Athens – City of Eternity
In the city of Platon, Heradon, Aristotelys, Zeus, we had opportunity to meet new friends, learn about other countries and traditions, and visit many beautiful places.
Our first day was Monday. We had “breaking ice” activities. Every country was presenting its school and country. Then we went to Kessariani`s park and visited the National Resistance Museum. After that, we had lunch in Kaisariaani`s Square. On Tuesday we had Red cross workshop – “it could be me, it could be you”. We had lunch and we visited the Stayros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and a marina Flisbos. On Wednesday we walked trough the historical paths of Athens, from the theatre of Herodeion to the rock of Acropolis, then to the theatre of Dionysus, and than to the Acropolis Museum. At the end of the day we had lunch at Monastiraki and walk to Plaka and Kerameikos. Thursday was our cruise day. We had opportunity to sail to three islands. Our first stop was Hydra. Then we visited Poros and had lunch on broad. Aegina was the last island that we visited. We had walks trough these islands and we saw a lot of interesting things. Our last day was Friday. First we had a workshop “Monologues across the Aegean Sea”. After that we had brunch and Round Table – every student was invited to share his\her experience, feelings and impressions. Than we had our closing ceremony. At the end we visited the Temple of Poseidon and we had dinner at Lavrio, and we went back to Athens.
It was very interesting week, we met new friends, and visited very beautiful places. We won`t forget this experience for the rest of our lifes.
In the past two school years I have had the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus + project, along with students and teachers from my school and from 5 European countries. From October 1 to October 5, 2018, we stayed in Athens, Caesarea. While we were there, we had many lectures, workshops, and visits. I was particularly impressed by the film we watched during the Red Cross workshop, based on stories from real-life migrants, their courage, sadness, pain, their rescue, their difficulties, hunger, their sleepless nights, the unfortunate loss of many lives. . … We also realized that beautiful Aegean waters are, unfortunately, the death of many innocent lives. Those looks were really exciting and sad for us. The pain and empathy we felt at that moment cannot be described, but they will remain in our memories forever. But despite that, we were surprised and amazed at their courage, perseverance and desire for a better tomorrow. After the workshop we talked and each student shared his / her opinion, idea and feelings.
At the end of December in the Geography section, I shared this experience and my painful truth with my school students in order to encourage youth toward humanitarianism. Through maps and pictures, I presented the way to many innocent people who had unwittingly lost their homes and loved ones.
During the month of June we had a visit from group of refugees currently residing in our country which is a transit zone.
We, the participants in the project of Erasmus+, Humanity has no borders, have invited them to be our guest.
On the geography section we introduced them to their desired destination.
Although no other country can replace the birthplace, family and childhood we have tried to introduce to the characteristics and beauties of individual countries. Because every country is beautiful in its own way!
The impressions of Greek students on educational trips.
The students’ impressions of visiting a refugee camp.
Student postcards from Germany