jueves, 29 de diciembre de 2011

Exchange Móstoles-Cittadella

How did this project start?

The exchange started with an e-mail that was sent to our school. It was an Italian teacher who was looking for a partner school to prepare an exchange for this year. We decided to accept it because we think this kind of activities are very important for our students. With lots of problems at the beginnig, we are now working on it and we´ll travel to Cittadella in March (20-29th approximately) and we´ll receive the Italian students in the middle of April. Our trip will include three days in Venice in a youth hostel visiting this marvellous city and its surroundings.

When they come here, they can visit Toledo, Segovia, Aranjuez and above all Madrid. There , apart from Venice, we´ll visit Padua, Verona and Vicenza.
These are some of the benefits of an exchange:
* Benefiting from immersion in another culture while adapting to a new way of life
• Making lifelong friends, not only within the host country but also with
other students from around the world

• Learning about the practices and accomplishments of people in other

• Returning home with a greater sense of the world and a deeper

understanding of themselves and their culture


Móstoles is the second-largest city in population belonging to the autonomous community of Madrid. It is located 18 kilometres southwest from central Madrid. Móstoles was for a long time only a small village, but expanded rapidly in the twentieth century.
To some extent, it is a dormitory suburb of Madrid, but it is also home to several polígonos (industrial estates). The city also hosts the main campus of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Móstoles became famous on May 2, 1808, when, although it was only a small village, one of its two mayors, Andrés Torrejón, declared war on France, following the Dos de Mayo Uprising the same day in Madrid which started the Peninsular War. A resident of Móstoles, Manuela Malasaña, became a popular heroine of the uprising that day; a subway station and secondary school in Móstoles (our school) and a neighbourhood in Madrid are named after her.

Country   Spain
Region    Madrid
Province    Madrid
Population   205.000  inhabitants
Móstoles flag


Cittadella is a medieval walled city in the province of Padua, northern Italy, founded in the thirteenth century as a military outpost of Padua. The surrounding wall has been restored and is 1461 m in circumference with a diameter of around 450 m. There are four gates which roughly correspond the points of the compass.
Country  Italy
Region Veneto
Province Padua
Population  Around 21.000
Coordinates:    45°39N 11°47E

The main tourist attraction of Cittadella is a tour of the ramparts (camminamento di ronda). The high town wall, almost a mile in circumference, is in the process of being restored, and in 2004 it opened to the public.
Cittadella's cathedral, the Duomo, is in the centre of the town, presiding over a very pleasant open square, Piazza Pierobon. The building's design dates to the eighteenth century, although the facade wasn't finished until 1913. Frescoes from an earlier church can be seen in a side-chapel.
The most famous tourist destinations in the area are also in fairly easy reach: Vicenza, Treviso, Padua, Bassano del Grappa, Verona and of course Venice.