Our Erasmus+ week in Barreiro/Lisbon – Portugal 27th March – 2nd April 2022

Day 1: On Sunday 27th March at lunch time we, that’s to say Ayla, Verena and Leon from the 4TS2, Lisa, Jens, Leonie, Melissa and Jana from the 3TS2 and our teachers Mrs Elsler and Mr Tribus, boarded our coach and off we went to Bologna airport. After a 3 hrs flight we touched down in Lisbon and were brought to our hotel.

Day 2: On Monday after a first meet and greet with the students from the other five participating countries, we got the chance to explore Barreiro city and admire the many murals there. We visited a tide and a wind mill which produce green energy. Afterwards we went to visit the REFOOD centre of Barreiro – a voluntary initiative whose aim is to distribute food left overs from supermarkets to poorer families. Already on day one we talked about two SGDs of the UN.

Day 3: Our day began with a trip to Azeitão, a picturesque village which is famous for wine and delicious sweets. Afterwards, we visited the Oceanographic Museum on the coast of Arrábbia National Park. In the afternoon we learned about a lot about the Life Biodiscoveries Project in the Machada National Park. In the evening we went by ferry to Lisbon and enjoyed a wonderful sunset from the Castelo Santo Jorge.

Day 4: On Wednesday we had lessons about circle economy, business and English in our international groups. In the evening we had a lovely students’ dinner with all participants.

Day 5: Today we visited the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage site Sintra. After a tour in the village we also enjoyed a nice lunch in the seaside town of Cascais. In the evening we went again by ferry to Lisbon and enjoyed the lively atmosphere of the city.

Day 6: On Friday all groups had the presentations of the projects they planned and arranged beforehand at home. Then we were awarded our certificates. We had a last lunch together and with that the Erasmus+ Project STEPS4SCHOOLS came to an end. It was a great time and we met lots of people from different countries. The afternoon we spent in Lisbon visiting the Aquarium and we also travel by tram – the famous number 28.

Day 7: In the morning we took the morning flight back to Bologna and arrived in Meran at 6 pm.

Erasmus+ Project: Steps4Schools online meeting from 15th – 19th March 2021 in Vidin (BG)

From 15th to 19th March 2021 our school joined an online meeting with our European partners from Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Due to the current situation (pandemic) the meeting, which originally was planned to be hold in Vidin, Bulgaria, was held online via Zoom. The organization of the meetings was done by the Bulgarian team, the specimen lessons were held by teachers from all participating schools. Our school was represented by Aurelia Schraut, Verena Kienzl, Polina Stebnitcaia, Leon Eberhöfer (all 3TS2), Alexa Pöhl & Thomas Trenkwalder (both 3TS1), Anna Sofia König & Maya Spitaler (bothe 4TS1), Amanda Angler (4TS2), Claudio Casaril (4TS3), Sara Steier & Evelyn Röggl (both 5TS1), Eva Egger & Ester Scala (both 5TS3).

Students were split up in international groups, discussed about their distance learning experiences, presented the progress of their sustainable tourism project and how they finished it. By presenting their work they could show that they are able to use correct business English, how they were following the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specify the kind of tourism project, how management steps were helping (or were confusing).

In order to improve their skills, students had trainings on presentations, business English, project management depending on what they needed to improve and to finish their project and a strong focus on using correct English and marketing terminology.

To promote their ideas students learned that advertising is not enough to push their products or services. They experienced a wide range of marketing techniques – from experiential marketing to viral marketing, word of mouth, etc. This enabled them to embrace new and innovative concepts, also with the help of digital tools to prepare their promotional activities.

It was strongly connected to the normal activities (the curriculum) at schools because they had been working on the project accompanied by their ICT-, English, business exercise or international studies lessons, deepening their topics and vocabulary. On top of that, it raised their motivation to learn.

After these activities students gained a lot of experience of situations in other countries (how students in other countries interpret sustainability – what is interesting and necessary for them?) and use ICT-tools sensibly.

But above all, getting to know students and teachers from other cultures was another important fact of this online meeting. Moreover, the Bulgarian hosts introduced us in a vivid way to the traditions and customs of their country.

Students and teachers of the participating school keep in touch until the next meeting in Portugal – hopefully in person.

Meeting Budweis (2019)

From 8th to 14th December 2019, six of our students participated in the first Erasmus+ STEPSCHOOLS students’ meeting in Budweis, Czech Republic.

During the week our students had the possibility to show the first part of their work to an international group of students and teachers. Also, our students developed new ideas in order to carry out the project.

The week was an exciting opportunity for our students; not only to work on their skills, but also to discover new cultures and ideas…. and of course to make new friends!