Erasmus projects- a great opportunity for teachers
C4 meeting from Erasmus project:” How to tell our stories !”
The project meeting “How to tell our stories”, part of the international Erasmus+ project “Developing Educational techniques starting from regional context”, that was held in Mersin, Turkey between 22nd and 27th February, was a story itself. Due to the current situation in the world we could use one word to describe the beginning of our Erasmus journey, that word being uncertainty.
But the uncertainty turned into certainty once we’ve passed the airport’s security, sat on our seats and took off to Istanbul. We arrived in Turkey really early in the morning, a group of 3 teachers and four students, with no internet connection or any other app that people usually use nowadays to get to their destinations. We only had an address and a lot of nice, kind and wonderful Turkish people who helped in in any way they could.
Our Turkish week started with a meeting at Ozel Mersin Ugur Okulari, a private school, where you can meet students from kindergarten all the way to high school. The days continued according to schedule with activities which brought students together and made them want to know more about the countries involved in the project and about their stories. All the presentations and activities that were part of the project managed to bring all of us together, teachers and students, no matter of our nationalities. One of the things that offered all our students a good way of using their English was the fact in every activity, painting T-shirts, pottery , History class or field trips, students blended and tied friendships. If at the beginning of the week teachers used to remind them to talk to all the students involved after a few days they behave as if they knew each other for years.
Our Turkish week was full of great activities from morning until late in the afternoon. One of the activities that I enjoyed the most was the field trip to Hatay. We visited Hatay Archeology Museum, a museum which left us, all, breathless. We have never seen such beautiful mosaics in our lives. Each one was more spectacular than the other. Another stop in our field trip was to the church of St. Peter, which is a must see not only for Christians, but for everyone, no matter what you believe in. The activity which really caught my eye was the History class taught by the Turkish History teacher. It started as an ordinary History lesson , but it turned into a practical activity that allowed students to put in practice what the teacher had already explained at the beginning of the class. Students were asked to build a fortress out of sugar cubes.
Erasmus+ meetings don’t mean only travelling and tasting traditional food. Erasmus meetings mean, in the first place, learning and improving ones knowledge. We learnt to want to be better, we learnt to want to improve ourselves, to try to improve our school system, our school as a building, to make it colorful and lively, to try new ways of teaching, to have fun from time to time with our students during the classes we teach.
Laura Cîmpean, teacher at ”Avram Iancu” Secondary school, Dej, Romania
Hello, I’m Cigdem Gezici. I am a physical education teacher at Mustafa Kemal Secondary School. This is my first time participating in this project. The school we were in Mersin welcomed us very well. Everything proceeded as planned and programmed. The activities we did with our students outside the program were remarkable and enjoyable. We had good conversations with foreign schools and shared our cultures. I think we got on well with each other. Last week was a good experience for me. I feel both happy and lucky to be in this project. Thanks for everything.
Çiğdem GEZİCİ, Physical Education Teacher
Bağcılar Mustafa Kemal Secondary School, Istanbul, Turkey
Local museums and local manufactures help me to learn 11-17-th October 2021, Lublin, Poland
As a teacher who have been involved in several projects so far, this was the most challenging mobility we have ever experienced, but this was due the pandemic.We had encountered many problems. But after all,we could deal with all the handicaps and got to Lublin. Discovering new cities is a hobby of mine.I was ready to meet my dear project partners and experience new things with them. This was my second visit to Poland but certainly the most exciting one. Here are some first impressions of mine.
My first impression was formed by the people and their warm welcoming us. Everyone treated us well and quite hospitable.
This was my students’ first experience abroad.it they never felt like foreigners.They got used to project atmosphere swiftly. Malgorzata and her colleagues did a great job and we felt home during our visit to LUBLIN which was Quiet and clean.
They took us to Nazi death camps which was the most terrifying experience I have ever went through duringy meetings in Erasmus project. But thanks to Poland team, we learned a lot about things that happened in these camps with our own eyes.
The teachers in the host school were very friendly and they prepared wonderful activities with our students. They had quite fun.
The school was extraordinary considering it is military based. So my students were surprised to see students in military uniforms but still they made good friends and had great time. It was good chance for every one of us to broden our horizon.
It was a perfect experience for us and we thank to Malgorzata and her team for welcoming us warmly and hosting us.
teacher to Özel Mersin Uğur Okulları
My impressions of the Erasmus visit
Our Erasmus guests from Romania (Dej), Italy (Padera), Turkey (Stambul and Mersin) and Bulgaria (Sofia; the Bulgarians were present online) gave me the impression of being very open and eager to learn people. Me and my colleague were to teach them some Polish language, including the lyrics of the Polish version of the internationally recognised song about the sleeping Pan Jan (literally: Mr John), who keeps staying in bed the ringing of the morning bells notwithstanding. All the participants of the meeting mastered the lyrics in Polish and while singing excelled at imitating the sounding of the ringing bells. The song was performed in different configurations – in national teams and transnationally – and the performers definitely derived a lot of pleasure from singing. Sharing this experience no doubt contributed to the feeling of belonging to one singing community, united by their common aim of telling the story of Pan Jan. I think it was one of those moments one deems his/her life worth living for – many thanks to the Erasmus Project for enabling us to meet and to share this moment. Monika Majewska, teacher to XXVII LO im. Zeslancow Sybiru w Lublinie