Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday February 10th

We started with a Spanish workshop taught by some students from Spain (teaching the main pronunciation and accent rules, before watching a funny video of the variety of this language throughout the world) we played a kind of “competition” game between teams (enterprises), in which you would lose or win some marshmallows (as if they were the organization profits of a company) depending on the choice you made between a red card or a green one in comparison to the rest of the teams, so there were different combinations. Basically we were divided into 5 groups with people of every country, and we had to agree within the groups to choose a card or the other, in order to get marshmallows or points. Or that’s what we thought. We were given the rules of the game and the goal was that all teams should win. So after a few rounds, we were asked to get approximately the same number of marshmallows for every group. Playing this game we realised that if we had decided to use the first combination (everyone choosing the green card) from the very beginning, we all would have had the same score at the end. So it was a kind of useful experience, coming from a “simple” game, which might help us to solve problems in the future,  for example if we work for an enterprise: it is better to collaborate than to compete. 

.After that, our language assistant Leslie taught us some interesting aspects of advertising, working with different advertisements so that we could see the different ways enterprises use to sell their products. And after theory, comes practice. We were shown an advert but we couldn’t see what  the advertised product was, so that we decided ourselves what kind of product (or service)  it could be, adding a name and a little slogan to complete it.
Again divided into the 5 mentioned groups, mine decided to propose an insurance service called Ouch!, whose slogan was Choose Ouch! so that you won’t have to say “Ouch!”.
Once the workshop was finished, we headed to a local start-up and the local business incubator residence for entrepreneurs, where we were given information about what they offer like training, advice and support. It is a building in which entrepreneurs living in Almendralejo, nearby or anyone coming from Europe can propose a product  idea and start developing it. Moreover, if their idea is selected  to be a potential product in the market, they are provided with accommodation for free in the residence for two years. They also have classes and are advised to make their products better and, maybe at the end, launch them into market.
In the evening we took part in our farewell party, where each country danced to typical music of their culture, inviting the rest of participants to dance together and have fun.

by David García Corbacho

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday February 8th


First in the morning we arrived at I.E.S Santiago Apostol and we got the bus to go to Las Villuercas Geopark to hike and study the history and nature of the region. The Villuercas Geopark is an UNESCO Global Geopark.  The area has been inhabited since the start of human history and has been a coastal area before that, which can be noticed from the great amount of fossils. There are a lot of caves, some with cave paintings and the area has one of the strongest quartzite in the world, being very hard to mine (mining process using fire to head and make the rock more soft). The bird-life is wide and the area is rich of trees and plants, shown also in the little botanical garden.

a cork tree

After Geopark we had lunch in a typical local restaurant and had a very good meal.

The last stop was in Guadalupe. We had a guided tour in Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe. An interesting fact is that the monastery was very important for the discovery of America, because in one room of the old monastery of Guadalupe was written the letter to Christopher Columbus to start the caravels to make a new route to India but accidentally they ended to America. Everything that we saw was original and not restored, so that was already 500 years ago.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Student exchange in Almendralejo - Thursday

On Thursday when we entered the school we had a feeling as if we had gone to a completely different place.  The whole building was decorated based on films and it was an amazing spectacle.

 The teachers of the school wore costumes and the students took part in a treasure hunt game and had to collect stars and clues at various stations.  Each station had different kind of activities based on various films and the tasks ranged from puzzles through singing and dancing to acting out.  

Solving logical puzzles

Dancing a scene from 'Grease'

Karaoke on cartoon songs

Preparing paper models

Students' 'ticket"

 Students also prepared a great show for younger students with wonderful costumes and special effects. 

It was a very well-organized event and both teachers and students enjoyed participating in it. The special schoolday was finished with a teacher lunch at the school cafeteria,  where we could taste various Spanish tapas and the traditional Paella of course! 

After the delicious meal we visited the breathtaking historic Merida,  where we admired the ancient Roman theatre,  amphitheatre and Diana's Temple. We heard a lot of interesting facts from Spanish students who - using these historic places as stages- acted out different scenes providing us with information about the ancient history of Spain. 

It was a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Tuesday at I.E. Santiago Apostol, February 7th

On Tuesday, February 7th,  we met at our hosts' school I.E. Santiago Apostiol. Everzbody gathered at the conference room where the Spanish exchange students and teachers warmly welcomed us. The coordianator had a speech about the importance of Europen exchanges and the impact they have on students, teachers, the schools involved.Then each country participating in the exchange presented their hometown and school. It was nice to find out interesting things about eachother and visualize where our friends come from. 

After that we went on the tour of the school. Snack time in the classroom followed. We loved that because, not only did we get to meet new people, we could also catch up with the ones we had known from before. Then higher education students presented their project, and each country their business idea which has been developed through the 3rd year of the project. Each of the countries presented the product as well as the company, its structure, financial plan, logo, advertising video, slogan and swot analysis. 

Afterwards each nation evaluated the job interviews students had made at home before the previous exchange in Finland. 4 interviews had been recorded for each country. Awards were given to the best ones. 

We had a break that included lunch and free time. We learned different words in all languages. We also got to know the town better with a photo scavenger hunt in Almendralejo. It's a beautiful town full of both history and youth. We spent our evenings with our families and went to bed late again.

Tajda, Marusa, Saso from Slovenia