Click here for a photo overview of the four project meetings which took place until October 2015.
The fifth working day of our Transnational Meeting was a very unusual and pleasant one. The morning was spent learning basic words and expressions in Turkish. The host had previously prepared easy to understand videos and presentations for Turkish language learning.
Click on the links below to access the videos used for teaching and learning Turkish.
The lessons were held by the teachers of English who helped students improve their pronounciation and gain confidence in their communicative abilities.
The hosts took us into the homes of some Turkish teachers to see how Turkish people live nowadays.
The visting teams had the possibility to see how tradition and modernity blend to form a unique mix in the life of contemporary Turkish people.
The last part of the working day was spent evaluating and assessing the meeting. The students and the teachers had fill-in questionnaires for assessing the meeting.
The Transnational meeting ended with a pleasant farewell dinner which took place in a traditional Turkish restaurant.
All the visiting teams departed the following day (Saturday-September 17th, 2015)
The fourth working day (Thursday- October, 15th, 2015) of our Transnational Meeting was dedicated to geography classes and to visiting the seaside city of Sinop. It was a great opportunity to find out more about the geography and history of the host country.
In the morning, the country and the town presentations brought by the visiting teams, were used as basis for geography lesson attended by Turkish, Romanian, Lithuanian and Portuguese students. The presentations were accompanied by more detailed information and the students had the possibility to ask questions and discuss answers.
The afternoon was spent visiting the city of Sinop. The hosts told us the legend of Diogene (the great philosopher who spent his life in a barrel) and took us to the old Sinop Prison (a museum now) to find out more about the history of modern Turkey.
It was a long and tiresome day, which gave the project partners the opportunity to study together and know each other better.
The third working day (Wednesday, October 14th, 2015) of the Transnational Meeting was dedicated to presenting the traditional national costumes of the project countries (Romania, Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal) during the English classes held by the teachers of English, working at the Yil Anadolu Saglik Meslek Lisesi.
Click on the Romanian Traditional Costume to see the presentation done by the Romanian team.
Click on LithuanianTraditionalCostume to see the presentaion done by the Lithuanian Team.
Click on PortugueseTraditionalCostume1 to see the presentation done by the Portuguese Team.
Click on TurkishTraditionalCostume to see the presentation done by the Turkish Team.
The Lithuanian Team presented us live some of their traditions.
Click here to see the Lithuanian Team at work.
In the afternoon the students had the possibility to see normal Turkish people at work. The hosts took us to hazlenut processing factory, that showed the visitors that both Turkish men and women work side by side for the well-being of their families.
The questionnaires applied during the spring months of 2015, pointed out that most students and teachers from the other project countries, pictured the Turkish society as a male dominant, patriarchal one. Seeing women at work in schools, hospitals, universities, factories, museums, shops, restaurants and many other places, helped students understand that Turkey is a modern society, which offers education and employment possibilities for everyone.
The late hours of the afternoon were spent strolling and then having dinner in the city of Samsun.
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 Romanian Society to download the presentation made by the Romanian Team.
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.
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.
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.
At dinner time, the visiting teams tasted some traditional Turkish dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After lunch the students were allowed to visit the picturesque town of Carsamba and admire its narrow, but charming streets.
The Programme of the meeting can be downloaded if you click on Programme-of-the-Meeting-Students-Carsamba.
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!
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!
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 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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
NEGRU ADELINA (Grade: 11th C, Colegiul Economic Arad)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.