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                                         Lithuanian students about project

A Short-Exchange Mobility in Italy


On 16th November, the participants of the project „Once Upon a Time via ICT“ from Siauliai „Sauletekis“ Gymnasium went to Italy, Rome. The students worked on the project for five working days. All the activities were interesting and exciting because the partners from Italy were well-prepared. Students had to create strories in mixed groups. They improved their communicative and writing skills. The next day, the participants of the project watched a movie about children‘s fairy tales and found about something new about charecters of different stories. We also met a book writer, who told us about writing strategies and techniques. After that we worked in groups once again because we had to write a story about imaginary features.

Generally speaking, students from different countries had an opportunity to spend two days in Rome. We went sightseeing and explored the city. We saw the Colosseum, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions. By the way, we visited other sights, which are also well-known for every tourist. Vatican City impressed us most. On the last day, all participants of the project had a farewell party and they had a great time together. We got home on 23rd November.The trip was memorable.


Written by Ineta Kojelytė, 16, Form II

I enjoyed travel to Italia. Everyone was very friendly to me. I learned more about their culture  and traditions. We  spent time really good and well. The most amazing thing that happened was to be near the coliseum. Thanks for being so sweet, helpful and thoughtful for me.

Guste Malinauskaite, 16, Form II   

It was a great opportunity to see Italy and its culture. It was a fun and interesting week, although there could have been more activities and they should be by the schedule (there usually were problems with timetables and agenda). But despite that time in this country with this project was great.

Eva Bertasiute, 16, Form II

It was a great opportunity to go to Italy and meet new people. I really enjoyed being there and I hope that I’ll get another opportunity to go back.

Viktorija Gabrielaityte, 17, Form III

Our journey to Baez the city of Spain was fun. It was interesting to meet new people and to live in a host family for a week. Every trip to different city was extremely interesting. Fantastic views of the cities and interesting stories will be in my memory for a long time.
Eva Gabalaitė,    17, Form III 
Erasmus projects have helped me to improve my English, gain more self-confidence, learn independence and make new friends. These projects also provided an opportunity to get to know other cultures and languages. Countries' presentations / acquaintance with representatives, trips to different cities, visiting museums, and tasting traditional dishes of different countries are my most interesting moments of the trip . Erasmus projects have left indelible memories in my life.     
Austėja Obrikytė,  17, Form III
This project was a true eyeopener. It let me explore different cultures trough stories, legends and fairytales. And talking about my journey to and around Portugal, I actually gained a lot of knowledge during it. For example how to create stories and deliver them to an audience. And in Lithuania I even got the chance to be a live translator. All in all, I’m nothing, but grateful for this experience, because it actually helped me find a few of my passions, for example organising experiences for my countries visitors and exchanging cultures along the way and even developed a bigger love for the English language.    Greta Siroveckytė 18, Form IV

 The voice of an Italian student


Last month I had the fantastic opportunity to participate in Erasmus, a cultural exchange, in Airas Felgueiras, a small town near Porto.

The project is called “Once Upon a Time”, me and the other guys from the participating countries (Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Lithuania and Czech Republic), had to propose a legend of our nation. It was exciting to know the stories, traditions and legends of other countries, because I could get closer to their cultures.

The Portuguese took us to visit the most beautiful places in their land: Guinares, a beautiful town, Santa Quiteria, a wonderful church, Paolo Lao's pastry shop, where we tasted delicious sweets, and Porto, which literally enchanted me.

It was interesting to see unknown places, far from home.

We spent the days between lessons and guided tours, then we went to our hosting families.. My partner Mariarita and I were hosted by the large family of Liliana, a Portuguese girl with 5 brothers. They were all very affectionate, kind and hospitable. After only a week I felt like part of the family. It was wonderful to spend the evenings with my new Portuguese "sisters".

Initially it was difficult for me to settle in that crowded house but, after a while, I felt at ease and realized that, in order to live well, it is not necessary to have a large, luxurious and modern home.

The best aspect of the journey was meeting new friends from other cultures, other religions, who spoke other languages. I learned a lot from all of them. In just one week they became special to me, and it was hard to say hello.

This experience changed me and allowed me to broaden my views, to meet new people and visit new places, taste different foods and travel for the first time without my parents abroad, and above all to paint new colors in my soul!




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