The second exchange of students in Zagreb, Croatia

At the beginning of the school year 2019/2020, Private school Futura from Zagreb (Croatia) hosted the second exchange of groups of pupils of the REAL Erasmus+ project. One Croatian participant wrote a report on how it all looked like.

“As a part of Erasmus+ project Reflective Teaching and Learning, Private school Futura was the host of the student exchange which was held from 30th September to 5th October 2019 in Zagreb. Participants of this exchange were teachers and students from partnering school from Italy, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia, along with students from hosting institution.

The student exchange started on 28th September with hosting families welcoming their guests at “Dr. Franjo Tuđman” airport. Part of the students and teachers came the next day. After warm welcome and first meeting, as it was organised in advance, we drove teachers to their hotel, while students stayed at the families of Futura’s pupils.

Monday, 30th September, was the first working day. In the morning, we got to the school were our teachers presented it. We showed our guests Croatian beauties and tradition through short movie. After that, there was a school tour followed by short break and activity during which we got to meet each other. After lunch, we left the school for sightseeing during which we showed them interesting sights and places of our town.

The next day, Tuesday, started with a lecture on ICT usage for teaching and learning held by Tomislav Nebes, professor from the Algebra University. After the lecture, we were divided into working groups. Our task was to discuss our attitude and opinion towards using ICT for education and to make a list of proposals on how to improve ICT usage in the classroom. These groups were nationally mixed which made us put more effort in communication, work as a real team and exchange our experiences. After lunch, we presented these lists. The same day we visited Museum of Illusions in Ilica Street, while the rest of the day was spent in shopping and hanging out together.

After two days and many hours spent in the classroom, in the morning of the third day, on Wednesday, we headed to the national park Plitvice Lakes. We spent whole day in nature, on the fresh air, enjoying beautiful waterfalls and riding in a boat over the lake. In the evening, we came back to Zagreb – tired, but happy and full of impressions.

On the fourth day, we had a workshop on using of the flipped classroom method which we also debated about afterwards. We taught our guests a bit of Croatian language and in the afternoon we went to the city centre where we gave our guests a challenge to find some historical sights and take a photo of them.

On Friday, the last day of this exchange, there were some tasks left to finish. For the end, we had to create video and/or presentation that would sum up this whole experience, as well as everything we saw and learnt during the week. These materials were presented after our last lunch together. Our time in the classroom was concluded with distribution of the certificates of attendance, after which hosting students and their guests visited Zagreb ZOO. In the evening, we gathered in Medvedgrad tavern where we had our farewell dinner.

During the following weekend, our guests left Croatia, but not without exchanging contacts with us so we can stay in touch for some longer time.