We started our Erasmus project on Monday in school with presentations about our countries, cities and schools. After a quick tour at 6th Belgrade grammar school, we went for lunch at a local restaurant with typical Serbian food. Following lunch, we had an informative presentation about “Efficient water management and treatment of drinking and wastewater” at the municipal hall of Belgrade. We learned that only three percent of the water is drinking water. We also learned that 900 million people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. In the afternoon we had the pleasure to watch the Serbian dance group “Una Saga Serbica” perform their new show of folklore dancing. It was a very eventful day and an amazing start of our project. (Franziska 8e)
On Tuesday, we started the day off with a visit at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences „Vinča“ and listened to a presentation about wastewater management. We learned about cyanobacteria as well as how to reduce the risk of toxins in water and the rivers that carry those biogenic elements.
The expert explained how activated carbon materials can be used to clean large bodies of water. Then we walked to the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences and looked at their mineral collection found in various countries around the world. The guided city tour for students took place in mixed groups while the teachers had a guided tour. In the afternoon we visited the Nikola Tesla Museum. (Aleksandra 8e)
On day three of the trip, we took a bus ride to the national park „Djerdap“. We went into the Lepenski vir archeological site and watched a movie about a group of archeologists finding an over 8000-year-old town, ancient historical artifacts such as the sacrificial vase and carvings made by humans, as well as distant and unknown cultures. The life-sized replica of the town was showcased in the archeological site. Following our visit to the archeological site, we continued the long trip with a tour of the hydropower plant. Our tour guide informed us about how the powerplant was built, explaining to us that it is used for electrical production and the control for rivers as well as the upstream level of the Danube River. We learned that in 1970, the first of six hydro aggregates was launched, and by 1972, the construction of the hydropower plant was completed and the rest or the aggregates were officially activated. Lunch took place in Kladovo where we ended the trip by collecting plastic trash at the Danube River. (Zülal 8e)
On Thursday we took the bus to a park close to the Sava River, where we had a bird feeder workshop. Afterwards, the mixed groups hung bird feeding canisters filled with grains in the trees. They were self-made out of recycled bottle caps. After finishing this mixed group activity, we had free time for lunch. In the afternoon we visited the Temple of St. Sava, which is an Orthodox cathedral with a height of 65 meters. It has the worldwide biggest mosaic, which covers about 15,000 square meters and contains of 15 million pieces.
Later on, we went to the National Museum, Belgrade´s largest and oldest museum, where the Serbian students showed us around. The Archeological collection consists of sculptures from Vinca, Lepenski Vir, ancient Rome, ancient Greece and various items of Celtic origin. On the upper floors you will find a medieval collection and an Art collection. After approximately one hour we finished our tour and had the rest of our day to enjoy the city. (Raphael 8e)
On the last day of the Erasmus+ project the national groups met at school where we had an interesting lecture about the WWF Serbia. Mr. Goran Vreljanski talked about his field of work. We watched a video about the renaturation of the Danube River and various species which live near or in the Danube and how to protect them. In our last mixed activity, the groups prepared short presentations about the highlight of the whole week. Afterwards, we received our certificates. The students said goodbye to each other, exchanged numbers and social media contacts like Instagram and then the national groups went their way. (Verena 8e)