On June 2nd of 2017 I was a part of a group of IB students and teachers that flew from the Gdańsk Wałęsa Airport in the early morning to Stanstead, England. After we gathered our baggage we took a bus to transport us during the hour long drive to the Whitgift school. We received a pleasant welcome, and later that day we were all able to meet up in central London. As we had only just arrived our sight-seeing was of a collection of museums, among others the Science, Natural History and Victoria & Albert Museums, all of which were very interesting.
For our second day, I (and my exchange) opted to go with the group of teachers to visit Canterbury Cathedral and the white cliffs of Dover. The trip was worth the day spent walking among
the historical towns and buildings but mostly for the sight of the beautiful white cliffs in Dover.
We spent a few hours walking the coastline and enjoying the view. After which we had a traditional English snack of fish and chips. As the plans for the day were finished, I joined up with the rest
of my group to have some social time with the Whitgift students. Unfortunately, that Saturday evening was when the terrorist attacks occurred at London Bridge. Due to worries by the teachers and parents, we were not then able to follow through with the rest of our plans in Central London for the duration of the trip.
However, we spent almost all Sunday with our exchanges at students’ houses and spent some time in a pool and having a barbecue in the perfect English weather of clouds and rain. The following day on Monday, June5-th, we visited Hampton Court Palace and had a culture rich experience.
Our last day, Tuesday June 6th , we had a visit and tour of the school grounds. The school has a very wide and diverse amount of animals, from peacocks to flamingos. But what I really admired was
the fact that they have a wide range of subjects for the IB program. Whitgift School students can develop their skills and interests in drama and music departments. We had a TOK lesson on how
to make our TOK presentation. After this we said our goodbyes and departed to the airport. After
a short two hour flight we were back at our homeland in Gdańsk.
Overall the trip was a very pleasant experience and well organized. If it weren’t for the unfortunate terrorist attacks however I believe it could have been even fuller. The students were amicable and I think we all enjoyed ourselves and had a good time together.