Click here to enjoy a fantastic presentation made by the hosting students of Limbazi.
Dear friends and visitors of the homepage. An intense and exciting year 2019 is coming to an end and we are all very much looking forward to the last year of our project for the time being. We wish you a happy new year and health, happiness and joy for 2020.
The second day of our journey to Latvia was full of positive emotions and interesting facts that we ‘ve learned . At 8 o’clock the bus started to drive and delivered us in Riga for two hours.
Our first visit was in the Stockholm School of Economics which was situated in the center of the town. First they showed us a presentation about the school and told us the main things. Three students which are studying in this school came in that hall to tell their personal opinion about the things that are happening inside the lessons and about the studying process. After the presentation the organisators made a little trip around the school which on the other hand was really nice and the building was impressive . When the trip finished we went to the dining room to have lunch. It was very delicious by the way. Then we started walking around the town to see some places of culture and interesting buildings. We had one woman who was our group guide and explained to the group a lot about the architecture and the history of some buildings. When the trip ended it was given a free time to all members of the group. We had two hours and a half to go wherever we like and to return back to the meeting station which was in front of the Opera. Our Bulgarian group decided to hang out around the old part of the town and to see the St Peter Cathedral which has a big tower with an elevator that lifts up the people who want to go up there . The view from the top was like in a tale. It can be compared with the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. By the way the town is divided by a big river which is named The Daugava River. The town is also situated on the seashore of Baltic Sea which makes it even more eye catching. When we saw the amazing capital from the peak we went down to the church where an exhibition was helding . There were exposed a lot of interesting paintings, vases and cups. The cathedral was huge and there were some signs of different families and ordens that have financed the process of building . When we finished with visiting those religious places of culture we decided do walk trough the streets of Riga and to look around for some souvenirs. We have entered in some shops and bought something for our families. Then we continued to walk through the tiny and cozy roads of the city. After the shopping time we all were unanimous that it’s time to eat something because we were also a little bit tired and hungry. So we went to one pub which is named “LIDO” where you can also buy a cooked food which is ready at the moment of entering the bar. Which is very comfortable for the customers in my opinion. When the journey ended we left Riga with the bus and it cost some time to reach Limbazhi. On the other hand the Sports Hall ( Sports Halee) was “waiting” for us. We had our sport clothes with us earlier so the next thing in our program was the activities in the sport center. There we were separated in two groups. But first we’ve made a little warm up in order not to have injuries. The first team was playing volleyball and the second one was playing basketball. I was in the first group so I enjoyed the time playing that sport with my friends and teachers from the project. It was a really nice time spend in doing some sport and training our bodies to be F. I. T 😄. Eventually it was a great day which was field with so many great experiences . We have seen so many amazing and very interesting monuments and after all we had a great and useful time together.
By: Kostadin Kotsev
Enjoy the report of Katharina, who reviews a week of surprises in Latvia.
On Monday we visited the high school in Limbaži. After a short tour of the school, we got an insight into the teaching system when visiting the class. Then we met again to get to know each other. In the afternoon we visited the bakery in Limbaži. There we got a guided tour of the family business and were then able to do some shopping in the small shop. Back in the center we got a small city tour. We started in the Limbaži Museum, where we visited, among other things, an old fortress. From their tower we could look forward to the beautiful view over Limbaži. In the evening we walked to a parade that was held on the occasion of Lacplesis Day. With music and torches we remembered Latvia’s declaration of independence on our way to church.
On Tuesday morning we went to Riga by bus to visit the Stockholm School of Economics. Three students answered questions about the school system. Then we took a closer look at the university. In the afternoon we took part in a city tour. In the center of Riga we saw the Riga Theater, Opera House and Statue of Liberty. The many artfully decorated facades of the houses were also very impressive. In the evening we went to the basketball and volleyball game in the sports hall in Limbaži.
Wednesday we went to Riga again to visit the University of Riga. We were allowed to look at a laboratory for experiments with organic substances and found many different inserted organs in another room. In some cases, they were even former babies. In the afternoon we visited the cosmetics company “Mádara”. In the tour of the company, we followed the different production steps of the cosmetic articles. In the evening we were invited to a concert in the Limbaži youth center. Dance groups, choirs and ensembles presented the culture of their country with dances and music typical of Latvia. The national anthem, which was sung by all guests, was particularly beautiful.
On Thursday we drove to Ungurpils and visited a potato starch factory. After a short talk about the company, we were guided through the individual stages of production. From the arrival of the potatoes to the washing and cutting to the drying and packaging of the starch, we were able to observe everything. We continued to Staicele. In the Museum of Weaving we even had the opportunity to weave something ourselves. In the afternoon we went to an ice cream factory. In a short film we were told the production steps of the different types of ice cream and then we were finally allowed to try the ice cream. In the evening we could relax in the Limbaži swimming pool.
On the 17th of October me and my schoolmates made one group meeting to talk about making a clip. The idea of the clip is how to save the planet from pollution and solve some eco problems which are very common nowadays.
One very cool guy – Nikolay Yordanov – came that day to help us. He was a past student of our teacher Mrs Popova and was full of interesting information about the photography and shooting short videos. He told us that he had graduated a university which is targeted of making and shooting films. In my opinion it is very valuable to know such things because in 21th century almost everything is digital or ,,smart”.
However our group meeting took about 2 hours and we have discussed how to assemble the short film. The group was giving a lot of good ideas and our teacher was giving us very good advices on how to shoot the clip correctly like proffesionals. He showed us some techniques on how to use our bodies to capture correctly if we are going to use our phones for that purpose. He also told us that it is recommended to use only one phone to capture with. In addition he shared with us some tips about the correct angle of shooting the objects which were very interesting to me.
We had a ,,brainstorming” time to think about the ideas and the main eco problem that we`re going to show in our clip.
We have desided to expose the problem with cigarette buds which is very big problem in the towns. We all were united about that idea.
After all we had a great time together and was a wonderful experience!
And here’s the video:
On September 26, 2019, our school celebrated European Day of Languages in an interesting way with various initiatives. An important focus of the activities of the F.I.T for Europe project is the idea of understanding, which is why the teachers of the project team, with their classes, initiated discussions, interactive activities, games in which the idea of a United Europe was conceived differently.
Students from the class 9b discussed the reasons why languages are important to us. They watched pictures from last year’s Day of languages celebration and had a lot of fun. At the end students were invited to join the new Erasmus+ project SEDIFIEE. Last they said their favourite word in a foreign language.They shared the event in the eTwinning platform.
A special poster was created from class 10 V with twenty-eight flags of the European Union countries.
After the debate, the word “together“ was chosen to be translated to express the idea of community and connection. The selected word in the respective language was placed under each flag on the poster.
Thus it was demonstrated that “together” is a word that underlies all European values such as pluralism, freedom and the right to choose.
Students from the class 10 zh learned a lot about Europe and had fun participating in an interactive game (Come on over!). And the 11a students got involved in the activities by greeting one another with ‘hello’ in different languages, after learning about the history of the Council of Europe initiative to encourage language learning, boys and girls made a live map of Europe.
The eighth-graders, with their foreign language teachers, attended an event organized at the “Earth and People” Museum.
Through this activity, dedicated to the Day of European Languages, we have shown that young communities in the European Union are strongly attracted to the idea of development, tolerance and freedom of knowledge.
Enjoy first impressions of the student’s meeting in Limbazi. More information to come…
At the end of October, the organizing colleagues met in Limbazi to evaluate the upcoming student meeting and the planning of our project and to jointly develop strategies for the successful continuation of the cooperation. After extensive and interesting presentations on the study and job offers in Latvia, various visits to various companies on site, interesting city tours in Limbazi and Riga and a workshop on the design of the homepage, the cultural aspect of the meeting was not forgotten. We were very happy to see each other again, we thank you very much for the perfect organization by our Latvian friends and we are excited and looking forward to the upcoming work on the project "F.I.T. for Europe ". Enjoy the impressions in the gallery.
Today on October 17 we visited a bakery close to Limbažu. So they showed us the process of manually making the bread. The local bread is very popular in the area of Limbažu and people like it.
The bakery was founded in 1991 and has grown a lot until nowadays. There’s more than 100 workers in the bakery and they are separated in different sectors of producing the bread. The bakery delivers for many shops near Limbažu and people can enjoy specific taste of the bread.
The tradition of this craft is alive very long time and will continue to delight people in the future.
Students in grades 9 to 11 are taking part in a survey on the European Union. We want to find out what our students know about the EU and what traces our joint Erasmus + project has left up to now. It remains to be curious what results have arisen. More soon …
Europe – an issue that is more evident today than it was before, was the subject of the annual seminar of the initiative group of the Gymnasium
The program, which was written by the lecturer Veronika Schniederalbers (Ludwig Windhorst House,Lingen), consisted of a multi-part workshop on “Europe”. The first part of the seminar clarified, “What Europe has to do with me” and “How the EU works”, with the aim of illustrating the institutions of the EU and their tasks as well as their influence on our everyday lives. The seminar participants were playfully and loosely integrated into the program. The study director of the Ludwig Windhorst House has already worked as a research assistant in the European Parliament and was thus able to share her own experiences with everyone and was able to answer very specific questions.
The second part of the seminar day was dedicated to the “Future of Europe”; the participants took on the roles of decision-makers in the EU and simulated a constitutional convention for the United States of Europe. Thematically, they discussed the questions of a directly elected EU president, a compulsory social year for all European youth and a Europe-wide nuclear phase-out by 2050. Subsequently, the results were reflected together and a “reality check” was carried out. The reflection was designed in such a way that every pupil could form their own opinions about the different subject areas and share them with everyone so that an open, partially controversial but pleasantly stimulated discussion came to a stand.
The pleasing conclusion of the day was that, to their own astonishment, the older students already knew a great deal about the connections in Europe from the political education and their own European experiences; among the younger seminar participants, the “oh so that” effect outweighed. All those involved felt that they had come closer to the idea of Europe coming from the seminar, which led to lively discussions even after the end.
All in all, the seminar “Europe and me” is lively and authentic, thanks to its method mix and the great personal commitment of Veronika Schniederalbers, also for age-heterogeneous groups – an exciting enrichment of the lessons! #WeloveEurope
The start of our week. Of course that the first day is the most exciting one. It was the day when the exchange students had the chance to be with the Bulgarian families.
In the morning all of us were with our parents: some visited the Vitosha mountain, some went to the centre of Sofia and others stayed at home and played games.
After that we all met in the Paradise mall (the students from the Netherlands and Germany ).
We had time for shopping and then we all sat and talked while drinking coffee. Some of us ate the dinner in the mall, others went at home and let the exchange friends try the bulgarian food.
The first day was the the strangest, but one of the best. Then the interesting week began.
Viktoriya Toneva and Kristiyan Kandov
It was our last day together. To sum up the day, I have to say that it was the most emotional and colourful day from the whole week. Here is the place where I have to thank my friends and teachers from the Bulgarian team, who spent their free time with me to organize this fantastic evening and gave all that they can to make it cool and funny.
The evidence was in one of the halls in the museum ‘‘Museiko’’ which is a place for studying and entertainment for children. There we had an hour to meet ourselves with each hall in the museum. Be sure that it was an amazing experience for us, because we learned a lot about the world’s evolution, saw the space from austronaut’s eyes and felt like cavemen in realistic cave modal.
Without many other deviations, we started our party program! First each team show their work, because we had a task earlier to design a project about the impressions and adventures during the week in Bulgaria. Of course there was a jury of the competition who chose the winners. After that we started F.I.T. is looking for a talent so that we had fun, we sang, we danced together traditional dances from the countries members of the project. Moreover, there were surprises from our guests and everything were more than fantastic – it was breathtaking experience and we became a whole! This was the most emotional and in the same time funny and amazing night! The F.I.T.‘s team learned a lot about the traditions in Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands and Latvia and it was delight to be together!
After our unforgetable party, we continued the evening in the company of our families. Some of us were together with our parents and ended the night in pleasant restaurants with songs, dances and alive singers.
For me it was pleasure to work with everybody during this busy and in the same time wonderful year. I learned a lot about team working, leading, time organising and last but not least how to have fun and make friendships with strangers. I think that we all increase our proficiency in foreign languages level and we strenghtened our friendship, which I‘m sure will accompany us in the future!
National high school in Business and Finance,
My name is Persiana, proud member of FIT for Europe team. I chose to talk about our free day -8th June, 2019. It was the last day for the Latvians in Bulgaria, so we wanted something different.
No museums! No galleries! No presentations!
This Saturday was just perfect for our little trip to lake Pancharevo.
Although I have already been there like a million times, I really enjoyed the day.
The Latvians were amazed by the nature. Actually we hat a lot of fun together. I started to call Kristin Kiki and she started with Pipi. After we arrived, the first thing we did, was to have lunch. Then we took water wheels and sailed around. NO swimming! The weather was even good for sun baths.
All the day I had mixed emotions. I was really happy because we were really close to each other, but I also knew they were leaving by tomorrow.
Not gonna lie… this was my favorite day.
So on the second day (Tuesday, 4.06.2019) we went to Blagoevgrad. We traveled by bus and because the distance from Sofia to this town is small, the road was short but really fun. In the bus we listened to music, mostly bulgarian and talked about many different things, a little time to get to know each other.
And here we arrived in this pretty cute town. First of all we had to visit The American University of Blagoevgrad. There, we learned a lot about the university, about its history, about the American education system and many many other things. We also had a chance to visit the gym, the theatre hall and the library. These three places were really interesting and filled with the history of the university.
After that we went to the city centre to have lunch. I took my group (the Dutch) to one very good restaurant which I know for many years and visit absolutely every time I go to Blagoevgrad. The food there is more than wonderful and my friends were pleased, they really liked it.
The last thing in our program for this day was the visit of the Rila Monastery. It was a good way to show a small but important part of the Bulgarian history to our friends from abroad.
The whole day was a great experience for all of us. Not only this day of course. The whole week we were together was just unique. It left in our hearts wonderful memories which we will never forget. And most importantly, we’ve created friendships we will remember for a lifetime…
Due to Europe Day and the 15th anniversary of Latvia joining the EU, from the 7th until 10th May, the European project group Erasmus+ organized several events to coincide.
From the end of April to the beginning of May art teacher K.Lismane, who is also a member of the project group, organized an art contest “I – in Europe”. Students could show their creativity in painting, drawing etc. The most interesting works were made by
On the 3rd May project participants decorated the entrance of the school with yellow and blue flag bunting and balloons. Students and employees were asked to come to school dressed in yellow and blue as these are the colours of EU flag.
The essay contest “A day without Europe” was held from the 2nd until 7th May. In their works, students examined the benefits provided by EU. The best young authors were E.P.Krogzeme (11.a), V.Zaretskaya (11.a), M.Andžs (11.a), N.Kiverjaka (11.a), K.Legzdiņa (11.b).
During the 8th and 9th May everyone could watch a presentation about the EU in the school’s hallway, and enrich their knowledge about it. Later in the week it would be useful.
On the 9th May Erasmus+ project group and other interested students, together with history and economics teacher U.Umulis and Erasmus+ coordinator I.Somere, went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic of Latvia, in Riga. Their guide was the most legendary ex-minister of Foreign Affairs E.Rinkēvičs. They visited the building which is 100 years old and were introduced to its history. The ex-minister advised all of the students to appreciate where we are now and to think where we would be without the EU. Travelling, studies in the best EU universities, job opportunities, international student exchange programs are some of the benefits. As E.Rinkēvičš was in our school in 2015, he welcomed the group as good friends.
The group had the opportunity to take part in the event dedicated to Europe Day. It started with the anthem of EU and Latvian national anthem, then the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Z. Kalniņa-Lukaševica, delivered a speech, which was followed by a musical performance from the Latvian Diplomacy Choir. Students took part in lectures “I and EU already for 15 years”, “100 years of Latvian Foreign Affairs – zigzags of diplomacy” presented by Foreign Affairs press secretary J.Biķeris who likes to work in diplomacy because “you feel you can influence the processes”. Girls loved the lecture “Use of national protocol and business etiquette in everyday life”.
After lunch in the ministry’s canteen, the group went to the Cabinet of Ministers. The deputy head of the State Chancellery communication department, J.Deičmane, described the history of the building and its importance now days.
ERUDĪTS 2019 was the closing event, a competition, on the 10th May hosted by history and economics teacher U.Umulis. Students’ teams could test their knowledge about EU.
Thank you to everyone who organized the Europe week and thank you for participating!
The first common day of the group – 03.06.2019, ended with dividing us into three groups and visiting different companies. One of them was Cargo Partner.
After welcoming us and taking the place of the presentation, the first thing that explained to us how important safety was when we walked around their warehouses and handed out materials that would make our visit there later on safe. We were presented with a presentation to show us the company’s activities – with 35 years of experience in more than 30 countries around the world. We had a question of reflection – what is a transport company doing? And the right answer was not far away – to move things from A to B. We had the opportunity to hear about the history of the company, which is actually owned by an Austrian one. We understood that their office in Bulgaria is one of the most creative in the world.
After a long time trying to win as a customer a brand of cars, one evening received a call from the same brand that in a very short period have to transfer goods. Their team immediately agreed and managed to execute the order and win the company, and since then they have also executed emergency orders.
As an end to the presentation, we realized that it is not important what resources you have and the people you work with.
After the presentation we had a short tour of the building, where we were able to see the accounting, administrative and forwarding departments. We went to the warehouse where we were told that it was divided into 6 zones, showed us all the machines they worked with and told us what they were used for. In fact, we have seen how difficult this whole thing is.
To finish, we received gifts from the company, but also a new kind of reflection work.
Two short tutorials for the funny game, which is very popular among the students of F.I.T. Enjoy…
Thanks to our Bulgarian hosts, participants of F.I.T. for Europe project a wonderful week in the capital of Bulgaria. First impressions are in the gallery. Exciting experiences and informative reports will follow soon … stay tuned!
On May 7, 2019, we had the opportunity to visit National Publishing House for Education and Science “Az-Buki”. After being greeted, we had the change to get to know the different people working there, their professions, the way a newspaper works, the differences between newspaper and magazine publishing and the various activities they deal with. The discussion was mainly led by Dr. Tanya Kanthereva-Baruch, and later Mr. Nikolay Kanchev joined us. We began the conversation with the introduction of how to produce a weekly newspaper – through information, appropriate photographs, text editing, graphic editing, printing and publishing. We have understood how important it is to take responsibility for what we have written, because we will not be able to sit next to each reader and explain to him what our thought has been. Various publishing professions have been placed before us – editor, graphic designer, journalist, stylist-corrector, photographer. We continued on to what are the differences between the magazine and the newspaper – while the magazine is more about entertainment, the newspaper is looking for the latest news. We also had an interesting topic of reflection: if we have a magazine/newspaper, it is on paper or electronically preferable? We reviewed both the latest issue and the test pages of the new issue where it is edited again and again until they see the red signature. We also saw the editions of educational magazines for 2018, with an English summary for each text. One of the most interesting things we saw was a book with some of the oldest editions. Every year, the publishing house holds a competition for photographs from different schools across the country and from Bulgarian schools abroad. Of course, the winner is selected and, together with another eleven photos, they are placed in a calendar for the following year. They also told us of their various initiatives – Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day (May 24th), how they discovered a monument and restored it exactly one hundred years after it was created and we were invited to go on June 2 when they gather there, as well we got a proposal to go to their printing house sometime, and if we decide to do something like that – they’ll always give us a hand. The thing that is most memorable in my mind may be their words that when we do something good and good we should always try to make it clear so that we can encourage others to do better. After this meeting, we were surely satisfied, but with many questions to ponder before ourselves.
Ден на Европа (9 май) в Националната финансова и гимназия Какво ден на студентско самоуправление.
The main objective of this event, organized by the team of the “F.I.T. for Europe” Project and the group of Senior and Junior Ambassadors of the European Parliament, was to bring emotion, create a different atmosphere, build new partnerships between learners and trainers.
Students get into different professional roles, take on new responsibilities, learn and do something new for themselves, facing the challenge of teaching and managing the educational environment.
In this way, young people become involved in everyday problems and tasks in our school, gain social experience, learn to plan and present, take into account the dynamics of each class, interact and in a new way with the administrative staff of School and the teachers .
The possibility of self-government is a democratic tradition related to the principles and spirit of United Europe. It teaches us to be active citizens, to create communities, to make the world different, more colorful and better.
A report by Marion Arth
The ERASMUS-AG of the Gymnasium Unter den Eichen Uetze met on May 11, 2019 in Hannover, to stroll together on the European festival on the Opernplatz. The motto of the festival “Together for Europe”, which should focus on the diversity of Europe in the Hannover region, went well with the current ERASMUS + project “FIT for europe” of the Gymnasium.
They met with the teachers Dirk Früchtemeyer, Verena Everding and Dr. med. Frauke Perl in front of the Europahaus, to try out the “Wahl-o-Mat” together with the Lower Saxony State Office for Political Education.
After that, various booths were visited, i.a. the state of Bulgaria, one of the partner countries of the project “F.I.T. for europe “
Finally, a quiz was held at the EIZ booth, in addition to interesting discussions, in which a new European flag was won as the prize. Together all questions could be answered and the banner became the property of ERASMUS + -AG. The flag was immediately used for an unexpected photo session at the LEADER Region Aller-Fuhse-Aue, where the municipality of Uetze was also represented. There, the students met with the mayor of the municipality and the first parish councilor as well as with the Lower Saxony Minister for Federal and European Affairs Birgit Honé. It goes without saying that this opportunity should not pass unused; In addition to stimulating discussions, a shared souvenir photo was taken along.
At the end of the excursion, the culinary offer of Spain, France and Germany was tested and approved. Even if the festival had been given slightly higher temperatures and sun, the interesting stands and the stimulating and informative talks and contacts were worth the trip to Hannover. A big thank you to the organizers of this great event; it has strengthened our conviction that there is no alternative: Together for Europe – and we are there!
A report by Svea, Inken, Ronja and Elin
A classmate has brought a booklet about Europe. From this we have worked on tasks. There were texts and hidden object pictures that are explained to children about Europe.
We looked at the euro and the symbols on the bills. We asked ourselves this question: “Why does the EU flag have 12 stars?” We have answered this question. Some of us have guessed that the stars are for the member states … but that’s wrong!
12 stars stand for: 12 months has one year, 12 hours each day and night, There are 12 zodiac signs. The 12 stars therefore stand for the harmony and unity of the European peoples. Our teacher Fr. Gehlhar also took pictures which sometimes looked very funny.
With great effort and lots of fun, the pupils and the supervising teachers got involved in the European week. In addition to intensive research on different national courts of all member states, the students have dealt with the following questions
• My vision of Europe …
• That’s what I want from Europe …
• My greatest experience with Europe …
• Here in Europe, I like to be …
• I personally do the following for Europe …
• Europe means to me …
• F.I.T. for Europe I am, because …
• I would like to change that in Europe
These topics were discussed and then made accessible on posters for the entire school public. The aim of the project was to draw attention to the advantages of the united Europe before the forthcoming European elections and to address a broad public. Anyone entering the school through the main entrance will automatically go through a circle of 12 stars that reflect the motto of the week “Europe and the Ego”. On the inside, the results of the Erasmus AG have been designed.
In the picture gallery you will find all the impressions of an exciting and informative European week.
Further highlights around the actions of our students will follow soon. Stay tuned.
We still have two more days to go, but we will share an impression of this fantastic first student exchange of our F.I.T. for Europe Erasmus + project.
On Sunday Morning Romy (H4), Irene (H4), Serana (H4), Jarna (V4), Dian (V4) and Sylvan (V5) were ready to get in our pretty minivan (driven by Mr Borghuis, accompanied by navigator Ms Welling) and drive to Uetze, Germany. We all didn’t know each other very well yet, but the road trip changed that in no time! Mr Borghuis had made sure to bring a CD with German schlagers, so the ‘ready for Germany’ spirit was soon alive and kicking!
When we arrived in Uetze, the host families were already waiting for us. We took our first group picture and went home with our host families. We would meet the next morning at school to meet the entire group.
On Monday morning we did some introduction games, were met by the school principal and mayor and listened to student presentations about the educational system in Germany.
On Tuesday we went to Hamburg. One half of the Group visited the Hamburg Stage School, a school for musical theatre, singing and dancing (Hamburg is famous for its many musical theatres). The other half of the group went to the harbour in Harburg. In the afternoon there was an Ipad Rally across the city of Hamburg.
On Wednesday, the group was split in two again. One group went to a lesson in optical physics at the Leibniz University Hannover. The other group visited Continental Tyres. The groups were reunited at the University Library where we received a guided tour (Hannover has the largest technical university library in Europe!). We had lunch in the – very crowded – central dining hall. That evening it was also Serana’s birthday, so we organised a dinner for her at a sushi restaurant.
After three days you notice that everyone knows each other a little better and that the Germans, Bulgarians, Latvians and us started mixing much more.
Today was by far the coolest day so far. We went to Wolfsburg, to the Volkswagen factory and the Autostadt. We started with a meeting with a few students who did a dual training programme with the VW company in which they could combine their university studies with working at VW. We all had lunch together in the VW cafeteria. After lunch we did a very cool guided tour through the VW factory. Unfortunately no picture taking was allowed inside. After the tour we could choose between going shopping or seeing some more cars in the Autostadt. And to keep ourselves warm we practised our dance routine for the final night and taught it to the Germans, Bulgarians and Latvians!
Last week, Mia and I were in Sofia, Bulgaria, for our Erasmus+ project. Together with our Latvian and German colleagues, we visited the National Highschool in Finance and Business (NHFB). We had a full and inspiring programme. We worked on our project activities (a.o. ETwinning, job shadowing, website content, study opportunities for students and preparing the student exchanges). We also had the chance to explore Sofia and see some interesting places in the surrounding areas, including the museum of archaeology, a winery, and the famous Rila Monastery.
Sofia has surprised us very much. Even though we knew that we would meet very nice and hospitable people (we had of course met our Bulgarian and Latvian colleagues in Germany twice before), we didn’t really know what to expect. To most of you Bulgaria probably makes you think of Eastern European apartment buildings or rumours of corruption. This, however, was not at all the atmosphere the city breathes. Of course every city has its dark sides, but Sofia is a lively, vibrant and modern city that shows pride of their recent developments and European Union membership. The wide streets, parks and wonderful views of the mountains provide a sense of warmth and safety and the EU flag flaunts proudly. The 20+ degrees temperatures of course did help in our positive imaging. It is a city that seems to be rapidly developing – made possible also through EU financing. Modernising and cherishing its rich history of centuries old cultures go hand in hand. In the middle of the city centre one can find Roman remains right next to an old mosque and an orthodox church. Young people almost all speak English and tourism is starting to take off (but is also welcomed with some anxiety – Prague-like mass tourism isn’t something they aspire, but it, unfortunately, just seems to be a matter of time). The gap between rich and poor and young and old seems to be big, and the mixture of architecture reflects a difficult, but optimistic quest for identity as a new, European, Bulgaria.
The NHFB, our partner school, is located in the centre of Sofia in a monumental building that proudly displays the Bulgarian and European Union flags. The building is too small to house all of its students, which is why they work with two shifts of classes. Half of the students have classes in the morning, half of the students have classes in the late afternoon. Whereas we offer different specialisations within our school, in Bulgaria it is quite common to have secondary schools that have a specific profile. The NHFB focuses on the economy-related courses. Students at the NHFB work on projects together with local companies. They simulate their own companies and have to develop, manage, produce and market their own products. At the end of their school career students receive an additional certificate in international business. We were impressed with the students’ level of English, self-confidence, motivation, and ambition.
Teachers in Bulgaria often have a second or even third job next to teaching, because teachers’ salaries are often not even enough to support a household. To us and our German colleagues that is unimaginable, but the situation in Latvia isn’t all that different. Because our project is fully financed by Erasmus +, it luckily isn’t something that affects our mobilities very much, but is definitely something to take into account when we compare educational systems. We are quite aware that it is a bit of a shame that we can only take so few students with us on our exchanges, but at the same time a subsidised project that also includes separate teacher meetings also provides the opportunity to learn from one another without much stress of having to keep an eye on large groups of students. This allows you to truly reflect on your own educational practises and really get to know each other. And of course we will use all the knowledge we are gaining in this project to inspire us to organise more projects that could include more students (and teachers).
From Sunday to Wednesday Mia, Anna and I were in Uetze (just outside Hannover). We were there for the first official meeting of our approved Erasmus + Project F.I.T for Europe. Mia and I had been there in March to co-write the application and this summer we received the good news that our application was approved. This meant that we had to start selecting students. It was a bit of a challenge, but we made it! We have selected 18 wonderful Quintus students who will be given the chance to participate in the three exchanges with Bulgaria, Latvia and Germany .
In total, there will be 8 ‘mobilities’ (4x teacher meeting, 4x student exchanges) and 10 ‘project activities’ that are centred around getting to know each other’s cultures, educational system and job opportunities.
Our first teacher meeting (‘Lehrertreffen’) in Uetze was very successful. We planned most of our project activities for the next two years, decided which students would visit which countries, and made sure all our activities can be explained to Erasmus +. Of course, we also made sure that there was time for good German food and a visit to Hannover (and Germans do have a sense of humour, really! 😉) In week 47 the first student-exchange will take place in Uetze as well. We will take Jarna (V4), Dian (V4), Romy (H4), Irene (H4), Serana (H4) and Sylvan (V5) with us, accompanied by Willem Borghuis and Sophie Welling. In March and June the teacher and student visits to Bulgaria will take place. In 2019-2020 the visits to Latvia will take place as well as the incoming visits of our partner schools here in Assen. We’ll keep you posted!
After their great experiences as part of our ERASMUS project, our students started highly motivated into the preparations for the European Week 2019. A little taste is here in the article, but: what was planned, what content was particularly important and much more…. you will get to know soon on our homepage.
Stay tuned …
On April 10, we had the opportunity to visit Telus International. It all begins with the big glass building called Telus Tower. As the group entered, we were greeted by two smiling ladies, Iva and Ivana, who felt they really liked their work and didn’t feel uncomfortable by what they were doing. They took us to a hall where some of their important meetings took place, and within about a couple of hours we had the opportunity to find out about different activities of the company, how we could start working there, about the conditions of work and everything we cared about.
Let’s start with the fact that there is no particular dress-up – it is quite normal to go in jeans, T-shirt and sneakers. Various days are also organized – some come in pajamas, while other clothing is tailored to holidays such as Halloween.
The building has modern rooms for rest, fitness, etc. They are free and can be used by all employees. Each year they have an event in which they do something charitable – painting schools, making playgrounds, planting trees. I definitely had the impression that the people there really enjoy their work and do everything with desire. They have also told us about projects by non-governmental organizations that fund and in fact the transition that passes to be approved. Projects are for health, environment and education. We have also learned about the opportunities to start working with them after 16 years of age. We have explained how important the CV is, and how we need to put into the foreground the information that will actually be needed for the position we are applying for. Interviews conducted with them are always in the foreign language we apply for, and we have explained that for them English is the official language of the company. They have special tests that, when applying for a job, determine the level of our language. We also understood how important it is to be in time, but if something happens and we are late, we must call and warn. Finally, we also had the opportunity to play an interview with them.
For the final of the meeting, we went to the last floor where the gym is located and stretches 360 degree views. We had time to take pictures and look at, then we had to leave, but hoping some would come back.
… in March 2019 for the second teachers’ workshop
With great anticipation of a reunion, curious about the school and the city, all colleagues started the joint teachers’ meeting in Sofia. After a warm welcome, work started on Monday. First, each school presented the activities that have taken place since the last meeting in October / November. It became clear that the joint project is anchored in every school and in many different activities.
Be it a reading week or a rhetoric seminar in Sofia, at the school and community training fair or as part of the biology class in Uetze, diligently working on a common job-oriented dictionary in Assen or a big Christmas campaign in Limbazi – the project content has been and will become holistic everywhere introduced into the school life. In addition, actions for the European Week in May were presented by the partner school in Limbazi.
A special highlight was the presentation of student companies at the National High School of Finance and Business in Sofia. Pupils reported before the F.I.T. Team from their work in these training companies.
Afterwards, our Bulgarian colleagues introduced the concept of the school to all present and gave the opportunity to sit in the classroom. Very important for our joint work was the eTwinning seminar, which was chaired by colleague and eTwinning Ambassador Tsvetelena Taralova. The TwinSpace is to be expanded until the next meeting and also serve to disseminate the project content.
Despite the work in the school building, the time was spent exploring the city and a lively and humorous exchange of information on the customs and culture of our countries.
Vielen herzlichen Dank an unsere Partnerschule und Freunde in Sofia!
A beautiful presentation by Ivan Mutafchiev from Sofia
The participants in the project F.I.T. for Europe / № 2018-1-DE03-KA229-047389_2, supported by their teachers: Pantaleeva, Karazapryanova and Popova participated for three consecutive days at the Christmas Bazaar organized by the Students’ Council at the NFSG for charity purposes.
Gergana and Carolina’s idea was the team F.I.T. not only to participate, but also to present the three partner schools and countries: Latvia, the Netherlands and Germany and to prepare Christmas treats typical of these countries as well as to present interesting information about the traditions and customs of three different parts of the European continent.
Their idea was accepted with enthusiasm. On 17-18-19.12.2018 the Latvian group, “The Netherlands”group and “Germany” group presented to the school community the project which they participate in , handed out brochures and flyers, offered typical Latvian, Dutch and German pastries, prepared with great care, creativity and inspiration.
Students did not miss having fun. Such initiatives create the sense of community and cohesion, which is the guiding principle of project initiatives. And the pride of each participant that he has made his contribution in the name of a noble initiative is invaluable.
On 6.12.2018, an interesting and exciting open lesson in public speech was held at the National High School in Finance and Business with a lecturer Dr. Georgi Petkov.
In a fun and interactive way, students from the eighth, ninth and tenth grades, including representatives of the project F.I.T. for Europe / No 2018-1-DE03-KA229-047389_2, the group of EU junior ambassadors and the debating team, learned how to start a speech, how long it ought to be, what is the structure of public speech and the place of the main idea in it.
No less provocative curiosity was the information on how to use posture, gesture, intonation, impact, what are the effective techniques for coping with stress in public speech, why the best way to finish a speech is a call to action.
The artistically and fascinatingly narrated stories and the professional information provided by Dr. Petrov directed the participants to the guiding idea: You never know where the inspiration and the hope will come from. At what time will this happen? Maybe at school. You never know who will push you to what will bring you success. But such a man will always be found. As long as you participate in the game.
During the 60 minutes which slipped imperceptibly away, not only the students but the attending teachers as well: Taralova, Velinova, Karazapryanova, Gesheva and Popova, studied and enjoyed, and for the pupils apart from the shared emotions, knowledge, inspiration remained and the hope to have other similar meetings in our school. Because the experience and usefulness of life is a true school and effective learning.
Ein besonderes Erscheinungsbild geben die Teilnehmer des Projektes F.I.T. for Europe in den nächsten beiden Jahren ab. Stylische Hoodies und wetterfeste Softshell-Jacken wurden mit dem Siegerlogo und den jeweiligen Logos der teilnehmenden Schulen ausgestattet.
Eindrücke unserer “Models” erhalten Sie in der Galerie.
Am22.11.18 fuhr das Erasmus-Team in die Stadt Wolfsburg, um sich über den Konzern Volkswagen zu informieren.
Der Tag begann um 10:30 Uhr mit einer Berufsinformation in der Berufsakademie mit einer Präsentation über das Unternehmen VW und deren internationale Standorte. Zudem erhielten die Schüler/-innen Daten und Fakten zur Autoproduktion und zu Studien- sowie Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten.
Am interessantesten für die Schüler/-innen waren jedoch die Berichte der Auszubildenden und Studenten des Unternehmens aus „erster Hand“. Sie hatten zusätzlich die Möglichkeit diese im Anschluss zu befragen. Nach einemgemeinsamen Mittagessen im Betriebsrestaurant wurde die Autostadt erkundet. DieSchüler/-innen erhielten einen Einblick in die Autoproduktion und hatten die Möglichkeit weitere Touren in der Autostadt zu absolvieren. Ein kurzer„Abstecher“ in das DesignerOutlet Wolfsburg vor der Rückreise rundete den Nachmittag genüsslich ab.
Nach dem spannenden und lehrreichen Ausflug nach Hamburg stand mit Hannover das nächste Ziel auf dem Programm.
Eine Schüler-Gruppe besuchte den Fachbereich Physik der Leibnizuniversität Hannover. Unser Dank für die Organisation geht an unseren langjährigen Elternvertreter Herrn Wempe.
Vor Ort gab es für die Schülerinnen und Schüler eine Vorstellung des Physikstudiums, und sie bestaunten anschauliche optische Physik mit Vorführexperimenten
Die zweite Gruppe besuchte die Continentalhauptverwaltung an der Vahrenwalder Str. (Danke an die Organisation durch Matthias Schröder)
Dort wurde die Aufteilung des weltweit aktiven Betriebs präsentiert, und alle Teilnehmer des Projektes genossen eine Vorstellung der Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten durch Auszubildende aller Bereiche (betriebliche Ausbildung und duales Studium).
Gemeinsam ging es danach in die Technische Informationsbibliotek TIB der Universität Hannover (auch wieder Danke an Herrn Wempe). Nach einer Einteilung in drei Gruppen lauschte man einer Führung durch die Bereiche der TIB samt Archiv, erhielt interessante Infos zur Organisation der TIB und zum Ausleihverfahren.
Echtes Unifeeling kam bei der gemeinsamen Verköstigung in der Hauptmensa auf.
Wer weiß, ob der Eine oder die Andere vielleicht in Zukunft öfter dort speisen durfte oder möchte.
Unsere lieben Gäste aus Lettland, Bulgarien und den Niederlanden haben die Hafenstadt im Rahmen unserer Projektwoche unsicher gemacht. Nach der Busfahrt mit der Firma GRUND aus Lehrte ging es in 2 Gruppen aufgeteilt zu Hamburg Port Authority in Harburg und zur Stage School in Altona. In der Tanzschule erhielten die Schülerinnen und Schüler neben der spannenden Besichtigung einer Tanzstunde zusätzlich Infos in einer Fragerunde mit Auszubildenden sowie der Tanzlehrerin Saskia Kieslowa und Petra Hirte aus dem Schulbüro, die gerne über Möglichkeiten zur Ausbildung in dieser Branche informierten.
Die Besichtigung der Werft mit anschließender Berufsinformation rund um die Hafencity hat einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen.
Am Nachmittag erkundeten die Schülerinnen und Schüler die Hafenstadt unter fachkompetenter Anleitung von Caroline von den CityHunters. Mithilfe von iPads wurden Aufgaben erfüllt, Lieder gesungen und Fragen rund um das “Tor zur Welt” beantwortet.
Nach einer kulinarischen Stärkung ging es im Bus zurück nach Uetze, wo sich alle Schülerinnen und Schüler sichtlich begeistert auf den Abend in den Gastfamilien freuten.
Eindrücke aus Hamburg in der Galerie:
Ein großartiger Beitrag aus Sofia für den Tag der europäischen Sprachen – created by Tsvetelena Taralova
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