Last week I had a pleasure to participate in classes provided by Staromiejskie Centrum Kultury Młodzieży in Cracow. I was invited as a guest to journalism classes where children learn the basics of journalism and media knowledge. I heard that for the past weeks they have learned what an interview is and they were preparing to conduct and give an interview. This day was a big day for them, because they had to do their first interviews. I was a bit surprised that the guest that was invited to this special day – was me!
At the beginning, the teacher introduced me to the young students. They looked a bit nervous but for sure not more than me. Then I was asked to tell a bit about the life of a foreigner in Krakow and about my volunteer work. Some children could not resist asking questions in this moment, they were so interested. After that students got into pairs and came to me pair by pair to ask me interview questions that they have already prepared during last classes. Some of them were so interesting. They asked me if it is difficult for me to learn polish and work with kids with disabilities that can not speak spanish or english, they wanted to know what I like the most in Poland and what is my favourite polish dish. Some kids asked what are the differences in the teaching system in Spain and Poland and where children are more polite in schools – in Poland or in Spain.
At the end, everyone thanked me for the interview and it was really nice. Even some students wanted to ask additional questions apart from the interview because they were curious about life in Spain. I saw all children very interested and focused on the work of a journalist.
They did a good job and I hope that in the future they will become great journalists!
Author: Javier Aldana, a volunteer from Spain and participant in the project “digitALL”.