The first activity in the second semester held by MEET on the 24th of February, 2011, was the “peddy-paper”, which goal was to show the center of Braga to the international students.
The students showed great interest in the activity: there were nearly 35 participants from Brasil, China, Poland, Greece, Holland, Russia, Ukraine and other countries. They came to Braga for one semester to study Portuguese at the University of Minho or as Erasmus students.
All the participants gathered at the University campus and formed groups of about five people each. The students started their journey passing through the route of Rua D. Pedro V where they received the city map and a sheet containing the tip on how to get to their first stop.
When they arrived to the first station a Red Cross volunteer who was awaiting them posed a question and if they answered correctly they received another hint on how to get to the next stop. This form of activity allowed the participants to find out where is the pharmacy, post office, the academic bar, the Portuguese Youth Institute, the Citizen´s shop, hospital, police station, the fire department, Arco da Porta Nova, the Cathedral Sé, the Santa Bárbara garden – and finally- a Praça da República, where all the participants together with the Red Cross Youth volunteers met at the finish line.
It was a very nice and sunny afternoon and the activity turned out to be very entertaining and useful. The students could discover the main places in the city without worrying they would get lost. Additionally, the “peddy-paper” helped integrating people from all over the world. MEET was very pleased with the results of the activity and hopes that the next event, the traditional Portuguese dinner held for the students on Wednesday, the 2nd of March, will also be a success.