Guests from Far-Away Countries

On 23 April, a huge blue bus brought to our Beverīna County a group of visitors from Russia (also Siberia), Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and even such exotic place as Myanmar. The visitors were third country nationals who now call Latvia their home, or who study here. They were accompanied by representatives from our long-term cooperation partner, NGO Education Development Centre.

The aim of the visit was to become familiar with life in a real rural Latvian county. As hosts, we had extremely difficult choices to make – so many interesting people live in our county, but the guests will be here only such short time. As a result, we came up with a rather tight schedule that took our guests through the entire county, with stops in each parish.

In the morning we welcomed our guests at Kauguri Community Centre with songs performed by children from Kauguri Elementary School. A welcome speech, including some facts from the rich history of our county, freshened up by cups of coffee and treats made by local caterers, was followed by a visit to the school and then off to meet potter Līga Mergina to see not only her works of art, but also the special creation nourished by her family – a greenhouse converted into an outdoor entertainment place (more about it at: https://www.facebook.com/kalnkengi?ref=profile). Having spent some time in fresh air, we went to Brenguļi to have a very generous lunch provided by our fantastic Inguna Vilka, the cook at Brenguļi Primary School. Our guests also had an opportunity to become acquainted with the particular features of this school and also with the production of Brenguļi Brewery situated across the river right opposite the school.

Our journey continued to Trikāta Parish, horse-breeding farm “Jaunupītes”, where the owners Madara and Marita told us about the history of the farm, the horses and the life at the farm.  

As the day neared the end, we took our guests to the Community House “Depo” in Trikāta where they could meet representatives of local small enterprises and craftsmen. There was cheese and chocolate to taste and felting crafts to make.

The visit to our county was an activity within project “Living in Latvia - 4” (N. IF/2013/1.a/6), implemented by Education Development Centre within the 2014 program of the European Integration Fund of the Third Country Nationals with the joint funding from the European Union (75%) and Latvia state budget (25%).

As hosts, The Door of Opportunity would like to express our most sincere thanks to Beverīna County Council and all those who helped us make our guests feel special and welcome on this day – caterers Zanda and Uldis Žentiņi (http://www.vinkalniesi.lv) and Inguna Vilka with her team of helpers, Directors, teachers and pupils of J. Endzelīna Kauguri Elementary School and Brenguļi Primary School, Alfrēds Stīpiņš, Head of Kauguri Community Centre, Raisa Jablonska, chocolate master and Manager of SIA “RChocolate”, cheese master Inese Ziemane, beekeepers Armands Gumbris and Taiga Karaseva, crafter Inga Logina, potter and Greenhouse owner Līga Mergina, the Kreceri family at “Jaunupītes” farm and Inga Boškina, expert of the history of our county.

 

You can read more about the visit from the guests’ point of view at

http://www.iac.edu.lv/the-main-projects-and-activities-implemented-by-ed...

 

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

 

Head of The Door of Opportunity

Linda Krūmiņa