Final reflexion about Pangea project by Ricardo Cánovas (Spanish teacher)

“It has been the first time I have joined an Erasmus+ project and I’d like to say that it has exceeded my expectations. Pangea has enabled all of us, students and teachers, to know firsthand the culture of our partners. As a result, we have been able to overcome the barriers, prejudices and stereotypes and to increase our understanding and appreciation of these countries.

On the other hand, by working on the content of the project and during the international meetings, we have not only learnt a lot about our partners, but borrowed a lot of useful ideas which we have incorporated into our educational centre and our way of working. The impact of the project on our secondary school has been very positive and, thanks to Pangea, strong links have been established between schools, teaching staff and students. I am sure that these links will work as a seed for future relationships.

Finally, I’d like to add that, beyond the academic environment, this project has been an unforgettable experience which has provided us the opportunity to meet amazing people. I am certain that these friendly relationships will be with us for the rest of our lives.”

Ricardo Cánovas (Teacher from IES Gabriel Miró, Orihuela, Spain)

Report from exchange to Hungary by polish students

Monday

Our last part of the Pangea project began on Monday 3.04.2017. The last city we had visited before finished project was Eger. At 8.00 a.m. our polish teachers looked after us because our new friends from Hungary went to school. Our teachers had a lot of good ideas how to spend some free time that day. First, we had breakfast in the morning. At 9.30 a.m. we all went to swimming pool. The swimming pool was in a hotel. It was awesome 3 hours. Next, we had dinner and after it we went to the town centre to visit the most interesting places such as: The Minaret Tower, The Marcipan Museum and the Castle which was very old but very beautiful. We were told of some history of it. We had supper at 7.00 p.m. then we came back houses we stayed in.

Tuesday

Me and my Polish friends met at school in Eger on Tuesday at 9 o’clock. Hungarian teachers showed us their school. Then we took part in activities for teachers and students, we had a wonderful time. We had come back school and after that we visited English literature lessons. Next we had dinner and went to Egerszalók thermal spa. In the evening we and our Hungarian families got home.

Wednesday

On Wednesday we had some presentations of legends from different countries. Then we had dinner in the canteen. Hungarian dishes were delicious. In the evening we visited the Town Hall in Eger. We met a representative of Town Hall there. The following attraction was the laser fight in the cavern of Eger. In the evening we had a farewell dinner with our new friends.

Thursday

On Thursday we took part in a trip to Budapest. One of the first points of this tour was the area around Buda Castle, where we had an hour of self-guided tour and some time to purchase souvenirs. When the time expired our entire group went to the stairs of the Fisherman’s Bastion where we spent a while taking pictures with the panorama of Budapest waiting for our bus to take us to the parliament. On the way we also went to an exceptionally tasty dinner in a restaurant in the old part of the city. Visiting the parliament we learned a lot about its functioning as well as some curiosities about the building itself. Everyone learned something on this trip and it will certainly be something we will remember with pleasure.

Friday

Friday was a last day of our group at host families. In the morning we were all packed with our teachers and later that day we went with them to the Turkish bath. We spent about two hours there using the numerous saunas and hot baths. After this visit we returned to the seminar where we were staying for our last night. In the evening, however, we left for a moment to admire Eger during night.

FINNISH TEAM IN POLAND – THE THIRD MEETING

27 September 2015

Our journey to Poland started early on Sunday morning. We went to Helsinki, capital city of Finland where our flight left after 8 pm. We arrived to Krakow after 9 pm at local time. We took a taxi and went to our hotel, after that we had some time to discover Krakow at night time and it was really really beautiful.

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28 September 2015

Because we arrived Krakow already on Sunday, we got a cultural day on Monday.

We already had an idea on Sunday, that it would be great experience to see Auschwitz on Monday, because it’s not so far away from Krakow. So in the morning we woke up early to get some breakfast and after breakfast we were ready to head to Auschwitz.

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“Work sets you free.”

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We visited both concentration camps, Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Later at the evening we had nice dinner in the old town of Krakow.

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29 September 2015

On Tuesday morning we had early check-out from our hotel and then our real journey started. We met Polish teacher and student and Spanish group next to their hotel. After that we head together to the railway station. The plan for the day were visiting in Wieliczka salt mine and there we met the rest of the Pangea group.

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After the 3 hours minor tour in Wieliczka we had some lunch and then we were ready to head a new place. We visited in a beautiful Stanislaw Lem Science Garden in Krakow, it was really interesting place to visit. After our garden tour, we were ready to leave to our final destination Przemyśl.

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30 September 2015

The first morning in Przemyśl our plan were to visit to town hall and after that we visited the Museum of Bells and Pipes and Fortess Exhibition at Przemysl Grodnu Museum. We also head later at the day to Fortress buildings at Siedliska + we had an great opportunity to visit it in Ukraine Medyka-Shehyni border with Jacek, Spanish and Turkish team.

And in the evening when we got back to Hotel Accademia from our little trip to Ukraine border were time to British, Spanish and our Finnish students to have their presentations on the texts worked for this meeting: “The Invincible” and “Futurological Congress” from the Polish author Stanislaw Lem.

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1 October 2015

On Thursday we visited the school of the Polish Pangea team, Gimnasium Nr 5. We had a really warm welcome from students and teachers. Polish students also had a presentation about history of Poland. After for some time we went for a tour around the school, visiting the gymnasium (where students had really fun time playing volleyball with Gimnasium Nr 5. students), some classrooms, the computer room where we played a Quiz about S. Lem´s texts.

After the visit at Gimnasium Nr 5. we came back to the conference room in Hotel Accademia for the presentations of Hungarian and Turkish.

Later in the evening we had Farewell Dinner in a beautiful castle named Dubiecko. Finnish team really enjoyed the dinner and we were happy to get our certifications and generous presents from Polish team. Thank you.

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2 October 2015

On the last day morning it was time to say goodbye for our girls lovely host family Izabella, Renata and Boguslaw. We were really grateful for them to have us and taking so good care of us. So thank you so much! ❤

Also later of the day we didn’t have much program left anymore so it was good time to shop some last souvenirs and also visit in Fiore Café.

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After saying goodbyes for other Pangea teams, it was our time to leave back to home.

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Finnish team are so grateful for Polish team about the great meeting, we really enjoyed it.

Thank you!

– Oona

The first meeting in Manavgat, written by Sofia from Finland

We were in Turkey in March 2015. We were in Manavgat with Ronja and Leena. We flied from Helsinki via Istanbul to Antalya. We were in Turkey five days. We lived in dormitory with Ronja and the other girls.

 

1st day

We arrived to the Antalya’s airport. We take a one hour long drive to the accommodation in Manavgat. Girls who lived in the dormitory gave us little welcome-party. We introduced ourselves and talked this and that.

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2nd day

Second day we went to our host school. We took a small tour in the school and we were welcomed. We also see the simulation room and we were also shown how to build ships. End of the day students deliveren presentation about their countries.

 

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3rd day

First we worked with the project. In the afternoon we had little time to walk around. We went to mosque and we glimped magnificent Manavgat dam.

 

4th day

The final morning was spent on the presentations of the international teams.  After that the local women showed how to make marbling, it was interesting. After marbling we went to Side which is tourist place near to Manavgat. In the evening we had farewell dinner and little party.

 

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