Erasmus+ -Project 2019–2021: Smart travelling around Europe: a youth guide for sustainable tourism

Our school’s Erasmus+ project is an international project between six European schools from Germany, Italy, Iceland, Spain, Greece and Finland. In Lahden yhteiskoulu, we have a group of 21 pupils and 5 teachers working with the project, and we get together once or twice a month.

Our goal is to produce A DIGITAL TOURIST GUIDE for environmental-friendly travellers around Europe. Pupils will learn certain facts about climate change and its effects on tourism in their respective countries. Traveling is a rising trend in every corner of the world and will generate more detrimental emissions in the future unless these are reduced by technological development.

Lahti is well-known for its winter sport activities. At the same time, climate change has hit Finland and arctic regions dramatically. Warm winters mean shorter periods of snow cover, causing a clear and present danger to winter sport games and Finnish cultural heritage as a northern, arctic country.

The goal of this project is to provide pupils with tools necessary to seek information about WINTER SPORT AND NATURE ATTRACTIONS in Lahti region with YOUNG TRAVELERS in mind. They are about to produce an internet-based TRAVEL GUIDE to give necessary information about basic knowledge, such as bus and/or train connections, accommodations, opening hours etc. Travelers are encouraged to make ENVIROMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE CHOICES, like eating local food and favoring public transportation.

The best part of the project are perhaps these international meetings: group members get to visit one partner school abroad. The hosting school presents the outcomes of the project to the pupils and teachers from the other countries. Lahden yhteiskoulu will be hosting visitors between January 16th and 22nd 2020.

Pupils involved in this project will learn about international co-operation, teamwork and communicating in foreign languages among other things.