In March, euroMind team in Úbeda welcomed a group from Zespół Szkół Zawodowych im.Stefana Bobrowskiego in Rawicz. They came to Spain for a two-week internship. Sixteen students worked in bioconstruction: a new form of construction that does not pollute the environment.
The main responsibilities of the builders were: recognizing and identifying the properties and elements of building materials and their uses in construction; checking, identifying and maintaining the safety measures related to working with slippery materials and heights; examining building plans and the construction project. They also learned about reading and interpreting building plans; producing, compacting, removing the biomaterial (adobe) from its mold and drying it; planning and distributing the different walls between apartments in the construction. Moreover, they were building by using bio and/or recyclable materials.
Apart from their practices, they also had a possibility to travel around Andalusia region; their first trip was to Granada which is located at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada. For centuries its landscapes and magnificent monuments has delighted the viewers. The biggest development of the city took place during the reign of Muslim dynasties. The trainees had the opportunity to hear about the history of the Reconquest and the importance of the Catholic Monarchs: Isabella and Ferdinand. In addition, they visited, among others, the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary since the Incarnation; The Royal Chapel where rest the bodies of the Isabella and Ferdinand are. And the last point of the trip was the long-awaited Alhambra where Ferdinand and Isabella posted a flag as a symbol of the conquest of Granada. They also visited Córdoba, a large Andalusian city located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Córdoba was the largest city in the Mediterranean basin, as well as an important center of science, culture and art with countless mosques, public baths, hospitals, libraries and colleges. The city was culturally tolerant, which allowed the peaceful coexistence of three major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. They also visited Salobreña: one of the most beautiful cities located on the Costa Tropical where the trainees had the opportunity to enjoy the charms of nature.They had the opportunity to sunbathe and bathe in the Mediterranean Sea. We also organized an Úbeda tour and visited Museum of Artisan Poetry Paco Tito, the trainees had the opportunity to visit the Museum, talk to Paco Tito, learn the process of pottery making and observe how some of the pieces for different clients are prepared.
For each student, the stay has been an unforgettable experience, where they not only learned a new philosophy of life that is bioconstruction but also learned about Spanish culture, traditions, and customs.
I was positively surprised by the project. Bio-construction was something new to me. There was a very visible involvement of the management in their life ideas. I think that the bio-construction is very positive for the environment and should be used more often.
I was very surprised by the attitude of the management and local employees; they were very relaxed. The boss and his wife were great. Very interesting job, we were constantly finding out new things. I really liked the presence of animals at work.
I am very pleased to have been able to participate in these wonderful internships. I was surprised that you could use so much waste for different constructions. I was also glad to be able to work with such wonderful bosses.
Project Title: Aktywny Europejczyk - kompetentny zawodowiec
Number of participants: 16
Country: Poland, Rawicz