Barcelona to Brussels: 3rd BAS virtual Exchange.

GO! Atheneum Unesco Koekelberg, based in Brussels, Belgium, hosted students of Institut Escola la Mina, from Barcelona, Spain in a series of virtual exchange activities throughout the week of 22-26 of February. This was the third in row of the BAS virtual exchanges, to be implemented.

Brussels in the heart of Europe, From the session on Brussels as the capital of European Union. Students from Brussels presents and discuss the presence of EU in Brussels and beyond.
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Athens to Barcelona: 1st BAS Virtual Exchange

The first, in a series of four BAS virtual cultural exchanges, took place on the week of 8 to 12 of February of 2021. Secondary education students from 2nd Lyceum of Vrilissia of Athens were hosted in a series of virtual sessions, hosted by Institut Escola la Mina in Barcelona, throughout the week.

The Exchange

Students of Institut Escola La Mina participating in a virtual session
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Breaking stereotypes through intercultural exchange: The BAS project experience so far.

The existence of stereotypes among people is an issue in modern societies. The reaction to the increasingly growing cultural diversity is often reclusion and retraction, and a growing support of community, ‘nativism’ and nationalism.

In this context the BAS project is developing and organizing intercultural exchange field trips to develop intercultural competences and skills among young people of 15/16 years of age, that are still in their “impressionable years”, which is roughly between the age of 12 and 24. The project wishes to go beyond general cultural representations and provide students with a deeper insight on cultural characteristics, such as lifestyle, cultural heritage, and social habits.

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BAS Project 4th Partner Meeting: One step before the realization of the intercultural exchange school trips

On 21 February 2020 the BAS project partners came together once more, this time in Brussels at the premises of GO! Atheneum Unesco Koekelberg, in order to discuss the project developments on month before the kick-off of the BAS Learning activities.

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“Sofia” and “Brussels” coming together at a highly effective preparation workshop.

On Tuesday 11th of February the last one in a series of preparatory wokrshops across the partnership took place. Students from Sofia and Brussels came together during a virtual meeting and with the help of technology there were able to meet, greet and exchange cultural practices and ideas.

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Trip preparations in full swing: Another preparatory meeting takes place between students from Barcelona and Brussels.

As the trip preparations across the partnership are ongoing, students from “La Mina School of Barcelona” and “GO! Atheneum Unesco Koekelberg” of Brussels met for the first time in the light of the upcoming visit of Barcelona students to Brussels this March.

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Setting the scene for the intercultural exchange trips: Host and guest students from Barcelona and Athens getting to know each other during their 1st Skype meeting.

While the preparations for the visit of Greek students in Barcelona is ongoing, on Tuesday 28th of January students from the 2nd Lyceum of Vrilissia and Institute Escola La Mina school of Barcelona met each other during a fruitful and productive virtual meeting.

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Intercultural exchange trip preparations are now in full swing: 1st Skype meeting of guest students and host students from Sofia and Athens.

On the 17th of December 2019 students and teachers from 2nd Lyceum of Vrilissia and 127 SU Ivan Denkoglu came together, for the first time, during a virtual skype meeting in order to meet and warm up for their preparation activities in anticipation of the visit of the Bulgarian students to Athens the coming April, within the framework of the BAS project.

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