These are the Project Weeks that will take place from 3 to 7 March 2012 :
1. ROMA - ITALY Students will spend five days in Rome, volunteering in a soup kitchen and getting to know the city's art and architecture. We will spend the mornings at the soup kitchen, followed by afternoons in the centre of Rome, the Vatican City, Villa Borghese, and simply exploring the city's side streets, fountains, and trattorie.
2. CROSS COUNTRY SKIING - FRANCE & SWITZERLAND. The project week cross country skiing will take place in France, in the Jura mountains. The main theme of the project is cross country skiing and we plan to do at least 150km on the GTJ course. Depending on the weather, we will also discover the fabrication process of a cheese (Le Comté) from the farm to the selling shop. Then we will finish this project week by visiting the IOC (International Olympic committee) in Lausanne.
3. MUNICH - GERMANY. We are going to Munich, Germany on a Project Week designed to let us learn more about the Holocaust. We are visiting Dachau Concentration Camp, the place where the die Weiße Rose campaign promoted by Munich students to call for active opposition to Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic policies took place, museums and other local cultural attractions. We are also doing presentations at local high schools to promote the UWC movement and to discuss the perceptions of German young generations about their history. We are hosted by a Munich family of musicians from the 3rd to the 7th of March, 2012.
4. MATERA - ITALY. Ther will be eleven of us in Matera, a beautiful town in southern Italy. Our project will be full of activities that will involve the partecipation of many associations and the Comune di Matera.
The PW programme includes:
-Meeteings with the local population and groups of young people about international issues.
-Cultural visits in museums and in the hystorical centre of the town and trips in the amazing countryside known as Murgia.
-Promotion of the UWC movement both through presentations in buildings of cultural importance and in the high schools.
The main aim of the project week is to increase our knowledge of southern Italian culture and our consciousness of different kinds of global and national problems.
5. SICILY - ITALY. The idea of this Project week is to compare the ‘terrone’ and ‘polentone’ view on Italy through photography and/or video with the aim to put on an exhibition at the college afterwards (i.e. how different people’s opinions on Italy are according to whether they are from southern or northern Italy). The idea will be to ask a question and see how different people answer it in those different parts of Italy.
6. NEWCASTLE - UNITED KINGDOM. Robin Tyne, the second year student from the UK, is taking 7 of his co-years to his home city of Newcastle upon Tyne to work in primary schools with children from different social backgrounds. The group will run workshops raising awareness with the children about children's rights as well as responsibilities, looking at local issues as well as issues in the wider world to which the children can relate. The group will also promote the UWC movement by presenting it in secondary schools and will also go on cultural visits exploring the unique history of the north-east of England.
7. SIBIU, TIMISOARA, BUCHAREST & BRASOV - ROMANIA. Romania through foreigners’ eyes. This project will take place in four beautiful cities of Romania: Sibiu, Timisoara, Bucharest and Brasov. We will take on a journey with the purpose of inhaling as many and as diverse first impressions from those cities. Cameras, pens and notebooks will be our eyes and brains while trying to document as many moments and encounters that we’ll come across along the road. While hoping to be engulfed by a different culture, language and people, we surely hope that we will give bits and pieces of memories to these ready-to-be-found wonders of Romania.
8. CHAMBER MUSIC (PALERMO, SICILY) - ITALY. A group of 9 students will be traveling to Palermo to play a diverse array of chamber music by composers such as Mendelssohn, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Bartók, Mozart, Piazzolla, Paganini, and Giuliani. Two student works will also be premiered during the week. As well as playing music for Sicilian students and musical societies in Palermo, the students will give presentations about UWC Adriatic and UWC ideals and will visit culturally important sites in Sicily.
9. COUCOU A' TOUT LE MONDE (PARIS) - FRANCE. A group of 9 students, full of excitement and positive energy, will visit Paris, ''the city of light'', with the goal to promote the college and UWC movement in local schools, as well as to visit popular places, museums and churches such as la Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame de Paris , Saint Chapelle, Champs-Élysées, le Louvre, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Musée d'Orsay etc
Students are staying either with host families or in rented apartments during the 5 days in the most romantic city in the world.
10. NORA (SARDINIA) - ITALY. Animal and environmental care, archeology, hiking, and (hopefully) a lot of sun! Our project week has been joined by fifteen students, and will take place in Sardinia between the 3rd and the 7th of March. On the first and the last day, we’ll have the chance to visit Cagliari, while we’ll spend the 4th, the 5th and the 6th in Nora, on the southern coast of the island.
We’ll have the possibility to collaborate with a centre that operates in the field of sustainability and animal care: the wonderful Nora beach is an important spot for the reproduction of marine turtles. We’ll be taught how to take care of them and of the other animals and, moreover, we’ll work for the eradication of the Carpobrotus aciniformis and the other endemic weeds that threatens the stability of the marine environment. Furthermore, we’ll visit the ruins in the Punic city of Nora, and go hiking on the marvelous beaches close to the city of Pula.