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Second Day of Work – Attending Classes and Visiting Amasya

The second day (October, 13th 2015) of our Transnational Meeting was a very busy one. The first part of the day was spent at school, while the afternoon was dedicated to a cultural trip to the historical city of Amasya.

After having breakfast, the visiting teams headed for the Carsamba high school hosting the meeting. Here they attended history classes for high-school students. The visiting teams brought along power point presentations about the way of living in their countries. They were presented during the history classes because it had been thought that history teachers could better explain the roots of the common cultural elements that had been discovered during the previous meetings.

Click on HOW TURKISH PEOPLE WORK, ENTERTAIN ,PRAY. to download the presentation made by the Turkish Team.

Click on LithuanianSociety to download the presentation brought by the Lithuanian Team.

Click on WorkinPortugalFreeTimePortugal and FoodPortugal to download the presentations made by the Portuguese Team.

Click on Romanian Society to download the presentation made by the Romanian Team.

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After having lunch, the students travelled by bus until the beautiful city of Amasya. Thus, they had the chance to admire the Turkish viallages and towns located on the road that connects Carsamba to Amasya.

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The visiting teams climbed up the mountain in order to reach the ruins of the Amasya fortress. Once on top, they were offered  a short history lesson with the teaching material right in front of their eyes.

The day continued with a visit to a traditional Turkish house, now turned into a museum. The visiting teams learned about how people used to live, eat and spend their free time in the region of Amasya.

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After a short break on the banks of the river Yesilirmak, the host took us to one of the local mosques. The visitors saw how Turkish people prayed and they were given explanations about the Muslim religion and of its influences on people’s lives.

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At dinner time, the visiting teams tasted some traditional Turkish dishes.

 

The First Day of Work – Students meet Face-to-Face

The visiting teams from Romania, Lithuania and Portugal arrived on the Carsamba airport on October 11th, 2015. They were greeted by teachers and students from the hosting high school and were taken to their place of accommodation.

The first working day of the Carsamba Transnational Meeting was a real success, being  extremely enjoyable for both teachers and students.

On the morning of October 12th, the project teams were welcomed by the hosts at entrance of the Yil Anadolu Saglik Meslek Lisesi. Following an ancient tradition, the visitors hands were washed with warm water and soap, before entering the school building. The Romanian, Lithuanian and Portuguese teams visited the host school and the headmaster invited the visitors (both students and teachers) into his office.

The students and the teachers were invited in a modern and comfortable classroom, which for the following days became the focal point of the project; a place where to share the daily activities and experience. 

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There were some interesting presentations about the project countries, cities and the partner schools. Each team delivered information on various aspects concerning the lifestyle lead by its co-nationals. Thus, the students found out information on Turkey, Romania, Lithuania and Portugal from the perspective of young people living in the respective countries. Short videos on the project countries and cities were presented as well. 

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There were two on-the-spot activities that proved the students’ openness towards the project: the basketball match between the Romanian and the Turkish students and the dance session that ended up the presentations. The students listened and danced on famous Romanian, Portuguese, Lithuanian and Turkish songs.

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After breaking the ice, both hosts and visitors enjoyed a late lunch in forest set restaurant, serving traditional Turkish food. The owners of “SehirLokantasi” did their best to prepare delicious local dishes.

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After lunch the students were allowed to visit the picturesque town of Carsamba and admire its narrow,  but charming streets.

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The Programme of the meeting can be downloaded if you  click on Programme-of-the-Meeting-Students-Carsamba

The Turkish Experience- Part 2

The first Transnational Meeting to Carsamba, Turkey was a real success. The students enjoyed their time there and were given unique opportunities to learn and understand the Turkish society. They also managed to overcome the language barrier and become friends in spite of the different cultural backgrounds.

The students’ opinions on the Carsamba meeting can be found in the following lines. They can also be read on the site belonging to the Portuguese Team; to see the Portuguese site, click here.

DANIELA BESSA MOREIRA (Portugal)

Here’s the opinion of a Portuguese about this meeting. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Why? First: I have improved my cultural self, I know so many new things that I will never forget. A mosque? One of the most beautiful things I laid my eyes on- it is magical to see it, to see how people pray. I changed my way of having breakfast for a week and it was hard in the beginning but now, all I wish in the morning is a boiled egg, tomatoes, bread and tea. I know Turkish now! I know how to say “Good Morning” (Gunaiden), “Hello” (Merhava) and that’s “taman” (Ok) for me. One thing I really loved was to visit Sinop- it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

Second: I have made amazing new friends that I will not forget, not even in a billion years. Lithuanians? They are a people full of life, always happy, making jokes and weird faces and they know how to pronounce Portuguese! Turkish? Really fun people and really, really nice! Romanian? Oh, the Romanian? The Romanian are the ones we talked the most to, they always hung out with us being just the nice people they are; we might start a really nice conversation with them, but then we ended up throwing peanuts at each other, just because. They were not easy to leave behind, we were all really depressed, there’s a reason why: Romanian are one of a kind. “Imi e dor de tine” (I miss you) Romanians!

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To end this, we had amazing teachers by our side to make this trip even better and an amazing Vanessa!

BOGDAN RADU PECICAN ABOUT PORTUGUESE PEOPLE

The Portuguese have good food, they make very  good “natas” (very good cookies). They like to share their food with other people, even if this is not something usual for me (to share food with other people); and they are very, very, very friendly people.

NEGRU ADELINA ABOUT TURKISH PEOPLE

The Turkish people are very nice and welcoming. They have good food (too much meat for me, but still good), they have good music and strong coffee! All Turkish students even the ones that were not part of the project wanted to talk to us. I felt great!

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RENATA FODOR ABOUT LITHUANIAN PEOPLE

The Lithuanian people really like to have fun and they like music a lot. When they don’t listen to music, they sing, which in the beginning was strange for us, because we don’t sing so much in Romania (or at least not when others are around), but we ended up singing too. 

The Turkish Experience-Part 1

The eight Romanian students that attented the Carsamba Transnational meeting were highly impressed by the hosting country and by its culture. The numerous and challenging activities designed by the Turkish project team, allowed the students to discover the realities of a complex society, whose facets cannont be clearly distinguished through the flashy covers of travel guides.

The students’ testimonials reveal the best the impact of the Carsamba meeting.

RENATA FODOR (Grade: 11th B, Colegiul Economic Arad)

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Trip to Amasya.

On Tuesday,October 13th , 2015 we had the pleasure to visit the Turkish town of Amasya with our new friends from Trukey, Lithuania and Portugal.

In the morning, we got up early, had breakfast at the hotel and went to school. After lunch, we departed for our destination. I was pleasantly surprised by the sights awaiting us there: a georgeus town, a impressive river, traditional houses and the huge rocks which had created an unforgettable landscape.

We climbed the mountain and the castle and the town view caught our breath. Later, we visited a traditional Turkish house, turned into a museum and then a mosque where we learned more about the country’s culture. Towards the end of the tour, we all sat down on a great terrace overlooking the Yeşilırmak river enjoying a cup of Turkish coffee.

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My opinion: I was pleasantly surprised by the hospitality of the headmaster, teachers, Turkish students and the respect of the project partners. The joy surrounded us all week long. I learned not to categorize people only on the basis of thier appearances, and without knowing their true story. Moreove, I understood how to  accept the culture and religion of each nation. I liked all activities organized by our collaborators and I am greateful for the wonderful week spent in Turkey. I would also like to say thank you to coordinating teachers and all those involved in this project. I have only pleasant memories.

PETRAS SERGIU ANDREI (Grade: 10th B, Colegiul Economic Arad)

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Trip to Sinop

The activity that impressed me the most was the visit to the northest point of Turkey, Sinop, where I visited the Sinop Castle, the Sinop Prison and I had a boat ride along the Black Sea coast of Turkey.

On our way to the turistic sites, we saw the statue of Diogenes , a great philosopher, who lived his life in a barrel, and who loved animals, especially dogs. For this reason, in Sinop you can see very friendly dogs, which do not have an aggressive attitude towards strangers .

At Sinop Prison we saw how a prisoner’s life was in that old times , and we also saw the cell of the most famous modern Turkish writer -Sabahattin Ali. At Sinop Prison we saw a cell especially designed for filming , where they produced some of the most popular Turkish series. 

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From this transnational meeting I learned that there are people who do not judge a person at first sight , but people who treat you like a friend , even if you are a total stranger for them. I learned that you should not hurry when you have to take a decision and that life is worth living , no matter your nationality or religion.

The Turkish team was very hospitable and friendly from day one, when they said their motto “a stranger is welcomed in my house for at least 3 days”. After the meeting, we remained in close contact with the Portughese team, since we became friends with them first , but I am sure that the teams from Turkey and Lithuania are as friendly , funny and smart as the team from Portugal. I would like to finish with a quote that I consider suitable for any person : ” Live today as if tomorrow was your last day! “.

I would like to say thank you to the Erasmus+ team, the coordinators and to the teachers who accompanied us on this journey!

STEF DANIEL (Grade: 11th A, Colegiul Economic Arad)

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This was an opportunity for me as an student to get involved into one of the most wierd and fun mash-up of cultural and etnhic diverse project I have ever seen.

It was certainly a memorable experience – one I would gladly reapeat it over and over and over again, at the expense of my teachers’ minds of course. It also was a chance to meet new and diverse people with whom I hope I will keep a long lasting connection to. The sights, the people, the cuisine of Turkey were certainly an explosion of information that one can’t easily take in. Overall, it was one of the best projects a student could get involved into nowadays.

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NEGRU ADELINA (Grade: 11th C, Colegiul Economic Arad)

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Visiting Yil Anadolu Saglik Meslek Lisesi

On Monday, Octobre 12th ,2015  we had the plasure to visit the host school in Çarşamba, Turkey. The first day was dedicated to meeting the participants from four project countries : Turkey, Romania, Lithuania and Portugal. It was a pleasant day full of entertainment. Each group presented its school, town and country of origin.

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The evening ended with a dinner in the company of the project members. It was a very interesting project and full of challenging activities.

We  built friendship relations and learned from each other about the culture and traditions of the others. I was happy every day and I felt great.

The country where the project took place, is very beautiful and interesting. I feel lucky that I succeeded to be part of this project and I want to thank the  Erasmus+ team and coordinating teachers.

PECICAN BOGDAN RADU (Grade: 10th B, Colegiul Economic Arad)

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Trip to Sinop

The Erasmus + project took place in Carsamba, Turkey where I had lots of unusual and interesting experiences.

The acitivity that suprised me the most was the trip to Sinop. For the first time I had the opportunity to visit a real prison. The Turkish students who came with us to visit the places, proved to have a very communicative spirit and an extremly friendly attitude. 

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I was pleasantly impressed by this trip, for how communicative the other team mates were (the Portuguese, Lithuanian and Turkish students). They created a good atmosphere and brought a positive contribution to our relation. I want to thank the teachers and organizers of this project.

HORDOUA LUISA EMANUELA (Grade:11th C, Colegiul Economic Arad)

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Visiting the Amasya Fortress

The Erasmus+ Project entitled “Building a New Europe against Stereotypes” allowed me to visit a beautiful country with lots of ancient sights, as well as customs and traditions which are completely different from our own. I found out interesting facts not only about Turkey, but also about the other two project countries (Lithuania and Portugal), I made new friends and I got into contact with different types of people. 

I really enjoyed the second day of our Turkey meeting (October 13th, 2015) when we visited one of the most famous Turkish towns: Amasya. We woke up early and after the school activities we hit the road. 

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Once in Amasya, we started to climb up the mountains in order to arrive at the ruins of the famous fortress that once protected the town. The trek seemed endless and by the time we arrived at the top we were exhausted. However, this did not stop us from taking pictures of the amaizing views. The fortress was amazing and so was the city below us. 

After the descent we continued our Amasya tour, thus having the chance to know more about the culture of our hosts. We stopped to rest in a beautiful river cafe, where I had the opportunity to chat more with my colleagues from Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal. 

I am very happy that I was part of the team that went to Carsamba, Turkey. It was a pleasant experience, filled with happy memories and new friends. I would definitely like to repeat the experience and learn more about other countries, as well.

Romina Morcan (Grade:11th C, Colegiul Economic Arad)

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The time spent in Turket was great and there were lots of activities so it is really difficult to choose one over the others. I enjoyed visting the cities of Sinop and Amasya and I liked the friendly atmosphere created by out Turkish hosts. The school was modern and the students were very eager to communicate with us. 

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I really enjoyed the basketball match we played with the Turkish students. It was an on-the-spot activity which had not been prepared in advanced. I liked it a lot, because I realised that in spite of belonging to different cultures and countires we were all teenagers with similar interests (sports, music, films and going out with friends). We forgot to keep the score, but we had lots of fun and that was probably the best basketball game of my life.

I hope to have the chance to know other countries in this way, not only from a touristic bus or from an all-inclusive hotel.

MORAR IONUT (Grade: 11th E, Colegiul Economic Arad)

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The time spent in Turkey gave me the possibility to know more about this place, which is visited by lots of Romanians every summer (we all have a friend or two who spent a summer in Antalya). I did not go to Turkey as a tourist, but as a person willing to know more about the lifestyle of these people who are said to be quite violent.

The reality is totally different. I did not meet oppressed women or ready to fight men, but friendly people who really know how to make their guests feel special.

There were lots of activities and trips and musesum, but I liked best the day spent at Misses Ozbulut Ayse Nur house (coordinator of the project and teacher of English). We were invited to see how Turkish people live and eat.

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The apartment was very beautiful, modern and cosy. I ate the traditional Turkish “sarmale”, which are a bit different from ours (there is no meat inside them) and the famous “baclava”. Our host showed us how to prepare the “traditional Turkish coffee”.

I enjoyed the day because I ate traditional Turkish food, I drank real Turkish coffee and I had a nice chat with the students from Lithuania, who also visited the teacher’s house.

Fifth Day of Work – Assessing the Meeting

The fifth day of the project meeting was dedicated to the assessment of the activities unfolded during the stay in Lithuania.

The project team designed a questionnaire, which was then filled-in by the people present at the Lithuanian meeting.  The results were analysed while the weak and strong points of each activity were discussed by all project participants.

We did a short review of the activities to be done until the meeting in Carsamba, Turkey.

Certificates of attendance were given to all the participants and the farewell speeches were delivered.

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The host prepared a nice farewell dinner for the guests, with local dishes and music.

All visiting teams departed on September 19th,  2015.

FOURTH DAY OF WORK- FIGHTING AGAINST STEREOTYPES

The fourth day of the Project Meeting in Lithuania was dedicated to planning the next project meetings, especially the one to take place in Carsamba (Turkey), in October 2015. We discussed about the activities to be done with the students until the meeting and what to do once in Carsamba. 

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The project teams decided upon the following activities:

1.PowerPoint presentations about the traditional costumes worn in each project country; the presentations would be used as a basis for creating a booklet on traditional fashion in Romania, Turkey, Portugal and Lithuania.

2.PowerPoint presentations and videos about the social characteristics of the project countries. 

3.Final draft of the multi-lingual dictionary.

4. Turkish language classes to be attended in Turkey.

5.Gather more information on Turkey with the help of multimedia.

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Various aspects of the intellectual output were reviewed and new information was added. 

THIRD DAY OF WORK- VISITING THE MAYOR

The third day (September, 16th, 2015) of our Project Meeting in Lithuania was a very special one, because it gave us the opportunity to meet the administrative officials of the host city.

We visited certain parts of the city hall and the administrative staff explained us the development of Siauliai, after the fall of The Soviet Union. We found out that Siauliai is a modern city which has much to offer to its inhabitants.

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The second half of the working day was dedicated to the intellectual output. Each team presented the work done on the following chapters: introduction, review of national and international literature on stereotypes and analysis of the stereotypes questionnaire. The project partners analysed each other’s work and traced the steps to be followed next.

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Click on IntroductiontoStereotypes to download the introductory part proposed by the Romanian Team.

Click on CAPITOLUL 2 ROMANIA in order to download a part of the intellectual output done by the Romanian team (the analysis of the Stereotypes questionnaire).

Click on Analysis-Cultural-Questionnaire-PORTUGAL  to download the analysis of the Cultural Questionnaire, designed and presented by the Portuguese team.

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Time was also spent on planning the next project meetings and the sub-topics for each of the following meetings; an utmost attention was given to the students’ mobilities and to the activities to be done during the October meeting in Carsamba.

The day ended with a long tour around Siauliai, during which the hosts explained the myths and the legends associated with “The Sun City”. 

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SECOND DAY OF WORK -UNDERSTANDING LITHUANIA

The second day of the third Project Meeting was dedicated to understanding more about Lithuania, its culture, traditions and history. The host team showed its visitors interesting and colorful presentations, which revealed various aspects of the Lithuanian society.

Click here to see the video Lithuania and Lithuanians.

Click here to see the video Top 10 Unique Facts about Lithuania.

Click here to see the video on Traditional Lithuanian Recipe. 

Click here to see the video on the History of Lithuania. 

Click here to see the video on the Geography of Lithuania.

Click here to see the official presentation of Siauliai, Lithuania. 

The presentations were analysed and the discussion moved forward to the image that the Romanian, Portuguese and Turkish people have about Lithuania.  

Each team presented the specific activities done at a school level in order to overcome the stereotypes identified during the first stage of our project. 

The intellectual output was also brought into discussion during the afternoon work session. The discussion focused around the problems that the partners encountered while performing the research work or when analysing the results of the questionnaires.

The second day ended with a short, but pleasant tour around the parks of Siauliai. 

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FIRST DAY OF WORK- A WARM WELCOME TO LITHUANIA

The third Project Meeting took place in the picturesques city of Siauliai (Lithuania) between September 14th 2015 and September 18th 2015.

The project teams from Romania, Portugal and Turkey arrived in the city of Siauliai, in the late-afternoon of the previous day (September 13th, 2015). 

The morning of the 14th of September 2015 was a very pleasant one for the visitors, who were welcomed in a kind manner by the students, teachers and teaching staff of the Lithuanian Sports School.

At 10 o’clock sharp, the project teams arrived at the Siauliai Sports Secondary School. The School Mascot was waiting for the guests at the entrance together with two beautiful students, wearing the traditional Lithuanian attire. The girls welcomed the visitors with black bread and salt – a symbol of the Lithuanian hospitality.

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The host project team accompanied the other teams while visiting the school and its premises. The teachers and the teaching staff from Romania, Turkey and Portugal had the opportunity to see modern equipped classrooms, school corridors filled with pictures and students’ works and variuos facilities designed to help students feel better while studying at Siauliai Sports Secondary School (e.g. Sports Hall and cafeteria).

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The school principal greeted the visiting partners and wished everybody a fruitful work session and a pleasant stay in Lithuania.

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All project teams went to the classroom which the guests had previously arranged for the project meeting. It was a pleasant and furitful work session during which were discussed the following aspects: activities to be unfolded during the stay in Lithuanian and a short analysis of the daily schedule proposed by the hosting team.

The Programme of the meeting can be downloaded if you click on Programme-of-the-Maeeting-Siauliai . 

 

Fifth Day- Planning Future Activities

The fifth day of our encounter (24th of April 2015) was spent planning the activities to be done by both teachers and students. We gave a final touch to the requirements for the PowerPoint presentations to be done by students until the students’ meeting in October 2015.

We decided that each team should work on the book on stereotypes and on the lesson plans until the third teachers’ meeting in Lithuania, in September 2015.

Once again we filled-in an assessment questionnaire on the project meeting. The results were analysed and discussed at a group level. They were made available online by the Portuguese team coordinator.

At the end of the day, the hosts gave certificates of attendance to all teachers present at the second meeting of the project Building a New Europe against Stereotypes. 

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