Friday, 21 October 2016
On our last day in Kosice the teachers started planning the next mobility to Tortosa at 8 o'clock in the morning. Then all students and teachers met in the auditorium for evaluation of the project meeting and handing over of the certificates. Time had come to say good bye and thank you to our friends from Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden and of course Solvakia. The Slovak Team did a great job and we all will remember the hospitality of the students and teachers of Kosice. The Austrian Team took the train back to Austria at noon and arrived - exhausted but very satisfied and full of memories - at 21.15 in Amstetten. We are looking forword to meeting each other in Tortosa in April 2017! Vamos ;-)
On the 20th of October all teachers were visiting two lessons again and learnt much about the Solvakian culture again. First and third graders of the bilingual branch of this commercial college hold presentations about Slovakia, typical Slovak food, the most important sights and famous people from their country. In the meanwhile our students hat to prepare presentations about the SWOT analysis of the chosen training company at the international fair. After a short coffee break we had the opportunity to discuss with a Slovak entrepreneur. Mr. Tomas Bel runs a trading company in Kosice with more than 300 employees and he was talking about his experiences in setting up a business. Afterwards we were watching the film "The Call of the Entrepreneur" in the auditorium. In the afternoom we all had free time and went sightseeing and shopping in the city center. The Slovakian students arranged a student's activity in the evening. All teams from the partner schools met at a bowling center. After bowling all students went to a karaoke bar: Music is the most international language! This was fun for our students but also a little bit sad, because of the fact that our ERASMUS+ meeting will come to an and soon.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
On wednesday morning all teacher had the opportunity for sitting in classes. We were attending an English class for first graders and an economy class. Afterwards we discussed about the different school systems of the partner countries. Our students started with another workshop. They worked out a questionnaire for their SWOT analysis of a chosen training firm. Then each teach showed a traditional or popular dance from their own country and all participants danced together. This was a very funny experience. After lunch at school we were transported to the International Training Company Fair, which is organized from our Slovak partner school. The opening ceremony was very interesting and we learnt a lot about Slovakian culture as well. Shortly afterwards our students made their interviews where they should identify strengths and weaknesses of the chosen training firms. The Internation Trade Fair ended at 15.30. The afternoon was free so that all participants had the posibility of going shopping or relaxing.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
On our third day we went by bus on a one day sightseeing trip. The first stop was at Drienovec water purification plant. Then we drove to the famous Jasov cave. This cave belongs to the most important caves of the Slovak Kast National Park. The cave reaches a length of 2 811 m with a vertical span of 55 meters. Discovering the mysterious underground of the Jasovska Rock was pretty impressive. After our tour in this cave we had the opportunity to visit an important company for the Kosice region called Kolonial, which is specialized in powder coating of metallurgical materials. Finally we stopped by an tiny water mill and iron forge in Medzev. Medzev has been know as an ironworking and blacksmithing village since 1376. The blacksmith masters were mainly Carpathian Germans. We were very surpriesed as our guide started talking German in an old Austrian dialect. In the evening all teachers met in the restaurant Zlaty Dukat. The headmaster of Obchodna Akademia Mr. Orsagh welcomed us warmly and stressed in his little speech how important international partnerships in these days are. Afterwards the Slovak team invited us to an typical Slovakian autumn dinner - goose with red cabbage and potatoe pancakes. It tasted delicious. Thank you for this very communicative and funny evening!
Monday, 17 October 2016
On the 17th of October our students were brought to Obchodna Akademia, our partner school in Kosice by their host sisters. Our programme started on 8 o'clock with a presentation about Slovakia followed by a school tour. After a short break our first workshop began. All students were devided into international groups. During this workshop they had a focus on the SWOT-Analysis. Afterwards all teams presented the results of their SWOT-Analysis of Conditions of Farming and Agricultural Entreneuerial Activities, which they had already prepared at home. After lunch we were walking to the city centre for sightseeing. Kosice is the biggest city in eastern Slovakia and in 2013 it was the European Capital of Culture. With a population of approximately 240.000, Kosice ist the second largest city in Slovakia. The city has a well-preserved historical centre, which is the largest among Slovak towns. We were very impressed by Slovakia's largest church, the St. Elisabeth Cathedral. Although it was raining we enyojed the long main street with many heritage protected buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau styles. Thank you for this well organised guided tour. Kosice is really a wonderful city!
Sunday, 16 October 2016
The Austrian Team started their journey to Kosice (Slovakia) on Sunday morning at 9.00 o'clock. Our trip by train takes us more than 8 hours, but we are looking forward to seeing our European Partners from Spain, Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech Republic again. In this meeting we are focusing on marketing issues and the SWOT-Analysis.