Taste of Europefor college pupils

Carrickfergus College hosted a visit by 25 students and 11 teachers from five European schools last week.

The visitors came to the school from Italy, Spain, Finland, Slovakia and Germany.

They attend the College’s partner schools in the Erasmus Plus “Europe in Love” project.

During the week, the group was involved in filming for the project and attending class with college students.

The teenagers have been learning about different cultures and traditions across Europe.

They were guests of host families of pupils in Carrick in what was described as a “week of great excitement for the school”.

During their stay, they also had an opportunity to visit tourist attractions including Carrick Castle, Titanic Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway.

The teenagers are now looking forward to the next part of the project when they will get together in Bratislava, south western Slovakia, in January.

The college has thanked the host families for accommodating the visitors and making the visit possible.

Erasmus Plus is a European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It will run for seven years until 2020 with organisations invited to apply for funding each year.

Erasmus Plus aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe.

It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector.

It offers exciting opportunities for United Kingdom participants to then study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.

Funding remains availab le from the European Commission with a timetable of application deadlines published on the Erasmus website.

There is a number of different funding streams available for which schools from pre-school can apply.