Meeting in Romania

HOW WAS IT FOR ME?

THE SECOND MEETING – ROMANIA 3-7 MARCH 2014

It would be very helpful for us to know what you thought of this event. In particular your comments will assist the organisers of the next event of this kind. Please complete as much of the form as possible.
A big thank you from the event organisers!

A. ORGANISATION

Did you receive enough information before leaving home? Yes
Did you have contact with your hosts before arriving here? Yes
Was transport a problem for you while here? No
Did you have enough time for accomplish the things you were here for? No
Did you get answers for all the questions you had before you came here? Yes
Was the programme well-balanced? Yes

B. EVENTS  AND  ACTIVITIES

WARMTH  OF  WELCOME  AT  THE  SCHOOL  YOU  VISITED

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Please explain:
N. Ireland:
We were made to feel welcome by staff and students.  We were especially pleased with the welcome given to us in Irish.

Portugal:
The school board and staff were very friendly, helpful and welcoming. There was a tasty and varied breakfast. School decoration was welcoming (there were posters everywhere about the cultures / facts of each of this Comenius Project partners).

Spain:
Everybody was very welcoming and helpful, always available and ready to help when anybody needed anything.
Everybody’s enthusiasm about the project was very obvious and shared by all.

Poland:
Everybody was very friendly and we could count on help all the time

Turkey:
Everything was so good and children were wonderful.

Lithuania:
Everything was Great!

TEACHERS` WORK/ORGANISATION   OF   ACTIVITIES

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Please explain
N. Ireland:
It was clear in presentations given that teachers had put a lot of preparation into the visit.

Portugal:
All the activities were carefully planned in order to accomplish the aims previously defined for this mobility.

Spain:
We would have liked to follow the timetable provided: we found there were many times where we didn’t know exactly what was going to happen next, or if the presentations were going to happen in that session or were going to be rescheduled.

Poland:
You did a great job.

Turkey:
Teachers were very warm and they were organized well.

Lithuania:
It was well organized.

ACTIVITIES/ LESSONS   YOU   PARTICIPATED

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Please explain
N. Ireland:
We particular enjoyed taking part in sports from other countries but we would have liked more time to do this.

Portugal:
We could get an idea of how the classes, lessons and some subjects are organised;
The activities performed and developed by the teachers and students involved in the project were very enriching as they enabled us to get to know some Romanian cultural aspects, to interact with each other and develop artistic skills.

Spain:
The possibility of adult participation in many of the workshops and activities was greatly appreciated.
The students loved the activities.

Turkey:
Well organized!

Lithuania:
Sports activities and workshops were enjoyable and everyone was interestingly involved in participating in them.

 PRE – DEPARTURE   INFORMATION

COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION DURING THE VISIT

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Please explain
N. Ireland:
We were informed of everything that we needed to know.
It was appreciated that we were accompanied to the train station at the beginning and end of our trip.

Portugal:
Very helpful, clear and on time.

Spain:
Excellent. Alexandra, in particular, couldn’t have been more helpful before and during the visit.

Lithuania:
Helpful.No problem with communication.

Poland:
We had no problem with communication. We always knew what to do.

Turkey:
We learned everything in advance regarding pre-departure information, from Alexandra.

ACCOMMODATION   QUALITY   OF   HOST   FAMILIES/HOTEL

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Please explain
N. Ireland:
Very comfortable.

Portugal:
Families did their best despite communication difficulties – little English skills.
Hotel- comfortable, clean, friendly staff and good location.

Spain:
The hotel was ok but the staff were not very accommodating in some occasions, especially regarding meals: we had a buffet breakfast in our reservation but we were not offered that at all; quite the opposite. Breakfast seemed to be an issue every day, we could not eat what we wanted and it changed from one day to the next, sometimes without our knowledge.

One of the showers didn’t have hot water the day we had to wake up early to go to the salt mines.

Poland:
The hotel was perfect.

Turkey:
Our students were happy about the families.

Lithuania:
Children were satisfied with families. The hotel was good.

MEALS QUALITY

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Please explain
Portugal:
Very tasty and healthy.

Spain:
The food provided by the school, homemade cakes and pastries were superb. That was a very nice gesture and we all loved it… and ate it! The fact that we could have coffee and tea at all times was much appreciated as well.

The food that was chosen for us was a bit repetitive and we would have liked more fresh fruit and vegetables.

Poland:
We were happy we could taste traditional Romanian food.

Turkey:
It was ok.

Lithuania:
Different to our tastes but good.

PRESENTATIONS MADE BY THE STUDENTS (SPORTS AND DANCES)

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Please explain
Portugal:
Students were well prepared and showed commitment.

Spain:
We loved the presentations made by the students. Maybe for next time we should all agree on a common system to do the presentations: we feel they should be student made, about the same length and approximate number of slides and presented by the students themselves.

There was a great difference between some of the presentations.

Poland:
It was enjoyable. Both teachers and students had a great time playing games or dancing.

Turkey:
Students were very successful, they are brilliant!

Lithuania:
The students did a good job and showed the ability to use English quite well.

 VISITS TO THE SALT MINE-PRAID

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Please explain
Portugal:
It was an unforgettable and healthy experience due to its location and characteristics. It was also an excellent moment for socialisation.

Spain:
It was very good and interesting.

Poland:
The mine was interesting especially the way it has been changed into a leisure centre.

 CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

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Please explain
Portugal:
The activities performed were enriching and meaningful to achieve one of the most important aims of this project – to share the cultural richness of the host country, Romania.

Spain:
We enjoyed the visits quite a lot and it was interesting to know more about the town. We would have loved to visit more nature places! The students were very excited with the prospect of sledding, skiing, horses… it was a pity we could not do any of those.

Poland:
Your music is really beautiful. We liked your traditional clothes wearing by your children and the artists.

Lithuania:
We found out quite a lot about Romanian culture and traditions.

WORKSHOP SPRING TRADITIONS IN ROMANIA

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Portugal:
It was amazing to participate in those different spring activities. The Romanian students were very tender and helpful when teaching us how to make those beautiful gifts.

Spain:
This was our favourite, really well organised and the Romanian students were GREAT in showing us how to make everything. Our students loved mixing with them and interacting. They brought home many memories of that workshop.

Turkey:
It entertained us very much.

Lithuania:
We enjoyed it very much.

MAGIC WORDS ACTIVITY

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Please explain
N. Ireland:
This would have been better for us if our students had been present.

Portugal:
The activity was very interesting as it allowed us to get in touch with all the languages involved in the project.

Spain:
Very good as well, student participation was encouraged and appreciated.

Poland:
We liked it very much. We had great time making all the “spring works”

Lithuania:
A great possibility to learn different foreign words!

PLANNING THE NEXT PROJECT MEETING

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Please explain
Portugal:
Important details were discussed and some decisions were taken to prepare the next meeting in Poland.

Spain:
It was a good meeting. We would have liked more practical information for planning the next trip but we understand it is not always possible.
We liked that everyone was trying to be as flexible as possible with the dates since it’s a complex time for all of us.

Poland:
Everything we needed to know was discussed.

C. LINKS TO OBJECTIVES

HOW   FAR  DO  YOU  THINK  EACH  OBJECTIVE  WAS  MET? PLEASE  COMMENT

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Please explain
N. Ireland:
Opportunities during visit to meet these objectives.

Portugal:
The objectives were fully accomplished.

Spain:
We think all the objectives were met, but maybe more student participation in the creation and participation of material should be encouraged for the remaining visits, especially keeping in mind the fourth objective.

Lithuania:
The objectives were reached.

CONTENT OF THE PROGRAMME

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Portugal:
Very interesting and varied.

Spain:
We liked it very much, please see previous questions.

Poland:
Programme was interesting and busy.

Lithuania:
Varied and informative.

NEW  ELEMENTS   WHICH   MIGHT   BE   OF   USE   TO  PARTICIPANTS  ON   ANOTHER   VISIT

N. Ireland:
More time for structured student interaction.  This should be done as early as possible during the visit and as early as possible during the visit e.g. team building activities.

Portugal:
Participants must be aware of the time they will have available to perform / present their activities in order to fully accomplish the schedules.

Lithuania:
Every team should be given the same time amount for their presentations

Lithuania:
Everyone should know time limit for the presentations

D. CONCLUSIONS

 1. Did the visit in Romania come up to your expectations?                                   Yes

Spain:
It exceeded them! WELL DONE.

Turkey:
We would have liked to know more about the environment but, we learned about Romanian culture very much.

Portugal:
It was a fully enriching experience both professionally and culturally.

2. What was the best part of your visit in Romania?

Portugal:
The interaction with students and teachers involved and the cultural activities.

N. Ireland:
Learning sports / games and languages of other countries.

Poland:
Sports activities

Spain:
– The availability, warmth and willingness to help of everybody from the school.

– Amount of free time. This was done REALLY well, free time was very much needed and it was provided. We liked that very much and so did our students.

Also, for the children who stayed with families, it was a great time to bond with them.

Lithuania:
Students and teachers’common presentations,dances and etc.

3. What was the worse part of your visit in Romania?

N. Ireland:
The train journey and long flight layover!

Turkey:
Everywhere was beautiful.

Portugal:
The length of the trip ( 24 hours travelling) which was very tiring.

Lithuania:
A long journey to Toplita.

4. If you were organising this event in the future year, what changes would you make, if any?

N. Ireland:
More time for structured student interaction.  This should be done as early as possible during the visit and as early as possible during the visit e.g. team building activities.

Portugal:
In order to promote faster socialisation, activities involving team work should appear at the beginning of the programme.

Spain:
– Transport safety: there were not enough seats on the bus for everybody. This is quite a big issue, particularly riding the bus with minors.

– Timetable: we would like a more updated and detailed timetable to be able to plan the presentations and to know what to expect. Our students were constantly asking what was going to happen next and they would have liked to know with more time.

– Student participation: this is their project, so they should be the ones creating the material and presenting it to the others.

Poland:
A bit more free time

6. Will you keep in contact with people/families you met at this event ?
Yes

THE  WHOLE   EXPERIENCE

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ANY   OTHER   SUGGESTIONS   TO   IMPROVE   THE   QUALITY   OF   THE   EXPERIENCE?

 More nature trips.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS

CONGRATULATIONS ROMANIA!

We know how much work is involved in organising an event like this one. We really appreciate all the effort, time and dedication you put into it. You should know it showed and you made us all feel really welcome… and happy to be there!

 

We were very happy to see you again and to be such beautiful people!

 

Congratulations!

Date : 24.3.14

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