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Erasmus Project, Trip to Aguilar

Last week 4 students Jacqueline Hilley, Ronja Nylander Early, Will Dimsdale and Haydn Watts long with Mr Hesketh and Mrs Vincent traveled to Aguilar de Campoo, Spain for the second exchange of 8 in order to participate in an Erasmus project titled “How to live, study and work in another EU country” which will run until 2018. Again meeting up with students and teachers from schools in Spain, Estonia, The Basque Country, Spain, Poland, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands the participating 64 students and 20 teachers in total visited a number of employers in and around Aguilar. One of them Gullon is the largest producer of biscuits anywhere in Europe and employing over 1200 people and supplying 110 countries around the world in it a vital component to the economy of the region. During the exchange there was also a chance to get to understand as to why the tourist trade is an important factor to the economy of this region as well.

Staying with families of students from the school IES Santa Maria La Real the 4 students from Joyce Frankland gained a better idea as to what it is like to live in Spain. They also acquired better knowledge of Spanish culture and were able to compare and contrast it with British culture.  Visits were arranged to heritage sites such as La Olmeda famous for its Roman Villa, Valladolid the autonomous provincial capital of the region of Castille and Leon, as well as Burgos the burial place of the famous Spaniard El Cid. The exchange also involved a live radio broadcast to potentially 1m listeners in which Will and Haydn participated as well as workshops entitled “how to work and find employment in Spain”.

Mr Hesketh International Coordinator at Joyce Frankland who led the party said “the students were once again tremendous ambassadors for the school and the UK. They came away from this particular stage of the project with a greater perception of what it was like to live, work and study in another European country. Furthermore, they struck up tremendous friendships with students from the different schools across Europe. Our thanks go to Mrs Marisa Fernandez of the school in Aguilar for organizing this second of 8 different exchanges across Europe. Moreover, thanks must also go to the British Council for helping to fund the exchange from the funds they receive from Brussels. Without such funding these types of projects would become much more difficult to organize and might possibly restrict our students in being able to enrich their education as well as gain a fuller understanding of European affairs and the diversity which Europe can offer”.

The next stage of this project takes place in Rovigo, Italy during April and 4 more students from Joyce Frankland will again participate in this third exchange.