Visiting each other

A school link is a friendship based on the enthusiasm of people. Understanding each other and knowledge of each other's reality leads to good cooperation. Therefore, visits to or from the partner school can make a vital contribution. Ideal periods are  non-overlapping holidays: the visitor comes during a school holiday, but the host school is open.

Some ideas to prepare

It is important to clearly define the objectives of your visit. Objectively select who will represent the school and maybe ask the opinion of your partner school. Also consult them on the programme of the visit, so it is adapted to the needs of both parties (purpose of the mission, sufficient involvement and interaction in the school and with local population, adequate rest moments,...).

Try to involve as many teachers and students as possible in the planning process and think of how to integrate activities of the visit into the lessons. Allow students to formulate questions and /or give small assignments to their peers in your partner school. Ask your colleagues if something can be taken back home to use in the lessons. After return your experiences should be shared with the rest of the school.

The visit

For the host school a visit can be a bit of a burden and requires a lot of practical organisation. Provide a reflective moment halfway the visit so you can adjust the programme if necessary. Try to develop a realistic view on the overall context and observe the cultural differences and similarities.

Maybe it is possible to undertake interesting activities during your visit such as getting to know all members of the schoolLinks workgroup, attending lessons, teaching a lesson, identifying the school curriculum and general operations to seek common grounds for future activities, matching the schools' vision and discussing joint actions in the future, reflection on the visit and lessons learned, material collection for use in your own school (photographs, video, objects, etc).

The after effect

Share your visit with the rest of the school: introduce the experiences, lessons learned and materials into the classroom.

  • Evaluate the exchange and visit with your workgroup and indicate focal points, so you can take them into account in the future.
  • Thank your partner school for their efforts and hospitality, summarise the agreements made, and inform them on what your school did after return.

Helping tools

Donwload below a brochure that will help you to organize your trip to Belgium. You will find practical tips (administration) and tips about how to  plan the programme of the visit.