The Wonderful Program We Had in Botosani, Romania

Calea Naţională, Nr. 28    Telefon 0231/514257; Fax 0231/534388; E-mail: gsiubotosani@yahoo.com

BOTOŞANI, 23rd – 27th APRIL, 2012
9.00 – 12.00
Welcoming the delegations from the project partners schools  at
Grupul Şcolar “Alexandru cel Bun”  - Interculturality through traditional dances and songs presented by the folkloric ensemble of the school “Firicelul”;
Presentation of the school and of the Romanian educational system;

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch break;
14.00 – 15.00 “Tourism and green spaces” – debate moderated by the environment protection councillor Paul Vieru Location: The Marble Hall at the “Mihai Eminescu ” Theatre, Botoşani;
15.30 – 17.30 Cultural aspects in Botosani – guided visit of the town with the support of the curator Eduard Setnic from the County History Museum, Botosani;
9.00 – 10.00 Partcicipation to interactive lessons on ecological themes – French, Chemistry, Biology, IT, Technical school subjects, English;
10.00 – 11.30 Didactic communication games;
Exploring musical  resources on ecological themes – “3Rs”by Jack Johnson, “Imn în ţara lui Andrei” – Voltaj;
Parade of costumes made from recyclable materials;
11.30 – 12.30 Lunch break;
13.00 – 15.00 Play rehearsals  in the amphiteatre from Ipotesti;
15.00 – 17.00 “Nature through theatre” -
Theatre festival on ecological themes; Location – Amphitheatre from Ipotesti;

9.00 – 10.00 Didactic communication games; Presentation of the regions that are important from the ecological point of view  - ppt document.
10.00 – 12.00 Ecological footprint calculation and analysis of the results for each of the countries. Making short videos on environment protection and their presentation by the students (activities for students);
Evaluation of the activities in the project so far and planning of the future activities (activity for teachers);
12.00 – 14.00 Lunch break;
14.00 – 18.00 “Eco touristic regions in Botosani county”– documentation visit; Locations: Vorona Forest– Nature Site   2012;
„Tisa Reservation” - Tudora

9.00  - 11.00 Trip to Iasi;
11.00 – 13.00 “Exploring biodiversity” - documentation visit at the Botanical Garden  “Anastasie Fătu”, Iaşi  and  practical activities in order to  develop responsible ecological behaviours; 
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break;
14.00 – 16.00 Documentation visit at the   Biology Faculty  - “ Al. I. Cuza” University,  Iaşi -  biodiversity analysis activities and highlighting the practical character of the research process;  9.00 – 12.00
Voluntary  work at the recycling factory
- SRL “Foliplast”, Botosani.

12.00 – 14.00 Lunch break;

14.00 – 18.00 “Nature’s benefits” –visit of the  Eco- farm  “Cai de vis”, Vărful Campului, Botosani.

                       Headmaster,                                                                                                                       Teacher in charge with the Comenius project,             
Prof. Ing., ACHIHĂIŢEI RADU                                                                                                                                    HORBOVANU CRISTINA


Feedback Questionnaire to be filled in after the meeting in Botosani

It is important for us to know your opinion about the meeting in Botosani. Did the visit meet your expectations? Did you enjoy this experience? To what extent do you agree with the statements below?

Please fill out the questionnaire online:


Impressions from Romania

I spent wonderful moments in Bucharest and then five wonderful days in Botosani. I met very interesting and friendly people. On the first day we met we became friends and I felt like I had known them for years. All children and the wonderful teachers who accompanied the mission became my family.Αn Eco-Family. Botosani is a very beautiful city with a remarkable history. It was very difficult to separate from all these fantastic people. I miss them very much and I hope to see all them again. When we were at the airport we didn't say goodbye on purpose because we plan to meet again!
Matina Papadopoulou 17 years old

Moments just come and go...but memories stay forever! Every single moment I lived that week, was a colourful moment filled with happiness!!! All the experiences in the mornings and the dance and fun at nights are just unforgettable!  I found my Eco-Responsible family. It was a real pleasure meeting people like them!!! Also, Romania was an adorable place where you could see the green miracles of Nature!!! It all went as I wished!! My last wish is for us all to meet again....!!!! Thank you guys...
‘Eco-Responsible? Yes, We Can’. Because it's my planet, your planet, our planet!!! :
Dhespina Mena. 17 years old

Environment, cultures , relationships, friends. A week that mixed everything. Where is the word that describes every feeling ? Maybe in Romania , at the moments that we spent , at the smiles we exchanged , at the memories that we will keep safely in our souls. Comenius project gave us a different experience. I would like to thank everybody for the hospitality and kindness that shared with us. Everything started with a smile and a hug , but I do not want to end it in the same way, because I do not want to put an end. During the moment  of goodbye we said " See you later " ; now, I want to say "See you in memories" . Now, I am in Greece, some friends are in Romania , some others in Finland ,others in Portugal and others in Belgium ; this is a huge, intercultural , Eco-family with teachers and students , but ,mainly, with friends. Thank you for these great moments. See you in memories !
Katerina Alexandrou-Greece 17 years old

As I stated on my personal recording of the trip and all associated events, that week had an immense impact on my life. For once, I was social without having anyone forcing me into communication; the kids seemed quite alright and that initial opinion was greatly surpassed during the passing of the days. Furthermore, staying with them at the hostel enforced the sense of ‘family’. The activities were vastly different from my usual routine; I mean it is not like I climb up slopes and tread through forests every day. In conclusion, those seven days were to remember.
Sophie Charalampopoulou – 16 years old

I was very excited to parcitipate to more of the activitis of the project together with the students from other countries. I participated to recyclable costumesc parade. By participating to this activity I had a lot to gain. I developed my creativity and practical slills. I learnt to communicate withein a team made up of students coming from different classes. And most of all, I was Thrilled about the 1 idea of having an international audience. You were wonderful. Your applauds made me feel wonderful. It was the best reward I could have ever given. And than the trip to Iasi. A change to etter communicate and socialize with the students from the partner countries.

Never mind I'll live such great moment a month ago. It feels like the whole trip was a dream! Fortunatly it wasn't, and all those wonderful moments became wonderful memories. I've met so many amazing people in just one week... My only wish is to have the chance to met you again. Some experiences are great, but some can make you feel much more than just happy, it can change your life, and your way to see it. I think going to Botosani belongs to this category. All the people, all the new ideas made me feel different. Not just during the day, even if all the activities were great, but also during the evenings, with the dances, the theater,... I miss that feeling a lot! Thank you for being so amazing, I miss you!
Elsa Ceccato

I am fully awarw that activities organised, in school were to the students benefit. . .  and not only. We, the students, had a lot to gain . . .  and nothing to loose. We socialized, we communicated in foreign languages, became more aware of the problems the environment faces . . .  so we became richer.
            It was a great pleasure for me to get involved in organizing therecyclable costume parade. I developed my imagination by chosing the right materials and decorations for the outfit. I was so glad wheneverybody applauded.

My opinion about shoring experiences with students in Greece, Portugal, Belgium, Finland was more thans pleasant and constructive.
            I was in charge with taking photos and recording the important moment of the project reunion here, in Botoşani. To be honest, I rediscovered my passion for photography. This experience also made me realize the importance of being able to communicate in a foreing language. Not to mention the deeper awareness concerning the environment protection. And everything happened in a friendly atmosphere.
            Magic moments of making friends in a short period of time and with students coming from different distant countries.

This trip was such an incredible experience for me ! The relationships that i shared with the others are way better than before thank you guys ! It's the better trip that i ever had . I have met so many amazing people ! I will never forget you . Thank you to make us doing things like that !
Eléonore Paquay 

Hi! It was the first time I had the chance to meet students from other coutries.And what a wonderful experience it was.
 Personally I realised how important it is to be able to speak foreign languages !
 I was thrilled to find out what life experiences students of my age from other countries have.
 But not to forget the nature. That was the reason we all met.To turn nature into a beautiful place.
 I realised that too.

      Unforgettable moments !

 Moscalu Roberto,18 years old

It was an amazing experience, we all had a lot of fun together !! I loved specially the first night because nobody knew each other but everybody danced together in the restaurant ... that was just an unforgettable night !!! and this was just the beginning ... we had a lot of other unforgettable moments together and I will never forget them !! A big thank you to Christina for showing us all those beautiful things and places and to all the Romanians for the activities and all the fun !!! Thank you for everything !!!!
Carrie, 18 years old, Belgium

I think that the best moments that we had in Romania was when we were all together !
Pauline Rodado     

I don't know by what chance I came to Romania, but I'll never forget this week. I don't know how much things have been changed by this trip.  I'll never forget you, guys. Have nice time, as much as you can.

Trip to Romania

Our school's Comenius trip to Romania was excellent. Meeting new people from other countries was fascinating and interesting. I got some good friends there.
     Also seeing Romanian nature and cities was great. I think that Romanian countryside is very lovely with all the animals and old houses. I also found Romanians very friendly and nice people.
    I especially liked our walk in the woods very much. Even though the sun was shining and i got very sweaty and little tired I think it was wonderful.
     Visiting Iasi was nice. It was especially nice to see the national park and all the plants in the green house. It was also interesting to see a little bit of a Romanian college.
     The last day in Botosani was really wonderful. Eating in a fine restaurant and having fun with others was great. Saying good bye was hard and sad but it had to be done. All Finns had to leave the next morning so we missed the final day at the ecofarm which was a pity.
     But after all the trip was great and i got some of the most wonderful memories there.      

Minna-Maria Metsävainio from Finland    

Hi Deppy, Katerina, Sophie, Matina, Elsa, Carrie, Pauline, Eléonore, Quentin, Miia, Mine, Jari, all members of the Romanian team and of course all the teachers : )
I miss you sooooo much and there´s not a single day that passes that I don´t think about you!
I really wish us to be together again and to continue to do all the things that made this journey incredible/unforgettable:  our HUGS, jokes, conversations, parties, dancings, laughs , even cries…!
I think in that spectacular week we just proved that it is possible for a person to be completely happy for a whole week and during the whole 24 hours…!
It was one of the best weeks of my entire life…
I would love meeting you again but if we don´t… I hope that you never forget anything of what we´ve been through because, at least for me, those moments were and are for sure in my list of best living moments. Because even if the trip itself had been wonderful, meeting you was definitely the best part!
So, for this, I believe I should simply say: Thank you (for the caps and for everything), I miss you, I love you and I will always remember you!
P.S.-You create your own happiness so BE HAPPY!

Ana Vieira-Portugal