Erasmus & Student Mobility To Portugal

Our Amazing Azores Adventure

In our most recent STAIRS, ERASMUS+ adventure, we participated in a transformative journey that transcended geographical boundaries with five students to the breath-taking São Jorge in the Azores Islands, Portugal. This mobility to Portugal was more than just a visit; it was a blend of cultural immersion, educational exchange, and heartfelt connections.

Upon our arrival, the genuine hospitality and incredible welcome we received from our Portuguese partners Raquel and Joao, set the tone for an unforgettable experience. Students were paired with host families, providing them with an authentic insight into the rich Azorean way of life.

One of the highlights of the trip was the exchange of knowledge and ideas about special educational needs. The students engaged in open dialogues with their Azorean counterparts, sharing experiences and insights that broadened their perspectives. This cultural exchange not only fostered understanding but also nurtured empathy and solidarity.

Our itinerary was full of culturally enriching activities. We had the privilege of meeting the mayor of Velas, who shared invaluable insights about the island community and history. We also visited the island’s local cheese factory which offered a glimpse into the age-old tradition of cheese-making in the Azores. We were treated to a whale watching tour on rough seas, but unfortunately we missed out on the local sperm whales or pods of dolphins that traverse the channel between São Jorge and the neighbouring island of Pico.

As the trip drew to a close, the students returned home enriched with memories, knowledge, and new friendships from all of the countries who participated in the mobility; France, Spain and Malta all brought students to São Jorge. The Azores had not just been a destination; it had become a part of their educational journey, shaping their perspectives and fostering a spirit of global citizenship.

2024-2025 STAIRS ERASMUS+ Mobility Trip to Malta

The success of our first student mobility makes us look forward to our next destination with the Erasmus+ STAIRS project. Ms Thornton and Ms Moloney will travel to Malta with five students in October 2024. We are now looking for applicants to participate in our next chapter. Applicants should be in TY or Form V in the 2024-25 school year; applicants must be 16 years of age. Additionally, applicants must have a strong knowledge and interest in Special Educational Needs in Villiers School.  Participants will also need to host a student in May of 2025 when we welcome our partners from Portugal, Spain, France, Malta and Turkey. The trip is funded by Erasmus+, but students will need to contribute a nominal amount to subsidise travel and activities.   

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Please reach out to Ms Moloney or Ms Thornton if you have any questions.