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I. Student Camp - Rumania


On the one-week programme of the International Erasmus + Birds camp

Project organized in Lunca de Sus


The first camp called ‘Erasmus + Birds’ project took place in Lunca de Sus, Romania between 26 and 30 September 2016.

The six countries involved in the international camp, as the winners of the ERASMUS+, could participate in the contest: the Hungarian Jászsági Apponyi Albert General and Art school, as the main applicant, under the leadership of Tibor Koczka Director with his enthusiastic team. The other five teams as partner applicants, the Spanish Escola Josep Veciana school team, the Icelandic Grandaskoli Reykjavik School team, the German Alexanderschule school team, the Polish Szkola Podstawowa school team and the Transylvanian Domokos Pál Péter school team, as host organizers.

The main theme of the organized Transylvanian ERASMUS + Birds application (Project) involved the study and observations of the birds, in addition, there were many joint activities, experiences, and education tasks with the pupils of the partner countries.

In the five-day-long, diverse activities took part all the countries’ "little fowlers", without exception and without tiredness.

On the first day, everyone was thrilled to be expecting our guests and we were pleased to acknowledge their lucky arrival at the Ghimes Ski Pension, from where the host families transported their guests home, according to the previously negotiated distribution. We believe that the short films and the detailed descriptions of the students, as well as taking into account the desire of the children, every guest 'little bird' found his/her friends here.

The first important stage of the week began at noon, with our lunch together, being acquainted with the region's culinary traditions and flavours. In spite of the long and tiring journey, the guests gathered their strength and took part in the introductory games, which was led by the English teacher Ildiko-Csilla Takacs. It was a meaningful, interesting and playful team activity, in which every student understood his or her task.

After a few activities, the ‘Kesice’ folk ensemble had a presentation with live music. Thus, our guests could get to know with the local cultural values. Later at the school, the exhibition of the drawings took place that had been prepared by the partner countries. A wide range of techniques had been used to illustrate different birds.

After the exhibition, each group sang in their own language a bird song. The guest students spent their Monday afternoon at the host families.

On Tuesday, before the handicrafts activities, there was a short presentation about the Gyimes society and the people’s diverse folk culture. The children listened to a short Hungarian folk tale, which was also presented as a PPP in English and Hungarian, which was also translated by each group leader to the group’s own language, then the six teams got a short task referring to the tale that the groups worked it out. This activity was also presented and guided by our English teacher

The handicraft activity was carried out with the help of ready-made designs, these samples could be used for glass painting, and then every student using the chosen bird motifs could make his or her own painting on a foil, which they can apply it at home as a window ornament.

The children could use their own imagination for the furniture painting, of course using a bird motif, which they drew on a piece of wood by hand and coloured it.

The next activity was making a bird feeder, which was made of paper and the decoration of the Aviary was the student’s free choice.

The children were pleased to resolve their tasks, they took part heartily in the activities, they did not rest not even during the breaks.

The afternoon activities began with a PPP presentation, which had been prepared in advance and was led by the biology teacher, Antal Tünde. The PPP was a collective work of our students. I would like to mention the painstaking work of Hunor Prezsmer, who took an important role in this work.

The children made an interview with a local pigeon expert, who has had this hobby for years and he told them many interesting discoveries about birds. Then there was a detailed description of the students’ work in the field, the monitoring, food and feeding of birds. Overall, Tuesday was a very comprehensive day, which was totally dedicated to and about birds.

After the PPP presentation, the children were grouped in teams and took part in a ‘hurdle-race’. Every country with his/her teachers formed a team. The troops in a certain order of 20 minutes started to the previously specified stations, where their understanding of the issues and task solving abilities were challenged, they had to answer to some questions, which had been taught during the PPP. We can thank the preparations of the ‘hurdle-race’ to our students and to their leading teachers. This competition was ended at the "peak" where food tasting, relaxation and the beautiful view of the countryside greeted the competitors. Noticing rural area, the valley, the direction and role of the Trotuş River was also pointed out shortly and in the evening the children could rest at the host families.

On Wednesday, the first stop of the day trip was at ‘Miko’ Castle in Miercurea-Ciuc, which was guided by our geography teacher Zsuzsanna Tanko. The guests were acquainted with the history of the castle during a guided English tour, which was presented with a short film. They could take pictures dressed as the Georgian guards and had fun. They could also visit the permanent exhibition of the Szeklers’ lifestyles, customs and folk traditions.

Then we went to an only volcanic lake in Central and Eastern Europe, which  is a local natural uniqueness. The tour guide told us a lot of useful information during the trip in English and in Hungarian. Our colleagues from Jaszbereny also helped us with the professional translation and interpretation. After the lunch, there were geographical descriptions, the legend of the Saint Anna-Lake was told and afterwards with a walk down the crater, we ended our visit. We could enter the reservation only with the accompaniment of a guide, since the crater of the lake is a natural wonder, not only geologically but also its flora and fauna. We have improved our knowledge and experience with many interesting things. The children were listening to the tour guide’s presentation with full admiration. A great deal of interesting stories will surely remain in their mind.

The guide also told us about the sprung of the Mohos, its flora and fauna, the beginnings and the development of the natural reservation. Useful information was given about the attack of bears, and luckily we could see a Carpathian brown bear family at the foot of the crater from the bus. We had delicious Chimney cake, which was the donation of our former history teacher Alexander Birtalan. Everyone tasted the local dessert and was very pleased. On our way back to Gyimes, we visited the famous pilgrimage Church in Sumuleu Ciuc.

On Thursday, we were hiking in the hills surrounded by the village. We arrived to Boros-pataka on horse carriages. We had the opportunity to admire the beautiful landscapes. The region of Boros-pataka is a wooded countryside, which provides the birds a real habitat. A professional bird specialist carried out the bird watching task. He used different telescopes and cameras for the observations, trying to lure the birds with birds’ songs. The professional movements were followed by lunch and in the evening all the guests were invited to dinner around the campfire along with singing and dancing.

On Friday, after a professional evaluation and summary, we closed the first camp successfully. After the assessment, we took leave from our guests with the belief that they felt very well in Lunca de Sus, and they would be pleased to return to the "country of streams".


                         Máthé Zoltán

                         Takács Ildikó-Csilla

                         Tankó Zsuzsánna

                         Antal Tünde

                         Bors Anna-Mária


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