CULTURE AND HERITAGE BOTH ICELAND AND SPAIN. A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE CONNECTED WITH THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT.

COURSE INFORMATION

​CULTURE AND HERITAGE course is aimed for teachers and school staff from pre-school level to primary, secondary, vocational, adult and special needs education, staff of non-government organizations, government and policy makers and company staff. Non-native English trainers expecting participants to have at least B1 level of English proficiency.

 

You will learn how to preserve and disseminate the local heritage that all of us have in our cities. Iceland will show you old legends and stunning places so you can prepare the same taking in account your teaching background and your own knowledge of your country. Travel journal will be used as a notebook to take notes of the course and where to write the inputs received every day. Finally, teachers will summarize the course in a short presentation making comparisons between Iceland and their own countries. This is the way to learn how to preserve and disseminate the local heritage that all of us have in our cities.

METHODOLOGY

​CULTURE AND HERITAGE course is based on practical lessons and trips to discover local heritage based on different fields of education. The course will have amazing visits, stunning sightseeing, lectures and workshops to ensure full comprehension of the final task. You will receive pills of knowledge about different fields of Education such as Science, Nature, History, Literature, Geography, … enjoying old legends of Iceland and visiting stunning places of the island. Everyday you’ll have a task to do related to the final job that every teacher should present on the last day.

 

Our experienced trainers will support and stimulate the networking and cooperation among participants. We organize workshops, networking, cultural, sport and historical activities in order to give participants the opportunity to exchange best-practices and establish professional cooperation and links. These activities are a very good example of how to organise activities in a possible common future KA2 project. The expected training activity has been structured so that the participants can transfer know-how and develop needed skills to create and manage a proposal with real success.

 

Teachers will have the chance to assess the Iceland preservation of Nature and they have to trace a guideline to do with their own students once they have returned to their countries. By the end of the course, participants should know how to preserve their local heritage thanks to Icelandic experience. To ensure that, participants will work on a travel journey taking notes about inputs received by different trainers they will have daily in the course. So, teachers will acquire concrete skills on how to design a plan to conserve local culture and work with their own students. Furthermore, trainers will make extensive use of evidence-based examples and experiences.

 

In the end of the course, the company will provide the participants an attendance certificate including the detailed information about the course, e.g. title, programme and schedule. In addition, a Europass Mobility Certificate can be added on request.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

​CULTURE AND HERITAGE course covers all the needs of the project cycle to preserve local culture. As a teacher, you will have to adapt Iceland experience to your personal situation and your own reality in order to create a successful plan. The plan will start developing the idea, finding the right partners, designing a successful project, assessing during all the process –not only at the end– to manage properly and reporting it. In detail, the concrete goals of the course are:

  • To improve the knowledge about how to create preservation projects in order to foster European integration based on local culture.

  • To empower and to train teachers, education staff and those interested in preserving local Heritage.

  • To know a great experience based on legend and culture and be able to transfer the good practices in a satisfactory way to their own school centers.

  • To strengthen European collaboration and real networking among participants in the course.

  • To share experiences of local collaboration and national projects from different organizations in order to be more effective in our proposal.

  • To improve English fluency –official language of the course–.

 

Thanks to this course the participants will:

  • Improve their practical skills related to the preservation of local heritage.

  • Meet very interesting teachers and acquire great knowledge about other local cultures.

  • Learn how they should work with students, families and local administration in order to create a common objective.

  • Make contacts with new partners interested in developing Local European Preservation Projects.

 

By the end of the course, each participant should be able to:

  • Pass from the idea of the local action to write a proposal in order to do it.

  • Embrace the concept of working together and following simple guidelines.

  • Motivate their students in nature and culture preservation.

  • Think globally and act locally.

DAILY PROGRAMME

Generally speaking, managers of the course will receive participants on Sunday evening and give them all course material. During the week it will develop the course with great and amazing trips to learn and to receive many inputs in all different fields of education. Moreover, on Thursday all participants will be able to explain their own school and KA1 project to all participants and work together to set up future eTwinnings or even KA2 projects. On Friday, and after once all participants have received all knowledge of the course and to finish a great week, participants could join in for an optional dinner. Finally, on Saturday morning it will take place a certification ceremony of the course.

 

Please find below the standard indicative ICELANDIC daily programme. Please check School Education Gateway to find out the SPANISH daily programme:

 

DAY 1 – SUNDAY. WELCOMING.

- Meeting and greeting.

- Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city.

- Reception of all course material.

- Brief presentation of the course and its target by the end of the week.

- How to write and adapt a travel journey to prevent the local heritage.

DAY 2 – MONDAY. SOUTH COAST, BLACK SAND AND MYRDALSJOKULL GLACIER. GEOGRAPHY, NATURE AND SCIENCE -ANCIENT AND CULTURAL TOUR IN SPAIN-.
12 hours tour. Walk along the black sand beach to explore the basalt columns, get up close to feel the mist of the majestic waterfalls and breathe in the fresh, icy air from the surrounding glaciers. Seeing the glacier from the outside is a unique experience.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Take the rare opportunity to walk behind the stunning Seljalandsfoss.

  • Climb up alongside the astonishing Skogafoss to feel it’s raw power.

  • Admire the striking basalt columns and towering sea stacks as you stroll along the supernatural black sand of Reynisfjara beach.

  • Visit the quaint beachside town of Vík.

  • Behold the mighty glaciers and dormant volcanos that have made Iceland world famous.

=> This is the best place for learning about the Nature and Science in Iceland.

Stunning places in Alicante province such as Alcoi, Guadalest and Altea.

DAY 3 – TUESDAY. STORIES ABOUT ICELAND AND GEOTHERMAL TRIP. HISTORY AND ENVIRONMENT.

- The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík is an exhibition on the settlement of Reykjavík, Iceland, created by the Reykjavik City Museum. The exhibition is based on the archaeological excavation of the ruin of one of the first houses in Iceland and findings from other excavations in the city centre.

- SELTÚN GEOTHERMAL AREA.

Steam dominates the area with volcanic vents, fumaroles, mud pots and boiling hot springs. The green hills are painted in earthy colors of golden brown, red, pink, blue, yellow, white and grey. Like many other nearby sites, it lies on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, making it a high-temperature area. This ridge is the reason the entire region is a bit rough and alien-looking, with jagged moss-coated lava and old volcanic craters, rolling hills and amazing rock formations, and bubbling geothermal mud pools.

- Optional Cultural activity in the afternoon: visit the Blue Lagoon Spa. We will visit the Blue Lagoon Spa, included in World's 100 Greatest Places by TIME Magazine, just to relax in hot and natural water. The cost of the entrance is included in the total price of the optional cultural package. We will meet us after lunch in Reykjavík, enjoying 3 hours relaxing at the Blue Lagoon.

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY. ORIGIN OF THE VIKINGS AND COOPERATIVE WORKING.

- Experience the Icelandic sagas. From the time of the earliest settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way. The Saga Museum intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic history. A journey into a turbulent past. After that, you’ll have personal time to delve into the travel journals of the week and adapt it by each teacher to the local conditions of their countries.
After that, you’ll have personal time to deepen in the travel journals of the week and adapt it by each teacher to their local conditions of their countries.
- Let's practice!! Cooperative working in groups.

DAY 5 – THURSDAY. PRACTICAL AND NETWORKING DAY.

- Networking activity: Presentation of your own school and your KA1 PROJECT: 5W's. WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY with all participants from the course and other structured courses of the company.

- Networking activity:  Guided session to find your best partner for a future JOB SHADOWING and/or KA229 PROJECT.

- Optional Cultural activity in the afternoon: ‘Golden Circle tour’. Lasting 6-7 hours, the tour takes you on a wondrous circular journey through the heart of Iceland’s Southern Region, stopping at some of Iceland’s most iconic sites. We will enjoy the tour visiting  Geysir Geothermal Area – Gulfoss Waterfall – Eurasian and North American tectonic plate boundaries in Thingvellir National Park. Moreover, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan in Iceland, you’d not want to miss a visit to some of the show’s most famous filming locations. If you are not a fan, you’ll enjoy the stunning scenarios of the island.
 

=> This is a good tour to learn about the history and geology of Iceland.

DAY 6 – FRIDAY. SUMMARIZING THE COURSE. ICELAND IN ONE DAY.

- You will have the chance to visit The Pearl, which is a must-visit for everyone, not only for the world-class museum but also for its incredible architecture and panoramic views over Reykjavík. The Pearl is the Number 1 attraction in Reykjavík, a Nature Exploratorium of the Wonders of Iceland where you can enjoy the Northern Lights Planetarium show. 

- Time to finish the final project and how to face it with success.

- Dissemination and presentation of the workshops: each team will present their own project.

 

DAY 7 – SATURDAY. CONCLUSION.

- Course evaluation.

- Presentation of participants’ works.

- Releasing official course certifications.

- Participants departure.

 DATES 

​CULTURE AND HERITAGE course will attend sessions during 2023 in following dates:

 

2023:

SPAIN – ALICANTE:

  • From Sunday 2nd April to Saturday 8th.

  • From Sunday 2nd July to Saturday 8th.

  • From Sunday 8th October to Saturday 14th.

ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:

  • From Sunday 23rd April to Saturday 29th.

  • From Sunday 16th July to Saturday 22nd. CONFIRMED!

  • From Sunday 20th August to Saturday 26th.

  • From Sunday 23rd October to Saturday 29th.

COST AND ERASMUS FUNDING

The cost of the seven day course is 650€ and includes course fees, free cultural activities in the city during the week and certification of attendance. Besides, South Coast on Monday is included as well in the course contents. The company offers an Optional cultural package to deepen the relationship between all participants.

 

The training course is tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus + to teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations. Furthermore trainers can help in Key Action 1 Application to ensure that participants can get the grant and could be eligible to receive an Erasmus + grant that covers all the costs of the course.

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