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Portugal, Day 5: Lissabon

Friday was the day of departure, which began with free time that we could use for shopping or packing our suitcases. Around 11 am, the English and the Germans left the hotel by bus towards the airport. The Danish and the Spanish had already left. When we arrived at the airport, we dropped the English girls off and said goodbye to them. Because we hired the bus for the whole day and had an obliging bus driver, he took us on a bus tour of Lisbon. So we drove past cool sights like the Cristo Rei, the seventh-tallest statue of Jesus in the world. We also passed a large monument on the River Tagus, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Then we made a break in Belém in front of a very impressive and long building, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. After we had taken a group photo together, we had lunch. In a nearby restaurant, we ate delicious vegan food, as we had done several times in the days before. The previous evening, at the fair, Finn ate a normal, non-vegan burger. Now, when we looked at the menu, Finn said that he was hungry for a burger. However, he was unsure whether he would like to try a vegan one because he likes eating meat and has never eaten a vegan burger. We convinced him that the fact that he had never eaten a vegan burger had to be changed immediately. Since it is also better for the environment, he finally tried the vegan burger. To our satisfaction, after he had eaten the burger very quickly, he explained that it tasted a thousand times better than the “normal” burger he had eaten the day before. With that, we accomplished several good things… A little less meat was eaten, we were able to protect the environment a bit, in line with our project, and we all had a lot of fun. After lunch, the bus took us past the Rossio, so the square Praça Dom Pedro IV. Again and again we could enjoy the beautiful purple blossoming jacaranda trees. At around 3 pm we reached the airport, breathed in the Portuguese air for the last time and a little later took off in the plane towards Düsseldorf in Germany, where we landed well at 10 pm.

Portugal, Day 4: Paper Mill & Environmental Centre

On Thursday we went to the paper mill museum where we learnt how paper was originally made by using a mixture of cloth and water, which created a papier-mâché type substance. We also learnt about how before paper was even made there, people used to make flour there and we got to see how exactly it was made and even watched a demonstration of it. When we were watching the lady make paper other people from our group were allowed to make it too including one of the girls from our group. Once we finished at the paper mill museum we went to the environmental interpretation centre which was next door. We learnt about the effects that littering has on the environment. And how even when plastic has been in the sea for decades the shape and appearance of the original model does not change at all. After we finished at the environmental interpretation centre we had some free time and some lunch before we walked to the city hall. When we were at the city hall we got to speak to a member of the city council and were given a gift bag from them too. We then received a scavenger hunt list which we had to go all around the city of Leiria. This also included a trip up to the remains of Leiria castle. In the evening we went back to the school where the student’s parents cooked traditional meals, which were very tasty. We were also surprised with performers of Fado music (traditional Portuguese Folk music), everyone danced together and it was a brilliant way to end the last night in Portugal.

Portugal, Day 3: Rivers and Beaches

We started the day at 9 A.M, we caught the bus to the spring of the river “Lis”. When we arrived, we went for a walk through a path close to the river, to reach the spring. Unfortunately, we couldn´t collect any water because the spring was dry. In order to collect some water, we walked back to the bus, where we could finally collect some of it. By 10:30 A.M, we were at the mouth of the river “Lis”, at the beach “Vieira de Leiria”. We also collected some water from the mouth of the river, to analyse and compare to the sample that we collected at the spring. Our group´s goal is to help the environment, and so we went to the beach to collect some garbage for about one hour. After succeeding, we all had a packed lunch at the beach, and it was great to bond with everybody. We had some free time at the beach, and we all danced and had some fun. In the afternoon we caught the same bus again but this time to the “Nazaré” beach. When we arrived, we went straight up to the “sitio da Nazaré” where we had the opportunity to appreciate the amazing view of it. We also went to see the big waves this place is known for, but unfortunately at this time of the year the waves are not that big. However, it was still worthy to admire the beauty of the natural sights of our country and those who wanted could also visit the lighthouse of Nazaré. After that, we went to Nazaré beach where we laid our towels and relaxed the most we could. After we got back, we went straight to the hotel where some of us hang out in the pool zone. When dinner time arrived, we walked to the amusement fair where we ate and then we had fun at the park attractions until our curfew.

Our Mission

Environmental issues, above all the topic of climate change, have an increasingly great impact on political and social development and decisions. Students are more and more affected by them, also in their everyday life. We believe that for the younger generation, a cooperation on an international level is the best chance to secure a sustainable livelihood. That is why we regard it as indispensable to teach students skills and competences which enable them to understand analyse and possibly contribute to a solution of these problems also on an international scale. This includes providing them with solid knowledge about the topic, choosing a scientific approach to deal with ecological questions, reflecting with students the consequences and scope of the individual acting and enabling them to thoroughly take part in an international discourse.

Aims

  • To improve knowledge and the use of ICT as a communication tool

  • To understand the importance of teamwork

  • To meet new people, realities and different working methodology

  • To share eco-friendly initiatives in our communities

  • To exchange information about how sustainable our schools are

  • To raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment

  • To create attitudes and improvement towards sustainable lifestyle

  • To come to a proposal to make each country’s school more eco-friendly

  • To understand the scientific approach

  • To develop an app to be used in our communities

Work Process

Students will collect empirical data to identify problems. They will deal with questions on how their individual acts impact the environment both locally and globally. Also with the role civil groups have on decisions and what they can do to change things. They will reflect on how to convey messages and publish information. The final product will enable us to measure the ecological footprint our schools have.

  • (Dec20) Students present their candidatures as Erasmus ambassadors. Teachers explain content of project and select students.

  • (Jan21) Students find what they are doing in their communities to help the environment. Common questionnaire on the topic developed. Creation of web page of the project.

  • (May21) Students compare the results of the questionnaire. Role play an International climate conference. Designation of project logo.

  • (Oct21) Influential voices and fake news.

  • (Apr22) Development of an app. Measurement of the ecological footprint of the school.

  • (Sep22) Final product tested and promoted.

Expected Results

  • To motivate students to care more about the environment.

  • To make students aware that every single move matters

  • To help the school to be more eco-friendly

  • To improve ICT skills

  • To develop an app to be used in our communities