Students’ impresions regarding project meeting C1: Interactive teaching starts from my community

15 High School "Adam Mitskevich", Sofia, Bulgaria

 

My school trip in Romania

   My trip in Romania was great. We arrived in Dej and we went to the sport centre in the city.  The next day we went to the school named “Avram lancu”.  The school was interesting. I met students from Italy, Turkey, Poland and Romania. The students were very friendly. We visited two beautiful cities in Romania,  Alba Julia and Cluj Napoca. Students and teachers had a trip to  the salt mine and they gave me two kilograms salt. The workshops were very funny and interesting. My favourite part of the trip was in Cluj Napoca. The city is big and was very beautiful. The library in the city was great. My trip was very interesting and funny and I liked it very much.

                                      Daniel Kutev-6 grade ,Sofia.

MY HOLIDAY IN ROMAN IA.

    I visited the second biggest town in Romania-Cluj( Napoca ). Our partners’ school was in Dej. The town is  beautiful and really interesting. I saw different places. I saw the sights and buildings. One museum of old trains was really big and very interesting for me. I was impressed of salt mine. There we  saw how people made salt and  package it. They were really kind and gave to us two kilograms salt. Romanian meal is  very delicious ,we liked it very much. The students showed us  traditional costumes  and a great concert. At school  their children wore uniforms. We spoke in English all the time and made a lot of new friends. This holiday was wonderful for me.

                               Maya Vasileva

15 High school  „Adam Mitskevich“, Sofia

Romanian Adventures

    From 02/02/2020 to 08/02/2020 we were in the city of Dej, Romania. On the first day, the Romanian hosts showed us their school and we played ice breaking games to know each other. We had a lot of fun. Representatives from all countries presented their city and school, as well as their logo for the project. All the logos were very beautiful and the presentations were interesting. There was a nice welcome for us, the guests. There was a dance program with folk and contemporary dances. Our hosts performed great.  The next day we went to the train museum near Dej. It was very interesting. We saw locomotives  and wagons of different sizes. We were able to get into some locomotives and wagons and see them inside. Then we went to school again where we played various educational games and had a math lesson.  All the children worked  hard.  On the third day we visited the city of Alba Iulia. The city was amazing. We visited some very interesting churches and history museums there.  Then we went to school in Alba Iulia. There teachers divided us into teams and each team had to present the history of the state and our Constitution Republic.. Again our hosts performed great.  On the fourth day we visited the salt mines near Dej. We saw how salt is packaged. After that we took a stroll in downtown Dej. We visited the Museum of History and several interesting churches. In the afternoon we returned to the school, where we were given certificates for our participation in the project . Then hosts gave us a break before the party for the children in the school lounge. The party was awesome. We had a lot of fun.  The fifth ,our  final day we went  to  Cluj– Napoca. There we visited  the oldest  library and the collection of small books. The collection was great. Then they let us a few hours to buy souvenirs and have a look.  I hope that our partners will like our country and we will have a great time together again.

                                     Iva Latinova,

15 High school „Adam Mitskevich

Romania, 2-8-th of February 2020

 Hi, my name is Denis and I will tell you about my experience in Romania. 

     Day 1-The first day was really interesting. We had breakfast, it was delicious, then we went to the school and we were there all day. So we met together all partners .This day we were very busy,sometimes we had breaks  when we were tired. We saw a great concert, there were dances, rock, solos and a lot more. 

 Day 2- The second day we went to the train museum in Dej, we were looking at old, new  trains, we even climbed on the one!  After that  we went to the school back and we had a math lesson. We had pieces of paper on our chairs and we had to get every pieces from the same color [mine was orange] and we saw our task. Everyone had a different task and it was funny and interesting.

 

      Day 3- The third day we went to Alba lulia  . At about 8 o clock we started the trip to the city, then after at 11:00 we were in the city. We started our tour from the center to the main streets. We went to lunch and after that we visited  the school in the city. We had some kind of history lesson and we had to write everything for the country we were in. Then we went to the bus and we got back to Dej. We took really good photos there!      Day 4- On the fourth day we went to the salt mine but unfortunately we weren’t able to enter because it was of some problems in  this mine. We went inside and we saw how the machines work and how the salt was packaged. They had 2 types of salt: fine salt and a little bigger one. There were a lot of salt blocks . There was a train which took salt  to parts of Romania and even to  other countries. After we were done with the mine we went to look around Dej for a few hours. After that we went to the school   and we had to present our country, everyone did it  great. And last we had a really cool party for 4 hours. Everyone had a great time. When our party ended we went to the other party which was at the restaurant. We had a lot of  cookies  and a cake. This was the best day because all students  had an amazing party together  .

Day 5- The last day we went to the school for the last time [ we were so sad] and we did some kind of a game where you spin a wheel and whatever it stops on you read it. It was about culture and other things about Romania. We said goodbye to all teachers,  students and all people  from Dej.

And we started our trip to Cluj-Napoca and when we got there we were walking in the park, we had some food . And then came thelast day  of our staying   in  Dej . That night we had a ‘’selfmade party’’ with everybody who want .

 Day 6- the last day. We had to get up at 7a.m. and to say „Good bye“ for the last time, we were a bit sad. We got on the bus but our friends  from Poland were on a different bus ..    Now  I think  that  our meeting in Romania  was great and   all people were nice and  kind ! Thank you very much  !!!

                Denis Klinchev, Sofia, Bulgaria

XXVII Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. Zeslancow Sybiru w Lublinie, Lublin, Poland

  A great week with Erasmus+ in Dej, Romania

         We started our trip with the Erasmus + project from a long bus trip that lasted many hours. We had a few short breaks to stretch our legs and one longer break in Hungary to eat something warm. When we arrived it was already night. We unpacked quickly and went to sleep because we were tired after the trip and we had to get up  early in the morning. We were curious how it would look like here.

 On Monday, our visit in the city of Dej began. At 8 o’clock we all gathered and went to eat breakfast, after which we went to school. It was an integration day. After listening to the short speech of the teacher showing us around, each of us stood in a circle and      introduced ourselves, told us where he or she came from, how old he or she  was and presented his hobby. Then there was an integration game in which we divided into groups every few minutes due to the listeners of the music, interests, etc. Thanks to that we met a lot of people and got to know their hobbies. 

 After that we had about a 2 hour lunch break in a restaurant where we could rest. Then at school it was time for each nationality to present their schools. Students presented films presenting their school and talked about it briefly. Our school attracted special attention of students because of the uniformed classes. They asked us what we do in such a school and how it is there. After the presentation we described the Erasmus + project logos we created in our countries. Students showed their work and talked about  them. After presenting each of them, a competition for the best logo was organized. Two works got to the finals, after which the voting was held again. Our colleague’s work won. After a nice time with the hosts and guests it was time to say goodbye. We returned  to the place of stay,  exploring part of the city.

   

     We started the next day with a delicious breakfast, and then we visited the railway museum . We had the opportunity to see old, unused trains. We spent two hours there. Unfortunately, the weather was not good because it was raining, but we are glad that we could be there.  At 12 o’clock we returned to  school where classes with our Romanian coordinator, Ms Diana Rafa, took place.  We were divided into groups and did the tasks recommended by Ms Diana so that we could integrate with young people from other partner countries .  After dinner until 5 p.m we had  workshops  with teachers from the host school. The  day was full of emotions.

All our stay was interesting and great. We loved the classes and workshops , we enjoyed the fild trips to Alba Iulia and  Cluj-Napoca. The trip to salt mine was fantastic. If we had the opportunity to go to Romania once again, certainly no one would refuse. We learned a lot there, we got to know Romanian customs, Romanian cuisine, music. We met wonderful people. We are very happy with the trip and we can recommend taking part in Erasmus+ projects to others.

Students from XXVII LO im Zesłańców Sybiru in Lublin, Poland

Wiktoria Samuś, Klaudia Dębska, Alicja Piech,

Jakub Zawiślak, Mateusz Mołczan, Jakub Widomski

 

Ozel Mersin Ugur Ortaokulu, Mersin, Turkey

      Going to Romania with Erasmus + was one of the experiences I had to have. İt contributed a lot to me. Speaking with my Romanian friends was more effective than take English lesson in anywhere. Besides i can observed they lifestyle and culture. With this i added one more to my general knowledge. Erasmus plus’s biggest impact was friends for me. I made foreign friends and we still in touch. Even if we live in remote areas, we still continue to contribute something to each other.

                                                                  Karin Tümen, Ozel Mersin Ugur Ortaokulu, Mersin, Turkey

 

 

Avram Iancu Gymnasium, Dej, Romania

        This year I had a unique experience with the help of the Erasmus + project. I had the chance to meet some interesting, funny and intelligent people with whom I can say that I made friends. I learned more than I would  ever have learned from a textbook, such as the traditions and customs of many ethnic groups. With the help of foreign students we learned some interesting words and expressions in foreign languages, practicing English as well. Teachers played a big role in this wonderful experience. Without them Erasmus + would not have been possible and would not have come out the way it did. In conclusion, we laughed, danced, sang and had fun.

Nistor Aimee, 7-th A grade, ”Avram Iancu” Gymnasium

 

      Erasmus + for me meant more than a visit of some children from abroad, it meant making new friends and living wonderful experiences with them. Every day of that week in February, I woke up thinking that I would be happy because of the extraordinary people around me. The activities coordinated by the teachers in our school were surprising and very well organized, so that we all felt confortable. I believe that Erasmus + has been benefic for all participants due to their relaxing activities, communication with people of different nationalities and practicing English. I am very happy that I was able to participate in all these delightful activities and that I managed to make good friends with whom I still keep in touch.

Zaharia Andreea, 7-th A grade, ”Avram Iancu” Gymnasium

Ethnic dialogues under the Erasmus+ logo

During the month of February 2020, the second stage of the Erasmus+ international project took place in Dej, at our home school. I remember that before the arrival of the foreign students, the preparations were in full swing and every person from pupils’ frenetic group imagined in different ways what will happen during the first day of activities.

Once the guests arrived in our school, I noticed, more unwittingly, all the differences between us: the shape of the face, the eyes, the color of the skin, etc… After 10 minutes, at the ice-breaking activity, I began to realize that our colleagues abroad felt the same way as us, the anxiety of the beginnings. Fortunately, we later discovered that we have the same musical tastes, same favorite movies or sports and much more. So, as we started to communicate, we realized that, despite the physical and ethnic differences, we were friends. With the help of the integration activities, we came to know different details about each other and to find common topics of discussion, as a result of which we generally had fun discussing on different funny moments of our lives. My favorite activities were the trips, because along the way, we had time to socialize and have fun together.

The more the days passed, the closer we got and  we began to grieve with the thought of the separation day. On Thursday, the last evening of the joint program, a final party was organized, at which I can guarantee that everyone learned dances such as: macarena, penguin, meniaito and even hora on Romanian traditional music. Because our friends were going to leave on Saturday morning, on Friday evening we met with many of the guests and made them a surprise goodbye meeting. Yes, quite a lot of tears have been shed, but that’s only because we realized that many of them may never see each other again, and the new friendships is worth cultivating.

 

When I arrived home, I started to realize the purpose of these projects. The basic idea is to learn about the various cultural aspects and, by managing to get over physical traits, we have discovered much more than we might think. We have learned that friendship does not depend on the country, the language you speak or the color of your skin, but it depends only on our soul. I learned not to classify people according to our differences, but according to similarities and that a friendship can last even if you are 7 borders away. So for me at least, although I’m sure the other students felt the same way, the emotional impact of the project cannot be described in words.

       We were and still are simply united in something greater than a childish friendship. That something is called Erasmus+ and it’s not just some kind of program but a wonderful life experience. I felt that what bound us so much were exactly these differences, which I think we probably discovered that more easily than adults and this, for me, was a real life lesson.  As a matter of fact, foreign students greatly appreciated Romanian food and the simplicity of our cities.

In the end, I want to recommend to all students  the participation in such a project, because for me it was something unforgettable that helped me both academically speaking, giving me the opportunity to practice my English and moral, getting closer to understanding some difficult aspects for a 14-year-old student such as tolerance and respect for cultural diversity.

Madalina Rafa, 7th grade A,

“Avram Iancu” Middle School, Dej

      My experience in the Erasmus project was amazing. I’m a very big fan of cultural enlightenment process. For this reason, project activities were very fun for me, especially because I was surrounded by children from other countries. All the activities were diverse and all the team-work projects brought us closer to each other. The selection of the students was very well done, all of them having social skills and having good manners. The Erasmus campaign is a very good idea for the students, not just because they can socialize more but because they can found out new things about different nations.

Roșca Tudor, 7-th A grade,

“Avram Iancu” Middle School, Dej

Istituto Comprensivo Salvatore Casella, Pedara, Italia

IMPRESIONS:

The experience we lived last year in Romania was extremely significant as a cultural and human enrichment for both students and teachers. The meeting involved our 13-year-old students in different activities. What they liked most were workshop ones in which they could actively participate and talk to each other. In fact, one of our main goal was achieved: our students got definitely more English fluency and confidence in talking.

 

We also had the possibility to visit a lot of interesting places in the nearby allowing us to know Romanian food, habits and history.

The organization was impeccable, detailed and accurate and that allowed us to live our experience in the best possible way.

Students made new friends and they learned how is easy to find common thoughts and to share ideas although belonging to different countries.

Our deepest thanks go to Rafa Diana and her wonderful staff together with their students.

We also want to thank all of our partners and we hope to see all of them soon.

Thanks a lot

Teachers: Maria Calvo, Ilaria Artimagnella

Students: Giorgia Laudani, Diego Giuffrida, Salvo Lo Presti, Damiano Gagliano.

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