WoW project in Portugal was a week of friendship and new experiences. We worked hard and achieved all goals. Our hosts showed us the beauty of Portuguese hospitality and we bring each single memory in our harts. It was the first time we have an opportunity to visit a prison and see the importance of learning for those group of people. It was a chance for all of us to stop in a time and think of importance of our work. Learning brings freedom, opens mind, leads to new challenges. Prisoners were focused on what we said during our visit and showed us their work (paintings, singing performance,declaring poetry...). Those people need a lot of support and understanding. We were touched.
Elena Mlakar, Slovenian coordinator
A marvelous week. A good planned event by persons with ability to do this, it is impossible to fail. Students and teachers from Greece felt a warm hospitality, an unfeigned appreciation as old friends really feel. Thanks to the opportunity of Erasmus+ action we gathered in Matosinhos, in an amazing suburb of Porto, in order to participate in the second LTT meeting of the project Erasmus+ “ The world of work” , to meet the students and teachers of other 4 countries (Finland , Slovenia, Spain, Sweden) and we were guested by Portuguese students’ family as well by teacher of school E.Secundária João Gonçalves Zarco .
Mrs Manuela Galante and her team welcomed us and offered us an unforgettable experience. The days passed so fast but were full of activities, moments of “ice-breaking”, cooperation and of course the main aim of all these actions to break stereotypes, and strengthening the idea of living together in Europe and we make dream of the European future of peace, cooperative, solidarity, brotherhood and of course to live in and create a common effective future, we all expect.
All the activities were perfect scheduled and took place on time with the best result of their goal. Students of Greek school are very happy, meeting students from the other countries and they learnt about them, their customs, their everyday life, their school life and about their future. We were lucky enjoying a very good weather conditions, which allowed us to visit places and learn the history of them and the Portugal as well.
All we return home and think all these with a sweet nostalgia and beautiful memories of the meeting. Now ae are looking forward to the next similar opportunity in Varnamo , Sweden to meet again our friends and make new. Thank you all for all of these we lived and felt, that week of Feb 2018 in Matosinhos. The week which we will keep in our deep parts of our hearts.
Spiros Kourtis, Greece coordinator
Thank you so much for taking so good care of us. It was wonderful! Here we send you a couple of lines for the paper....
We are visiting Portugal for the first time and it is over our expectations. The people are very friendly and generous and we have felt very welcomed. Beautiful surroundings and a rich kultur makes Portugal to a place we will return to.
Erasmus + give the students the oppertunities to discover the differences and similarities between the involved countries and this will help them in their future lifes.
Ann – Charlotte Hartig, Swedish Coordinator
We have just arrived home and we already miss you all. It has been a very enriching and unforgettable Erasmus experience. You are a great team, students and Erasmus teachers. You are the best. Thank you for your hospitality and welcome. I see you soon, Un beso muy fuerte para todos.
Teresa Marques, Spanish Coordinator
We had enough pre-information and tasks were student-friendly. We were welcomed nicely from the very beginning. The program had good parts in school as well as outside. The portuguese culture was well represented. And when we had some changes in Swedish staff, our team worked together very well to get partner's train on track. As an example, we were able to do planning part in one heavy afternoon. The most memorable moments were the visit in Porto prison with all the inmates and staff who had organized a special event. Another great memory is the dinner prepared by our hosts. The atmosphere was great! And the tour around Matosinhos area gave us a whole different idea of the special character of Matosinhos. Obrigado/-a.
Petteri Mertala and Anu Huttunen, Finland
This was an unforgettable experience for me. I was most impressed by the Portuguese people. Their kindness, modesty, tolerance ... I believe that the project has brought me great benefits. I met a new country, their habits, culture. I will never forget the hospitality and soft skills of our beloved Manuela, Esmeralda and all the others project helpers. Above all, I am richer for many new friendships that have enriched me.
Urška Senica, Slovenia
In the context of my participation in the WOW project in Matoshinos, I gained valuable experience in collaboration in English, I recognized Portugal's culture, habits, cistoms, food, the functiong of the school sistem. The most valuable insights are the following: no matther where we come from, we are all people with simililar problems, both in the teaching profession and outside of it. Similarly our student have their own wishes, expectations and goals. Thanks to Portuguese hosts for a warm, honest and hearty reception and all the care they showed us. My personal opinion is that we achieved the goals of the project, as both teachers and students developed soft skills in a single moments of their stay and work in Matoshinos.
Hermina Vucajnk, Slovenia
SWEDEN, APRIL, 2018
There was not much time between the first two meetings, but despite that, we finished all tasks on time. Students did business plans and presented them in front of external jury. We all (teachers and students) had an opportunity to evaluate their ideas and invest our virtual money into their ideas. Students created personal portfolio and expressed creativity by making informal CV. They learned how to create a blog and wrote some articles. They also learned how to code a robot and run it, what are the possibilities to enter Sweden university and the employment opportunities. The meeting was well organized and the time we spent in Varnamo was excellent distributed among project tasks we worked on and free time activities, where all Swedish took active role in organizing all events. It was a good example of time planing and effective orientated meeting. Students gained many soft skills and teachers learned from each other how to create a lesson where students are actively involved. Teachers cooked a traditional Swedish dinner and enjoyed cultural experience. Here is a thought of my student... "...it is the best thing that has ever happened to me ..." Swedish coordinator has made great job. Many thanks to Ann Charlott and her team. It was unforgettable.
Elena Mlakar, Slovenian coordinator