Invite a guest to visit your school!

To give your students an opportunity for sharing their views with an high level expert, invite a Special Guest to visit your School. You can register on our website to access information about all the potential guests and to indicate your availability for the visits.

Here is a set of easy guidelines to help you making the best of your Spring Days events.

Identify the Guest:
Start thinking of the latest discussions with your class, or the themes you are planning to focus on during the next school months. Bear in mind that you can receive a local, regional, national or European guest, belonging to organizations, institutions, private companies or schools. You invite a guest for sharing his/her experience, background and vision with you and your classroom, so involve your students in this process. Ask them: “Who would you like to talk to and why?”

Type of guest you may want to invite:
• Local, regional, national, or European representatives.
• Cultural, social and European ambassadors, such as: Artists, writers, photographers, people engaged in social and cooperative projects or involved in the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, students and teachers who have been involved in European educational projects, training programmes, and other relevant experiences.

Contact the Guest
• For addressing a potential guest, you can use and adapt the Spring Day letter available on our website (pdf, 16 KB).
• You can also use the Spring Day Booking System to find potential guests, checking their availability and getting in contact with them.
• If you need assistance, send an email to springday@eun.org or look for your National Liaisons and Teacher Adviser and they will help you arranging the visit!

Your Spring Day Visit
As from the beginning, try to think of what kind of visit you are interested in. The following points should be agreed between you and the guest before the visit takes place:
• How many classes will be involved?
• When/Where is the visit going to take place?
• Which is the students’ age group?
• Which theme would we like to debate
• Which is their level of knowledge of the topic?

Before the visit, prepare your students for the discussion giving inputs and basic information on the subject and on the guest. Let them time to think about possible questions for the invitee. If you are a primary school teacher, think of easy and creative way your pupils could use to present their ideas (performances, songs, draws).

During the event, try to set up an informal and convivial atmosphere that will help your students feeling comfortable and interacting with the guest. Ask one or two students to be the event reporters (taking notes, pictures or filming the events).

After the visit, discuss with your students and listen to their comments. Collect their feedback, the report and the audio-visual material about the event and share with the Spring Day Community, sending it to the Spring Day website.