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School exchange Lleida - Almere

22/03/2005: Spain

This year, the school at Lleida (Spain) took part in Project Comenius that aims to increase the motivation, capacity and confidence of young people in communicating in foreign languages. With this aim in mind, nineteen girls and boys from the Netherlands visited the school at Lleida and lived with the students for ten days.
During their stay at Lleida, they visited the Paeria (town hall), the local Councillors and the main distinctive monuments of the city. They were also able to find out more about the local businesses in the areas of wine-making and agriculture, especially in the production of fruit juice. As well, being so close to the Vall de Boí, they travelled along the Ruta del Románico (the Roman road), visiting the Roman churches that are a part of our Universal Patrimony. They also visited a ski resort. Finally, they took part in an excursion to Barcelona where they saw the Liceu, the Gothic Quarter and various artistic expressions by the artist Antoni Gaudí, including the Sagrada Familia, the Parque Güell and La Pedrera.

The friendship between the Catalan and Dutch girls and boys was very enriching, not only because it gave them a chance to practise English, but also because they were able to spend time with people from different cultures and with different traditions. This aspect will continue to develop when the Catalans visit Almere.
As well, this relationship will not finish with the end of the present school year, as other exchanges will follow during the summer or Christmas holidays with the Dutch visiting Lleida and the Catalans visiting the Netherlands.

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