Gilo Solomampianino, a teacher-to-be from Madagascar, came to our school thanks to Comenius Programme. So before you read an interview with him prepared by Paweł Nowak from If , few words of introduction.

The Comenius Programme funds several types of actions related to school education. One of them is Comenius “mobility” which actions enable individuals to travel abroad to take part in a certain project. The one that Gilo took part in is called Assistantship which funds student teachers to work in a school abroad for up to ten months.

Student teachers assist in teaching. This gives the future teacher the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of other European languages, countries and school education systems and to improve their teaching skills. It also helps to improve language skills of pupils at the host school and can increase both their motivation to learn languages and their interest in the assistant’s country and culture.

Paweł Nowak talked to Gilo, we really encourage you to read what he said about the programme, our country and school.

Everybody’s searching for his appropriate place on the Earth. Additionally it seems to us that everywhere we aren’t, there is better. Did Gilo Solomampianino find his own place in Częstochowa? This question and many many more will be answered by a French teacher from Kopernik High school.

I: Hello Gilo. I would like to ask You a few questions connected with Your stay in Poland, your lifestyle led here and in Your mother country, Madagascar, about some future plans and present situation. The first thing I would like to know is the reason of Your decision about coming to Poland. Additionally, Poland lies in a completely different climatic zone and it ties in tremendously different weather.  So tell me, why just Poland?

G: It actually happens, that it wasn’t my decision at all. My parents live in Norway, and in order to be closer to them I really wanted to indwell somewhere there. But the girl who won the fellowship to Częstochowa decided to stay in Hungary by reason of getting a job, and propound me to receipt for the fellowship. I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me and agreed. So taking into consideration all the factors, it wasn’t my choice through.
As it comes about weather, I really, really like winter ! (laughter)

I: Let’s now talk about this high school. Was it your choice to visit just our school? Maybe somebody gave You a piece of advice which school to choose?

G: It wasn’t a piece of advice thought, but rather an order. It was seemingly emphasized that I obtain placement in Kopernik High School.

I: Now let’s switch to your mother country. Tell me something about Madagascar, because majority of people know where Madagascar is, but definitely minority know anything interesting about this country. How do people live in Madagascar?

G: It’s really beautiful country and often said to be “murau murau”, which means an easy country. In Madagascar there is no stress, no rush like here, in Poland. People are more self-dependent, for example if our car breaks down, we do not go to a specialist service, but we try to fix it on our own. But aside from advantages of easy-going life, we have a lot of inconveniences and lacks of opportunities. Madagascar is not as developed as Europe countries and not everybody is equipped with devices such as computer,  mobile phone, or TV. Additionally, there are a lot of viruses and bacteria hovering around, and there is a lack of medicines and health service, that’s why a lot of people catch diseases very easily. That stuff contributes to huge rate of emigration.

I: How old were You when You left Madagascar?

G:I was seventeen, quite young. But if opportunity comes out, you have to take it. The last time I have been to Madagascar was in 2002.

I: I have read recently, that in 2009 in Madagascar there was a coup and some riots against the government of Marc Ravalemanana President. The reason why it happened was the closure of TV station belonging to the current president of Madagascar VIVA, Raojelina. Could You say something more about it and Your attitude toward it.

G: Ravalemanana is a very rich guy, he used  to be a little bit like dictator. He owned a soup factory, where a lot of people where employed. They were complying about conditions. When the riots took place a lot of people died of it. The riots descend into a coup.

I: Do You recommend people to visit Madagascar?

G: Yes, of course, it’s really  beautiful country. But once you go there, you have to be prepared for a big number of vixens. You have to be really careful with your health state and take care of  yourself before coming here, because there are a lot of viruses hoovering around.

I: Gilo, what does Your ordinary day look like?

G: It’s hard to innumerate all the things, but mainly I study and I’m really keen on running. In Madagascar I used to spend majority of my time with friends, in addition I was a scout and attended a lot of campings and trips. It was fantastic an experience.

I: What do You think about Polish people. Are they hospitable, or not. What is you impression about it ?

G:I don’t want to say a bad word about Polish people, because majority of them, that I know are really brilliant and amazing people. But not everybody. When I wanted to buy a railway ticket to Częstochowa from Kraków  I spoke to cashier in English, but she didn’t understand me, and didn’t even try to. Eventually, I draw her that I want to commute from Kraków to Częstochowa. She luckily understood, but I didn’t know which platform the train leaves, and after a long time looking for a proper one I found it, but I have missed two trains.

I: Do You find Poland interesting?

G: Definitely, because it’s a little bit the same country as Hungary, which I love. You have similar history, you had kings in the past and also your cuisine is similar to the Hungarian
one. A lot of places resemble me Hungary surroundings.

I: Ok, but there are not only advantages. What, in your opinion, are the most seemingly disadvantages in the structure of our country?

G: So the first thing that surprises me is that you are very shy people, not always willing to help. But one advice, you must be open and extroverted because next year Poland will be full of football fans and you have to be hospitable to provide them great time.

I: How many languages do You speak?

G: Four actually, Hungarian, Madagascarian, English and French.

I: How is your Polish language? Do you know any words or even expressions?

G: Yes, of course, I usually go to ‘Lewiatan’ and so as to purchase something I use Polish expressions.

I: What are Your plans connected with future?

G: I am going to go to Germany, then to Madagascar.

I: Thank you for an interview, Gilo.

written by Paweł Nowak, edited by Ania Leśniak from IIf