On Monday we were picked up by the Romanian teachers for school where we were welcomed with some original Romanian bread and salt. After we all settled down inside a classroom each team started presenting their country, school and the marine life in the Black Sea. At around 12:00 0´clock we formed international groups and played some games. We watched some interesting videos about the Black Sea and the Danube Delta while the teachers held their meeting and met the headmistress. Afterwards we got ready to do a scavenger hunt through Constanta. We got to see a lot of amazing architecture like the Casino, the Town Hall and the pier. We laughed and learned a lot about each other and our individual cultures. The Romanian group also taught us some Romanian phrases and words to get by, like: yes-da, no-nu, thank you-mulțumesc etc. Our day ended with a games night at the hotel. (Franziska, 7e)
On the second day of our Erasmus+ project we visited the Danube Delta Eco-Tourism Museum Center in Tulcea, where a guide gave us an overview about the Danube Delta development, the different habitats (like Macin Mountains National Park) and various species of the flora and fauna of the Danube Delta. After having lunch which included a typical Romanian fish soup we went on a three hours birdwatch boat ride with an expert who gave detailed information on different kind of birds and how they are protected. We had the opportunity to see pelicans, cormorants, several species of gulls and many more. (Elham, 7e)
On Wednesday, we started the day off by going to the Institutul de Marinã Grigore Antipa. There, we listened to presentations about the institute´s fields of work and fish species in the black sea. We learned that the Grigore Antipa national institute has its the main department in Constanta and has partner institutes worldwide. Another fact that we learned is that the fish in the black sea are usually small because they come to the black sea to feed and reproduce. There is also a rule that fishing sturgeons is illegal, since there are very few of them and they take very long to reproduce. Fishing in certain seasons is prohibited to protect the fish species from extinction. Right after the presentations, we went to the National Science Museum Complex which includes a Dolphinarium, where we watched the dolphins performed many amazing tricks for about twenty minutes. After the lunch break in one of Constanta´s biggest shopping malls (City Park Mall) the students prepared bookmarks about different species (fish and birds). (Zülal, 7e)
On Thursday, we went to the beach for a workshop (monitoring of stranded dolphins on the Black Sea coast). We split into our international groups and filled out a paper about dolphins. First, the guide from an NGO (Organizatia Neguvernamentala Ecologista Mare Nostrum) informed us about different aquatic mammal species and then we proceeded to measure a fake dolphin from head to tail. We were told how to check if it was alive, how to check the decomposing state as well as how to identify its sex. After this workshop, we had some free time where the Hungarian and the Austria team went on a boot tour. At 6 pm we met for a traditional evening with Romanian food and dance and finally we got our certificates. (Aleksandra, 7e)
On Friday, our last day in this project, we had another activity in the Romanian school. In our international groups we designed bags with different fish from the Black Sea, which were provided for us. All our new friends signed the bags for us. Meanwhile the teachers had another meeting which also included the bag design activity.
After saying thank you and goodbye to everyone the Austrian group went to the beach in Mamaia.
In the evening a three-day open air festival (Muzicieni constanteni de Ziua Constantei) with theater, live music and multimedia shows started. (Verena, 7e)