25.10.2018 11:59

Back from Crete


Already in 2017 some trainees of horticulture and landscape gardening of the Euro-BBW went to Crete in order to take part in a two-week natural stone training course. And also this year we continued this successful measure. On 23.09.2018, three trainees of the Euro-BBW went to Crete. They were accompanied by their trainer Michael H. and further 26 trainees, one master craftsman, 2 journeymen, one stonemason and 2 vocational school teachers from all over Rhineland-Palatinate. They lived and worked at the Greek-Orthodox Academy in Kolymbari, which celebrates its 50th anniversary during the course.

Within the framework of this training course, a so-called mediation path is built which connects the Academy with the chapel of Saint Makarios and in some years it will also connect the monastery Gonia with the Academy. Besides working on the construction site the course also contains theoretical contents (including a test!) and European contents due to the financial support of Erasmus+.

First, they had to maintain the existing path before they started to build the next unit of stairs made of natural stone, including all related subtasks such as measuring the site, embossing bricks or mixing concrete. Furthermore, they had a major project, namely the construction of a kind of column installation which they fondly called „Tempelsche“ (little temple). Another task of this year’s trainees was a special floor mosaic on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Academy. Every day, the trainees took turns at the different places of construction so that they were entrusted with all works during the course.

Unfortunately the group had bad weather this year: Storm and rain and also problems with material supply complicated construction work. But in spite of these problems the trainees were extremely motivated, demonstrated team spirit and proceeded well so that met the deadline and presented a wonderful result at the end.

Of course, the group made trips to places apart from the construction site. They visited a producer of organic olive oil, viewed the oldest olive tree of Europe and visited the archaeological site Aptera above Souda bay as well as the military cemetery in Maleme which emphasized once again the importance of a common Europe. And a traditional Cretan evening or a shopping trip to Chania were not to be forgotten. Everybody won’t forget the boat trip to a bay with crystal waters, the beach of Elafonisi or the biggest cave Agia Sophia.

At this point we would like to thank everybody involved very sincerely – on the construction site or at the Academy. Efcharistó!

You can find more detailed, entertaining and amusing information about the individual construction places, tasks and persons involved as well as much more photos in the Creta blog at: https://euro-bbw.tumblr.com/

The exchange was organized within the framework of the programme Erasmus+.

Impressionen aus Kreta