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Perspectives of Otherness

I’m the project coordinator in Portugal and I would like to thank all the people involved, because you all believe in our project. ETPR has never done such a project and our students have been willing to do it, right from the beginning. It’s the most rewarding thing for us to feel them so involved, because we made THIS PROJECT FOR THEM. This is our main goal: to offer some of them the opportunity of a lifetime. This is what we like to do in our school, to provide our students all they need to be successful adults in a near future. My deep expectations are very

positive as I think it is the best project ever made and it will allow pupils to grow as better human beings and as European Citizens. Not only the project’s participants but all our ETPR students are working together to make this project successful.

Theoretical reflections centered on the relation between the Self and the Other considers this nexus in terms of boundary markers of identity. Thinking about Self and Other is stretched back to the Roman idea of persona, and since then it is argued that it has been a central theme of

Teacher - Carla Dias

Teacher - Silviu Taras

the Western philosophical reflection. Hegel relates the identity formation to the Self/Other dichotomy, and makes the inner connection of perceiving the Self in knowing the Other. This dialectical principle of identity formation was reformulated by Marx and became one of the dominant twentieth-century social theory. Therefore, constructing new identities also requires the reevaluation of the already functional mechanisms of collective mentalities. The projection of the European identity assumes the process of reconsidering the existing predefined, largely bias-based images of the Other.

I believe that teaching is no longer a stand up show in front of the students, is a process of reciprocal knowledge and exchanging experiences. Our role as teachers is to help them find the way to accomplishment. On the project, I’m the IT “expert”(at least I hope to became an “expert” in the end!). I created the Web Page – Perspectives of Otherness, photo and multimedia site, blog, video and audio conferences, the e-journal design. In ETPR, I teach electronics and electricity subjects, but I worked for some years on several companies as engineer. One of them gave me the

Teacher - Nuno Nunes
true feeling of otherness, experiencing contacts with other countries and cultures, was indeed stirring. That is why I have a tendency to make clear to my “kids”, that life is more than their small town, there is an entire world out there waiting to be discovered.

Teacher - Iliescu Edinda
The impulse for starting a new Comenius bilateral project came to us after the positive results experienced in our previous partnership, in the school year 2006-2007, with the Latvian school from Malpils. We witnessed back

than that school project can be both friendship and education, learning and practicing language, and that it can bring closer people, cultures and educational systems in order to recognize similarities and differences. We thought these could be good starting points for another intercultural cooperation so that new generations of students may benefit from this kind of activities. Our thoughts where rewarded by finding our new partners: Escola Técnica e Profissional do Ribatejo, in Portugal...
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Ana Eremia
The Romanian Teacher
despre România, respectiv Portugalia şi de a descoperi lucrurile minunate pe care ambele ţări le au de oferit. Pentru mine este o deosebită plăcere să pot lua parte la acest proiect, prin îndeplinirea unuia dintre obiective – învaţarea limbii române. Cunoscând ambele ţări, pot anticipa oarecum şi sper ca la încheierea proiectului toţi cei care au contribuit să îmi dea dreptate. Atât România, cât şi Portugalia au parţi bune şi rele. E ceva normal şi cu cât cunosc mai mult Portugalia, descopăr din ce în ce mai multe lucruri pe care le are în comum cu România. Nu pot decât să vă las pe fiecare să descoperiţi aceste lucruri şi să vă urez mult succes!

What do I expect from “Perspectives of Otherness”?
’m the project coordinator in Portugal and I would like to thank all the people involved, because you all believe in our project. ETPR has never done such a project and our students have been willing to do it, right from the beginning. It’s the most rewarding thing for us to feel them so involved, because we made THIS PROJECT FOR THEM. This is our main goal: to offer some of them the opportunity of a lifetime. This is what we like to do in our school, to provide our students all they need to be successful adults in a near future. My Deep expectations are very positive as I think it is the best project ever

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onsider acest proiect foarte interesant, pentru că oferă elevilor posibilitatea de a învata lucruri noi, de a-şi face prieteni, de a cunoaşte o tradiţie, o cultură şi o limbă diferită. Mai mult, copiii socializează între ei, lucrează în echipă având acelaşi obiectiv comum – descoperirea ţării partenere. Ar trebui ca mai multe şcoli să poată beneficia de această oportunitate pentru că este în primul rând o experienţă de viaţă. În acest fel elevii au posibilitatea de a înlătura ideile preconcepute, de multe ori greşite

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made and it will allow pupils to grow as better human beings and as European Citizens. Not only the project’s participants but all our ETPR students are working together to make this project successful. They are having an active part participation every week and working hard to welcome their partners and create an amazing environment of INTERCULTURALITY. I must confess that I am as enthusiastic as they are. I am really looking forward to get together and produce something that will enrich all of us. Our Comenius Project is a 2 school year Language project which is a 2-week exchange

programme. The English language is the link among students and teachers. In our case, we will develop activities related to culture, traditions, sports,… It is important to contact with daily routines and habits and specially to develop linguistic skills in real and live communication contexts. It’s a lot of work and we know that sometimes time management will be hard to accomplish. Extra times, after school hours, lunch breaks,.. we will always need to get together and work on the project. But in the end… everybody will be happy and we will look back and say “It was worth it!”.

Teacher - Carla Dias
centered on the extraordinary and defined in style by inclination to drama. Consequently, the topic of the project aims to address the basic competencies set out by the Recommendation 2006/962/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, and to further “an open and respectful exchange of views between individuals and groups belonging to different cultures that leads to a deeper understanding of the other’s world perception”. Doing this by promoting the development of basic skills of source-criticism and the deconstruction of the images of the Other inherited or constructed by the media based on judgments advanced on prejudice.

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Romania:
Students: Bartha Zsofia, Bedohazi Robert, Chiritescu Gyorgy, Dominteanu Costel, Duma-Menghires Graziella, Ferenczi Gergo, Gaspar Antonia, Grigorescu Renata, Iesan Erika, Ilyes Dorottya, Kovacs Dorottya, Leu Aurelian, Manole Horatiu, Matyas Bulcsu, Negoita Adrian, Olah Zsuzsa, Olar Dragos, Pop Iulia Lorena, Rode Abigel, Stefan Ioana Emanuela, Vladea Lorand Teachers: Iliescu Edinda, Silviu Taras

heoretical reflections centered on the relation between the Self and the Other considers this nexus in terms of boundary markers of identity. Thinking about Self and Other is stretched back to the Roman idea of persona, and since then it is argued that it has been a central theme of the Western philosophical reflection. Hegel relates the identity formation to the Self/Other dichotomy, and makes the inner connection of perceiving the Self in knowing the Other. This dialectical principle of identity formation was reformulated by Marx and became one of the dominant twentieth-century social theory. Therefore, constructing new identities also requires the reevaluation of the already functional mechanisms of collective mentalities. The projection of

the European identity assumes the process of reconsidering the existing predefined, largely bias-based images of the Other. The course of history made this part of Europe to be differentiated from the West starting from the scholarly analysis of economic development to the ideological construction of the West as the “imperialist enemy of the proletariat” during the communism. If we consider the upheaval of nationalism from the beginning of the 20th century, we have the sketch of the cleavages between the Romanian and the Portuguese identity. Moreover, being cultures situated on the two extremities of the European civilization (the Western and Eastern), the sources on the Other currently are dominated by the rules of media

Teacher - Silviu Taras
end, quoting our colleague and friend’s words we will say “It was worth it!” I am also sure that at the closing moment of this project all the students involved, the teachers and our schools and communities will be able to assert that to interact with the Other means to broaden knowledge concerning cultural diversity, to strengthen the sense of belonging to one European community, to approach in a different way European citizenship.

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Portugal:
Students: Adriana Barbosa, Andreia Frade, Andreia Franco, Carlos Crespo, Dário Cardoso, Diogo Gorjão, Emanuel Serrado, Isaac Oliveira, João Vital, Mariana Cardoso, Marta Neves, Neuza Caixeiro, Neuza Silva, Petru Malai, Regina Cristóvão, Rita Lopes, Ruben Silva, Sofia Figueiredo, Vanessa Soares, Verónica Lidónio, Vítor Ferreira Teachers: Carla Dias, Nuno Nunes, Martinha Duro e-Journal Editor: Nuno Nunes

he impulse for starting a new Comenius bilateral project came to us after the positive results experienced in our previous partnership, in the school year 2006-2007, with the Latvian school from Malpils. We witnessed back than that school project can be both friendship and education, learning and practicing language, and that it can bring closer people, cultures and educational systems in order to recognize similarities and differences. We thought these could be good starting points for

another intercultural cooperation so that new generations of students may benefit from this kind of activities. Our thoughts where rewarded by finding our new partners: Escola Técnica e Profissional do Ribatejo, in Portugal, by putting up a good project application and, last but not least, by receiving the big OK from the European Commission in Brussels. I am sure that all the objectives proposed by this project will be achieved during pleasant, creative and enriching activities for all of us and at the

Teacher - Iliesco Edinda
we do need to know each other, it urges. In my perspective Romania is a land of richness, mountainous in the north and immense Danube valley in the south, considerable natural resources, strong industry of metal and petrochemicals. World known personalities as Eugene Ionesco, Nadia Comaneci, George Enesco, and the spine-chilling Count Vlad Dracul. The snow gives Romania the ultimate romantic look, and I’m sure that, regardless of the cold, the trip will be an experience to remember for life.

believe that teaching is no longer a stand up show in front of the students, is a process of reciprocal knowledge and exchanging experiences. Our role as teachers is to help them find the way to accomplishment. On the project, I’m the IT “expert”(at least I hope to became an “expert” in the end!). I created the Web Page – Perspectives of Otherness, photo and multimedia site, blog, video and audio conferences, the e-journal design. In ETPR, I teach electronics and electricity subjects, but I worked for some years on several companies as engineer.

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One of them gave me the true feeling of otherness, experiencing contacts with other countries and cultures, was indeed stirring. That is why I have a tendency to make clear to my “kids”, that life is more than their small town, there is an entire world out there waiting to be discovered. That was the main reason that Portugal, regardless of the physical size, conquered the known world, 500 years ago! Apart from this personal and romantic approach, the feeling of 27 countries under the same stared flag is still quite new for all of us. Europe is getting smaller and smaller by the day and

Teacher - Nuno Nunes

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History: The early history of Portugal, whose name derives from the Roman name Portus Cale, is shared with the rest the Iberian Peninsula. My expectations about the project are too learn about different culture, to improve my English, to see more beautiful landscapes, and cities. I am interested in knowing many ethnical groups and how many languages are there in Portugal. I want to meet more students, and make them my friends. I wonder how it feels like having a Mediterranean climate. I am interested in the flora and the fauna and Portugal history. Portugal has wonderful beaches and wonderful towns. Portugal’s capital is Lisbon. I think that a very important thing is that they have a lot of football teams and famous football players, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Eusebio, who is a football legend. I know that Portuguese people are good at sports like football and basketball. At the FIFA WORLD CUP they played the final in 2006 with Greece, but they didn’t win. In Portugal there were many famous explorers like Américo Vespúcio and Vasco da Gama. Vasco da Gama traveled all over the world but he finally arrived in India. When he came back to Portugal he brought economy and touristic things. That’s all I know about Portugal, but I would like to know more interesting information, habits about this country. Portuguese people have dark skin. I think that the Portuguese are very good at sports, they are athletics, they are successful and talented, they swim in the Atlantic Ocean, they go to the beach, stay a lot on sun and have dark hair and skin. I really don’t have any expectations about this project, I just want to learn English better, to meet other people, to make friends, to find out more about Portugal, about the people who live there, their habits and I want to have a good time. peninsula). I don’t know much about Portugal, but I am very enthusiastic about this project because it is a chance to learn more about it and to improve my English and social skills. What I do now about Portugal is that its capital is Lisbon, and that the climate is Mediterranean. I know that I haven’t written much, but honestly I have no clue what else to write.

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Hello!! My name is Dário Cardoso and I am 17 years old, I like football, video games, and I love sleeping. What I think about the Project? Well, I think it’s awesome to meet other people from other places. Knowing their culture, customs, habits, the way of living, will be awesome. About Romania, I don’t know much, I hope to know a lot more, because I am very curious, and about Portugal, well, it’s a nice country, we have nice beaches, especially in the Algarve, we have plains in Alentejo, which is one of the hotter places in Portugal, and the colder region of Portugal is in the North, where there are more mountains, so it’s kind of cold there, Hi! My name is Mariana I’m 16 years old, I was born on 21st of June. I’m very proud of my school, because our teachers are always thinking of giving us the best opportunities and we will have a better future that way. I expect a lot of this project, because I don’t know many things about Romania and I will have the opportunity to find out many interesting things. To know other people from another country and make them my

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Dário Cardoso

Portugal The things that come into my mind from Portugal is, its football team and Madeira island. The islands of the Azores are located in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge whilst the Madeira island were formed by the activity of an in plate hot-spot, much like the Hawaiian Islands, and the capital is Lisbon, and it has an ocean: the Atlantic ocean. Portugal is one of the warmest European countries. Olah Zsuzsa

but, I think Portugal is very cool. Now talking a bit about football, I know some Romanian players, like, Chivu from Inter, I know Sepsi, that played in Benfica , and I know Hagi, who don’t know him? One of the best players of the world. Well, I think it’s all I know, let’s make this project work and learn much more!

Mariana Cardoso

Expectation About Portugal: At first I’m interested about this project, because I would like to meet new people, maybe make friends in Portugal and I would like to travel too. I don’t know many things about Portugal, but I know that the country is situated in he West part of Europe and at the East side is Spain. Portugal is located in the Iberian Peninsula and it’s next to the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira and Azores Islands are part of Portugal. I know that Grigorescu Renata

friends is a wonderful idea, to have the chance of showing them our country will be great. We are expecting you!

Hi! I´m Sofia and I’m 16 years old. I was born on 31st March. Our project, is titled “Perspectives of Otherness” and it aims to bring pupils and teachers from Romania, to share new experiences and knowledge. By the time the participants finish working on the project, they will have learnt about each other’s culture, discovered the similarities and differences between the way they live, improved their English and made new friends. I don’t know much about Romania I hope to learn with this project. All the participants will use computers, digital cameras, video Hello! My name is João Vital. I’m seventeen years old. I´m interested in this project because I want to know about other cultures, people and countries. I like to study in EPTR because the school is very good and the teaching is very professional. I hope to have fun and at the same time learn a lot about Romania with this challenge

Sofia Figueiredo

recorders and the internet while they are working on the project, in order to make this project the best one. I hope all our Romanian partners will chat with us on the net and when they get here we already know each other. João Vital

What I know about Portugal is that they have a very good football team, many football players are in other countries playing in other teams, Portugal has a beautiful view, around the country is the Atlantic Ocean and Spain, the Olar Dragos

and represent my school the best I can. Bye. Hope to see you soon.

Portugal, whenever I hear that word I automatically think of Spain (maybe because they are on the same

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Kovacs Dorottya

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is separated from the Alentejo by mountains. Portugal has developed a specific culture while being influenced by various civilizations that have crossed the Mediterranean and the European continent, or were introduced when it played an active role during the Age of Discovery. Portuguese literature, one of the earliest Western literatures, developed through text and song. Portuguese music encompasses a wide variety of genres. The most renowned is fado, a melancholy urban music, usually associated with the Portuguese guitar. Portuguese wines have deserved international recognition since the times of the Roman Empire, today the country is known by wine lovers and its wines have won several international prizes. Port Wine is well known around the world and the most widely known wine type in the world. I wish to learn more from Portuguese Republic by this project, and I hope to visit it personally.

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My name is Regina, I’m 16 years old and I love my school. I think that this project is very important, as we can know other people and another culture. Having a general cultural knowledge is the first step to begin a long career as being a person in a modern society. I will improve my English and learn a new language, by having adequate language preparation. We will be in contact with a new way of teaching and this is very good as we become open-minded and have an enlarged perspective. It is also good for myself as a human being, because it is a good experience to myself concerning adaptability and find acceptance abroad. I hope also to develop a network of new friends and Hello! My name is Emanuel. I’m 17 years old. I live in Portugal. In my opinion, this project is very interesting, because in a certain way I will meet new cultures and new habits as well as new people, who seem to be all very nice. I am a very sociable person I have a good relationship with everybody. I like having fun and enjoy life like all young people of my age. I go out at night, I go to festivals, discos among others. I

Portugal
Regina Cristóvão

Portuguese Republic Potugal is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, located in southwestern Europe, is the westernmost country of mainland Europe and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal. Lisbon is the capital of the country. The climate can be classified as Mediterranean, Portugal is one of the warmest European countries. Mainland Portugal is split by its main river, the Tagus. The northern landscape is mountainous in the interior areas, with plateaus indented by river valleys. The Algarve

colleagues. At the end I will look back and say that it enhanced my curricula also, and of course I hope to have a special status in society as an exchange student, because I was able to know more about another culture and another country. I can obviously teach others and show them that my new Romanian colleagues are very nice people and that I made friends for life.

Emanuel Serrado

Bartha Zsofia

This task (to write about Portugal) is a very big pleasure for me, thanks to the fact that I have got a family member, who is Portuguese. He lives in a group of islands, which contains 9 islands, and it is called Azores. The name of the island where he lives is São Miguel, and he lives just in the capital of it, so in Ponta Delgada. The reason why I mentioned this fact is, that I don’t know for sure if their habits are the same (maybe sometimes different), but my vision about this amazing country is very influenced by the things, which he told me about. Maybe one of the most interesting things, what he mentioned is that they use a lot of tiles in their architecture, in many various forms, shapes and colours. Another very special thing in this Island is that the color of the sand is black. As my relative said (and I could observe too) Portuguese people like to eat and drink a lot, specially fish and garlic, and to drink they have a very special wine, which is called “green wine”, that they drink with fish and chicken. An unbelievable habit is that they have got some underground volcanoes in this island, which are used to cook their food. They choose one of these numbered holes, put the meat and beans in it, and after two or three hours, the food is ready. Every year they have got a flower festival,

protect them from their eruptions. As a musician, I was amazed by their sad music which is performed with their special guitar, called fado. This little island is the birthplace of an underground rap music band (which I extremely enjoy), that is called “Da Weasel”. About the other parts of Portugal I know very little, but still I will write down some things, which touched me: In Lisbon there is a big Christ statue (the smaller version of the Brazilian), which has inself an elevator, and the people have the possibility to go up, and enjoy an amazing panorama from there. Maybe the most famous thing about Portugal is the Porto wine, which is an unimaginably tasty sweet red wine. I have heard about a city, called Fátima, where in the beginning of the 20th century Virgin Mary appeared for three children, and foretold them, that two of them will die very soon, but Fatima will survive. Since this, this city is a very famous catholic pilgrimage place, but thanks to the fact that the major part of it was build after this event, sometimes is a bit kitschy. My expectation from our project is firstly to get a look in the everyday life of these amazing people, to explore a bit of their culture, to understand my relative’s behavior. I want to explore hidden corners in special places, where I can take some creative photos, to see very famous places (like Lisbon or Cabo da Roca), I want to get a smell of the Ocean and of course to meet new people of my age, and celebrate the amazing beauty of living with them.

want to meet Romanian students too. The Romanian girls are very beautiful, because they have beautiful eyes.

My name is Ruben Silva, I’m 16 years old, my favourite hobbies are working with computers, go out with my friends and ride my bike and many other things. My expectations about the European project are to know new people from Romania and to learn more about Romania, which is a country that I don’t know anything about. I think it is always good to know other cultures. I’m very Hello! My name is Marta Neves and I’m Portuguese. I’m fifteen years old and my birthday is on 8th February. I live in Cartaxo with my mom, my dad and my brother. My school is ETPR and I’m in the 1st year of the TAI course. My hobbies are listening to music, surfing on the net, be with my friends…I don’t practice sports. I have many favourite songs. As my friends I also think that this project

Ruben Silva

anxious to meet Romanian students and make foreign friends.

Marta Neves

is very interesting, because we will have the opportunity to meet new people and a new culture.

Hi! My name is Diogo, I’m 16 years old and I was born on 17th October 1992. I am a very sociable person and very funny. I like football a lot and I’m very liberal. I study at Escola Técnica e Professional do Ribatejo and I´m in 11th grade. My expectations about the Project are to know a new culture and make friends.

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Vladea Lorand

Students’
What about Portugal’s climate, I’d like to live there, because of the nice weather. I’m happy for being part of the project. I’m sure it will be interesting and also very funny. Learning about this country, learning its language, and getting an image about Portugal is an unmissable chance for us to improve our general knowledge. The webcam meeting we had a few weeks ago, was awesome, despite the sound problems. The Portuguese students and Miss Carla are very nice. I am willing to meet them in person. I’m also interested in the Portuguese lessons that we’ll have. After watching the ETPR Promo video at home again, I thought I could write a little about it a little. The school is bigger than ours and the classes look very interesting to me, specially the computer class. The ETPR really gives the opportunity to become what you want. their traditions and culture. I often question myself how do they spend their time. I don’t speak Portuguese, but I wish to learn it during the project time. I don’t know very much about Portugal, but due to this project I tried to find new information about this country. I found out that Portuguese people are absolutely nice. is minimal. We know just a few things about it, such as famous explorers, the renowned Porto wine or Portuguese china pottery. Boarding this project, I expect to find out more thrilling things about Portuguese culture, history, literature, language, geographical statement. Another important expectation is to improve my English. Despite the fact that our English teachers try to do the best, to be able to speak fluently we need to communicate. During our journey, we will have the chance to meet each other and talk face to face. By writing e-mails we also improve our writing, grammar and vocabulary. On one hand, in March, we are going to visit Portugal. I expect to do a lot of interesting activities. I hope I will see breathtaking landscapes, swim in the Atlantic Ocean, visit Lisbon and other funny things. I’m sure our project mates will offer us a very pleasant sitting in their country. I’m so eager to meet the Portuguese team! On the other hand, Romanian students have the opportunity to understand other people’s view about Romania. The different articles on the web site, the visit of the Portuguese team to Romania, are also used as “tools” to show the people that Romania is not as “horrible” as they think. Even though there are some weak points in the behavior of some Romanian people worldwide, it doesn’t mean that “all” Romanian are like them. In conclusion, this project will enrich all of us. Our expectations and our work are two proportional drafts. If we have many expectations, we will have to work harder, involving creativity and fun.

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My name is Rita. I’m 15 years old. I live in Santarém. I’m Portuguese. My birthday is on the 13th July. My family members are my mother, my father and I. I study at Escola Técnica e Profissional do Ribatejo. I’m in the 1st year of the TAI course (Childhood Technician). My hobbies are listening to music, watching TV and talking with my friends. My favourite sports are football and handball. I’m medium height. I have brown eyes. I have short and brown hair. I’m very happy and always smile at “my life”. My future expectations about the project are to know a new culture and make new friends. I feel that an international exchange program can be an integral part of my life experience. As Portuguese, I think that going into another country will very good for me, while My name’s Andreia Frade and I’m Portuguese. I’m 17 years old and my birthday is on the 20th of January. I’m tall but a little bit fat. I have brown eyes and my hair is brown, long and curly. I live in Torres Novas with my father, my mother and my brother. My school is ETPR and I’m in the 1st year of the TAI course. My hobbies are listening to music, surfing on the net, watching TV, go to a bar, go to the cinema, go out with my friends and go shopping, as all girls like to do. In my opinion this project is very interesting, as we have the opportunity to learn and talk another language. When I was informed about this Comenius Project, I was basically interested in meeting other people and other country. I’d never been in Romania before and it’s always exciting for me to know a new country and culture. The Comenius Project is an international venture and for

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Rita Lopes

About Portugal: Even if we have a poor knowledge or not much information about it, I think everybody knows about the famous Portugal football teams, I mean FC Porto, Benfica and others. The Portugal players are much more famous – here we have - Cristiano Ronaldo, Nuno Gomes, Rui Costa … . Another “need to know” about Portugal, is Lisbon – the country’s largest town, and its capital. Here we can find the great Belem Tower, which the Portugal nation is so proud of. The Belem Tower is the symbol of the Discovery Age, and it was built in 1510s. Ilyes Dorottya I’m very glad to participate in this project. It’s difficult to keep the contact between the two schools because of the distance, but in our situation it is wonderful and funny. It’s a school far away from here... I’m anxious to see what will come out of this. With this project I would like to meet students from Portugal, to learn more about Pop Iulia Lorena

placing me in one of the world’s most culturally sophisticated country. I will graciously welcome my colleagues and teachers alike. The Project is challenging and relevant. As we are learning more English it makes classroom learning more pertinent and exciting. And while learning is certainly more challenging, make learning funnier. I consider myself lucky to have joined the project. Andreia Frade

me an absorbing experience, I hope I’ll meet some nice foreign students and be able to increase my English skills. For me it is very important to know more about other culture and the possibility to find new friends. The project motivates us to work together every Wednesdays to build a great project. I’m very anxious about all and I’m very curious to see our partner’s town that we are going to visit in 2010. We have already seen some pictures that our teacher Carla Dias showed us and I saw that it is an amazing place.

Being a member of the “Socrates Comenius” project is an honest pleasure for me. Taking in consideration the multitude of advantages which are given to us, I should assert that even the meaningless work which we have to do is not a disadvantage because we can learn from it. My expectations about this project are not very hi but, I think it is an important project. As the Portuguese project coordinator said, at the end of our “adventure” I hope I will affirm “It was fun!”. It will sure happen if we treat each topic with creativity, offering and earnestness. Firstly, this project is a good opportunity to make friends. Using the Internet (E-mail, Yahoo Messenger, Skype) or writing letters, we will know many things about each other. As well as we know, friendship and love are the most precious treasures of the human being. During these two years, I expect to make a lot of friends and find out about their everyday life, school, and free time activities. Having friends worldwide is an enthusiastic thing. For sure, some of these friendships should be made for a lifetime. Secondly, the project gives us the chance to know Portugal much better. Our knowledge about Portugal

Hello, my name is Verónica, I´m 15 years old and I was born on the 15th August. I have long and curly brown hair, brown eyes, I am tall and skinny. I am Portuguese and I am in the 1st year of the Childhood Technician Course. I am a very active person and love adventure. When I heard about the European project I accepted immediately because I found it very interesting. For me the European Project will contribute to my knowledge of the world and it will extend my horizons and I will meet new people and a new culture. This project aims, amongst other things, to improve the mobility of Students within the EU. So we will have an opportunity

Verónica Lidónio

that we cannot let go. Most of us have foreign language difficulties and the main objective is to learn more English, know a new European language and a different culture with this exchange program. The results will have to do with a successful mobility at student level, a diffusion of knowledge and skills between different countries.

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Duma-Menghires Graziella

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know that it is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Portugal is Lisbon and….I think that’s all I know. I don’t know anything about the history of Portugal, about the popular places I could visit, traditions...or anything else. But I would like to do that very much, and I’m quite sure that I’ll know much more thanks to this project. I also hope that I’ll learn how to speak the Portuguese language, or at least a few words, even though it seems a bit hard. I don’t have big expectations from the project, I just hope that the students from Portugal and the people we are about to meet will be friendly and be at least same excited as I am. I’m sure this project will be a very interesting experience, it will bring only benefits for all of us…it can make the world “smaller”. I’m very excited and I can hardly wait to meet you all. learn more English. I want to learn how to write but I specially want to learn how to have a normal conversation in English without the other person to wonder what I am trying to say. I also joined the project because I want to visit Portugal. I want to see all the beautiful places there, and I want to make new friends. The third reason I joined the project is because I want other people to see my country. I hope the students from Portugal will like my town, school and country. I can’t wait to meet the students from Portugal and see their country. is also an official language and is spoken in : Brazil, Mozambique, East Timor and Macau. The most known and played game is football. The Eusebio is the most legendary player of Portuguese football history. The Portuguese national team, as titles in the FIFA World Youth Championship. In 2006 the team reached the fourth place and that was the best result in major competition. In 2007 Rugby World Cup the team became the first amateur team. They are good at so many sports for example: basketball, handball, volleyball, athletic, cycling, surfing, shooting, judo, windsurf and also swimming. I think Portugal is a very big and beautiful country. Now I’m very curious about this country. My expectation for this project is to know lots of Portuguese people, to have a very good relationship and to speak more English. Then we get to Portugal we can learn about their habits. To visit interesting buildings, to learn their history and to see the Atlantic Ocean.

Expectations . . .
Hi! My name is Isaac, I am 15 years old. I live in Santarém and I am in the 1st year TC course. About me, I am a nice guy, sociable and funny. My eyes are brown and I am small. About the project, I think it is a very good opportunity to know new people and a new country. I’m willing to know the Romanian students that will be my friends… I’m sure!

Portugal
Isaac Oliveira

It is always harder to describe yourself than to describe others, at least for me, so in my opinion “Images of others” is a project from which we can learn how to listen and talk about what we see, about the people with whom we are getting contact but also about a different culture, or maybe different ways of living. The first thing I found out about this project is that we are going to Portugal (yey!), when I say we, I mean the Socrates Team of the Plugor Sandor Art High School from Saint George, Romania, and I am glad to be part of it. I don’t know much about Portugal....I Manole Horatiu

Hello, my name is Isabel and I’m 16 years old. I like to go the beach with my friends, go out with my family and my best friends, between other things. With this fantastic project that our school gave us the opportunity to make part, I can learn about Romania and it will be very interesting, I hope so! Hi! My name is Neuza Silva. I’m 17 years old and I live in Cartaxo, which is next to Santarém . This project will be very good for us, we will know many new things and we will grow up as we are learning. I’m looking forward to meet our partners, to see how is their school, what subjects do they have, we can also meet their family

Isabel Barbosa

Neuza Silva

members, their friends and teachers, know about their tastes and so on.

I do not know many things about Portugal. I know it is next to Spain and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. At the webcam conference I saw that the people there are very sociable, friendly and ambitious. I joined the project because I want to Gaspar Antonia

Expectations Portugal is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. Located in southwestern Europe. In the west there is the Atlantic Ocean and Spain in the north and east. Also part of Portugal is Azores and Madeira. We can say that the climate is Mediterranean. In economy and tourism the country is very rich. We can speak about Vasco da Gama, who reached India and brought economic prosperity to Portugal. This country is a NATO member and is part of UE. Lisbon is its capital. The most famous religion is the Roman Catholic, but there are other religions such as Protestant, Muslim, Jewish. The official language is Portugal. Nowdays the Portugal language

My name is Vanessa, I’m 18 years old and I’m in the second year of the TAI Course. I live in Santarém, but I was born in Switzerland. My expectations about the Project are very high, because we will learn a new language - Romanian, as it is a Language Project we will became “experts” in English. We will also know new people with other culture and this will make us grow up as human beings, in personal and social terms. This exchange program will be very good, I hope that our partners will like to come here, like our traditions, culture and our reception. When we go to Romania, we also wait to find the same reception or even better, because it is the first time we are having such a project in our school, we have no “experience”. I’m very enthusiastic about knowing them better, what do they do in their free time, how is their school, how is their relationship with their teachers, if

Vanessa Soares

their school asks for a very hard work ,as our school does; how are the schedules and extracurricular occupations and activities. To stay in a Romanian family will be very interesting, to see how family members go on with each other, to eat their food specialities, to see if their parents are very strict and demanding concerning school marks, between other things. I would like to make great friends and know a bit more of other projects they made before. I would like to go to Romania and … we are waiting for you here!!! You are welcome!

Hello, I am Vítor Hugo, I’m 17 years old, and my birthday is on 15th May. I like to go to the beach and surf or do bodyboard, I like to go out with my friends. My expectations about our European Project are to meet new people, make new friends, and know a new culture and a new country. I’m anxious to go to Romania, and participate in the activities.

Vítor Ferreira

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want to know more about Portugal, and meet the people there. I like visiting new places and making new friends. I can’t wait to be able to exchange experiences with people of my age from a different country who have a different life-style. I am a very sociable person but I can’t speak English well, so I hope that after this experience I can have a fluent conversation in English. After the Portugal students’ visit, I hope that they will like my country, town, school, and why not me. I want them to see the country I was born in, the town I live in and the school I study at, the way I see them. I am anxious to meet and to show them around. signed up for this project. I am the kind of person who likes to learn more and more about the unknown.. I am anxious to meet new people my age with different life styles, culture, who come from a foreign country with a completely different society. After this experience I hope to make new friends and to learn more about Portugal, about it’s history, society, tourist attractions, but what interests me the most are the people. I am very curious to see how we are going to be accepted in the society for a few days. I am curious to know if they are as friendly with people from other countries as we are. The second reason I joined the project is that I want them to see my beautiful country, town school from my point of view. Not what they read in a tourist guide or hear from the news. I want them to leave Romania with only nice memories and a good impression of what they have seen and experienced. are the only things that I know about Portugal. Secondly I will write about my personal opinions and expectations about this project. I think Portugal is a very beautiful country and I would like to know much more about its culture, language, people who live there and many other things. It’s very important to learn and know about other countries and cultures and specially to expand our English knowledge because it’s the world’s language. It’s very interesting that our project members can go to Portugal and Portuguese project members can come here, so we can meet them personally and know them better. And the trip is for free because it’s sponsored by the school, and lasts 2 years … I think. This is an “unskippable” chance to go there and if the project didn’t exist maybe I would never go to Portugal in my life. So I hope this project will be successful and I can learn some English too. And I think I won’t regret all this and at the end of the project I will be happy. very nice place to live, it’s warm and there are friendly people there. Here in Romania, “hoops” I wanted to say Transylvania, we have big beautiful mountains which can be high as 2500 meters and I have already climbed all of them so I am bored of mountains, but I haven’t seen the ocean yet. And I almost forgot to say that I’m a poor boy who is curious. So I need your help to get me there, and here is the reason why: this trip is one of a kind in my life. Thank you.

Expectations . . .
Me, Myself and my expectations about the European Project Hi, my name is Carlos Crespo, I’m seventeen years old and I live in Cartaxo, Portugal. I have many hobbies like playing online games, chat in msn, read (I love it) and go out at night to meet new people and drink some water and juice (kof kof). I’m a professional football player in a local club named S.L.C, but I stopped for nine months, because I needed to do a knee surgery, so I’m not in my top form. I love sports in the overall, not only football but any other sports like volleyball, handball, etc. I love water so in the summer I usually go to the beach or to the pool, but I love snow too so in last Christmas vacations, I went to “Serra da Estrela”, which is the biggest Mountain that Portugal has in the mainland and It’s the only place that has snow during the winter. My expectations about this project are to meet students from another country, Hi! My name is Neuza and I am 15 years old. I am funny, nice, but a little bit shy. My eyes and my hair are brown and I am short. I like making friends and I think that this project will be very exciting and I hope to make lots of friends, because I would like to have friends with a different language. I would like to make new friends and know how their daily routine is. I would also like to go to Romania and see different places, to see how our partner’s school, between others is. I’m very curious to see if they have pets at home, if they live near school… I don’t know…there are so many things I would like to know!!! I want to make lots of friends and I think it will be very funny to communicate with them, maybe we can exchange our e-mails and start knowing each other and it will be easier to meet them later. Maybe it will be very funny talking to each other in a situation that we

Portugal
Carlos Crespo

I do not know much about Portugal. I have been told that it is a beautiful country next to Spain, with a lot of tourist attractions, and I also know that Christiano Ronaldo was born there, but this is as much as I know. I became a part of this project because I Stefan Ioana Emanuela

What comes to my mind when I hear the word “Portugal”. Well I have to confess, I do not know much about this foreign country. I heard it is a beautiful country with a lot of places to visit, with friendly people, but other than that, I’m sorry to say I know nothing. I liked the idea of the project ever since I heard about it the first time. Our teacher told us that the purpose of this project is exchanging experiences with other people we know nothing about, to see them in a different light. This is one of the reasons I Matyas Bulcsu Firstly I would like to write a little about what comes in to my mind when I hear the word

talk about their experiences and to make them my friends… of course, to know the way they learn and to see how they live. This is an experience of a lifetime so I need to grab it. As the first Exchange Project here at school I would experience it also for the first time. It will enrich me in terms of diversity of backgrounds, personal experience, and accomplishments. The time spent in the project will be worthwhile and meaningful. I hope the project will exceed my expectations in every way; It is good to see such a devotion to interculturality. Our school is uniquely in congratulations for this project.

Neuza Caixeiro

don’t know a word, we can even laugh of ourselves. I hope that this project will be very funny and educational at the same time. I´m enjoying to learn Romanian with our teacher Anca Eremia. She is doing a good job, but it is not easy for us, because we don’t have the accent and we spell the words completely different from the Romanian speakers. But this is normal, the aim of this project is to teach us and we will learn lots of things about Romania. I hope that they will enjoy our country when they come here! La Revedere!!! Pupici.

“Portugal”: Portugal is a country in the Iberian Peninsula, located in south-western Europe. The climate of the country is a Mediterranean one. In the northern side of the country we can find mountains but in the rest of the country is covered with lowlands and platform. The state form is a parliamentary republic. The official language is Portuguese and the capital is Lisbon which is the largest city in Portugal. Spain is the only neighbour country. All this came into my mind because these Chiritescu Gyorgy My expectations from this project is to learn English in a higher level. Another wish of mine is to go somewhere where the weather is hot and Portugal is the perfect place. I heard a lot about Lisbon and I can barely wait to get there. I have never been in Western Europe, but I would like to meet new people there. A friend of mine was there and he told me that it is a

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about their way of life, I’m also interested in their lifestyle and culture, and when I get there I want to meet nice and hospitable people. I really want to exchange knowledge and observe the differences between our cultures and different life styles, I’m sure they exist and that there are many differences between us. To sum up, I’m very excited about traveling to Portugal and my expectations are quite modest and I certainly think they will be fulfilled, and I have no doubt I will have lots of fun and quality time, with the Portuguese students. George. When we get in Portugal, I expect to meet nice and hospitable people. I’d like to have fun, and to learn something new about Portugal and about the school where we’ll go. I want to see if their school is more modern than our’s. I also want to learn a little bit of the Portuguese language. The most important thing for me is to have as much fun as I can. I hope that the weather will not be bad, hope to find it sunny and without clouds. These are my expectations for the project, and I hope it will grow to be as I desire. Portugal is part of the Iberian Peninsula. Portuguese is the official language, the currency the Euro, the capital Lisbon. It’s population is catholic. It is bordered by Spain. Portugal joined EU in 1st January 1986. Portuguese celevvbrities: Christiano Ronaldo (football), Amalia Rodrigues (singer). The people are friendly. According to me it is an developed country.
and it’s often visited. This growing tourism comes from the beautiful seaside and the beaches. There, the winter must be interesting too – it’s rainy. I think that the project is good for our knowledge and by the time it is very interesting. We, Romanian students have many questions to the Portuguese people. Personally I would like to ask them about their traditions and their way of living. I am very interested how it’s like to have a warm weather and live by the ocean. It appears to be very attractive; I always wanted to live by the beach in a nice house. There are so many interesting things that we, Romanian people, can’t do in our country. This is my opinion about the project. I hope everybody is going to have fun. I’m already excited to meet the Portuguese team.

Expectations . . .
Well, my name is Andreia Franco I’m 16 years old and I live in Santarém at the moment. I have good expectations about the Comenius project. I like to travel so this project gives me a great chance to travel and learn more about a different country and meet new people. It is also a great opportunity for me to practice my English. I´m enjoying to learn Romanian and improving my English. I would like to receive our partners and present our school, city and country to them. Of course they will turn out to be our friends during our contact till March. I will certainly like the family where I’m going to stay, I’m very curious to see how their routine life is, how their school, subjects, Salut, má numesc Petru, sunt din Moldova, locuiesc în Portugalia. Acest proiect îmi oferã mari perspective, prin simplul fapt cã îmi da posibilitatea de a-mi face noi prieteni, de a afla opinii si idei, de a descoperi o lume, o culturã, o traditie si o mentalitate despre care stiu foarte putin. Toate acestea sunt motive mai mult de cît suficiente pentru a-mi trezi curiozitatea si pentru a manifesta

Portugal
Andreia Franco

The things that I expect most from this project are the knowledge and experience sharing. I also expect lots of fun, besides learning something new about Portugal and Negoita Adrian

traditions and cultural aspects are, how they go to school, if it is far away and so on. I would like also to visit museums, theatres, between others. I don’t know if I will like the food but I hope it is good. I hope also that they will like our country, school, culture, food, our families and homes. We will do everything to make them comfortable and happy here. Petru Malai

My expectations about this project are to meet new people, new places and new cultures. I think that the only way to do this is to take a short travel to Portugal or the students from Portugal to come here in Romania, in Saint Iesan Erika

un maré interes fata de proiect shi asupra roadelor ce se pot obtine de pe urma acestuia.

The perspective of a Portuguese Teacher
Teacher Martinha Duro “A Perspectiva do Outro” Numa Europa Comunitária, o conhecimento mútuo, a cooperação e a abertura são aspectos fundamentais para o futuro. A ETPR procura ser uma Escola aberta, atenta, capaz de se expandir e de cooperar, capaz de inovar, que não só ensine mas também aprenda, que proporcione aos seus alunos outras experiências que não apenas as que acontecem em contexto formal de aprendizagem. Nesta perspectiva, o intercâmbio com a Escola Plugor na Roménia surge como uma expressão de um dos princípios que regem a nossa instituição: o de abertura. Este projecto funciona como uma janela aberta que pretende que os nossos alunos vislumbrem o mundo que os rodeia, encarando-o não apenas como cidadãos portugueses, mas como cidadãos europeus. Esta experiência cultural, social e pessoal procura, através da partilha de conhecimentos e de experiências, do estabelecimento de analogias, da comparação de diferentes realidades, enriquecer a formação dos jovens, cujo benefício se traduzirá ao nível da formação para o exercício profissional. Deste modo, o intercâmbio permite o acesso a um conhecimento a que de outra forma não seria possível aceder, contribuindo para que os nossos formandos sejam melhores alunos, mais capazes de, no futuro, enfrentarem as suas responsabilidades e desafios enquanto técnicos.

Rode Abigel

I think that Portugal is a very beautiful place with a very good weather, has a big industrial area, the biggest city and also its capital is Lisbon. The name Portugal comes from the ancient port, in Porto city. The Tejo River is the longest river in Portugal and it splits the country in two parts. The biggest football teams in Portugal are: Benfica, Porto. Around the world approximately 230 million people speak the Portuguese language. The country has a lot of tourist attractions

Bedohazi Robert Portugal What does it come to my mind when I hear about Portugal? Portugal and Argentina are my favorite countries. I like traveling around the world and meet new cultures and some other interesting towns and people. Portugal has many holiday resorts. I want to meet Portuguese people and I want to learn Portuguese language too and I want to listen to Portuguese music. Portugal is biggest than Romania. I like making language

projects. Learning a new culture and a new language is very interesting for me. I hate schools but I adore speaking and meeting new people. In Romania there are few museums, theatres and zoos to visit, but I don`t know how many museums and theatres are there in Portugal. I adore nature, animals and the plants and I know that there are many beautiful plants in Portugal. I don`t know what is significant to visit in Portugal but I want to find out more about Portugal. I dislike the fact that Romania is far away from Portugal. Have a nice day for all the people in Portugal.

O tema do nosso projecto, “A Perspectiva do Outro” vai ao encontro de uma mentalidade que se quer cada vez mais enraizada na nossa sociedade, a de que não vivemos isolados, antes pelo contrário somos parte integrante desta comunidade que é a Europa e temos de agir em função dessa mesma comunidade, não podemos olhar apenas para dentro de nós. “A Perspectiva do Outro” é então a oportunidade de colhermos os frutos da partilha de saberes, hábitos e costumes, ao mesmo tempo que usufruímos de uma experiência única e muito enriquecedora. A Roménia? A misteriosa Transilvânia e a história de “Vlad Dracul”, o conhecido Conde Drácula, bem como o seu magnífico castelo fascinam-me. Do mesmo modo, há personalidades indissociáveis deste país, cujo manto branco, deixado pela neve, oferece uma paisagem deslumbrante, como Nadia Comaneci e Eugene Ionesco, que contribuem para o reconhecimento do mesmo. Na ETPR, esperamos ansiosamente a chegada dos nossos parceiros romenos e queremos que saibam que são muito bemvindos!

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