- Date: 15 - 21
- Venue: Greece, Corfu
Corfu (October 2017) The topic: "Travelling around Europe".
From 15th to 21st October 2017 1st Gimnasium of Corfu was in the center of Learning/Teaching/Training Activities within Erasmus+ programme’s project “Open your mind, change your life”.
Eighteen students and seventeen teacher from partner schools form Poland, Germany, Portugal and Croatia visited Corfu and participated in project’s activities for a whole week.
The main topic of the meeting was “Travelling around Europe along with an Oxford Debate”.
During the first day students met local authorities and representatives of educational department in Corfu. The head teacher Mrs Paraskevi Kouri welcomed everybody and then students presented their schools, towns and countries. The meeting was accompanied by folk dance show and music performances prepared by Greek students. Later students visited the Town Hall and went sightseeing Corfu getting to know its history and uniqueness of its building and fortifications.
Second day started with a trip Gastouri village where Princes Sissi had her palace on Corfu. At present there is the Achilleion Museum . Later students had a chance to observe how olive oil is produced at olive mill of “The Governor” company. Its owner not only described the process of production of olive oil, but also discussed the significance of olives for Greek culture and human health. Students asked him many questions and got inspiration for choosing their future career “Always follow your dreams”. Another activity prepared for participants was a visit at Environmental Education Centre where they learnt about Corfu island, desalination of sea water and wildlife on the island. For the end of the day students went to Asian Art Museum where they could encounter different culture, religion and art that is rather different from European art.
Next day was also full of activities. Students visited the Ionian University where they participated in a lecture about neuroinformatics and bioinformatics learning how our brains get to memorise and remember things. Later while lab classes they observed blood sample. This visit was a wonderful biology lesson that will not happen in a typical classroom. Another outdoor activity was a meeting with traditional olive soap producer at “Patounis”. Students revised how soap is created according to chemical formula and watched the process of soap production. During this day science was around us in a real life not only in a school reality. During afternoon activities students took part in international ICT quiz about Europe and made partners’ flags using mosaic technique.
On Thursday everybody went to the Palaiopolis (the ancient city of Corfu) where students participated in treasure hunt game using QR codes. We also visited a museum of this archeological site. It was a great history lesson for everybody. And in the evening we all met at school for the international party – we listened to international songs, we tried Greek cuisine and watched Greek traditional dances. Everybody had a great fun.
Friday was devoted to an Oxford debate. Students worked in international groups debating on things that are crucial while setting up a new continent. Is it education? Nutritious food? Medicines and immunization? Or clean environment? Students were really well prepared – they knew the rules of an Oxford Debate, they came up with reasonable argumentation and spoke fluently and to the point. Even if this activity was a bit stressful for them, they all performed well and gained experience in self-presentation. Later students took part in art workshops and prepared lapbooks about Greece. While their stay in Corfu they gathered leaflets and other items that they could use for lapbook. Their lapbooks were creative and none of them was similar to each other. Last spot for participants was the General Archives in Corfu – some students found their ancestors surnames and coat of arms.
Teachers held a meeting during which they discussed the project and its activities and set the dates for next international meetings.
All participants took part in evaluation and feedback activities and got the certificates.
To see photos from the meeting visit Photo Gallery - meeting in Corfu