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
During the October week Valka Jānis Cimze Gymnasium students from grade 11- Mārtiņš, Rūdolfs, Monta, Elvis, Dāvis and their teachers Ingrida Hedemarka, Guntra Gaidlazda and Inese Kāposte took part in the project meeting within framework of Erasmus + project.
Donostia/San Sebastian lies in northern Spain which is Basque country near France. During the visit we could broaden our knowledge and improve our skills in entrepreneurship cooperating with students from partner countries, we made posters, talked about skills and education businesspeople need. While visiting innovation centre Tknika we noticed rooms which can be transformed and thus used for group work to promote creativity, communication and other skills, the design was interesting and practical- the walls are like our white boards and it is possible to jot down ideas on them. There we presented our game we had prepared for junior students `Oh, this life`, and learned what students from partner countries (Spain, Romania, Croatia, Turkey) had done.
We had a field trip to local successful companies, the most impressive of which was the bus company IRIZAR, where we not only saw a presentation but also could follow the production process.
Donostia business and culture centre Tabakalera caught our attention as it was a proof how a former tobacco factory has found a new life now serving as a cinema, concerthall, library and hosting workshops for creative activities. In the town hall we were greeted by the culture councellor and on behalf of the visitors Ingrida Hedemarka delivered a speech.
The area we visited thrives on tourism, it is due to the geographical situation. On Tuesday which was the busiest and the hottest day we went hiking in mount Ulia for three hours, we really enjoyed the amazing views. We also tried surfing which was a wonderful experience.
We went on a bus tour to Aranzanza monastery and Arrakrutz cave which is definitely different from the caves in Latvia. On Thursday evening we were hosted by the Gastronomic society where we tasted Spanish food like garlic soup, fish cake, etc. Friday was the last project day and we visited Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
Early Saturday morning we left Bilbao to start our 16 hour long trip home.
During the week we carried out the planned activities, the weather conditions were favourable, we had the first flying experience. These were amazing days in a foreign country with a chance to communicate with people from other cultures, learn new things, use language skills.
Prepared by Rūdolfs Baumanis and Guntra Gaidlazda