STUDENT EXCHANGE, MAY 2019
C OLLÈGE LA FEUILLADE, VIC-SUR-AISNE, FRANC IA
In May 2019, students from all the countries involved in the project had the opportunity to travel to Vic-sur-Aisne, a small town north of Paris where the Collège La Feuillade is located, a French partner of our Euroenvironments project.
Upon arrival,they enjoyed an Acrobranche activity; the company in charge of the activity values the landscape and natural potential of the area in a fun and healthy way. This activity, which requires a small investment in assembly and maintenance and it is economically profitable, could be imported to the rest of the environments of the partner countries. It could be a tourist attraction for the area and it also has the enormous value of offering a very interesting leisure alternative for our young people.
Participants had the opportunity to visit the city of Paris, a pole of attraction for young people in the region. They also got to know the nearby heritage with visits to the imperial palace of Compiegne and the castle of Vic-sur-Aisne. The exposition of both places was carried out by the French students who showed the research work carried out with the help of their history teacher. Several fifth-grade classes accompanied the visits, doing some peer-to-peer teaching
After these activities, a reception took place in the town hall, covered by the press of the region. The mayor, in his speech, highlighted the connection of the four countries and how immigration has enhanced the development of agriculture and the local economy along the 20th and 21st centuries.
As well as attending some of the regular school sessions, several workshops were held around the school garden. students worked by planting of aromatic herbs and vegetables. They also worked to build a hotel for insects; working in this way, they could actually understand the importance of these structures for the pollination of plants, the control of pests and their contribution to the health of gardens and orchards. To do so, they enjoyed the collaboration of local farmers who supply organic products to the school dining room and who contributed, to make our boys and girls aware of the importance of organic crops. Finally, they worked on the construction of worm compost bin which will be used as natural fertilizer.