Short-term exchanges of groups of pupil in Gubbio, Italy
10 - 14.12.2018
Topic of the exchange was "EUROPE ART CRAFTS MAP".
1. PREPARATION stage
The hosting school informed the local authorities and Medical emergency about the presence of foreign students in school during 5 days.
Italian project's staff provided the transfer from the station or airport to Gubbio and the accommodation of the foreign pupils and their accompanying persons. The partners’ schools elaborated a Curricular and Extracurricular Plan for the foreign pupils to participate. The Italian pupils elaborated a TRAVEL GUIDE (ppt with information about local customs and others).
All the participants prepared movies, ppt for presentation of their school and activities, photos for the common Exhibition; they created traditional typical objects, recorded CDs with traditional music of each country that where handed to the host school and students.
2. ACTIVITIES during the exchange worked on A4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 achieving Objectives 1,2,3.
- CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
During 5 days in school, the pupils participated at school program of hosting partner. They were distributed on age criteria in appropriate classes as following:
a) Greek students were distributed:
Classe 2 sez. I: Inglese, Storia, Matematica, Matematica, Sport, Sport
Classe 3 sez. M: Matematica Scienze, Geografia, Musica, Sport Sport
Classe 2 sez. F: ICT, Matematica, Sport, Sport, Inglese, Inglese.
Classe 2 sez. G: ICT, Matematica, Matematica, Geografia, Arte, Arte
Classe 2 sez C: Italiano, Storia, Inglese, Arte, Arte, Musica
b) Spanish students were distributed:
Classe 2 sez. M: Arte, Arte, Matematica, Scienze, Musica, Musica
Classe 2 sez. N: Matematica Matematica, Geografia, Inglese, Sport, Sport
Classe 2 sez E: Musica, Storia, Matematica, Inglese, Arte, Arte.
Classe 2 sez. O: Sport, Sport, Inglese, Inglese, Matematica, Scienze.
Classe 2 sez. N: Matematica, Matematica, Inglese. Arte, Sport, Sport.
c) Romanian students were distributed:
Classe 3 sez. L: Matematica, Matematica, Inglese, Inglese, Arte, Arte.
Classe 3 sez. M: Matematica Scienze, Geografia, Musica, Sport Sport
Classe 3 sez A: Spagnolo, Spagnolo, Geografia, ICT, ICT, Musica, Musica.
Classe 3 sez. O: ICT, ICT, Matematica, Scienze, Musica Geografia
Classe 3 sez. M: Italiano, Matematica, Inglese, Arte, Arte, Musica
d) Turkish students were distributed:
Classe 3 sez: Matematica, Matematica, Inglese, Inglese, Arte, Arte.
Classe 2 L: Inglese, Inglese, Matematica, Matematica, Geografia, Musica
Classe 2 sez. F: Italiano, Matematica, Sport, Sport, Inglese, Inglese.
Classe 3 sez. G: Italiano, Inglese, Matematica, Arte, Sport, Sport
Classe 3 sez. L: Geografia, Spagnolo, Matematica, ICT, Musica, Musica
e) Bulgarian students were distributed:
Classe 3 sez. N: ,Matematica, Scienze, Matematica, Scienze, Inglese, Arte, Sport, Sport
Classe 2 L: Inglese, Inglese, Matematica, Matematica, Geografia, Musica
Classe 3 sez. F, Sport Sport, Matematica, Scienze, Italiano, Storia
Classe 3 sez. I: Sport, Sport, ICT, ICT, Inglese, Arte.
Classe 2 sez. M: Arte, Arte, Matematica, Scienze, Musica, Musica,
- EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CONNECTED WITH THE PROJECT AFTER THE CLASSES
The COMMON extracurricular activities were:
-1st day, after classes, the foreign pupils presented Power Point or small movies about their schools and activities (in Prezzi program).
- 2nd day – after classes, the students organized the International photo exhibition and all the partners performed local traditional dances in traditional costumes.
- 3rd day – after classes, we went to the Basilica papale di San Francisco de Assisi that from year 2000 is a UNESCO monument where the Italian teachers and pupils explain us the history of the place.
- 4th day – we were received by the Mayor of Gubbio at the City Hall and at Arconi del Palazzo dei Consoli dell'Università dei Muratori, the Association's headquarters “ I Muratori di Gubbio” that show us the local traditions (architecture and gastronomy).
- 5th day – after classes, celebration of the project with awarding of certificates and holding speeches.
3.The COMMUNICATION between local and foreign students were made in English, Italian and other European languages (Greek and Romanian). This week it was a great opportunity for pupils to build friendships.
- We all have been invited at the City Hall of Gubbio where we were received by the Mayor, Prof. Filippo Mario Stirati who spoke about the importance of education in the formation of the new generation and about the importance of Erasmus + European projects to form a united Europe.
The event was widely presented in
- the local newspaper “Gubbio oggi”no.10/2018,
- the Bulgarian newpaper at: https://www.borbabg.com/2019/01/04/uchenitsi-i-uchiteli-ot-su-vladimir-komarov-byaha-v-italiya/
- in the project's Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2919006524779971&set=gm.563568890787459&type=3
During our International exhibition “Winter local traditions” there were all the teachers of the two Italian schools, the parents of the Italian students and other members of the local community were present.
5. EVALUATION of the exchange
- at the end of every day the students applied questionnaires/group discussions/interviews and wrote in their personal diary daily observations, assessments and comments;
- at the end of the exchange were evaluated these observations and pupils produced a common report of the LTTA which will be published on project blog, Facebook and eTwinning.
For me it was the first time I left the country - this exchange of students was an extraordinary experience; I met new people, places and experiences.
I was very happy that the Erasmus + project gave me this chance. The reason I was involved in the project was experimenting to put into practice my cultural and computer skills, team work with my colleagues and teachers.
During the exchange of students I directly met the traditions, customs and cultural elements of Italy and the participating countries through discussions, costumes, posters, activities that revived old medieval games, group projects and cooperation among the students participating in the six countries.
I worked in craft workshops that kept the city's cultural spirit alive and realized how important it is to promote these concerns too.
I have returned socially richer because I have managed to establish new friendships and contacts with children from other countries, better informed from the perspective of the traditions, holidays and cultural customs of the participating countries, richer linguistic because I have learned common words in Italian, Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish. (STOE IONUT 8th grade)
About Erasmus + projects I learned from the school of biology, geography, as well as from the hall and class posters, and I always wondered what lies behind a beautifully colored poster and an incognito logo. This, and the fact that some of my colleagues participated in me, led me to join the project team, and I had the chance to be selected for student exchange in Gubbio, Italy from 10-14.12.2018.
I waited impatiently for the movement and the experience to follow. I was curious to find out what differences exist between our schools, as a school in the heart of peninsular Italy, a town I have never heard before.
There have been 5 days of great school, social and emotional experiences.
I found a great school, a medieval conquering city through the buildings whose facades were carrying you back in time and the way the city improved the functionality of the buildings (I was amazed to see how a 21st century elevator climbs through a 14th century building making it easier for residents to access the medieval headquarters of the building in which the City Hall was located).
I was impressed by the program that the host school prepared and where we were involved, the typical food offered and the way our hosts tried to make us feel all the participating students (Bulgarians, Romanians, Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, Turks), not to feel that we belong to different cultures, customs and languages, but we are part of a European whole. We worked together on the proposed activities and created our friends. Finally, I realized how important the English language classes I had at school in class I that allowed me to easily communicate with the other students participating in the project and to relate them to their level of knowledge .
This experience helped me to value my knowledge of English, and to wish to deepen my knowledge of European culture and civilization. (NICOARA TUDOR - 8th grade)
For me, participation in the project was very interesting and useful because it took place in a special setting, along with pupils from other countries. I attended class classes and I had the opportunity to see how the classes take place. It impressed me that teachers and students have a very friendly relationship, students are not so pressed by the "burden" of notes. They have a different way of teaching, fewer pupils in the class, and have a lot of school materials for art classes, have music labs that students use for music classes and extra hours for organizing shows, performing drawings, paintings and many technology labs; I learned to cook pizza in an Italian culinary club, visited craft workshops, leather, ceramics, ironmongery and sculpture.
I also met part of the cultural heritage of Gubbio - even the town hall where we were received by the mayor of the locality was in a 500-year-old building.
I have used and improved my knowledge of English, the language we communicate with other participants, established contacts and friends, learned useful things in a new context, I succeeded in integrating into the large group Erasmus + of the participating students, I promote our national traditions, holidays and customs and through discussions, joint activities to cooperate and improve the educational environment of our school by sharing our experiences with our colleagues at home. (POPA LUCA – 8th grade)
In December 2018, together with my colleagues and our accompanying teacher in our school, I participated in the city of Gubbio in the Umbria region of Italy, at various activities in school and outside the school; I participated in numerous Power Point presentations, presenting a national dance and national costumes, we have always had discussions, I have participated in numerous games with partner students - mixed teams, workshop activities, visits on the European map of culture and traditions in those countries that are particularly involved.
This exchange of students impressed me greatly and greatly improved my communication skills in English, but I also learned many words and phrases in Italian. I also learned many new things about the Italian school (how to learn, how to score and evaluate students, about their exams, about their subjects and textbooks). It has made me many friends because the school students were very welcoming and happy that we are together. We stayed together all day long - at school and then out of school, we became good friends and even after we finished the visit, we continue to write and work together for the project. I was impressed by the very close relationship between Italian students and their teachers; they have a much more loaded program than we and much harder manuals. I also liked the way Italians keep their local traditions, habits and celebrations, and place great emphasis on passing them from one generation to the next.
I returned home with many beautiful memories, with more friends and a lot of great experiences, I became more confident, I evaluated my English knowledge and general culture and I enriched them, I used my knowledge of the environment and I have developed socially through real contact with other cultures / civilizations. He gave me ideas on how we could apply some of our knowledge and experiences to school. (IONITA DARIUS - 8th grade)
1- My name is Stratos Vasilellis and I am a student of the 6th grade in the 9th primary school of Mytilini. In December 2018, I took part in the student exchange in the school of Maestro Giorgio Nelli in Gubbio, Italy and I can say that I will never forget this experience. What I liked most, was the opportunity to meet students from the other countries who took part in the program-we got to know each other, played games and talked about our schools and our hobbies. It seems that children from different cultures can have the same interests-now we will be friends forever!
2- I am Aliki Karinou and I am 11 years old. My school takes part in an Erasmus+ programme and last month I went to Italy with some of my classmates and teachers!!It was the first time that I travelled without my parents and went to another European country. I loved the Italian school and the way teachers and students welcomed us all-like their own children!!We visited classes and attended lessons and then we had lunch in the school which was new for me! I also liked that I spoke in English with the other students from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey,Spain and Italy!
3- My name is Dionysis Vanavakis and I am a student of the 6th grade-it is the last class of primary school in Greece. I feel very lucky because in December 2018 I visited Italy through an Erasmus+ programme! I loved the town of Gubbio with the old beautiful buildings and the huge Christmas tree on the mountain!!I was curious to see the school and meet the children and a little anxious..Everything was amazing in the end. We got to know each other, we played games at school, created handicrafts and sang and danced traditional dances from all the countries!!Our teachers are good friends with the other teachers and now we have new friends too!!Thank you Erasmus!!
My name is Mihaela Uzunova. I am a 4th grade student in SU”Vladimir Komarov”. In December 2018, I had a chance to be one of the participants of the International meeting in Gubbio, Italy. I am a member of the Art club in our school of Erasmus+ Project “Cultural mapping of Europe”, I love art and it was the most exciting thing that I took a part in Arts and craft seminar and had an opportunity to have a look of Italian arts and crafts.
We went to Gubbio, Italy with our project team /three teachers and five students/ and participated in LTTA activities in the school Mastro Giorgio Nelli. It was my first time abroad and I was really excited and amazed throughout the whole project. It was really exciting. Gubbio’s charm is in its medieval buildings, churches and streets that create an old-time, mysterious atmosphere. It's an out-and-out journey into the past! I liked the host school and students. They were very kind and friendly. I and all my friends from Bulgarian group learned a lot about different cultures of participants, I met a lot of amazing people from Italy, Spain, Romania, Turkey and Greece. I made a lot of friends there and I learned many interesting things arts and crafts in their countries. It was incredible to release that learning foreign languages is very useful and I am sure that I won’t stop to do this.
Hello! My name is Radosveta Todorova. I am 14 and I study in SU”Vladimir Komarov”. In December 2018, I participated in the International meeting in Gubbio, Italy. It was the third meeting for LTTA for our Erasmus+ Project “Cultural mapping of Europe”. it was the most exciting thing in my life.
We went to Gubbio, Italy with our teachers and four more students and participated in LTTA activities in the school Mastro Giorgio Nelli. The hosts were very friendly. It was my first time abroad but I was happy far from the home with them. It was really exciting. Gubbio is a very nice town. It’s got a lot of medieval buildings, churches and streets that create an old-time atmosphere.
I visited two school buildings in the town and I took part in all activities. I learned a lot about Italian old games, Italian music, art and crafts. I met a lot of friends from Italy, Spain, Romania, Turkey and Greece. I learned many interesting things arts and crafts in their countries.
My name is Aleksandra Georgieva. I am Bulgarian and I am a 4th grade student in SU”Vladimir Komarov”in Veliko Tarnovo. I participated in Gubbio exchange and it was an incredible time for me. I was really curious about Italy and when we landed in my heart was beating so hard with excitement. The city was so beautiful and so different, the school had four buildings and we visited and had activities in two of them. The lessons we participated was really interesting and not too different from lessons in our schools. Our Italian hosts were very friendly and helpful. I met a lot of friends there. We communicated in English and I understood that learning foreign languages is very important. Working with many different people was amazing. I felt so lucky that I was in the project and promised to myself to join more and more projects in the future.
My name is Zornitsa Nikolova, I am 11 and I study in SU”Vladimir Komarov”. I am Bulgarian and I live in Veliko Tarnovo. In December 2018, I participated in the International meeting in Gubbio, Italy. It was the third meeting for LTTA for our Erasmus+ Project “Cultural mapping of Europe”. I spent one week in Gubbio, Italy, from 10th of December to 14th of December 2018. This was an amazing week I have ever had. Firstly I flew firstly by plane, I was firstly abroad and I was firstly without my family. At the beginning of our trip I was worried what will we do, can I be good enough and how will I spend my time? But my week was fantastic. I loved flying, all Italian students and teachers were extremely friendly: they communicated with all foreign students as if they were their best friends. We had a lot of interesting activities, walks and trips so my family did not miss me. I learnt a lot about Italian traditions, arts and crafts. I make a lot of friends and now I know that kids are same all over the world. We were happy to learn, to work and to play together. This experience gave me a new understanding of how important is to make a friendly atmosphere in the work place.
My name is Viktoria Mihaylova. I am a 5th grade student in SU”Vladimir Komarov” In Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. I was happy to participate in the LTTA exchange IN Gubbio, Italy. It was a very happy time for me. I was really excited about my travelling and my participating. The town was so beautiful and so different. It is a very old medieval place which was named the town of silence. The host school had four buildings= Two of them are in Gubbio and the other two are in two villages which are near the town. We visited and had activities in two of them, which are in Gubbio. The lessons we participated was really interesting and not too different from lessons in our schools. Italian students and teachers were very friendly and helpful. I met a lot of friends there. We communicated in English and now I know that learning foreign languages is very important. Working with many different people was amazing. I felt so lucky that I was in the project and promised to myself to join more and more projects in the future.
“It a special experience. We were very excited about meeting new friends from other countries. We have worked a lot since October in order to prepare and organize the meeting.”(Elena Moscetti)
“This experience was very motivating and useful because we had the opportunities to find out different traditions and cultures. We tried to learn some easy words in their languages (Romanian, Bulgarian, Turkish and Greek) and we taught them some simple Italian words, like greetings and numbers.” (Edoardo Bastiani)
“It was amazing when we played Christmas Carols in our school orchestra for them. Some of us were a little bit disappointed of the short time they stayed here in Gubbio with us. We would like to have more time to spend with them in order to know them better.” (Laura Moscetti)
“I was happy and excited for the arriving of foreigner students and a little bit scared and worried about my ability to communicate with them…. But then it wasn’t so difficult.” (Lorenzo Provvedi)
“During the farewell dinner we spoke and laughed with Romanian students. It was great and interesting. We learn a lot of things. We became good friends” (Linda Pambianco)
“I was very proud to show them my beautiful town with its famous Christmas traditions. I would be very happy to have the possibility to visit their towns.” (Gabriele Pietroluongo)
"This experience was unique and absolutely memorable" (Elisabetta Gasparri)
"Some of them were younger than us so they didn't talk easily."(Alexandra Tasso)
“The guys who came here were friendly but someone was a little shy. Other students instead weren't so shy and it was easier to have a conversation and we are still in contact with some of them." (Leonardo Franceschetti)
"Each group prepared performances and showed us their typical dances in their local costumes, and they sang their traditional songs. It was very interesting and exciting, in the end we joined to their dances... it was so funny!!!!" (Alessia Castellani)
"it was a great opportunity to make some new friends even if we are of different ages." (Pietro Bedini)
"We spoke English so it was also a great opportunity to improve our language skills." (Camilla Gasparini)
"Speaking in English (and in Spanish with the Spanish students) gave us the real possibility to share ideas, information about culture and at the same time we could feel the same and united." (Antonio Tironzelli)
"We had the opportunity to use the foreign language, English in particular, with real people who don't speak Italian, and not in a virtual situation like we usually do at school during the activities oral with our Italian classmate." (Caterina Bei)
"No matter if some was shy, younger or older than us, we shared our ideas and feelings with them and they told us their experiences," (Damiano Vernigi)
“We did a lot of new friends and we exchanged phone numbers.” (Gabriele Duro)
“We could taste some typical Turkish food and we liked it a lot. We also saw the typical costumes too and we learn from the foreign pupils their interest in school and their daily extra program” (Nicole Bakula)
“I liked above all the game with did altogether in Aula Magna to know each other, it was really nice and amusing.” (Pietro Bedini)
“We sang the European Hymn altogether with our school orchestra: it was so moving and all of us were united…like a unique voice. I liked a lot. I can’t forget it the deep feelings and emotions I proved in my heart.” (Cristiana Bei)
“It was fantastic to be with students with different languages, religions, traditions and lifestyles. I would like to know more about them.” (Pietro Giacometti)
“It was a stimulating and amusing experience because we had the possibility to speak in English and in Spanish, too, the second foreign language we study at school. We had a lot of funny and interesting activities at school…. But the days lasted too fast…” (Marika Licandro)