Finally, after a 2-year wait, Form 6 students head to Brussels for their EU Erasmus Plus student mobility project.
Our trip to Belgium was part of an Erasmus+ project called Generation EU: Shaping the Future of Europe.
Our project partners are from the Albertus-Magnus Gymnasium in Ettlingen, Germany and this meeting in Brussels was designed to allow our students to meet one another but also to hear more about possible career opportunities in the EU.
We stayed at the Irish College in Leuven and used Leuven as a base to visit Brussels and Antwerp.
On Thursday, we were based in Leuven and the students had the chance to get to know one another as well as talk about their vision for Europe and what Europe means to them. On Friday, we spent the day in Brussels where we visited the European Parliament and heard about careers in languages from an Irish interpreter who is based there. In the afternoon, the students had presentations from stakeholders in various industries such as international relations, diplomacy, and business.
On Saturday, we went back to Brussels to visit the European House of History and the Parlamentarium before doing some sight-seeing in the city centre.
Our last day was Sunday and we visited Antwerp for a walking tour of the city and to visit the amazing MAS Museum in the heart of the port.
We were blessed with beautiful sunshine for the whole trip, and it was a wonderful opportunity for us all to experience different cultures and get a taste for living and working in the heart of Europe.
– Viki Malcolm. Modern Languages and European Studies / Year Head Form 2