In the period from 7 to 12 November, 2021, the first mobility under the project „For Conscious and inclusive tourism in Europe“ took place.
After the arrival of the participants on November 7, the implementation of the pre-prepared weekly program began, which was filled with many different activities, games, workshops and of course – excursions, which are an important part of the project activities.
On Monday, November 8, was the official opening of the project and the first mobility, in which we honored each country participating in the project. Each country briefly presented the place where the school comes from and the other project mobilities will take place.
Then each of the participating countries made a tour of the 134th high school to get acquainted with the peculiarities of education in Bulgaria.
After the well-deserved lunch break came the time one of the most impressive tasks for the participants – Getting to know the history, nature and charm of the city of Sofia. It was here that they understood why in architectural, historical, cultural and any other respect, the capital is and will remain a specific place known for its sustainable tourism, which in many respects is well developed and prepared for people with various special needs.
On Tuesday, November 9, it was time for the first organized day trip: In the footsteps of St. Ivan Rilski. The group visited the Rila Monastery and the cave of the saint, where everyone checked if he was wrong, but in the end he absorbed the spirit and emotion of one of the places in our country where spirituality continues to play a leading role. The organized guide presented in many ways the history of the region, and the Bulgarian students contributed with curious stories.
On Wednesday, November 10, the second organized excursion to the city of Plovdiv took place. The participants in the project had the opportunity to touch one of the oldest cities in Europe, which from its inception to the present day, has been permanently inhabited. This was one of the most impressive things that remained in the minds of students and teachers from the project countries. And the exciting view that Nebet Tepe has left them breathless
After the coffee break we visited the Ethnographic Museum. Guides of our guests here were ourselves – representatives of Bulgaria in the project. Our students explained extremely well the characteristic features of the Bulgarian way of life and culture, after a very good preliminary preparation, while showing enviable knowledge of English. Great interest was shown by the guests and the logical end of the evening was a dinner with traditional Bulgarian cuisine, live folk music and many traditional dances.
On Friday, November 12, came the day when the participants had to reproduce their knowledge and start working on one of the real tasks of the project, namely – the tourist guide. Due to the epidemiological situation, we decided that it would be better for the students to be divided into two groups, in which to start working on two parallel directories, which during the project, through the online environment, and present (during the next mobilities) to complete. Finally compile the handbook, which will be compiled in the mother tongue of each country participating in the project, as well as in the working language – English.
At the end of this exciting week, the school organized a special party to send the delegations, which was also very emotional because the emotions of the week experienced by the participants were indescribable, and the time was definitely not enough. But the other mobilities are coming, and Bulgarian students can’t wait to meet again with their new friends from Italy, Spain, Greece, Lithuania and Portugal.