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India - Sweden Exchange Program 2013
India - Sweden Exchange Program 2013
26th April to 15th May 2013

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 
Terry PratchettA Hat Full of Sky

This quote resonates the philosophy of our school, that of creating opportunities for our students to explore the world and be rooted to their country for the right reasons. Our student/faculty exchange program to Sweden is an endeavor towards shaping our students to be globally competent and locally rooted citizens of tomorrow.

10th Grade Students TO Visit Sweden the journey continues……

On 26th April’13, the second group of 18 students of Grade X with 3 teachers will visit Gotland in Sweden.

They are going to Donner Gymnasiet, (now known as Guteskolan South)a higher secondary school, on an exchange program. They will get to experience a new culture, the traditions, value system, and make friends across borders. The students will see and study the rich heritage sites of Gotland’s medieval town, and the issues concerning conservation while comparing and drawing parallel to the sites in India The group will do hands on programme at Donner’s media studies department and learn to document their experiences through powerful and creative visuals that will highlight the learning.

The group will also be visiting Guteskolan North ( secondary school and under the same banner as Guteskolan South) so that our students have same age group and class level for interaction and presentation. Our teachers then have a wide spectrum of classes to be in for observation and teach for experience.

 Our students will also visit Cyber Gymnasiet, a higher secondary school at Stockholm so they get 3 school experiences all in all. 

This time the group is preparing presentations on the following topics:

1.India as an emerging economy. Its challenges and opportunities

2.India, China- who will make it? i.e. who will emerge as a powerful economy?

3.India and plurality  – the existence of groups with different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds within one society

4.Different Religions of India. How do they co – exist?

5.India and emerging youth- wealth of the nation

6.Urbanization and westernization- does it lead to inclusive growth?

They will be making their presentation to their counterparts in Sweden. This in itself is a great learning experience, team work, brainstorming, sourcing out information, presenting it in a logical and relevant manner. It helps to build their confidence and self-esteem.

Program Schedule:




26th April, Friday

  • Arrival Arlanda, Stockholm.
  • Travel to Visby by flight from Arlanda.
  • Arrival Visby, Gotland. Travel by bus to Snäckan recreation hostel on the sea shore outside Klintehamn. Contact person- Susanne Reich.
  • Dinner upon arrival. Contact person- Susanne Reich & Joakim Wassberg.
27th April, Saturday

Free day. Acclimatizing and getting acquainted with the surroundings. Gute School South student guides: Jonas SP10, Julia ES11, Ida ES11.

  • Visit Art Exhibition and stalls selling local handicrafts at Snäckan.
  • 5pm Dinner at school, pizza buffe with teachers and students from RL.

28th April, Sunday

1.00 – 3.00pm Welcome lunch at school together with host families (Gute School South students, parents, and teachers). Teachers and students from RL.
Afternoon looking around Klintehamn. Donner student guides: 
Dinner: Meal cooked and provided by Rohan Johansson’s mother from Sri Lanka.

29th April, Monday


9.00-3.00pm School day at Gute School South, Klintehamn.

  • 9.00 – 9.30am Welcome and introduction from the principal.
  • 9.30 – 11.40am Meeting with teachers and students, interacting in classes.
  • Groups 1, 2 = ES12/ Katarina Edlund
  • Groups 3, 4 = EK11/ Karin Milton
  • Groups 5, 6 = ES11/ Anders Broberg
  • 11.40 - 12.30pm Lunch.
  • 12.30-3.00pm Interacting in classes:
  • Groups 1, 2 = BF/HV/RL12 Meg Johansson
  • Groups 3, 4 = ES11/ Anders Broberg
  • Groups 5, 6 = SA/EK12/ Leif Duveborg
  • After school switching lodging to host families.
30th April, Tuesday

Guiding in Visby with Gute School South students from ES11 and RL12 in three groups. Teachers: Peter Bavér, Meg Johansson, Herman Haglund.

  • Pick-up 9.00am in Klintehamn or meet in Visby at Almedalen at 9.30am.
  • Bus to and from Klintehamn- contact person: Luis Barnes
  • Lunch at the Indian restaurant together with Donner students and staff.
  • 1.00 – 2.00pm Visit to local Art & History Museum Fornsalen.
  • Pick up by host families in Visby at 2.30pm or Klintehamn at 3.00pm.
1st May, Wednesday

Public holiday in Sweden- rest day with host families.

2nd May, Thursday

School day in Visby. Interacting with Gute School North.

  • Starting in Klintehamn 9.00am, ending in Klintehamn at 3.00pm or host family to drop off and pick up directly to the school in Visby.
  • Bus to and from Klintehamn- contact person: Luis Barnes
3rd May, Friday

School day in Visby. Interacting with Gute School North.

  • Starting in Klintehamn at 9.00am, ending in Klintehamn at 3.00pm/ host family to drop off and pick up directly to the school in Visby.
  • Bus to and from Klintehamn- contact person: Luis Barnes
4th – 5th May, Saturday - Sunday

Weekend with host families- family time.

6th May, Monday

School day at Gute School South, Klintehamn.

  • 9.00 – 3.00pm Full day working with the Media programme and photography excursion in Gotland. Teachers: Anders Broberg, Torsten Kvarnsmyr, Kamilla Andersson.
7th May, Tuesday

School day at Klinte School and Gute School South, Klintehamn.

  • 9.00 – 9.40am Introduction to Floorball with BF12 (equipment, rules)
9.40 – 10.40am 
- Group 1= Floorball with BF12/ Teachers: Ray Bauermeister, Meg Johansson.
- Group 2= Classroom visits to Year 7/ Teacher: Hanna Johansson.
10.55 – 11.40am
- Group 1= Classroom visits to Year 7/ Teacher: Hanna Johansson.
- Group 2= Floorball with BF12/ Teachers: Ray Bauermeister, Meg Johansson.

  • Lunch 11.40 – 12.20pm
  • 12.20 – 3.00pm Lecture about media studies; the impact of using the media as a means to communication and media perspectives. Teachers: Kamilla Andersson and Karin Milton.
8th May, Wednesday

Last school day at Gute School South, Klintehamn.

  • 9.00 – 11.00am Media studies- time to print photographs from Monday.
  • 11.00 – 11.30pm Lunch
  • 11.30 – 2.00pm Baking Swedish Cinnamon Buns with Leif Duveborg and discussions with Lakshmi at the same time.
  • 2.00 – 3.00pm Official evaluation and farewell with principal and other staff and students.
9th May, Thursday

Public holiday in Sweden. Excursion to Fårö by bus with some students going to India in September and staff: Katarina Edberg.


10th May, Friday

  • Ferry from Visby in the morning, Gotland to Nynäshamn, mainland.
  • Bus to Stockholm.
  • Accommodation at City Lodge Hostel ( www.citylodge.se).
11th May, Saturday

Interaction with students and teachers from Cyber School, Stockholm.

  • Sightseeing.
12th May, Sunday

  • Free day.
  • Shopping, sightseeing.
13th – 14th May, Monday- Tuesday

  • Visiting Cyber School, presentations and interactions, music performance by artists. Activities to be planned by Cyber.
15th May, Wednesday

  • Travel to Arlanda Airport Terminal 5 for flight back to India.
  • Flight no TK 1794 at 11.45am.