Monday, May 11, 2015

The Final Step: We were together again in Greece.

In front of the environmental center in Ellasona
By the initial efforts of the Greek coordinator school, our project, "Culture and Environment", begun its journey two and a half years ago, with a preparatory visit in Turkey. All partners were glad when the good news came: All our national agencies accepted this project and decided to support it. After visits to Romania, Turkey, Germany, Latvia, Spain and France, respectively, all teams gathered together in Greece for the final meeting.

On Monday, only after all teams got together, our hosts took us to the city hall so as to be welcomed by the mayor and the deputy mayor of education of Larissa. Following this reception, we went to school to meet our students' host families. In front of the school was a real feast, prepared by the parents. This warm welcome took all our tiredness away from us. Since we all travelled a long way to Greece, Monday was a day of rest.

Next day, we headed towards Ellassona, a city where we were exposed to precious information about the flora and fauna of Mount Olympus in the environmental center. Then we took a long way to the heights of Mount Olympus. Our hosts provided us with the opportunity to hike on this wonderful natural heritage. Of course it was a little bit tiring, thus we went to a charming village called Kokkinopilos in order to observe traditional architecture, to have some rest, and to have a satistifying lunch there. In the evening, the teachers were taken to a coastal city, namely, Volos to have dinner and to witness fascinating scenery of the natural harbor.

Then came Wednesday, a day which we think we will not be able to forget in the future. First of all, the bus took the students and the teachers to Meteora. We were deeply effected by the geological formation took place there. A brilliant guide accompanied us during our visit to the Meteora Monastery, which was built on the top of Meteora rocks. Filled with so much valuable information, this time we set out on our journey to Lake Plastiras -a route through which we noticed the transformation of the flora. There we obserbed the lake with a closer look and filled our lungs with fresh air. In the evening was the celebration of our Comenius programme in the city center together with the students, teachers, parents and the local people as a whole.

Having been tired to some extent, Thursday made us feel more relaxed with a less dense programme. With the Municipality train we had a guided tour of Larissa, during which a visit to Ethnographia Museum and an art gallery was included. Our guide also led us to the historical monuments and remnants of Larissa, such as the Antique Theater, The New Mosque, St. Achilles Church and the old Covered Bazaar. We had great fun in the evening with the universal language of music and dance during the farewell dinner in Agiokampos, a coastal village by the Aegean Sea. Next morning was with a presentation about the Education System of Greece, a visit to the National Resistence Museum related to WWII and -finally- emotional moments because of the end of the week. Many students had difficulty in seperating from each other.

Throughout this project, not only we produced videos, flyers, posters, logos, presentations and other things, but also we carried out many activities and visited places of huge importance in terms of both culture and nature. Most important of all was the interaction of seven different cultures and realizing the similarities and differences between each other.

Well. It was so sad to say goodbye. Nonetheless, both the teachers and the pupils will keep in touch.

Who knows? Perhaps we will meet us all again!

We were received in the City Hall of Larissa, by the local authorities.
In front of the school was a feast done by the parents.

All coordinators together taking their presents.
Learning so many things in the environmental center in Ellasonna.
Mount Olympus -home of Gods.
Meteora Rocks. Take a closer look to the left. There you will see the monastery.
Let's take a group photo in Meteora Monastery.
Walk along Lake Plastiras.
What a nice place to take another group photo!
In the evening was a marvellous concert!
The universal language of dance made us all cheerful.
We also took a closer look into the host school and the products of the pupils.
Ethnographia Museum in Larissa.
Antique Theater in Larissa city center.
What a hot weather that day was! But it didn't matter.
This is the end of farewell dinner. The Romanian team is receiving their certificates.
Turkish team receives their certificates of attendance.
German team receives their certificates of attendance.
Latvian team receives their certificates of attendance.
Spanish team receives their certificates of attendance.
French team receives their certificates of attendance.
On Friday morning there was still things to do, such as visiting the National Resistence Museum.


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