After lunch the group returned to BBMS.

In the afternoon each national group of students gave presentations on their home counties and schools.

In the evening the students were entertained at a local youth club.

Wednesday 28th November 2018

After a brief “getting to know you exercise” the rest of the working day was spent on Project work. Students gave presentations on the “Brain Drain” from their home countries. Students then worked in cross-national groups to discuss and make presentations on their hopes and fears for the labour market in the future.

The students spent the evening at an activity center where they participated in trampolining and an adventure playground.

Thursday 29th November 2018

The students spent the morning in cross-national groups to discuss interview techniques. Students then produced videos to show the “DOs and DON’Ts” of interviews. Students played the roles of interviewer and interviewee.

After lunch the group travelled by coach to a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the city of Lisburn for a presentation and tour. This was followed by a visit to a Linen Museum where students saw and had the opportunity to participate in spinning yarn on a spinning wheel.

Later, the group attended an outdoor laser Christmas light show which included music, providing much entertainment for all.

Friday 30th November 2018

The morning was spent at an international college basketball match in the SSE Arena in Belfast.

After lunch the group returned to BBMS where the groups presented the videos they had created the previous day.

Saturday 1st December 2018

The group travelled into Belfast city center for a brief walking tour and local shopping.

After lunch the group visited the Titanic Belfast exhibition center.

The evening finished with a farewell party in the hostel in which the visiting students and teachers were staying.