In April 2013, the Comenius Project, “Learning European History through Staging National Historical Events,” ventured on its third and final trip this academic school year to Vienna do Castillo, Portugal. Four travel weary students and two teachers arrived late Sunday ready and geared up for a great week.
The hot Portuguese sun shone down on the Astor group as they teamed up with students from around Europe to learn about local culture and lifestyles. Together with the students and staff from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Portugal and Spain, students ventured into ‘Old Town,’ visited a hospital museum on a boat and even followed in the footsteps of local fishing wives by hand sewing designs onto aprons. The pinnacle of the week was when more than fifty students and staff marched through the streets of the city re-enacting the Celtics journey to the hill top.
Astor students created a short performance based on the Czech national historical figure Leos Janacek, a famous Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. “I was a bit nervous about having to perform in front of a group of people that I hardly knew, but we had a laugh and I learned a bit about different historical people from around Europe.”
The Portugal meeting was a great culmination to the school year and we can’t wait to continue the project in October when we travel to Spain.