domingo, 29 de noviembre de 2015


We are very proud of the great work done during this unforgettable week.
We all knew that we would have to say goodbye, but it was hard! On Saturday, when we met at Loiu airport, everybody was sad. There were hugs and kisses and quite a few tears. In March we will be together again and there are already plans for future exchanges.

miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015


These two days have been very busy for all the participants in our Erasmus + Project. We have learnt about a lot of different jobs and we have met young people who are working and have even created their own businesses. We have also become aware of the high rate of unemployment in Spain and in our city, Getxo. This presentation shows a little bit of what we have seen.

lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2015

Getxo- Garbsen Meeting

All the participants of the Erasmus+ Project  have already started working hard.  Our German friends arrived at the weekend, they met our families, we showed them our city and we are all doing our best to get to know each other. In this presentation, you can see what we did on this first day at school.

jueves, 19 de noviembre de 2015


This year again, we are back with our European Projects. Now the European Programmes are called Erasmus +. Our topic for these two years is "Youth Employment" and we are going to work with our partners from the last two years. The schools in France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Hungary and Greece.

We began working in September. First, two teachers from school went to France and met their European colleagues. There, they agreed on details about how to carry out our project.
Then, in October, our students started their research to prepare their presentations for the first students' meeting, which is going to take place in November, from the 23rd to the 28th. We also had a parents' meeting on November  10th to inform about the project and the exchange.
Now everybody is really excited! The work is done, students are rehearsing their presentations, parents are preparing their homes... and both Basque and German students are thinking about wonderful plans and are looking forward to meeting each other.

In the following presentation you have some pictures showing the hard work and our great team.

viernes, 3 de julio de 2015

Talking about the Irish Experience

They have written a diary and they have uploaded lots of pictures.
But what do they exactly think about their experience?
This is their opinion on Kultura Ondarea Saria and their Trip to Ireland:



domingo, 28 de junio de 2015

Ireland: Day 6 - Galway and Connemara

By Jone Vicente

First of all, we woke up at 7 o'clock and  had breakfast at 8:15. At 9 o'clock we took the bus to go to the opposite side of the island (the west), exactly to Galway
We arrived at the village at 12:30. We spent only 15 minutes to see the street full of musicians and marvellous shops. 
After that, we had lunch at a gorgeus hotel near the harbour. It was amazing! We had typical Irish food. When we finished lunch we went shopping for an hour. 
At 16:30 we were taken to a marvellous beach with white sand and clear water. Finally, we had dinner on a seafood restaurant. Again nwe tasted traditional Irish foof. We especially liked some rich tarts. To end this amazing day we did the check in on our new hostel. Although we all wanted to go to a pub to listen to Irish musica, we had to postpone it. It was too late.

Again It has really been a fantastic day!

sábado, 27 de junio de 2015

Day 5 - Wicklow: Botanic Garden, Beach and Gaol

By Aitziber Pulido

Today, Saturday, we woke up at 7:30 to have breakfast. After the breakfast, we took the bus to Paddy's house which is located in Glendalough. There, we had a presentation about ecology and environment: past, present and future. There we've learnt many words and ideas we didn't know before. 

When Paddy finished the lecture, we took the bus again to the Botanic Garden where we've discovered many kinds of trees and flowers from all continents. In the picture we can see the 16 students surrounding a giant sequoia from the USA. 

After those amazing images of nature, we went to the beach, where some girls took a bath in the cold water
We had lunch there and then we went to an old prison in Wicklow. After visiting the scary prison, we had free time before lunch to buy some gifts.

Before going back to the hostel we visited the ruins of and old Viking-Normand Castle next to the see, where we 5 jumped for the picture.
Again and again, we had a wonderful day.

viernes, 26 de junio de 2015

Day 4 - Glendalough

By Estera Mardarie

We woke up at 7 o'clock and we got ready to go to the next stop. When we arrived to Glendalough Valley we had some free time to look for souvenirs and eat. Then we started our hiking. Two of us couldn't do the large route and they did the small one. When we were at the middle of the trip we saw our mates from the  mountain and we started to talk with them from the hill of the mountain to the bottom of the valley. We had fun because we sang the famous song "sardina bat... Bi sardina..." and they answered us back.

Then, we continued hiking for many hours and finally we had dinner at an old traditional pub. After the dinner, our tutor Juan Carlos told us a "horror  story " and once again all of us had a great time. 

Day 3 - Dublin

By Alba and Aitziber

We woke up at 8:00 to have breakfast. After breakfast, we went to Paddy's house, an Irish writer and guide. After an interesting presentation about Irish literature and the Invention of Ireland, we took a bus to James Joyce Centre, where we learnt many things about the life of this writer. We saw the big post office located in the centre of Dublin and we walked to the Trinity College to see the big amazing library and. There we saw the Book of Kells. In the library some students bought t-shirts and gifts for their family. 
We had lunch in a pub, and with more energy, we visited the oldest cathedral in Dublin: St. Patrick's Cathedral. 

We went walking from the cathedral to the Guinness Storehouse. There our teacher Juan Carlos gave us the chance to taste the Guinness. 

Before dinner, we went to the city hall to meet with Comhairle na n-Og, Dublin's 'youth parliament'. There we talked with young Irish people to know the situation of the Irish language between young people. Their aim is to help young people around Ireland. 

Finally, we had dinner in a pub. Here we ate traditional and delicious Irish food

miércoles, 24 de junio de 2015

Day 2 - Dublin

Article by Iratxe Cea (to be uploaded)

Today it has been a very long intense day. First we visited Paddy’s house for the first time and he told us some interesting facts about Ireland and the Irish History, from the Middle Ages to our days. Then, we went for a great walk through an anusual park called Phoenix Park. There, we saw some kind of animals such as deers, squirrels and magpies.  Finally, we visited the giant cross where the Pope Juan Pablo II met over a million Irish people.
At one o’clock approximately we had lunch and visited the 1916 Memorial. There, we read about that historical and revolutionary time and saw the yatch where the Irish patriots carried over 100.000 rifles and weaponry.
We were supposed to finish at 5 o’clock to have a little free time, but as we ended earlier tan we thought, we had the whole afternoon free to do some shopping. At 7 p.m. we went to Fitzgeralds Bar to listen to some traditional Irish music. However, as there was a really warm atmosphere we decided to take part of it by singing some Basque songs.
To finish or fantastic day we had dinner at another classical Dublines restaurant and went back to the hostel to go to bed, as the following day was going to be even harder.

martes, 23 de junio de 2015

Trip to Ireland: First Day - First Impressions

Article by Estera Laura Mardarie

Time is over. At last we have started our culture-trip to Ireland. We've met at high school at 1.45 and then gone to Loiu Airport. Once there, we've kept a long queue to do the check-in. After that, we came into the plane and our wonderful flight started. The journey took us two hours. 
When we landed, Paddy, our guide,  was waiting for us with a banner saying "Ongi Etorri". We took a bus to the center of Dublin, where our hostel was situated. After half an hour we had dinner at a nice restaurant very near the hostel. There, we had the chance to know our mates better. And our conclusiones were good: "They are nice people!!!"
After dinner, we went downstairs, to the pub, to listen to a little concert. Both boys were very good at playing the acoustic guitar and the trikitixa, so we enjoyed their performance a lot!
Before midnight, we went to the hotelk to go to bed.
Excitement and expectations are filled out!. 😇

sábado, 20 de junio de 2015

Words and Prizes

After receiving the diplomas from the Basque Government representatives, the students and the tutor thanked for the prize with the following words:

HITZALDIA (by Iratxe Cea)
  Kultura ondareak antolatu  duen lehiaketaren esperientzia bikaina izan dela uste dut. Hasiera batean, gure tutoreak proiektu hau planteatu zigun, eta nahiko ezohikoa iruditu zitzaidan, eta kuriositateak jota, parte hartu nuen. Baina, benetan, denbora pasa ahala, gure kulturak izan ditzakeen berezitasunak itzelezkoak direla ohartu nintzen, eta horrek euskaldun izatearen nire harrotasuna gehiago piztu du.

  Lehiaketa honetan itsasontzi zaharren berreraikuntzari buruz hitz egin izan nahi dugu. Gure herrian, Getxon, arrantzan eta bestelako ekintzetan tradizio handia zegoen , baina, urteak pasa ahala, ohitura batzuk galdu egin dira, eta lehen hain ezaguna zen tradizioa dezente galdu da. Orduan, gure helburu nagusia inguruan daukagun  jendeari, behintzat, aintzinean zeuden lanak ezagutzeko  grina piztea izan da, eta antza denez, lortu dugu. Beraz, bidai hau ohore bat da guretzat, eta ahalik eta gehien disfrutatzen saiatuko gara!

¡Buenos días!
Mi nombre es Estera Mardarie y pertenezco al grupo ganador del instituto JCB dirigido por Carlos M.  Creo que hablo en nombre de todos mis compañeros/as al decir que estoy tremendamente agradecida a Kultura Ondarea por la oportunidad que nos ha brindado.
 Es verdad que trabajamos con mucha ilusión y dedicación para llevar a cabo este proyecto, con el que finalmente nos encariñamos; y aunque, como todos los aquí presentes, teníamos la esperanza de ganar, el resultado nos sorprendió muchísimo. .
Al iniciar esta "investigación" nuestra principal meta era ganar pero al adentrarnos más nuestro interés empezó a crecer. 
Por otra parte, me gustaría destacar la dedicación y pasión con la que los miembros de IEH (asociación que nos ha sido de gran ayuda para nuestro proyecto y en quien hemos basado el mismo) trabajan para mantener viva esta tradición de restauración de barcos antiguos, que personalmente la considero más bien un legado. 
Sentimos gran admiración y respeto hacia estas personas que dedican su tiempo y energía para que esta parte del patrimonio cultural vasco, pequeña pero aún así importante,  no se pierda. Por eso mismo queríamos concienciar a las personas sobre la importancia que se le debiera dar a la transmisión de valores culturales. 
Muchas gracias. 

                                              J. Carlos Martínez

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a pleasure and an honour to be here, especially as we have something in common to celebrate.

When we were invited to take part in Kultura Ondarea Saria, it took less than 24 hours to decide. Six wonderful students from different courses immediately offered to carry out the project making the decision easy.

Julio Caro Baroja High School has traditionally enhanced modern languages (yesterday we celebrated our Forth Multilingual Encounters) and worked on CLIL projects. However, our Kultura Ondarea Saria Project has been the most ambitious and challenging student project at school for two reasons :-

1.      Time required
2.      The overall size of the project

So, our first step was to ensure we had good and easy communication by using mobile phones, whatsapps and the internet in order to share our efforts and progress. We adopted a positive  “Can do”  attitude.

Kultura Ondarea Saria has given us three things:

Firstly, An insight into a brand new world - the world of rebuilding old traditional Basque boats. Once we found the topic, we were very lucky to meet Iñaki, Alfredo and Jesús from Itxas Egurra Haizean, an association that rebuilds old Basque boats in the traditional way. They showed us their small boatyards, shared their knowledge of boats and even took us for a small boat ride.

Secondly,   Kultura Ondarea Saria has provided us with the chance to develop team work, different from the norm, by observing and sharing new skills and experiences in the real world.

Finally, last but not least, this contest has taught us how to face new and difficult challenges impossible to carry out in the classroom.

When we saw on Facebook that everyday more and more participants were entering the competition, we realized just how difficult it would be to impress the panel of judges, let alone win a prize. Therefore, we focused on the task, to at least achieve the satisfaction of knowing we had done our best.

When it was announced thatSurfing  our Traditional Basque boat Rebuilding” had won one of the prizes, we were so happy, full of pride, and our satisfaction complete.

To finish, I’d like to give our deepest thanks to the Basque Department of Education and Culture for promoting this type of contest, motivating students and teachers to work together creating projects on Basque Heritage making us more aware of our rich and sometimes unknown traditions.

Thank you very much.

viernes, 19 de junio de 2015

And the Winner is... IES Julio Caro Baroja BHI !!!

Today, June 19th, at 12:30 p.m. our students have received the Kultura Ondarea Saria Prize. It is the First Contest that the Basque Government  makes to promote the Basque Heritage among young students.

Congratulations to the winners.

viernes, 22 de mayo de 2015

Surfing our Traditional Basque Boat Rebuilding Make-of

After showing the video "Surfing our Traditional Boat Rebuilding" in classes of 4º ESO and 1º Bachillerato, students have asked us to upload the make-of video.  They feel proud of their class-mates and consider they are a good stimulus to promote group projects and participation in contests and other interesting events as Kultura Ondarea Saria.

We are sure you will like it.
Thanks for visiting us.

jueves, 14 de mayo de 2015

Kultura Ondarea Saria, a new School Project at IES Julio Caro Baroja.

In order to promote the Basque Heritage among young students,  the Basque Government opened a contest called Kultura Ondarea Saria. Students could take part in any of our official languages, including modern languages studied at school.

A team of six lead by J. Carlos Martínez as their tutor offered to participate. They have been working hard for two months. As a consequence, the results have turned our to be highly promising.

They have made two videos. The first one describes the way they have been working (make-of). The second one is the product.

What Basque topic did they choose? Something closely connected with Algorta: old traditional boats -txalupak- and their rebuilding, as most of them are disappearing little by little.
They had some priceless help from the Association Itxas Egurra Haizean and the undeniable support of Iñaki Gómez, Alfredo Robles y Jesús Álvarez.

They have uploaded their video today in:
"Surfing our traditional Basque boat rebuilding"
Podéis leer el texto en castellano en el siguiente link:…/104DWgMPfUabFStB1-iAAic9rFuq…/edit

"IES Julio Caro Baroja BHI- Surfing our Traditional Basque Boat Rebuilding / Gure itsasontzi tradizionalen berreraikuntzaren ikerketa"
... and they have visited some 1º Bach classes and 4º ESO to present their project.
We encourage you all, who are reading this post, to click on the Facebook link, visit the video and clik ME GUSTA, if that is your opinion.
Thank you all for your support.

martes, 28 de abril de 2015

Day 15 - Farewell

By Mrs. Virginia Lima

Today we are 52 kids and countless number of teachers and families tying to express how thankful they feel for such an amazing experience.

As we say goodbye after four heavenly weeks together I am so proud of what our two schools have accomplished. Thirty years ago neither Getxo nor Scituate High could have imagined such a strong bond.

This cultural exchange and language immersion is a life-changing experience for the families, the teachers and, especially, the students. We all learn so much about each other, the world and our languages. Our students now understand the joy of exploration and adventure. They have been motivated for years to learn a new language with the hope of participating on the Getxo-Scituate exchange.

I don't think they knew how much fun they would have and how much love they would feel. 

For me, this has, undoubtedly been the best of my teaching career.

Hugs and kisses to all!

lunes, 27 de abril de 2015

Day 14 Family Party

Time is nearly over, but we have to celebrate many things. 
Everybody is happy
There are too many reasons to feel good and glad, and proud of the things done together.

domingo, 26 de abril de 2015

Day 13. Cabárceno, Santillana del Mar, Santander

By Robbie and Kate Conley

Today was a very eventful day, visiting a number of beautiful places. First, we went to Cabárceno, to the zoo and saw a lot of cool animals including rhinos and gorillas. Everyone especially liked the bear fight and the seal show.

Then the group went to Santillana de Mar. Most of us stopped and got some delicious ice cream.
Everyone took a well-needed rest so we could fully enjoy our visit to Santander. There, we had a chance to walk around the area and see animals on display as well as walk to the Palace of La Magdalena.
All in all, a busy but great day to help round out the trip. It was great to venture out of Bilbao with the Scituate and Getxo students together
We are all very excited to enjoy dinner with our families before heading to a discoteca later tonight. ¡Viva El Pais Vasco!

sábado, 25 de abril de 2015

Bilbao - Fine Arts Museum and Boat Ride

By Dylan and  Zach

Today we took our third trip to Bilbao to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and take a boat ride on la ria through the center of the city. 
After walking to school we met in our group to join our students in their first class. I (Dylan) was with Eneko, and I had Euskera. In Euskera, we took a quiz about world languages and learned a song in Basque called Txoriak Txori. I (Zach) was with Ander, and we had Economics. We talked about government intervention in the economy and it was really interesting. We compared the economic systems of Spain and the United States and how they are different.

After class we went to the metro to get to the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao. There we split into two groups and took a tour to see various exhibits of contemporary paintings, multiple sculptures, religious paintings and even fashion from the 1950s. 

After we left the tour we went to take a ride on a bilboat on la ria. We got to see the many parts of Bilbao and observe how the city has grown and developed from a factory based center to a more modern city.
Once we finished our boat ride we finally went to Casco Viejo where we shopped around and waited for our kids to find us. 
Third times the charm in Bilbao; 
the trip with the group was really fun and everything was amazing.

(Pictures to be uploaded)

jueves, 23 de abril de 2015

Day 10: San Juan de Luz and San Sebastian

Nicole Grace
We started the day with a two hour bus ride and we stopped first at San Juan de Luz. We passed the border from Spain to France at 10:30. When we got there it was raining and some people brought raincoats and/or umbrellas while others did not. 
After, we left France at 12 and started heading to San Sebastián to go to the aquarium. When we got to San Sebastián, the sun came out and it became a beautiful day.
First, we went inside the aquarium which was extremely cool as there were multiple different kinds of fish. After, we had 2 hours of free time so we walked around and went to the San Sebastián beach. The day started off gray and rainy, but when the sun came out it became a perfect day. Kaitlyn Capprinni, Maddie Ryan, and I found Baterìa de las Damas and we walked up an amazing mountain trail that led us to Gaztelua Castillo which had the Sacred Heart Statue on top. It was the most beautiful view I have ever seen in my entire life. Even though there were numerous stairs, it was absolutely worth it. 
There are no words to describe the beauty that we just saw.

Day 9: Bilbao's Town Hall and Guggenheim Museum

Ellie and Gabby

We started our Wednesday by walking with our exchange students and meeting with everyone at the school at 8 am. Then, we rode the metro where two men were yelling at each other; we were entertained for we learned some new Spanish swear words. We finally got off the metro 8+ stops later and arrived in Abondo, Bilbao
We were excited to see the Ayuntamiento because we were able to take a tour of Bilbao's town hall. Although we were tired from the long night before during the tour, we were all very interested in learning more about the significance of the town hall. 
After seeing the beautiful interior of the town hall, we left and walked across a bridge called Zubizuri to visit the Guggenheim Museum. We were all extremely siked to see the modern art and Puppy. Inside, we had the opportunity to see the marvelous statues and structures
In one large room, we were able to walk into these big structures that were so tilted and distorted that we were unbalanced due to its crooked perspective. 
There were three floors to the Guggenheim and we got to see artwork created from gunshots and others of fat ladies. 
After an hour or so, we finished our trip to Guggenheim by devouring some rich and delicious gelato! 
What a day and what an amazing experience! We are still hungry for more! 

martes, 21 de abril de 2015

Day 8: Gernika, Santimamiñe, Mundaka, Bermeo

Kate MacCune y Mondo Kalpin. 

Today we started off at the virtual caves in Santimamiña. Here we were given a 3D tour of the caves because the public is unable to enter due to pollution destroying the paintings of the cave. Next we went to the Museum of Peace to learn about the German bombing of Gernika. We entered a simulation, pretending to be in a civilian house at the time of the bombing. Here we learned about reconciliation rather than vengeance
Next we went to Casa de Juntas, to learn about the Bizkaia government and the symbolism of the oak tree. At the Casa de Juntas (Assembly Hall) we saw the assembly room and the new oak tree planted to symbolized the strength and unity of the Biskaia government

We went to Mundaka to have lunch at the beach. We walked along the beach and sea wall to look at the waves and cliffs behind it. 
Lastly we went to Bermeo to walk around the port and enter the little shops. Here we felt at home in the little sea side town with the small nautical venders. 
We had a great day and great weather to spend a trip along the coast of Spain. 

lunes, 20 de abril de 2015

Day 7: Diputación & Casco Viejo

Maddie Ryan and Katie Irish 

Today we went to school with our exchange partners and got to experience what a typical class is like. The class environment and teaching styles were fascinatingly different than what we are used to in the United States.  
After the first class, the group went on the Metro to explore Bilbao for the first time. When we arrived, we visited the government building of Biscay -La Diputación-  and were given a guided tour. It was very interesting to learn about the history of both the governing system, and the building, and the political heritage of the Biscay region. 
Next we were given a guided tour through El Casco Viejo and were able to appreciate the rich history of this region. The beautiful architecture, and the pleasant streets were outstanding to walk through. 
We also were given time to shop on the Gran Vía and were exposed to more similarities and differences between the two cultures
When we returned to Getxo, we were reunited with our partners and spent time at a beach called Ereaga
We are still in awe of the beauty of this region, 
and cannot wait to spend another week here with our friends! 

sábado, 18 de abril de 2015

Day 5: Welcome Party

Mike and Molly

Earlier this morning, we were able to wake up at anytime before 11. It was the first time we were able to sleep in since we arrived in Spain. Then at noon, we took the metro and walked to La Salvaje. Here, we took a lot of pictures of the cliffs and the beach. At one o´clock, we met  with the other students and went to the surf school.  They gave us wetsuits and surfboards. They taught us basic instructions about how to surf and then we stretched. Next, we split into two groups and got into the water. There were huge waves today so it was difficult to stand up but everybody had fun. After going back to everyone´s houses, we all met at six o´clock for the welcome party at the high school. Here, the Basque students sang a song for the Americans and then the opposite. We then went to the gym to learn typical basque dances. Afterwards, we had an arrangement of different authentic Spanish/Basque foods and drinks. After the welcome party, everybody went home to prepare for las discotecas!

Welcome Party Programme
1. Welcome Words and Anniversary postcards
2. Scituate-Getxo-Scituate, song by the students from Getxo.
3. It's the place to be, song by the students from Scituate.
4. A celebration present: IES Julio Caro Baroja T-shirt
5. Family Picture
6. Basque Dances: To watch them click on the numbers: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 -
7. Family Dinner at the school canteen

viernes, 17 de abril de 2015

4th Day: Welcome to Getxo

by Sophia Coleman & Julia Blacker

Today we had so much on our excursion. First, all of the American students went to school with their Basque companions and when we arrived, we were met by roses from a student who goes to the school. Then, the principal talked to us about the exchange and was very enthusiastic about us being there. After, we left our partners we walked to the town office where the Mayor of Getxo talked to us about the government and we got to ask questions about Getxo. We sat in the seats where representatives sit which was very cool to see how Getxo is run. 
Then we walked along the shore in the rain heading towards the Vizcaya Bridge that suspends cars across the water, which we all thought was beautiful. It was downpouring but still fun and a beautiful place to be, even when we were running from cafe to cafe to hide from the rain. We got to the bridge and we ate our lunches before going up. We took an elavator up to the top and walked across. The view was amazing and was such a great place to have been able to go to. 
After, we were all wet but still having fun, we went to cafes and had some good laughs. Our picture was taken in front of the bridge and was put in the newspaper. How cool is that! Some of us even spine to the writer to talk about how excited we were to be there. We then headed back to the school to spend time with our partners for the rest of the night. 
Today was an amazing experience and we loved every second of it.