Graz, Austria, 08.11-14.11.2016
What happened in Graz?- Summary of the stay.
In November 2016, a group of students from Poland, Germany and Spain came to visit Graz to continue the Erasmus+ Project, discuss cultural differences and develop their communication skills.
On Tuesday, 08.11, Polish, German and Spanish students had arrived and met their Austrian hosts. Some of the participants already knew each other from the previous Erasmus+ Project that took place in Gdansk, Poland, however there were some new faces. Austrian students greeted their new guests kindly and later introduced them to the families.
During the second day, a tour around the school was organized and the guests had the opportunity to explore every recess of Austrian school. After that, students played interesting ice-breaker games, which helped them integrate with each other, exchange their interests and hobbies. During that day, students had the opportunity to listen to the presentations about verbal and non-verbal communication.
Afterwards participants visited food fair where they tasted treats from each country. In the afternoon a whole group took a walk around Graz and saw some of the beautiful sights of the city.The next few days were full of exciting activities such as visiting the chocolate factory “Zotter” and tasting different kinds of chocolate, sightseeing the marvelous Riegersburg Castle, the Town Hall,exploring other unique spots in Graz and watching the view of the city from Schlossberg. Besides sightseeing, a lot of group activities took place with plenty of discussions about global issues as well as cultural differences and similarities. Students had an opportunity to share their knowledge and present some information about their own schools and home-cities.
While getting to know the Austrian culture better, students learned how to dance the traditional Austrian dances, they went to modern art museum and had a walk through the picturesque Graz district-Gries. During the last couple of days, students went on the exciting trip and visited the amazing and big Vienna- the capital of Austria.
– I absolutely loved the trip! I met so many friendly people. I was very surprised to find out how multicultural Austria is. Once, when we were sitting at the table,five different languages were being spoken all at once! The trip to “Zotter” was tremendous and the chocolate delicious. I liked the food at the Christmas Food Fair as well. Vienna was beautiful, monumental but a bit bewildering. It overwhelmed me with its size and glory so I actually found myself more in the lovely and charming Graz. I will never forget the view from Schlossberg- says Maria Konczal, a participant in the project, summing up her reflections.
The whole stay in Graz had flown by very quickly and the day of saying goodbye had finally come. There were many tears as well as happy emotions on participants’ faces. Even if the stay took only six days, students became friends with each other very quickly and learned a lot about Austrian culture which developed their awareness of existing cultural differences. They all left many good memories in Graz that will never be forgotten.