Palermo- Achim-Palermo

Palermo- Achim –Palermo
We travelled from Palermo to Bremen and then to Achim on 27 Nov 2013 for the big meeting on volunteering. On our first day at Cato Bontjes van Beek Gymnasium we explained to all our school partners, students and teachers all the volunteering activities we have been doing at school to help raise money for charity organizations and other needy people such as refugees. We mentioned the Comenius football match that was played last spring to contribute to the fundraising activity in this project and how a bake sale was planned for the school community for the 13th of December, the day of Santa Lucia. We also illustrated the commitment a group of fellow students have with the church of Santa Chiara in the city centre and the children of migrant families, coming mostly from Africa who live in the neighbourhood.
The greatest thing we did in Germany was the Christmas market! Everybody brought something from home and sold it for charity.
The German school also organized several interesting activities: we visited the historic city of Bremen, the Mercedes-Benz factory, and the Klimahaus in Bremenhaven. This attraction is a sort of science museum where you can see the whole world just walking through different rooms where particular habitats are recreated according to their climates.
In our spare time we could do several activities with our host families: some of us went to Hamburg, in fact. And one evening we all had a pizza together.
All in all it was a a great experience to meet again, learn about the German lifestyle in a German family, practice our English and visit amazing places.

Achim in Górowo

Our mobility in Poland already started in the bus from the airport in Gdansk to Górowo. Seeing all the little villages from the bus was interesting. When having arrived at the school we were picked up by our lovely host families. We enjoyed a delicious dinner and met outside with all Comenius people to take a look around the pretty city of Górowo. The next day we met in the school and visited some interesting places in Górowo.



Later that evening we met to have a nice slice of pizza and some interesting conversations. We also went to the impressive border between Poland and Russia.


In the afternoon we visited two employers: the newspaper and the fire station close to Górowo. We spent the evening dancing and laughing in the restaurant. Another day we visited Olsztyn where we had a guided tour through the city and the museum of Copernicus. Later in the afternoon, after a long walk, we went ice-skating and shopping. It was great! The last evening we had a BBQ in the garden of one of our polish friends. The next day we were leaving, so we had to get up in the middle of the night to catch the bus to the airport in Gdansk. Then we discovered the old, beautiful city with all the famous sights. We also had a delicious lunch with the finish girls.

All in all our trip to Poland was a great experience because we got to know the polish culture and made a lot of new friends!