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Hosts Responsibilities for Refugees in Need Sofia - Bulgaria 1 - 7 May 2018

TUESDAY 01st May 2018 - Napoli Capodichino Airport h10.00 a.m.

After a long wait...we are ready to fly to Sofia! It's a small, but strong group: 5 students, Michela Minieri, Paola Martino, Ilaria Nugnes, Guido Martino, Alfonso De Fenzo with our 3 accompanyng teachers, Anna Maria Ceccarelli, Francesca Rametta and Paola Santaniello. We are excited,happy, and a little bit worried (three of us are flying for the first time!)

...and before sleeping a short recap of what we are going to talk about tomorrow.

WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY - AT SCHOOL!

At "Prof. Konstantin Irecheck" school students and teachers were waiting to welcome us with traditional food, local dances and fun activities! We met the other partners from Turkey, Spain and Germany.

A tasty special bread to dip in honey
56 "Prof. Konstantin Irechek" School - School and works presentation

The topic of the meeting was "Introducing Immigrants". The teams of students presented their products and shared their experience with the audience.

Students "on the stage"

We showed the video about our meeting with some refugees from Syria and Camerun who live in our district, very close to our school,

"I'm from Afghanistan and I'm a Refugee in Bulgaria"

We had the unique opportunity to meet some young refugees from Afghanistan, helped by volunteers from UNICEF

Socializing and having funny moments

Origami with the Bulgarian students

...and, finally, we produced our own slogan which came out of ideas and activities shared all day long

THURSDAY - 03rd MAY - SOFIA SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Ancient Serdica

The Russian church Sveta Nikolai

...Having a little rest in front of "Ivan Vazov" National Theatre

The Russian Church

St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the largest ortodox church in Bulgaria

The military parade for the Day of bravery and the Bulgarian Army

SOFIA Synagogue

THE PRESIDENCY BUILDING

FRIDAY 4th MAY

Daily tour to Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture 2019

The city of Plovdiv was ranked 6th amongst the oldest living cities in the world and the first in Europe by the Daily Telegraph. Plovidv was also included in the Huffington Post’s article, “10 Ancient World Cities You Can Still Visit.” Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria after Sofia. What was originally a Thracian settlement evolved into a bustling Roman city, but even before that Plovdiv was home to a Neolithic settlement dating back to 4,000 B.C. Over the centuries Plovdiv has been called Eumolpia, Trimontium, and Paldin. But its most famous name was Philippopolis, which literally translates into “City of Phillip.” Phillip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) conquered the city 342 B.C. and named it in his honor. By 46 B.C. the city landed in the hands of the Roman Empire. Plovdiv eventually became the largest and most prosperous city in the province of Thrace. “Plovdiv is the biggest and loveliest of all cities. Its beauty shines from faraway.” -Lucian of Samosata, Ancient Greek satirist (120 – 200 A.D.) It later fell into Byzantine and Ottoman hands, before becoming part of Bulgaria. Plovdiv remains one of the most culturally significant destinations in the Balkans. Walking around the city will reveal remnants from several historical periods including ancient Thracian, Roman, Ottoman, Medieval, and the Bulgarian National Revival. Plovdiv is one of four Bulgarian cities shortlisted to be the “European Capital of Culture 2019” – a title it has a very good chance of winning due to its several monuments and active program of events.

The Roman Plovdiv - The Stadium

The Ancient Roman Theatre

The Old Town . Cobblestone streets wind between colorful 19th century homes featuring Bulgarian National Revival architecture (a cultural movement by Bulgarians to regain their identity from the Ottomans). Homes from this period were characteristically large, fancy, and richly embellished with murals, columns, porches, and handmade furniture. Many of these homes are now museums that are open to the public.

SATURDAY 5TH MAY - THE RED CROSS

www.redcross.bg

In a beautiful location, among trees and flowers, we were welcomed at the Bugarian Red Cross by some volunteers who explained us the situation of Refugees in Bulgaria and how the Red Cross works to help them.

They showed us some safety measures in case of danger or accidents

We tested an earthquake simulator!

ALL TOGHETER!

Opportunity to discover new places

...and, above all, NEW SPECIAL FRIENDS!

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BYE BYE BULGARIA...

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