Polish and means greetings from Poland where I spent four weeks this summer. All
of us GROW trainees carry out a short-term assignment abroad and my destination
was Stora Enso Narew mill in Ostroleka, about 120km northeast from Warsaw.
An international assignment is a great opportunity to get to know about different aspects of the company. I chose Narew mill because I wanted to learn more about recycled fibre and container board production. The unit has been running a bit less than two years now. This means that the challenges of starting up a new plant are fresh in the minds of my colleagues there. I received a lot of useful advices I can apply in our paper machine conversion project in Varkaus mill.
Besides of learning about the plant, an assignment away from home gives an excellent possibility to learn about the country and culture unlike your own. The best part of my time in Poland was to get to know my colleagues who were very helpful and happy to include me in their everyday duties. They also gave tips for the weekend activities I took in Warsaw and beautiful Masurian Lake District.
The evening activities were not that Polish: we played Mölkky, a Finnish wood-block throwing game for outdoors, which had been brought to Poland by my Finnish colleagues. However, isn't it a purpose of an international assignment to bring something from your home country as well?