“Beyond being an educational experience, Erasmus is, for me, a lot more. It is a way to look at the world with new eyes, to feel and discover new emotions and learn what is not written in the notebooks. “
These words, written by one of the approximately 2 million students in the entirety of the EU to have participated in the Erasmus programme, stood with us once more come the second week of October, 2018. In mischief and in months’ worth of waiting, we were once more looking for adventure, one that the city of Pescara, northeast of Rome, was so alluringly promising. Whether newbies in the travelling part of the programme, or having been elsewhere with the aid of Erasmus as well, there was no difference between the excitement that had us pumped with energy, all smiles and laughter at one in the morning when we left for the airport(surely, however, at least half of us had our beauty sleep during the flights?).
The typical hustle and bustle of the entire airport process was welcome, as were the long hours it took to reach our destination(and then fall face first on our hotel beds for half an hour, but you didn’t hear this from me?).
If I’m being quite honest, it would be difficult to write report-style and in detail about each day, because the week spent in Italy has been engraved in our minds as a joined-up mass of mornings spent at the outstanding Misticoni-Bellisario school of arts, afternoons around the lively center of the coastal, fishermen town, and late nights at Ambra Hotel. Probably, if one day was to stand out, it’d probably be Wednesday 10Th, when we visited the Zaccagnini winery in Bolognano(where, much to our dismay, us under 18 weren’t allowed to taste the fine wine of the Abruzzo-established company) , as well as the Abbey of San Clemente a Causaria, with photos being taken left and right.
In the sense of our programme’s object, cinematography, each delegation had the chance to work further on editing their respective movies in Bellisario High’s multi-media classes for the entire week, with help of the students from the Italian Erasmus team which proved to be, in all honesty, priceless.
Additionally, the programme group had the chance to shoot a little something using professional equipment.
On Friday night, the final note of the 3rd LTTA meeting of “Learning Cultures through Cinema” , the entire group went out in one of Pescara’s many restaurants for pizza. Cue all of the pictures, and goodbyes and wishes, when we had to part ways. The Saturday travel back to Kavala didn’t quite faze us in itself-you could even say we had our fun while waiting for our flight to Athens-, save for the bittersweet feeling we knew would be with us for a few days. Quite majestic how just one week away can affect you, right? The week in Italy left us feeling not just wealthier with one more precious experience, the kind of which only Erasmus can offer, but also grateful for this opportunity we had, and, dare I say, greedy for more.
From the moment we returned home, we were ready to experience everything all over again, from the top and all the way. So, to all of our partner-countries, friends and teammates and the people this experience will always connects us with and burn in our minds like a beacon,
Until soon, in Unna,
the students of the Greek delegation.
(written by Mary Iosifidis)
On the first day (7/5/2018) we visited the Prefecture of Kavala, the Municipality, Kefalari springs (a place of exceptional beauty near Kavala) and its river park. Then we visited the cave of Maara and also visited the ancient theatre of Philippi.
On the next day we attended the presentation of storylines ( presented by 3 countries). In the afternoon we enjoyed a music event performed by the school orchestra and choir.
On Wednesday, Mr Giamalis and Mr Sideris , teachers in the music school of Drama (a nearby town) presented the role of music in cinema and after that, the two remaining countries presented their storylines. In the afternoon, we visited the castle of Kavala, the old part of the city and the Aqueduct.
On Thursday, we visited the island of Thassos, its archeological museum and we were also accepted to visit the Town Hall of the island of Thassos, where the Mayor held a small welcoming reception for all the participants of the program.
On Friday, we visited the Archeological Museum of Kavala and after that we attended a workshop about the art of shooting scenes by Helen Efeoglou, a professor teaching Fine Arts in the University of Thessaloniki.
On Sunday 4th of February, we left Kavala, our destination being
Budapest, capital of Hungary. When we arrived, after getting sorted into our respective rooms at the hotel, we went out with the other four groups from Italy, Turkey, Germany and Hungary, and visited the Citadella monument. On Monday, we went to the Hungarian high school for the first time, where we and the other groups got in mixed groups and got to know each other via interactive games and small projects, then voted for our program?s official logo. Lastly, we watched the Hungarian short films and
discussed the techniques used and social issues shown. The following day, we had to work through and analyze shooting techniques in the school, then in the afternoon, each team was given a leaflet of instructions and a questionnaire to fill in as part of the treasure hunt games. This way, we had the opportunity to explore both sides of the city and bond with our teams.
On Wednesday morning, we left the town center to visit the exhibition in the Korda Film Studios, where we were also given a tour of the exterior shooting studios. Upon returning to the school, we presented the short films of our school.
Come Thursday, the Italian and Turkish movies were presented, with discussions on the social problems they each depicted. Afterwards, we visited Orsz?gh?z, the Hungarian Parliament building and walked along the banks of Danube, reaching the Basilica of St. Stephen.
On Friday, our last day in Budapest, we watched the German movies and worked on analyzing them in the morning, then completed a format, evaluating our meeting?s success, before leaving for our last visit at the Central Market Hall, and the National Museum of Hungary. We returned to the school briefly, to hold an official closing ceremony of the meeting. At night, all teams, students and teachers alike, dined together, before we bid our goodbyes at the hotel. On Saturday, February 10th, we returned to Kavala, after having to stop at the Ciampino airport in Rome.
This is a two-year European program Erasmus +, with Key Action: ?Coorperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices? and the most impacted field is ?Strategic partnerships for schools only?. The title of the program is “Learning cultures by cinema” and the participating countries are: Germany, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Turkey. The subject is the creation of short films, which will present a social problem of each country. The purpose of this is to find out how different or similar we are, as well as the different approaches to life, the different ways of considering time, work or relationship or the different priorities we have.
Communication between school communities is achieved with the help of technology, but also with travels and educational visits of students and teachers.
The first meeting between the teachers involved in the program took place at the Werkstatt Berufskolleg in Unna, Germany, where an accurate planning of the actions and movements of students and teachers was made.