Date: 13/02/2022 – 19/02/2022
Hosting school: Pagkyprio Lykeio (Cyprus)
Sending schools: Sint-Gummarus College (Belgium) & Aristotelio College (Greece)
The third cross student exchange was hosted by Pagkyprio Lykeio in Larnaca (Cyprus) and took place from 13th to 19th of February 2022.
Sunday - February 13th, 2022
Finally, the day we had all been eagerly waiting for: the Belgian and Greek teams arrived at the airport of Larnaca where the hosting families and students picked up their guests-students. The teachers were welcomed by the teachers of Pagkyprio Lyceum, and they were transferred to the hotel. The afternoon was a free time for the teachers while the students had the chance for activities with the hosting families.
Monday - February 14th, 2022
On the first day at Pagkyprio Lyceum the guest students arrived at school with their hosts, they were welcomed by the project coordinator and the ERASMUS+ team. Then they had icebreaking activities organized by the students of each school and when the teachers arrived there was an official welcoming from the school headmaster and the school administration. After a small coffee break the students and guest teachers participated in a workshop organized b the Digital Security Authority with the topic of “Safe Internet use, recognizing risks and case studies”. The workshop was conducted by two computer analysts.
After the workshop the students and teachers went on a Larnaca Cultural Walk organized by the Pagkyprio Students which ended at the Foinikoudes Beach Front, and the students had free time. The teachers enjoyed a traditional welcome lunch in a traditional Cyprus Tavern. The afternoon was free time for the students and the teachers.
Tuesday - February 15th, 2022
Our second day started with enexpected circumstances. All students and teachers arrived at school at 7:30 and we waited for the bus to go to the American University. Due to a misunderstanding there was a delay so we visited the Larnaca Salt Lake for flamingo viewing and enjoyed a morning nature walk, We went to the American Univeristy at 10:00 where we were welcomed by the dear and the workshops on intenet safety started. Our students worked on case scenarios of cyberbullying and prepsented their interventions. The students went home for lunch and in the afternoon we visited the cultural village of Lefkara where we had some sightseeing, visited the church of the Holy Cross (Unesco Monument) and walked around the traditional streets of the village.
Wednesday - February 16th, 2022
The students arrived at school and collaborated on their topics of safety: Protecting devices, protecting personal data and privacy, protecting health and well-being, protecting the environment. After a small break students and teachers departed for a tour of the historical capital of Cyprus, Nicosia where there was a cultural visit with a guide and sightseeing for the rest of the afternoon.
Thursday - February 17th, 2022
Students and teachers arrived at school and went on a day’s excursion to the most important archaeological sites across the island with a professional tour guide. They started at neolithic settlement of Choirokitia, the ancient theater of Kourion in Limassol and the famous Pafos Mosaics with the Kings Tombs.
Friday - February 18th, 2022
Final presentation of student PADLET / Animoto products
The students and teachers arrived early at school to finish and present their work. Unfortunately the second workshop was cancelled because the instuctor tested positive to Covid. The first workshop was carried out on line because the two instuctors were also considered close contacts to someone who had Covid so it was done on TEAMS with Kahoot questions and discussion. The topic of the wokshop was : Recognizing websites/messages with false/malicious information as compared to legitimate ones” Digital Security Authority
The students had the opportunity to present their work before the workshops. When they finished we all went home and retured at 6 for the dissemination event in the school theater. Colleagues and parents were invited along with a representative from the ministry of Education . Certificates were given and a brief review of the week.
Saturday - February 19th, 2022
A productive week came to end, and it was the time for the guest students and teachers to depart. Saying Goodbye was emotional at the airport with lots of hugs and kisses and promises to stay in touch. All our students said that it was a great week and that they were very happy to be part of the ERASMUS+ experience. We think that after two years of lock downs and isolation it was really one of their best weeks to remember.