It was nine o’clock on our first day in Eupen, and students and teachers were received and made welcome by the principal and the assistant principal. We learnt about the week’s programme, and we made a tour of this really big school. The students started working in groups on the preparation of the presentations that they would show on the last day. In the afternoon, the students had a city rally to discover the town, and the teachers were offered a guided tour of the city of Eupen, the capital of the German speaking community in Belgium.
Eupen – Day 2
The second day was devoted to a trip to Brussels. In the morning, the teachers enjoyed a guided tour and saw some of the landmarks of this beautiful city: the Manneken Pis, the Grande Place, etc, and took a walk along the picturesque streets. The students visited the city in groups, guided by the Belgian pupils. In the afternoon, we went all together to visit the European Parliament. There we were received by one of the members, a representative of the German speaking community, who gave us a talk about the institution, and then answered some questions posed by teachers and students.
Eupen – Day 3
On Wednesday, the students worked in the preparation of their presentations, and the teachers took part in an interesting workshop about creativity and brainstormings. After lunch, the students had free time with their partners and families, and the teachers had a visit to the surprising landscape of the High Fens and the picturesque village of Montjoie. In the evening, students, teachers and families celebrated a get together party at the Old Slaughterhouse.
Eupen – Day 4
We spent the morning at school. The students took part in some scientific workshops, offered by Belgian students, supervised by the teachers. Then the different groups finished the work on their presentations. In the afternoon, we took again the bus for a visit to the beautiful and historical city of Aachen, where the students had a city rally to discover the landmarks.
Eupen – Day 5
The morning was devoted to watching and listening the presentations of the different groups of students. Each group talked about the Erasmus week spent in their countries, and also presented a small “surprise” related to the topic (songs, posters, videos, etc). We also watched the videos of the weeks in Barcelona, Germany and Sweden. The afternoon was free for everybody. At six o’clock, we went together to the Parliament of the German speaking community, where we were received by the President and the Education minister, who also answered questions by teachers and students, and then we could listen to a couple of songs by a beautiful vocal choir. Then we had a final supper all together at an Italian restaurant. Goodbye Belgium, and farewell to this edition of the Erasmus+ project! We all have learned a lot, met wonderful and interesting people,and made lots of new friends. An unforgettable experience!