Today, we started the day by evaluating and discussing the presentations from yesterday. The students were working in international groups comparing their notes and the main reasons for immigration into each of the participating countries.
Teacher’s were busy planning the next visit to Vantaa, Finland. Expected dates are now updated and available in the calendar.
Salt mines play a huge part of Salzburg’s history. That is why they played an important part of today’s cultural exchange. We were taken to the Hallein Salt Mine and learned about the basics of city’s historical background.
The last day before leaving the hosting country is usually dedicated to students spending time with the families. This time we happened to visit Poland right during celebrating the 100th anniversary of independence, therefore most of the activities involved being a part of the celebrations in the city centre, or otherwise.
Then it was time to say ‘Thank you!’ and ‘Good-bye!’ to Poland for a great week, and ‘We’ll see you again in Austria!’
This was the most difficult part of the project to many. We all know about the horrors of the concentration camps, but to see it with our own eyes left us sad, humbled and hopeful that these kind of events would never repeat again. As difficult as it was, we also understand the importance of visiting Auschwitz, since it plays such a big part in, not just the Polish, but also world’s history.
Everyone had a lot to think about on our way back to Warsaw.
On Friday morning it was time to get up really early in order to catch the bus that took us to the beautiful city of Kraków. The students continued to make friends and erase the borders between the countries during the journey. They were singing songs from popular Walt Disney movies in the languages of all the countries involved in our project.
After the somewhat long bus drive it was time to discover Kraków. A local guide took us to Wawel Castle anad showed us around the city. In a very informative way he told us about the history and the most interesting personalities of Polish culture that are tied to this city.
Thereafter the students had a moment to discover the city on their on their own, and before dinner they visited the Old Market Underground. Then, after walking about 15 kilometres that day, it was time to recharge our batteries at one of the local hostels before the following day.
While students were observing the usual lessons in a Polish school, the teachers participated in the teachers’ training. Under the leadership of Katarzyna Sochacka, local teacher of English language, they were trying out new teaching methods, like for example ‘escape room’ and discussed the possibilities of using these methods and developing them in other subjects as well.
Later on, students were given lessons by some of the hosting teachers.
First it was Mario, from Spain, who made sure that the students get some movement during this day when he gave his physical education lesson. Everyone got their circulation going and they seemed to be enjoying it.
Next on, Zita, the English language teacher from Sweden, continued by engaging the students in the spirit of Erasmus+. They were working in groups discussing stereotypes of different countries, trying to get to know each other’s culture differences and respect them.
Today the students were working on summarising the immigration data from all the countries involved in Erasmus+ Project. Based on the data that they have presented the previous day they have created immigration maps which will, after arriving home, hang in Erasmus+ corner of each school.
This was also the day for the teachers’ team planning of the upcoming visits and the future development of the project.
Students continue working with the project by
presenting school policies of each school. Then they continue in mixed groups,
compare, discuss and evaluate which policies they find the most appealing and
It’s also time to present every county’s contribution
to the project’s logo competition. Students vote for the best logo.