I had a very great time with the Erasmus project. My English has improved a lot during this time and I have learnt a lot about sustainability. I think many people would live more sustainably if they knew how bad our lifestyle really is. For example: I didn’t know how much micro plastics and hormone changing substances are in shampoo. This is why we made our own hygiene products: A deodorant, a lip balm and a peeling. It is unreal how much water is used to produce, for example, clothes, which we don’t even see. It is called virtual water. We consume lots of energy but 90% of the electricity Norway uses is produced by water power plants while in France more than 50% of the energy is still nuclear energy. These were just a few of the things that I have learnt in this project. It was a great experience.
In the Erasmus+ Project I have learned a lot about how to protect the environment. But not only about how to save energy and water but also about these little things called bees and how they play a big role in producing our food. Also, how bad it would be if they weren’t here on earth. Furthermore we haven’t just learned how to dispose of garbage correctly, but also what it takes to recycle garbage or what happens with normal household garbage. I really liked how we learned about those topics and experienced them with trips to, for example, a landfill or other field trips. But also with a lot of group work in our Erasmus Club, where we really got to know each other despite the fact that we were a very mixed group from Year 7-10. It was really cool to get together with students from other European countries. All in all, it was a really cool and also a challenging project. I would definitely participate again in such a project and recommend it to others.
Participating at the Erasmus project was a very good decision that changed my life somehow. It was such a great experience to meet so many new and nice people. Thinking and talking about our environmental problems showed me that we really have to change something in our lifestyle and in how we live.
For me, the most interesting and shocking topic was waste. We talked about that in Spain. I realized that plastic destroys our nature and seas. I knew that we consume too much plastic but I did not know how much it really is. Finally I can say that I have started to change my lifestyle because I try to use less plastic. I have also infected my mum with my new lifestyle. When she goes to the supermarket she tries to buy food without plastic wrappings. The other topics, water, energy and agriculture, were interesting, too. I also started to think about being a vegetarian, or at least to eat less meat because of the livestock farming. My parents are also thinking of buying an electro scooter for me.
All in all, I can say I will try to be careful with our world and how we consume things. My teachers did a great job and I think they really showed us the environmental problems but also how we can life more sustainably.
In the project I learned a lot about living more sustainably. I got information about waste, water, bees, food and much more. Based on this information I have started to change some things in my daily life. I try to use less plastic or to buy more regional products. I avoid using the Internet too often, so I can do a little bit against bee mortality.
Now I am also more careful about using water, for example, I check if I consume too much water.
Also, I learned a lot about the countries who were in the Erasmus project with us (Spain, France, Norway) and how the people there live. I have improved my English skills and experienced a new culture by living in a host family which did not speak my own language.
I hosted an Erasmus student during the meeting in Germany. In this one week I learned a lot about the environment, agriculture, the importance of bees and what we can do to make the world a better place.
I knew a lot about sustainability before this week, but I often forgot simple things like turning off the lights or not taking plastic bags whenever I go shopping etc. because I didn’t really think about the effects of these actions.
After this week I always try to keep in mind what we have learned before I do something. I remember the discussions and the work we did together discussing which little things we can change in our lifestyle to do something against global warming, to protect the ozone layer and so on.
I think that everybody should be a part of such an amazing program because we often don’t think about the things we do and what the effects of all these things are.
But when we experience something and when we really give some thought about the environment and about sustainability, we will see that we can change something and we should all try to live as sustainably as we can.
I think even with very small changes, we could definitely make the world a better place.
Summing up the past two years, I have learnt a lot in the project. I had so much fun and now I have many new friends all over the Europe.
In Madrid we learnt a lot about waste and the problems it entails. Now I personally pay more attention to what I consume and how I get rid of the waste. Besides the knowledge about waste we improved our English.
In Germany the topic was agriculture. The farm in Darmstadt was so cool and it was fun to actually try to milk a cow, although it was not a real cow.
We also learned about the bees and the reasons why they die. The main reasons bees are dying are caused by us humans. In the future I will try to use my phone less and to only buy regional products.
It has been very inspiring working for these two years in “The CAST Erasmus Project”, we have done different things: hosting and having a guest in our home, doing research to get some reports, videos or power points , excursions and living with a foreign student’s family.
It’s amazing that we have been able to work with students from three different countries feeling that they are very similar to us. We have worked in a different way than we do in class.
I have been to Anglet in France and there I became aware of the importance of saving water, that there’s virtual water in every piece of things that we eat, wear or use. I calculated my ecological footprint and have realized that I should be more sustainable. After this experience not only I but my family recycle more that we used to and sometimes I yell at people who waste water or don’t recycle.
I would repeat the experience without a second thought!
Cristina Gutierrez (Madrid)
When our teachers told us that we would work in Madrid about the topic “WASTE” we complained because it’s not a very inspiring topic, but it helped us to see that when we walk along the dirty streets or we drop the rubbish that it doesn’t vanish, in our visit to Madrid landfill “Valdemingómez”, that it’s 5 kilometres from our homes, we could see that we are dealing with a big issue and we will have to do in the future, we saw the recycling process and became aware of the importance of doing it properly.
I went to Norway, where the topic was “Energy”, in that country the main renewable source of energy is the hydraulic,, we could compare it to the main source in Spain , since we have the chance to visit a solar power station in Puertollano.
I enjoyed every minute of our stay in Norway, we did different activities and we could see how the Norwegian school system is and we felt that they work in a more creative and flexible way than we do, we really liked it.
I have made new friends from Germany, France and specially from Norway, the girl I hosted has come back to visit us. It’s surprising how you can meet a person from another country and get so well with her.
Barbara Acosta (Madrid)
I thought that my family was very sustainable but after doing some research about Waste, Water , Energy , I have realized that we all can do much more to help the environment, recycling is not enough, we have to reduce and reuse , it seems easy but we never think about it when we go shopping and buy things that we don’t really need.
I travelled to Germany where we worked in the topic “Agriculture and Solutions.” One of the biggest differences that we had seen between the Spanish and German school is the use of aluminium to wrap our sandwiches, there we made with a piece of cloth and wax a sustainable sandwich wrapper, maybe it won’t be very popular in our school but we have to find a solution to reduce the use of aluminium. We also discovered that the bees are disappearing and it’s us, the humans responsible for this lost. We also had a lecture about use of plastic in cosmetics, I didn’t know that most of the daily product that we use, for example, to brush our teeth has got plastic that then goes to the water sewage and finally polluting the sea. I will try to read the labels when I buy them, but I think it will be difficult and more expensive to get the ones with no plastic. Something that we can really do is buy local food, I think we have to ask our local government that they have to promote the purchase of it.
I think we have learned to respect people from different countries who have habits that we don’t understand. I hosted a Norwegian and I was hosted by a German and it’s been a great experience and I have two new friends. It has been very motivating working for two years with students from different groups in our school, I have met and even become good friends with people who I would have never talked with.
Cristobal Fernández (Madrid)
„I got to know many people through the project and became more comfortable speaking English. My friends say I became „the energy-police“ after the project.
“ I became a more open person after I had met so many new people on the trip.
„I made a very good friend through the project and we are still in contact almost every day. I visited him in summer and he plans to come and vivit me. I became more conscious in respect to recycling.