Excursion to Poland 2023
From 06.03.2023 to 10.03.2023 an excursion of the Faculty of Social Work under the direction of
Prof. Jürgen Boeckh to Lodz, Poland took place. The student exchange served to promote
international relations and intended to give the students an insight into the social institutions
of the partner university in Lodz. Furthermore, the students of the Faculty of Social Work were
able to compare the social field of work between the countries from their fellow English and Polish
students from the universities "University of Lodz" and "John Moore's University Liverpool".
The trip took place within the framework of Module 14: "Interculturality, Internationalisation,
Gender and Diversity" and thought the students selected learning content and promoted the
adaptability of the students.
The students took advantage of the opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow students from the
partner university in England on the very first evening and quickly got to know each other.
During the excursion, many different points were on the programme. On day 2, the fellow Polish
students welcomed the Ostfalia students at the University of Lodz and were able to take part in
numerous games to get to know each other before a guided tour of the city with Ms Krzysztof Olkusz
The Manafaktura Museum was also visited and showed the participants the changes in the city of
Lodz. For example, Izrael Poznanski transformed a former textile factory into a present-day
shopping and experience centre.
The next day, the students were able to attend a lecture on the history of Lodz at the office of
the "Fabryka Aktywności Miejskiej" followed by a presentation of the institution's social projects.
These projects aim to support the residents after the closure of the Manafaktura and the resulting
unemployment and poverty. Among other things, these projects, such as the Local Activity Centre,
are aimed at senior citizens or also offer children a therapy opportunity, tuition assistance or a
In the afternoon of the third day, the participants visited the memorial "Centrum Dialogu Im”.
Marka Edelmania" and listened to a lecture about Marek Edelmann (1919 - 2009), who stood up against
the Nazi regime of the time and fought for justice for minorities. This was followed by a guided
tour through a closeby park, which serves as a memorial for the victims of that time.
A reflection on the excursion and the students' experiences took place on the last day before
the return journey. It provided interesting conversations and personal insights through the
contributions of both student participants and lecturers, and offered a nice conclusion to an