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Working with the Bulgarian community in Naples – the journey of Velichka and Raya

We are Raya and Velichka and this is our Erasmus story. In the story, you will learn all about our journey as Erasmus+ trainees in the fall.
Our traineeship was in the Sunday school “Rodoljubie”. We’ve met some talented and intelligent kids who were so passionate to learn Bulgarian language and all about the Bulgarian authors. We had a great time with them because we didn’t just study; we also had so much fun. Some of the kids were not able to speak that much Bulgarian because they are bilingual, but with the help of our mentor, we were able to communicate

Everything started when we first met at the airport. We immediately started to get along and that was a huge plus for our living together. At first, we were a bit worried about the flight, but then we started chatting and the time flew just like us.

When we arrived in Naples, our mentor was waiting for us at the airport. She drove us to the apartment we were about to live in for the next two months. In the second we left luggage in the apartment, we went to try the delicious Napolitana pizza.

The next day, we walked around the beautiful streets of Naples. It is a bit dirty on the street, but it doesn’t spoil the charm of the city. You have so much to see there. In two months, we didn’t have enough time to see everything, but we saw the most incredible landmarks. We went to Galleria Umberto, Castel Sant Elmo, Basilica di Santa Chiara. The weather was so hot that we went to the beach a few times in October!

We also had a trip with a boat to Positano. From the boat we saw every town on the Amalfi coast. Positano has the most outstanding views you could see. It was a little bit overpriced, but for a resort it is pretty normal. We had an opportunity to go to Rome. We didn’t have much time there, so we didn’t see the Colosseum or the ancient city. Overall, we take up on Vittoriano and we saw the whole city from there. We were able to visit Fontana di Trevi and throw a coin for luck in it.

This traineeship was a good opportunity for us. We immersed ourselves in the Italian culture, food and lifestyle. We’ve gained a lot of knowledge and skills about teaching in schools. This Erasmus+ was a great adventure for us and we would love to do it again!

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