2nd mobility in Greece
Modern languages imported from ancient Greek a common (and unfortunately well known and largely used) word ξενοφοβία (Xenophobia).
The ancient Greeks used as counterpart another word and knew its importance – φῐλοξενῐ́ᾱ (Philoxenia). Ancient Greeks believed in this friendship, in this love (Philo) for diversity (Xenos). They believed that God protects strangers and therefore they felt their duty to give hospitality to those who come and pass by. Philoxenia is unconditional eagerness to help others, to assist and give shelter without asking any questions.
Well, our Erasmus+ group was impressed by that and we were curious to know, to see and experience that. With these expectations we came for our 2nd mobility to Chania (Crete). The world we found there tells us a millennial story of a wonderful and magic country – founded directly by Minos (son of Zeus and Europe), conquered by Greeks, shaped by Romans, influenced by Venetians, attacked by Turks, and finally occupied by Germans. They all left traces, hints of their story (a wall, a fruit, a castle, a tradition, a word).
Cretan people have learned to deal with diversity. They built religious houses for those who lived there, they integrated those who came and remained, they accepted diversity. And nowadays Cretan people love their proud and sunny island and are still eager to help new comers – escaping wars, famine, fear.
We can all learn from their successful story and try to overcome our fear for differences – developing a new, open, optimistic approach to human love.
Erasmus+ helped us. And we are all proud of.
Dr. Detti and Erasmus+-AG
Program: Greek mobility program
Invitation: Invitation to Greek mobility
Day 0 – Sunday 22nd Apr 2018
Preparing the Greek mobility
Welcome to Chania
Day 1 - Monday 23th Apr 2018
@3rd Senior High school of Chania
Welcome to Crete – Introducing our school
Using a traditional Cretan product at Chem lab
Interactive meeting games
Workshop: Quick intro to Greek philosophy-language-culture
Day 2 – Tuesday 24th Apr 2018
@Cultural Center of Chania Course: Introduction to the history of Crete
@Chania old city A historical walk through the city of Chania
@Social stage – Immigrants house of Chania Workshop: Our Europe today, focus on the migration issue
Day 3 – Wednesday 25th Apr 2018
Excursion to Herakleion
Guided visit at the archeological site of Knossos
Walk through the center of the city of Herakleion
Guided visit to Koules fortress
Day 4 – Thursday 26th Apr 2018
Visit to the monastery of Agia Kyriaki at Varypetro
Short program at the environmental education center
Walk around the caves
Visit to the monastery of Metamorphosis under the Kastelos fortress
Visit to Venizelos Graves
Day 5 – Friday 27th Apr 2018
Feedback on the mobility. Preparing the mobility results.
Leaving an Erasmus handprint to the school (graphiti with a verse from Erofili)
Conclusion of the mobility, presentation of results, goodbye buffet
Day 6 – Saturday 28th Apr 2018
Private excursions and departures