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LIFE stands for Linking Interests For Europe

06 - 12 November 2016: Meeting LIFE in Italy

LIFE meeting at Imola
06 - 12 November 2016


During the week from the 6th to the 12th November 2016, in Imola, the students from the class 4H of Liceo Linguistico Alessandro Da Imola received 3 foreign delegations: 6 Belgian, 6 Portuguese and 6 German students. The “LIFE (Linking Interests For Europe) Project”, in which all the students were involved, is based on the cooperation among the participants, with the aim to promote an advertising campaign about a visited company and to sponsor an event or a product created by the students through multimedia presentations, paper leaflets and videos.

The corner stone of the project is represented by the visit to two companies in the local territory: La Fabbrica, an important ceramics firm in Castel Bolognese and “Cà Monti”, a well-known rural farm house located in Sassoleone, in the right middle of the hills of Romagna on the border with Tuscany.

During the visit at the ceramics, the production process could be observed, going from the clay selection to the finished product, exhibited in their showrooms. At Ca’Monti after the presentation of the surrounding area, of the company and of their biological production, the students were offered the taste of products that could also be bought. Activities went on during the week with workshops and excursions through the territory: a short visit round the historical city centre of Imola, of Ferrara and of Bologna. The Life Project offers the students the opportunity to get to know different cultures and to appreciate their peculiarities, but most of all it lets them approach the world of work.


25 April - 1 May 2016: Meeting LIFE in Portugal

LIFE meeting at the Escola Secundária de Francisco Rodrigues Lobo in Leiria Portugal
25 April - 1 May 2016


In April 2016 the second LIFE-Conference in our Erasmus+ project was hosted in Leiria, Portugal, where students and teachers from Portugal, Belgium, Italy and Germany met. 

On April 25th the hosts in Portugal welcomed 18 students and their accompanying teachers in Leiria where the next 5 days were full of LIFE.

As in Dendermonde, Belgium, the students were introduced to marketing strategies and learned and practised in workshops how to successfully advertise a business. The group also got insight into different companies and discovered what it means to manage a production process: from the ideas and modelling to the production itself and innovative ideas to stay competetive to promoting the products. Therefore the students and teachers did not only visit the glass factory Vidrala and the juice factory Frubaca but also experts from the centre for innovation Centimfe shared their knowledge with them. The students used the last two days of the conference to create brochures of the companies and videos promoting the products in very creative ways. The results were shared in a lively presentation.

Due to the international teamwork the whole group grew together extremely fast and had wonderful days in sunny Portugal.

In November 2016 the next conference will bring students and teachers together in Imola, Italy. Again a week full of work with international groups and insight into even more new companies is awaiting the 6 students and 2 teachers from each country.

Another conference full of LIFE lies ahead.

23 - 29 October 2015: Kick-off meeting LIFE in Belgium

Kick-off meeting LIFE at Óscar Romerocollege in Dendermonde in Belgium
23 - 29 October 2015


The kick-off conference for our new Erasmus+ project LIFE took place at Heilige Maagdcollege in Dendermonde, Belgium. Two teachers and six students from each of the other participating schools in Italy, Portugal and Germany spent one week in Belgium which marked the starting-point of the two year project. From October 23rd till October 29th the teachers discussed and planned the needs and the coming tasks and conferences while the students took part in various workshops dealing, for example, with business and marketing strategies.

The project aims at supporting the implementation of an inter-disciplinary approach, which gives the students of the four countries vocational orientation on a European level by organising two company-visits during each of the conferences. Students will get real life insight into local companies in their hometowns as well as abroad. The companies will be promoted by the students in the final business-fairs organised at each school in 2017 so that both partners of the project will profit from this process. Thus the interests of students, schools and companies are linked and the chances of employment for our students will increase. The project's aim is also to open new markets for the participating companies and innovate our teaching methods.

Concluding this project prepares the students of general secondary education in a vocational way and on a European level, which is a missing element in the curricula of all participating schools.

In Dendermonde the participants had the chance to get insight into the world's largest chocolate factory Barry Callebaut and into the small but very successful brewery Vicaris. During those visits the students gathered a lot of information, videos and photos of the two companies which they used after the visits to create brochures and even a commercial about one of the companies. Besides that, the Belgian colleagues organised study-visits to the European Commission in Brussels and to Gent.

The next conferences will take place in Portugal (April 25th till May 1st 2016) and in Italy (November 6th till 12th 2016). The last transnational meeting will be in Germany (March 5th till 11th 2017) and after each country has organised their final fairs or exhibitions a transnational project meeting will take place at one of the four schools.


We would like to thank the Belgian school, teachers and host families for making this conference a truly LIFE-changing experience for all participants