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Introduction to the Erasmus Project


"The Environment and me" & "being a teenager"

The Environment and Me

Using cross-border mobility to build cooperation and understanding of environmental and social issues.

Year 9 students from IESS reflecting on their experiences during exchange between schools from Sweden, Spain, and France.

Erasmus Project 2020-2022

The Environment and me and being a teenager

This project tackles two of the biggest questions in the lives of young people in Europe today: “How do I and we relate to the environment”, and “What does it mean to be a teenager in Europe?”. This project gave students the opportunity to gain first hand experience about the ideas of what it means to be a teenager in Europe during our exchange mobility experiences.

This project enabled students to gain tremendous cultural insights into how each culture deals with environmental issues. They developed relationships and important knowledge through these exchanging experiences. The dynamics enabled for the emergence of commonality between three (Sweden, Spain, France) different countries.They developed long term friendships as a consequence. They are still in touch and routinely check in with each other. Therefore, the participants positively influenced each other and formed a collective sense of what it means to be a teenager in Europe today.

The students also gained embodied knowledge through the various activities conducted throughout the exchanges. Hosting schools were able to get a lot of other students, teachers, and parents involved, thus, extending the reach of the project. In total there were three mobilities both including students and teachers. During these three exchange trips we had the opportunity to work with three different sustainability projects that each country planned in detail. The students worked in groups and got to experience and engage within the broader schooling community in each country. In addition to sharing with their classmates, they were able to engage the community.

All in all, we did succeed in reaching our goals as the students did work on the different topics regarding the environment including sustainability, technology, communication, cutting edge research, and need for global cooperation. As a consequence, each participant gained an understanding of how they can personally relate and connect to environmental and social issues. This project allowed for the exposure to diverse perspectives, seeing that mobility and cooperation in Europe is possible, deep connections with people, and understanding that we all have a role to play in environmental sustainability. Through this solid foundation, we hope that students are empowered to continue to take action and inform positive changes in the future.

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