Firstly, to start the day off we went to Belfast to do a tour on the murals of both protestant and catholic communities. We went to a museum that was very interesting as it featured historical elements of Irish culture. We then visited Crumlin Road Gaol for a tour. This was very interesting as we learned how the prisoners experience was like from the opening of the gaol in 1846 to its close in 1996. We went to Belfast City Centre for free time. When we arrived home a mini Fleadh was organised ( Irish Festival). We had sweets, juice and music. To finish the day we went to the town Maghera to have fun and to discover the culture of the small town. In conclusion the day was very enjoyable and interesting. Never again will Daryl and Scott eat spicy hot wings :0
Today we went to visit the Carrick-a-reed Rope Bridge, and The Giant’s Causeway.
Firstly we went to the Rope Bridge, where we completed a challenge set by Phillis. During the challenge we had to take the most abstract photo, within our set groups. Both Basque and Northern Ireland young people enjoyed doing this, as it was a beautiful day, and the view was amazing!
After The Rope Bridge, we went to Port Ballentoy, and had a group lunch. We had some free time, which meant that everyone could take photos. When we finished lunch we did another challenge, where we had to find a tunnel, around the harbour and see which group could get through the tunnel the fastest.
Before we went to The Giant’s Causeway, we stopped at The smallest church in Northern Ireland, where we were able to take more photos.
Finally we arrived at The Giant’s Causeway, and admired the unique scenery. Here we were able to use a device to understand the history behind The Causeway. This was a benefit to the Basque young people because it was in Spanish. Everyone loved the Causeway, and had a great time. (: (: (:
When we returned to Woodhall we had a mid-way evaluation, were we could all express our opinions on the program so far. During the session we evaluated the good, bad, and suggestions aspects of the exchange. This helped everyone to portray their concerns, and work as a group.
The first thing we did today was go to Stormont and learn about how the Northern Ireland government was run. We also learned the history of Stormont and how it has changed from when it opened until 2015. DUP and Sinn Fein are the largest parties in Stormont with the most MLA’s. We enjoyed it as it taught us about how the conflict in Northern Ireland has been resolved and continues to be resolved with ‘The Peace Process’.
We then went to the Youth Centre in the afternoon and did some activities and games for example pool and table tennis. in the youth centre we also chilled out and listened to some music.
Area visits was our next thing in the day and we visited the Irish peoples area’s and homes. They told us some things about there area and whether it was Republican or Unionist, this was interesting as we seen the effects it had on their communities during the troubles. We also seen some of the Irish boys and girls friends and families and they were very nice. It was a fun and enjoyable thing to do.
In the night activity Paul Deighan came and spoke with us about the conflict in Northern Ireland from the start up until the Good Friday Agreement. This was the most educational part of the exchange so far as it was explained so well but the Basque group couldn’t understand it all so one of their young people helped them as they are very good at English, it also showed us the whole story of the troubles, everyone expressed there opinions which made a great discussion! This session had everyone thinking and learning most importantly. The Northern Ireland group all found it enjoyable but as the Basque group didn’t understand everything they where slightly confused but we helped them as much as we could.
we liked the task very much the raft building was very good we enjoyed it very much, the dutch auction was very good it was also funny. we think that the team building games went good there was very good communication