The first International Meeting of our Project
hosted by IES El Palmeral, was held in Vera, Spain, in April 2016.
All delegations were picked up at the airports of Alicante and Valencia and then travelled by coach to Vera, where they were met by the Spanish students and their families, who would be hosting them throughout the week.
The morning activities began with a soap-making workshop in the Chemistry Lab, which was followed by a reception at the school Assembly Hall. All students introduced themselves and presented their videos about resources in their home towns and countries. Then they did a school tour, in which they visited some of our classrooms, labs, school library and gym. After that, they set up an exhibition of water-related photographs and another one of musical instruments made from recycled materials. Finally, students from each school planted an olive tree in our garden, just before going home for lunch.
In the afternoon, we all met at the beach, where we socialised, played some games, and the bravest ones even went for a swim.
On Tuesday morning, we visited the Pita-Escuela in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas, a self-sufficient village, where we learnt about the many uses of the Agave or Pita, a zero waste plant. We were shown how it is possible to live on food grown in orchards, take water from the river, and produce electricity from solar energy.
In the afternoon, the teachers had a work session, and the students had some free time.
On Wednesday we went on a full day trip to Granada. In the morning, we enjoyed a guided tour of La Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain. After lunch, we had a couple of hours of free time in Granada, which we used to visit the Cathedral, stroll around the Historic Centre and do some shopping.
Thursday began with a workshop in which the students decorated their own T-shirts. Then, we had a guided tour around Vera, which included a visit to the Water Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Bull Ring, and a reception at the Town Hall by the local authorities. After lunch, the teachers had a work session, whereas the students had the chance to visit the picturesque village of Mojácar.
On the last day of the meeting, a university professor gave an interesting lecture about possible solutions for water shortage in Third World countries. After that, we visited one of the most technologically advanced greenhouse complexes in Europe, and we learned about hydroponic growing.
In the afternoon, we travelled to the nearby town of Águilas, where we had lunch and then had some free time.
Finally, we got the chance to say goodbye to each other at a farewell dinner in Vera (students) and Garrucha (teachers).
All in all, it was a very intense but very productive meeting, in which we began to create bonds that have helped us to work together and develop our curriculum.
The German Team at the Photocall
Planting our Olive trees
At the Pita Escuela, in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas, a green and sustainable village in a desertic environment.
At the Alhambra, in Granada
Patio de los Arrayanes
At the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) in Vera
At the Bullring in Vera
Water irrigation system designed by our Technology teacher, Ricardo Alvarez
Our school band, performing "A concert for Europe"