by Ida Bjørn Winther and Julie Jensen, 2d Middelfart Gymnasium and HF
Prolog: The destination for the global class at Middelfart Gymnasium and HF was really Ghana, but the ebola epidemic in West Africa meant that the parents in autumn 2014 decided it would be too uncertain. Instead, the school arranged a trip to Bangladesh for the class under the leadership of Filip Engsig-Karup over 14 days in March 2015. During the trip, the class visited the SMS school in Birganj. Two of the students tell about the trip:
Our trip to Bangladesh was an experience beyond the usual. At first it was a huge challenge, we should learn a completely different culture, and there was nothing that reminded us of the habit. The city of Dhaka was particularly overwhelming, and it was crowded with people all over.
However, it did not take long before we began to feel comfortable in the different surroundings, especially in connection with our visit to Birganj. The people in Bangladesh, especially in the smaller cities, are very talkative and friendly. They are very interested in hearing about us and in addition they are incredibly hospitable. It is an eye opener to be in a country where many have extremely little but still are able to keep up the mood and be happy people.