Interview to Chucho Nieto, graphic designer

Last Wednesday 10 May we interviewed Chucho Nieto, the graphic designer who ran the graffiti workshop during the Teaching, Learning, Training activity held in Valladolid, Spain.

Here is what he told us about his beginnings as an artist and as an entrepreneur as well as his goals for the future.

Chucho did not have clear goals when he was young but at the age of 18 he decided to study graphic design and fortunately he had his parents´support.

At that moment graphic design was not considered an official degree so he had to go to a private university, which was really expensive as the tuition fees were 5000 euros per year.

After three years studying he decided to move to the UK, to be more precise to the north as living there was much cheaper than in the south. There being a graphic designer was considered a good profession, whereas in Spain at that time it was not. Chucho spent 5 years and a half in that country and managed to set up a studio and make things work. The beginnings were not easy as he was not good at English but people liked his job so he succeeded in finding some good clients and earning his living.

He returned to Valladolid a year and a half ago and now he is planning to set up his own studio. He is self-employed as he prefers to work on his own rather than for somebody else. Becoming an entrepreneur is not difficult, in his view, the only thing you need in this job is being curious and putting a lot of effort in everything you do. It has got a great deal of good things such as the fact you can do what you want, you can travel a lot and meet new people. However, you do not earn a lot of money so it is difficult to earn a living and settle down. People also think artists are lazy and they are not. He works 14 hours a day.

He told us that he had enjoyed running the graffiti workshop during the Erasmus + meeting in Valladolid and he loved the idea of meeting so many countries at the same time with a different perspective of art. He posted those moments in his Instagram account:

Instagram Chucho.Graffiti Process

Instagram Chucho Final product.

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A poem

This poem was written and read by some Spanish students during the meeting in Spain!

The world we live in

Blood, sweat and tears
Why do we still have to use these here?

The world is crumbling down
But they don’t tell us
They want us to drown
In the tears of the innocent
In the scream of the dissident
The ones whose voices are not heard
Are the ones that need our help.

We can’t pretend this is not happening
We can’t act as if it’s alright
We just have to hold on tight
To what makes us the human kind.

It’s in our daily life
We see it in the streets
With our own eyes
Violence is everywhere
Hate grows in our hearts.

We are just followers
Praying to our Lord
To get through this,
To carry on.

But we try to distance ourselves
Creating walls and barriers
To keep us from realizing
There is only one answer.

Faith is the key,
To save us from our own hypocrisy.

But, what problems do we have?
Trying to identify them we are.
Who’s guilty? We all are

But time hasn’t run out
We can make it alright
There is still a chance
To redeem ourselves.

If we work together
Leaving our fears behind
We can make it all better
We can stop being blind.

So, listen to my words
Don’t let them pass by
Get into action,
Shout out to the sky.

Tell that you can’t stand this
A peaceful earth is what you miss!

And maybe then,
When when we realize
This old world will be gone
We won’t have to hear more cries.

Mastersmith Kirsi Vahtera

Mastersmith Kirsi Vahtera visited Tammerkoski upper secondary school to tell the students about her rare occupation. Becoming a smith was not what she initially started studying, but she became interested in forging metal and changed careers. She graduated from Ikaalinen college, which we also visited during the teaching and learning activity event in Tampere in 2016.

Kirsi Vahtera is an entrepreneur, and she is very interested in the Finnish national epic Kalevala, which gives her a lot of inspiration that can be seen in her work. She mostly works on customized pieces, but she also sells products she has designed and made. Her work can be seen and bought at exhibitions. She also teaches, and at the moment she cooperates with an author.
Even though earning her living as an entrepreneur is full of challenges, she enjoys it because her work makes her feel good. Her work enables collaboraton and communication with other people. Money isn´t the main priority; I can create many kinds of works with my hands and I feel at home doing this, Kirsi Vahtera concludes.

A newspaper tells us of the days in Rottweil

Back to school the feeling of a great week together is enhanced by recollections and comradeship.

The students have reported an unparelleled enthusiasm and unforgettable friendship and we have learn something new about staging a play and working intranationally in a European dimension.



The reader interested in a chronicle of the week can download the newspaper of Rottweil!

Enjoy the reading!

Marco Bjurström: “Yummy yummy”


On Thursday September 1st a famous Finnish dance teacher, choreographer, entrepreneur and TV-host Marco Bjurström visited us here at Sampola.

He was interviewed by two of our students, and the questions got very thorough answers.

Talkative Marco made jokes and got everyone to rise from their seats and pat their tummies. He gave good life advice, like ‘take it easy and do what you like’. He has worked at many different jobs in his life, for example, in addition to being a dance teacher, he was a news anchor on TV. He has produced and directed most musicals in Finland, and at the moment he´s working on an opera that will get its premiere next year.

Marco also told us his life story and how he had made it this far, and how he became an entrepreneur. He even shed a few tears while reminiscing.
Mr Bjurström highlighted the fact that the most important thing in our lives is creating a fun atmosphere. He himself creates a relaxed mood at his dance classes by making the students laugh at themselves. He also gave us some food for thought when he said that “Remember that you need to get along with yourself and like yourself, as that is the person with whom you will wake up every single morning.”




UNICEF donation

Last Wednesday, 11th May, the Head and the Italian coordinator handed out the Charity Concert donation check to Vicenza Unicef Chairwoman Ms Getrevi.


It was worth 567 euros.

We are supporting a Unicef project in Bangladesh for “safe swimming” as last year 18,000 children died after flooding because of their incapability to swim!

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Ms Getrevi  is the one signing for acceptation!

A video about safe swimming is also avaliable!




Fashion show


Friday was the day of the grand finale fashion show we had been preparing all week. The casting team started their day early putting on make-up and having their hair done. Also the show moderation team was doing some last minute revision of their speaks for the show. Meanwhile some Erasmus+ and Czech students visited the Jihlava zoo where they were given a chance to feed giraffes, bears and seals. The fashion show started at 11 and it was amazing!




Clothes and jewellery made by the students were on stage and the models looked stunning. We also saw a music performance by the Wo-mn. In the afternoon students had free time and in the evening there was a farewell party at school. At the party everybody was dancing together, chatting, listening live music by The Joyners and eating good barbecue food till late evening.





Thursday was the day we were all really looking forward to as we were going to visit Prague! The two-hour bus journey passed quickly as all students were listening to music and singing, chatting with each other and having little snacks. In Prague we walked over the famous Charles Bridge to the city centre and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design where we had a lecture by Zuzana Veselá.




After the lecture students had two hours free time to see tourist attractions of Prague and go shopping. In the afternoon we visited the National Gallery.




Going back to Jihlava we had to take a diversion as the motorway was closed because of too many car crashes. To be honest we did not mind at all as we got to see more of the Czech Republic and some beautiful towns!