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“It took us twelve hours to get to Pico Island but when we arrived we were enchanted by its beautiful and unusual landscapes. Our stay on the island was very fruitful in terms of work on the project as well as visiting and discovering the natural beauty of the Azores. What we really enjoyed was an excursion to the post volcanic cave. We also spent a nice time on Faial island where we drove around the volcanic crater. The whole week of work went really fast. We returned home with new ideas and new energy to work on the project. We also appreciate Fernando’s hospitality and war welcoming of the staff of the school.“
Ewa and Magda from Poland
“This first meeting in Pico was very important for us. Indeed, it was the first time we met, and it was great to see all of the 5 partners and our discussions were really nice and enriching.
Though they looked really involved and interested in the project, the only thing we regret is the fact that the Turkish team didn’t speak English. We don’t have many opportunities to discuss things in order to organize the project and I wish we could have a better communication, with all the partners and we are a little bit frustrated about that and hope that there’ll be a language teacher during the next meeting in Naples
As for the organization, it was really good for us, we thought that the Portuguese team was very involved in the project and the teachers were really dedicated to welcoming us. It was interesting and enriching to work together and to discover the island too.
I also appreciated the honesty of our coordinator Magda during our work session. Indeed, it’s not easy to tell to people what’s wrong sometimes but I believe it’s very important if we want our 3-year-long project to work well…”
Claire from France
“Arriving in Pico Island from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria took a two-day journey, not only because of the distance –about 1500 kilometres- but also because of difficulties with connecting flights such as operational stop at Funchal airport in Madeira, then we had to fly to Ponta Delgada Airport where we had to wait three hours before flying to Terceira island, where we spent one night, and finally we reached Pico island one day later our departure from Gran Canaria
Our Portuguese colleagues were excellent hosts and we were provided a truly exquisite stay. Several indoors and outdoors activities were held to discover first-hand the island, from its natural landmarks to its social, cultural and economic main features.
The different delegations were coming from November 20th to November 22nd. The hosts facilitated contact among participants by organising different activities which created a pleasant working environment and helped to keep communication flowing with a collaborative spirit.
Project meetings took place on November 23rd-24th. The coordinator, Magdalena Szewczyk, set out the general lines of work to be developed throughout the following months until the next meeting, which will be held in Naples, April, 2016.
Our opinion about the meeting in Pico is highly satisfactory as much for the warm welcoming of our Portuguese friends as for their superb organization, and the excellent relationships established among the members of the different delegations.”
Salvador from Spain (Canary island)
“When we reached Azores after a long and exhausting trip, we experienced spectacular beauty of the place. At first we attend a very important religious rite at Madalena. We pretend we were local people.
Their natural beauty really, national park, mountain Montana really impressed us. To see a lava flowing cave is amazing. We really want to go there again, 3 days is not enough for us.
On the way back, we stopped by Sao Miguel Island. We saw a different beauty of Ponta Delgade. We got new ideas about our project. We thank Magda for our project. We shared our experiences to our students and our co-workers. Now we give more attention about nature.
We are thankful to Fernando, his wife and their friends for giving us such an amazing time there. It was nice of him to invite us for dinner at his home. Also special thanks to principal, workers and students of Escola Básica e Secundária da Madalena.”
Muzaffer DEMİRCİ and Emin KUTLU
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” The trip to Naples was wonderful! I learned new and interesting information about volcanoes and the country. I could know the Italian culture and them traditions. The weather was great there. You could feel like during a vacation, and to get some vitamin D. The most important thing for me was to make new friends. Italians are very friendly, like the rest people who came for Erasmus. I was suprised by their interesting in learning other languages, which are not easy. I did not think I would be so nice to be greeted by family and by her friends. I’m sure that contact with foreign friends will be all the time. This trip will long remain in my memory!”
Asia Ostropolska – Poland
“The visit in Naples was very amazing experience. It was cool that I was able to make new friends, their culture , and most importantly to try Italian food, which is very delicious. I loved that people who I lived embraced me at their home. Naples has amazing views which I liked . I think I have to go back .”
Marysia Semenowicz – Poland
“It was a new and interesting adventure. The Erasmus project is a project when you can find new friends and it is unforgettable experience. We spent our days in the beautiful country, learned a lot and visited beautiful places. Thank you for this experience!”
Yulia Cherevata – Poland
“It was a great time, which I spent in Italy. I could visit a beautiful city – Neapol. I met a lot of wonderful people and I made friends with them. It was really fascinating to know the new cultures, traditions, languages. I could notice that people around the world have many similar things and behaviors. This project gave me a lot of amazing moments, which I will never forget it:D”
Tereska Klimowicz – Poland
In Neapoli was amazing !!! I met a lot of interesting people and my host family was incredibly nice. The weather was great, views were beautiful and impressions unforgettable. I could have seen how looks an ordinary day at Italian school. Everyday we saw new places and learned new facts about volcanoes, which was the subject of our exchange. I was surprised how easy is to communicate with people from different countries. I have a lot amazing memories and if could I decide to go again. Trips like this give us new friends and opportunities to study or work abroad.
Julia Sebesta – Poland
Our Italian colleagues were excellent hosts and we have to thank Ciro and all the teaching staff in Naples not only for the organization of the different activities throughout our stay, but also for their invaluable help with the difficulties encountered in some of the outdoor activities for reasons beyond their control.Our students had a great, warm welcome to Naples and a very friendly stay with their Italian host families. They really enjoyed all the activities planned. As far as our accommodation, we should say that it was quite far from the city´s historic centre, so somehow we missed the opportunity of strolling around a little and see the sights by night on our own.For the same reason, we would like to deeply thank all the Italian teachers who helped us for our commuting with their own cars.
Firstly I want to say that in the beginning I felt nervous and I think that everybody did because we were going to stay for a week in the houses of families that we had never met and that had a total different culture and language, and that was not easy. In my case, as the time was passing I started getting along with the family and with all of my mates from Erasmus +. My favourite part about this trip was that I was able to learn a lot about Napoles, and its language, its history and population. Apart from that, I really enjoyed the fact that we, as a group, lived some great moments in which we were able to get to know a little bit more about each other. Those great moments were created through games and songs that we taught to them. After these games we all laughed as a group.
I think this experience gave us a valuable lesson and is one of the best memories I will ever have because at the end we felt happy and proud for the people and the things we experienced. This experience was one of the best !
Alexandra Silva, Portugal- Azores(Pico)
To begin I enjoyed this trip because it was a different experience.It was my first time leave the country.And I feel luckier for being with this project and with these people.On the first day I arrived and I came across my housemate I was a little embarrassed but she did everything to make me feel comfortable, “as if I was at home.”On the second day, we saw the whole school, and what impressed me most were the planetarium, because at my school we don´t have one and the class of my “colleague”, because they were friendly. One thing I didn’t like so much, but that seems to be part of the Italian culture, was the attention given to meals. We ate less at lunch and more a dinner. In Portugal we do the opposite. But there’s nothing like living with other cultures and learn from them. This week I was able to work my English and learn a few words / expressions in Italian. Ending up as I started, it was a different experience, which is to remember.
Filipa Rosa, Pico
What na amazing experience!
This Erasmus+ project was one of the best experiences of my life and it was a fantastic way to meet new people. Despite being a little bit nervous in the beggining, because I had never met Mario and his family personally, after I met them face to face I felt like home. Contacting with new cultures, learning some funny words and expressions in other languages, exploring the city of Naples and seeing their daily lives at home and at school were some of the cool things I had the privelege to experience. But the most important thing of all was the opportunity to make great friends I will never forget.After this metting in Italy, which I really enjoyed, I understood a little bit more about the culture and environment of Naples. I really want to participate in a experience like this again and I recommend this type of projects to other people.
Samuel Goulart, Pico, Azores, Portugal
This Erasmus+ project was one of the best experiences of my life. Through this trip I learned a lot about a huge variety of subjects like: volcanoes, eruptions, sysmic activity, italian and european culture. I met a lot of new people from all across Europe and some of them turned out to be friends for a life time. This kind of projects are really interesting and important for students because they give us new perspectives of life and improve our language and social skills. I hope in the future it will be possible to take part on similar projects as they are unique experiences!
Henrique Silva, Pico – Portugal
There were mountains which look like volcanoes where I was born and grown. But I had not got a clue whether they are volcanoes or not. After I had seen volcanoes and Napoli, I made up my mind. The mountains that I had seen were volcanoes. This was the first time I had seen volcanoes and their effect on the environment in Napoli. I had some unforgettable impressions. I had important experiences. I’m very thankful to Ciro, his team, all the teachers and his school personals for this astonishing organization. This was a memorable project for us. I’m very thankful to the parents of students for taking care of our students and for their hospitability. That was very kind of them to meet us at the airport and give us a lift to the airport at the end. I think our project is going well. When it’s our turn, I hope we’ll host you well and work on our project hard. I want to say thanks to our last day host Ms. Sant’Elia and all other contributors. We had some Italian delicates which were awesome it was an amazing night. Watching the sea view from the balcony was memorable. The conversations I have made with my students showed that, they were pleased from their trip. It was a life-time memory for them. Their attention to the nature has improved.
There were a lot of good activities during my stay in Napoli, Italy. We made good friends from different cultures. I haven’t seen the volcanic mountains before. I saw Vesuvio, Solfatara in Italy and learned important things about them. Our visit was very useful. We were busy everyday, we met new people and visited different places. We enjoyed it a lot. Our students made new friends. I hope they will keep their friends for a long time. Galileo Galilei school manager and students were very friendly and helpful. The school helped us organize our photograph exhibition of the tiny insects at their school.
I have never had interest in volcanoes. I didn’t even have any idea about the volcanoes around my city. I have seen effects of volcanoes in this trip. We went to active volcano and this amazed me. I have seen the true power of the nature with my own eyes. I’ve seen caves made of ash and stone houses. These got me excited. Also I had opportunities to talk and chat with my colleagues from different countries. I’ve felt friendliness and helpfulness of Italian group that welcomed us. That week was one of the best weeks of my life. Thanks to everyone who made this happen.
This was my first trip to Europe, I was so excited. The people were very friendly, warm and kind. Naples was really beautiful. Architecture, natural beauties, landscapes was outstanding. I haven’t seen a volcano before. But in Naples we observed Vesuvio. The family that I stayed was really amazing. I am grateful for them. I hope we will keep in touch. I wish I could stay longer. Also, thanks to Ciro and all the teachers and personals for making this project. This project is one of a kind, made my imagination more creative.
My first abroad trip was to Naples. I have read some stuff about Naples, when I arrived I realized it is so much better. Vesuvio was nice. The people were like us, amiable and friendly. I am satisfied of my host and her family. I wish we will see each other in future. Thank you for the organization, meals and your relevance. Hope to see you guys in Turkey.
I was excited about the trip because Italy was one of the most interesting countries I’ve wanted to see. I was wondering about Italian people and the sights of Italy so much. Italy was better than I expected; people were friendly, Naples’ architecture was interesting, the sights were amazing and I’ve tried so many new things. I loved Vesuvio. I think Erasmus+ project is good for you if you want to learn something and try different things. My host and her family were really kind and treated well to me, thankfully. I loved Paesano family. Organization was a bit confusing at the first day but got better at the other days and we all enjoyed seeing Naples.
Ezgi Afra GÖKOĞLU-Turkey
It was my first time in Europe. This was my first trip without my family. This project contains lots of first time for me. At the beginning I was afraid. Spending one week with Italian family in Naples… But later I like that idea. I thought that it would be perfect life experience and also fascinating subject is volcanoes. When I was a child, I used to want to jump into a volcano. This project reminded me that childhood times. Naples is very beautiful city just like Antalya. When we were walking in the Street, I felt like I was walking in Antalya’s Street. I would like to see more places in Naples but unfortunately our time was limited. A wonderful family hosted me in Naples. I didn’t expect such kind, polite, funny family. They were really nice to me. I will never forget that lasagna and of course my host Sara. She did her best, explained everything to me. I felt like Neapolitan. It was one the best one week I have had. Thank you Moreno family. Thank you for this organization, I had one week I can’t forget.
Naples was a wonderful city. It amazed us on every step we took. First day we went to high school. We started to visiting city at second day. According to me Naples is historical place. When we arrived at Pompeii, we saw all the stone humans. The story of Pompeii is incredibly different. Naples’s people were so sincere like Turkish people. According to me, the most important thing about Project is I met so many people from different countries.
I’m so thankful to all of you for your caring.
Süeda TIZLAK- Turkey
Italy was my first experience in abroad, Naples. Before I went there, I was so excited because I have never left from my family. The day of departure was long but it was worth. When we arrived to Naples parents and teachers welcome us. This project was conscious me about active and extinct volcanoes especially Vesuvio. We made trips for 5 days which was very well organized. We met with students from other countries in this way I learnt about new culture. School in Italy is similar to schools in Turkey. They offered traditional dishes at every opportunity which it was really tasty. My favorite dessert is ice cream. This trip was a moment will never forget in my life. Thank you so much to everyone that regulates project.
I am so happy because of I have been joined this project. I saw new places, I saw new cultures, but most important I made too many good friends. Naples was a great city, I loved there. Volcanic areas, historical places and more… My host and his family were so kind to me like all other foreign friends. It was the first time I have seen a volcano; Vesuvio was so impressive to me because it is one of the most famous volcanos in the world. Pompeii and other cities which Vesuvio destroyed, they were very nice, I felt sorry for the people who died with explosion.
I want to see all my friends in Turkey again next years. I will miss everybody.
Ali Günalp ÇELIK-Turkey
We spent a very pleasant week and it was great to stay in the same hotel with the other partners, though we wished the hotel had been in another area of Naples. Indeed, it was very quiet but too far from the city center from our point of view.
As for the activities, Ciro (and his wife) did a great job to make us discover different aspects of the area and make us work on our theme: the volcanoes. We sometimes spent a lot of time just waiting but we guess that that’s the way it is in big cities!
Finally, we wished we could have time to listen to the presentation by the students; they were relieved it was cancelled but we think it would have been an interesting task for them to speak in front of the other partners and also an opportunity to get to know each other and simply know where the students came from… We hope students will now take time to discover the presentations on the website of the project. We feel it would have been enriching to spend more time at school, for students of course but also for teachers because some things deserve to be discussed but we understand that we arrived a bit later on the Tuesday…
As a conclusion, the week in Naples was a success. Students came back home with full of fantastic memories. They were warmly welcomed, so were the teachers.
Claire Chapot – France
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“We had a warm welcome. The team of teachers were really caring and made a wonderful program. We discovered great landscapes, nice villages… They took time to explain the volcanoes and a lot of other things such as history.The students really exchanged and developped real friendships. The host families did all they could to make them feel at home. Even the girls who were at the sailing school shared wonderful and unforgettable moments. French team of teachers
“From March 12th to the 18th we have been hosted in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by our Spanish friends. Everything was great: we visited very charming places and we had a lot of fun altogether. A unique destination. Hopefully we will repeat the experience! Love from the Italian team.” (Aurora, Italian student)
“Thanks to the Erasmus+ project we had the possibility to experience something totally new for us. The trip to Gran Canaria has been of such an importance to us, because it has given a deeper understanding of the topics we have been studying for more than one year. Also, we have practiced the core subjects of our curriculum, which are foreign languages. What’s more, our stay in Las Palmas has helped us to become more open-minded, as we have met people from different countries and different cultures. We have listened to different opinions without any prejudice – something we believe it is really important, especially nowadays. So we would like to thank all the Erasmus+ teams to have made this event possible.” (Lucia, Sara, Grazia and Claudia, Italian students)
“Our visit to Gran Canaria was a fully charming and learning experience. The Spanish Erasmus Plus teachers were attentive and helpful in everything they planned, taking us through an exciting mixture of scientific and cultural explorations. Italian students loved the whole trip so much and all of us felt like being amongst friends. We have learned a lot about volcanoes and cultures of the Canary Islands, we visited dramatic scenery, from pine-covered slopes to spectacular sand dunes, picturesque villages, bustling sites and off-beaten tracks. A true revelation.” (Ciro De Rosa, Italian Erasmus+ coordinator)
“It was wonderful to meet new colleagues – now friends – from other European countries. We could feel ancient links of culture and history deeply connecting us and I really could imagine a “word with no countries”. Yes, we teachers are often dreamers, but we sometimes can experiment a dream-like reality when we have the chance to watch our students talking a common language and sharing experiences and culture and ways of life and having fun, too. Yes, this Erasmus+ project meeting was a really great experience in the amazing volcanic scenario of the windy Gran Canaria, where we were led by a competent and warm team of teachers in a striking tour of the whole island. Thank you so much to everyone and …long life to ours and the future Erasmus+ projects.”
” So a few weeks ago I and my friend, Anna went to Gran Canaria Island. We spent there week and that was the best week I’m my life! I learn so much about the culture. Not only the Spanish culture but all cultures! I met lots of new friends (and now I miss them all). (Mary Maksymiuk, Poland)
” Every Erasmus meeting is for me wonderfull meeting of people fifferent countries and culture. I was impressed by the botanical garden of Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo on the slopes of Guiniguada Gorge. The most attention was probably drawn by dragon dracones , I was fascinated by the Museum and the Archaeological Park of the Caverns of Paintings erected on the remnants of the settlement of the former Canaries. This object brought me closer to the details of the appearance of the house and the tribal heads. Also an interesting attraction for me was the house of Christopher Columbus – Casa de Colon. The house was worth a look because it had whitewashed walls, wooden balconies and shutters and doors guarded by stone gargoyles. Thank you Spanish team for organization!” (Magda Szewczyk, Polish coordinator)
Firstly, I would like to thank Instution Sevigne Saint Louis schooland Claire for their hospitability. We are glad to meet Claire’sschool. We really enjoyed during the workshops. We can not forget Volcano Lemptegy and volcano park. It was the first time we saw such interesting volcanoes. The Magma-Volcano Lab which was in Clermont-Ferrand was the most interesting and impressive part of ourmeeting. It was really an unforgettable experience to see the interesting ways of science, French folk dance and to taste famous delicious France kitchen. Also we would like to present our thanks to Instution Sevigne Saint Louis school,school headmaster, Delphine, Muriel, Marie-Lise, İsabelle, Laurence, Nelly, Joelle, Myriam, Pascal, Gaelle, M. Verayan do the persons who took place in it. Best regards,
My participation in the project “Volcanoes and earthquakes Europe”, especially in the workshop for teachers organized at the Institut Sevigné in Issoire in France, is to me an extraordinary adventure.
Thanks to this project, I met a group of great teachers of different subjects (biology, geography, English) from different European countries (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy). Exchange of experience, numerous discussions, participation in joint events, activities and tasks performed, inspired and expand their professional horizons. Skills and competences resulted after returning from a workshop in Issoire, both in the classroom during discussions with the students of my school, and during endless discussions with teachers.
From the point of view of personal, it was for me a unique opportunity for personal development through gaining many rare and challenging skills such as the ability to preparation of the required during the workshop foreign adaptability and openness to the participants coming from different corners of Europe, the ability to cooperate in an international group, the ability to participate in conversations and discussions in order to reach a joint agreement. Not forgetting the ability to use foreign languages!
Well, that workshops were held just in Issoire, France. The trip to this beautiful part of Europe has allowed me to explore and discover the unknown to me so far corner of Europe, its history, monuments, cuisine and culture.
May this as many teachers can develop thanks to such projects!
Joanna Wróbel, Wroclaw, Poland