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The second transnational meeting of the project took place in Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania between the 21st of November and the 25th of November, 2017 at COLEGIUL ENERGETIC.
The participants of the meeting were 3 teachers from Turkey, 2 teachers from Latvia, 2 teachers from Spain, 2 teachers from Croatia, and over 10 teachers from Romania.
The main goals of the meeting were:
- Work on E-learning platform;
- Discussions on the project progress;
- Work on ETwinning;
- Discussions about future mobilities and financial aspects;
- Discussions about Mobility Tool and final report;
- Results of the survey completed by students – The importance of the Learning platform;
- Certificates for students working on the platform – models and database of the exams results;
- Visit to the Chamber of Commerce – presentation about entrepreneurs from Valcea County;
- Group work – the achievements and problems of students business plans;
- Business ideas – Workshop;
- Visit to known entrepreneurs/ companies from Valcea county – Sano Vita, Vilmar, Gammastil;
- Reflection and evaluation of the meeting.
The 21st of November
The project partners from Latvia, Turkey, Spain and Croatia arrived in Râmnicu Vâlcea and they were welcomed by the Romanian team. The teachers participated to an informal dinner, where they had the chance to make new friends.
The 22nd of November
The participants of the project were welcomed by the Headmaster of Colegiul Energetic, teachers, students and local representatives. In the introduction, the hosts welcomed the guests and informed the participants on the meeting programme. Young entrepreneurs from Colegiul Energetic presented their business or future business.
The groups of teachers from each country shared presentations about local activities from the beginning of the project in 2015 until now. All teams impressed the audience.
The work session included:
- Organization of the project – goals of the project
- It was presented the report of the survey ”The Importance of the Learning Platform”
- Certificates for students working on the platform
Before lunch, the teachers were invited to visit The Chamber of Commerce. Here, they found out information about the entrepreneurship in Valcea County.
The work session continued at Vâlcea County Library with group work (discussions about the web page of the project, ETwinning, Mobility tool, final report) and with an interesting workshop ”Handmade by Ozana” – a good idea for business.
In the evening, the students and teachers attended a wonderful concert at ”Victor Giuleanu” Art High School, in partnership with Colegiul Energetic. The participants appreciated the students’ performance and enjoyed the activity.
The day ended with a relaxing dinner, where the participants got the chance to improve their English skills and to find out more about the educational systems and cultural aspects from all the countries.
The 23th of November, 2017
The day started with a work session at Valcea County Library.
The participants discussed about:
- The achievements and problems of students business plans, discussions about job market;
- Mobilities – confirmation of the destinations and periods;
- Financial aspects;
- Planning next meeting;
- Reflection of the meeting.
Then the participants visited some representative companies from Valcea county:
–SanoVita is a manufacturer and processor certified by the relevant authorities for the following activities:
– Manufacture of grain products (extruded, expanded, pasta), fruit and vegetable juices and soybean (tofu)
– Storage, packing and trading of food products: cereals (pressed, extruded, expanded, germ, bran, flour, gluten, starch, pasta), oil seeds, dried and expanded grain, sugar, dried and candied fruits, salt.
The company is counting more than 20 years of experience in the field of food education, education through the offer of high quality products, made with the latest technology, protecting at the same time the environment.
Covering 25 hectares of which 10 are workshops hosting the latest technology equipment, employing a staff of nearly 400, being directly connected to the major transportation routes, the company is located in the southern industrial zone of Ramnicu Valcea city.
Vilmar manufactures and sells a diversified range of technological equipment and components parts used in several industries: petroleum and natural gas, chemical, petrochemical, energy, mining, nuclear, water, subsea, etc.
Gammastil – Natural remedies
There is a 5 store chain selling a wide range of medicinal and aromatic herbs, food supplements and cosmetics in the form of teas, tinctures, extracts, capsules containing solid or liquid, regular or coated tablets, syrups, solutions for internal use or external, ova, suppositories, creams, gels, perfumes, etc.
At the request of consumers, they also sell gluten-free products, various kinds of cereals and dried fruits, intimate hygiene products, diapers for babies and old ladies, etc.
In the evening participants visited Râmnicu Vâlcea.
The 24th of November, 2017
The last day, participants concluded on their work and discussed about tourism entrepreneurship, visiting Bran Castle, a landmark of Romania.
After getting back to Râmnicu Vâlcea, all participants had to fill in an evaluation form, regarding the activities performed during this reunion.
In conclusion, the meeting met its goals; the activities were held in a relaxing atmosphere, where everybody enjoyed the time spent together, learning and sharing precious information.
Tenea Codruta, coordinating teacher
From 19 to 25 March 2017, students and teachers (from Romania, Turkey, Spain, Latvia, and Croatia) participated in the activities of the third meeting of the project ERASMUS+ KA219 ”LEARNING PLATFORM: Young people entrepreneurial skill development possibilities “held in Slavonski Brod – Croatia.
The objectives of the activities were as follows:
- Presentation of business plans designed by six students of each partner school.
- Study of business opportunities and market research.
- Establishing future activities (workshops, conferences, courses, tests, power point presentations, evaluation, and dissemination) and their loading on Moodle platform.
- Establishing next transnational meetings (Romania).
- Developing the skills of teamwork and socialization.
- Developing communication skills in English.
- Learning about the Serbian-Croatian traditions and culture.
The First day
Project activities began with presenting some cultural aspects of the region Slavonski Brod – Croatia by dances and traditional music.
After the opening show, students and teachers visited the school, were impressed by the equipment and work labs and offices, specifically in the agro-industrial field of work (veterinary labs, plant cultivation by micro propagation, chemistry, nutrition, forestry, horticulture, floriculture, greenhouses and plantation of herb labs, vegetables and lavender)
Equipping laboratories, landscaped gardens and plantations have been carried out mostly by European Projects, supporting students and teachers to develop entrepreneurial activities.
The Second day
Our first destination was Broski Varos, where we learned the love story of a couple of storks Klepetan and Malena, a representative story of the local community as a tourist attraction.
The second location we visited was ATLANTIC GROUP Company that produces nutritional supplements for athletes. We had no permission to take pictures inside the department of production.
Day 2 ended with a visit to Stara Kapela (Village Museum) where we had the opportunity to taste traditional dishes, to become familiar with aspects of the culture and traditions in the region (traditional folk music, old houses, occupations).
The Third day
This day was devoted to learning activities, socialization, and teamwork. Finished products were made (handmade jewellery, decorations, practical laboratory work, gardening) presentations and posters.
The second part of the day was provided with a visit to the GEO PLAN Company, a surveying company, cadastre and geodesy, where students had the opportunity of learning how to use diverse surveying equipment.
The visit at the TDA Company, one of the largest printing press in Slavonski Brod, gave us the opportunity of seeing the types of printers used in publicity.
The Fourth day
The teachers’s meeting had as main objectives the following:
- Study of business opportunity and market research for each country.
- Courses and evaluations.
- Establishing future activities (workshops, conferences, courses, tests, power point presentations, evaluation, and dissemination) and the loading platform of the Moodle project.
- Establishing next transnational meetings (Romania).
- Feedback of the previous activities.
- Working on the Moodle platform
- Promoting European cultural values.
The Fifth day
The project meeting ended with a visit of the capital Zagreb as an opportunity to promote local culture and civilization.
Activities in the third meeting within the following project: ERASMUS+ KA219
”LEARNING PLATFORM: Young people entrepreneurial skill development possibilities” have fully attained the objectives, this provides a very positive feedback on the project’s mission.
Simeanu Iuliana, teacher member
Tenea Codruta, coordinating teacher
A WEEK IN CROATIA
Within the Erasmus+ project, I was qualified forgoing to Croatia. This was my first trip abroad. It was a very nice experience for me. First we went to the city Slavonski Brod. It was small but a beautiful city. The family who I stayed at their home for 5 days was very good. They always treated me kindly. During this week we learned Croatian culture. We strolled in important places. We did educational activities at school. Besides, we had a lot of fun wit hour foreign friends. We made a lot of friends.We learned things from different cultures. I liked all the dishes I ate. Especially the pizzas were very delicious. Then we went to the capital Zagreb. Zagreb is bigger and more crowded than Slavonski Brod. It was nice too but I liked Slavonski Brod more. Because it was less crowded and the surroundings were more beautiful.
This was the best week of my life. Everything was so beautiful. People were very good and kind. It was very hard to say goodbye to my friends.It was a week I had nice memories.I am very happy to be involved in this program. Endless thanks to my teachers who have chosen me and helped me to live these beautiful.
THE BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE
I wasn’t excited until the airport. Journey started and I was wondering how I can talk to them and who I will stay with. We met with our hosts at the hotel and then we separated to home. Next morning we spent our time according to plan. In our free time we met in “Korzo”
Everyday, we were going to different places and learning different cultures. Five different countries and their people were like family. We went an old village to company of chocolate. This was different and the funniest journey of my life. We learned their education systems and their cultures. My host, Karla Vitali, was like my sister. They prepared some food and present for me.
We had enjoyable days. Before two days to our last day, we spent our time in “Zagreb”. When we left, we cried so much because we felt so much close in such a short time. But we still communicate. We created a group on social media and we are chatting there. I wish that I will meet with that guys again.
MY FIRST ABROAD
First of all, speaking of Croatia in general, it was very nice and peaceful country. I can say especially that the first Slavonski Brod town we went to was even more beautiful than Zagreb. It was a smaller city than Zagreb, but the effect we had on it was greater. Of course, Zagreb should not be left empty because there were some nice buildings with Baroque period architecture. I liked the cathedral too. We did a lot of things in Slavonski Brod if we were to briefly describe the last five days. We met and students from 4 different countries. We had an excellent time. People were very good too. The pizzas we ate outside were great. My roommate and her mother were very nice people. It was one of the most beautiful weeks I have spent, because of the very first foreign experience. I would like to thank my teachers for involving me in this project.
March 19, 2017 – it was the day when we started our journey. We took part in Erasmus+ project, where 3 teachers (Ingrīda Hedemarka, Gita Avote, and Dace Langenfelde) and 5 students (Zanda Esmeralda Markova, Rēzija Ķīkule, Signe Adiene, Agnis Adienis and Kristaps Āboliņš) said ‘’goodbye’’ to their homes – Valka, Latvia and went to Croatia for one week.
For 5 of us it was the first time in a plane. We went to Riga and flew to Vienna and then we flew to Croatia, Zagreba. From Zagreba we drove ~2 and a half hours to the city we needed to go – Slavonski Brod. Late in the evening, we were in Slavonski Brod and there we met our host families, but all the 3 teachers stayed in the hotel.
On Monday at 9:00 all students and teachers from Latvia, Romania, Turkey, Spain and Croatia met in front of the school. We were welcomed with Croatian traditional songs and dances. After a while, we were divided in some groups and then we went on a tour around the school. We saw the big school garden, where students grow plants, keep animals like horses and sheep that students use for learning how to take care of them, we also saw the new building, where they have high technology devices for micropropagation and we went into some classrooms, where we saw how the Croatians study.
After the tour of the school, we had lunch and then we also were divided into groups, and each group needed to go to some place in the city. For example, my group needed to go to the city church. There we had to ask local people 6 questions about that church and find out the answers.
At 20:00 all project participants went to ‘Radnički dom’ where we could watch a practice how a dance group performs their traditional dances. At first, it was funny and for all the Latvians it was strange, because we are used to much faster dancing and unlike them when we dance folk dances, we don’t sing. At the end of the practice, we could try it by ourselves.
On Tuesday we all went on a trip to Brodski Varoš where we heard the most famous love story in all Croatia about two storks – Malena and Klepetan. And we also saw Malena. She had an injured wing so she couldn’t fly anywhere. She has had this problem for 15 years and all this time Malena lives in one man’s barn and for 15 years he takes care of her. Every year Klepetan flies from the warm countries to Brodski Varoš to see his life consort. And they are together for 25 years…
Our next stop was the Atlantic Group company. It’s a company which produces 30 – 50 different chocolate protein bars. They sell them only in some countries, for example, in Latvia there aren’t those chocolate protein bars. The biggest market is in Germany. Germany is also the idea initiator. We had a chance to try and taste some of the chocolate protein bars. In this company they showed us all the process how they make protein bars. In one days shift they produce ~11,000 chocolate protein bars. This was one of the most interesting companies where we were in all the Croatia’s visit.
After the Atlantic Group company’s visit we went to Stara Kapela the Eco – ethno village. We found out some interesting facts about the Croatian house history and life when there was no Internet and technology. For me, it was one of the nicest places where we were, because there it was sunny and warm and everyone was just talking, sun bathing and enjoying the time, because there was no signal in that village for the mobile phones, so no one was using them. We also had a delicious lunch there and after the lunch, we climbed up a mountain from which we could see the beautiful view around us.
On Wednesday at 9:00 we all were in the school. Again we were divided into groups and every group had a chance to do something that the students of the school do every year. My group was planting lettuce and we also made bath salt. Other groups were making jewelry from wood, taking care of animals, planting plants and doing many other interesting things.
After those workshops each group was making a presentation about what they had done and later we showed it to other groups and also to the teachers.
At 13:00 we went to Geoplan d.o.o. company. It is a measuring company and some of the students from school also learn how to do it.
But after spending there one long hour, students went bowling. First, it looked fun, but when I tried it, I didn’t like it, because it’s really different from the one we have. The balls are smaller and there’s no place to put fingers. And the skittles were hanging on ropes and they used to roll up and the worker had to go and fix it. The system wasn’t good.
On Thursday at first we went to a TDA company. It’s a company which prints images on every kind of material and on any size object, starting from pens and finishing even with cars.
Next we visited ‘’Duro Dakovič Special Vehicles’’ company. They produce various military equipment and freight wagons.
After visiting those two companies, we all went back to school and then we needed to present our business plan. I think that all the Latvians did well.
In the evening we had a cosy farewell party.
On Friday we needed to wake up early, because our bus was leaving at 7a.m. All the Latvians were going back to Zagreb airport, but all the other project participants were going on a Zagreb city tour.
The way home was longer. After 24 hours we were home. At first we needed to wait a really long time in the airport until our flight, and also we flew first to Frankfurt, Germany where we needed to wait ~4 hours till our next flight home, to Latvia.
All the week was fun and we all got a lot of experience in this trip. We enjoyed the warm weather, because every day it was like +25. And we made new friends from other countries. It was a really nice journey that, I think, we won’t forget.
Signe Adiene, Valka Janis Cimze Gymnasium