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EXPERIENCE ITALY. Language, Culture, and Food in the Calabria Region

ERASMUS K1 PROJECT

The training offered by JUMP is a unique and innovative experience designed for international guests, teachers, and passionate individuals interested in exploring the richness of Italy. It combines three fundamental “ingredients”:

  1. Learning the Italian language through non-formal classes and engaging in conversations with native Italian speakers.
  2. Enhancing culinary skills through enjoyable and unconventional “cooking workshops” that utilize local ingredients, working alongside native chefs, and learning through hands-on experiences.
  3. Delving into and comprehending the local culture of Calabria, Southern Italy, while connecting this cultural heritage to the region’s agricultural development and its role in the European food chain.

Throughout this immersive program, participants immerse themselves in the local culture and explore the distinctive panorama associated with food production—a captivating and unique experience unlike any other in Italy. In Calabria, food is intricately intertwined with religious traditions, climate, and historical population migrations. As one of the lesser-known and unexplored regions, it exudes a wild charm that invites exploration and discovery.

Our course is a harmonious blend of language acquisition, cultural immersion, and food exploration. Participants engage with other international guests, interact with residents, and enjoy interactive Italian lessons. Cooking sessions foster multicultural language skills, while regional excursions unveil historical sites steeped in Greek and Latin heritage.

This program follows a hybrid format and features a flexible schedule that adapts based on the time of the year. In spring, it celebrates the beauty of the season—moments on the beach, the warmth of the sun, and nature’s vibrant colors and scents. Summer invites participants to savour the diverse flavours of the hot season, autumn and winter focus on wine and olive oil production, set amidst valleys adorned with falling leaves and cooler evenings. Despite winter’s arrival, Calabria’s perpetual greenery ensures a mild climate, perpetuating a summer-like ambiance. This training transcends seasons, leaving participants with the warmth of its people, the allure of its landscapes, and a greater love for the Italian language. 

 

LEARNING GOALS

  • Gain a broader perspective on the significance of culture and its ties to the local community, food production, traditions, and other social aspects
  • Develop a deeper understanding of Calabria’s local culture in Southern Italy, connecting it to the economic growth of agriculture and the European food industry
  • Acquire or improve Italian language skills through interactive, non-formal classes and conversations with native speakers
  • Enhance culinary expertise through experiential learning, focusing on “slow food” principles, local recipes, and insights from seasoned chefs
  • Explore captivating cultural and natural sites through guided excursions led by professionals skilled in storytelling and promoting Cultural Heritage in all its forms. (tangible and intangible).

INFORMATION

Duration
5-12 days
Location
Soverato
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Target group

Participants can be any kind of teacher working in a public or private school or educational institutions

Program / Objectives

INTRO/METHOD

Like all our programs, the present one is flexible and adaptable to special requests, depending on the subject taught or on the starting level of the participant.

Furthermore, in line with the JUMP Academy method, our courses are based on a strategic balance between formal and non-formal education, indoor and outdoor education and the team takes care of a very important aspect of international mobility which is the intercultural learning which we develop with short excursions and facilitating the interaction with local partners, businesses and citizens of our territory. Each local context has its own economy so it’s always useful, in training programs, to get in contact with concrete examples (experiential learning and real based learning).

We always try to connect our learners to local teachers and students to cooperate in developing innovation and networking for future projects. If possible, inside the program, a morning is spent inside a local school, visiting, observing, and cooperating in the realization of one or more lessons. The proposed program JUMP works, in European dimension and with an international spirit, at the local level and, according to the period of the training along the year and the weather, it is possible to change some sessions and add visits and meetings, in cooperation with our network of partners including schools involved in European projects).

 

WEEK DAILY SCHEDULE 

Sunday: arrival of participants, transfer and welcome. Lodging. Depending on the time, support for a quick dinner in the city, free time and rest

Monday: 09:30 am Meeting in the lobby of Villa Gabriella International, welcome, first briefing by the organizers, presentation of the team, logistics information, gadgets distribution and start of the program. Walking down to the city center. Outdoor team building game “The Mission Impossible in Soverato by JUMP”. Getting to know the important places of the city, orientation points, traditions and cultural elements, getting in contact with local citizens.

12:30 end of the morning activity

Free time for lunch or to enjoy the beach

Organized lift from the city center to the Villa.

Monday afternoon free time to recover from long trips and continue exploring the local context.

Dinner organized for all the groups in a local restaurant.

Tuesday morning. 9:30 meeting on the terrace of Villa Gabriella. First outdoor ice breaking game to get to know each other and create a good working climate.

Division in small groups and start of the indoors or outdoor sessions with the JUMP trainer.

Introduction to Module 1: Introduction to the local culture, the people, the local economy, the orientation places and their meaning, the habits and the traditions

13:00 – 15:00 lunch break and free time

15:00 – 17:30 restarting the lesson. Module 2: Language. Learning Italian while learning about the history, the Greek and the Latin roots, dialects and migration phenomena.

Tuesday: 09:30 – 13:00 lesson. Module 3: Language. Learning Italian through music.

13:00 – 15:00 lunch break and free time

15:00 – 17:30 1st excursion to develop cultural knowledge, strengthen team building and socialization among participants. “Walking tour to the old village of Soverato Superiore, visit to the Church of “La Pietà” of Gagini and exploring the narrow streets. Interacting with local people.

Wednesday: 09:30 – 13:00 lesson.

Module 4: Language. learning Italian through the food traditions, recipes, religion and mapping the food examples of the region.

Module 5: Cooking lesson n° 1 

13:00 – 15:00 lunch break and free time

15:00 – 17:30 restarting the lesson.

Continuation of the Module 5. Cooking lesson n° 2. 

Thursday: 09:30 – 13:00 lesson. Module 6: Visits and excursions at the archaeological sites and old villages on the top of green hills.

13:00 – 15:00 lunch break and free time

15:00 – 17:30 restarting the lesson. Continuation of the Module 6

Friday: 09:30 – 11:00 shorter morning lesson. Module 7: Designing my own learning and teaching pathway.

11:00 free time to visit the local market which is nice and folkloristic. 

On Friday it’s organized an excursion in a beautiful and unique old village and we spend there or the lunch or the dinner. The staff enjoys it and there’s a professional guide with us. 

Depending on the season the excursion starts in the morning or in the afternoon. From July to September it’s usually in the afternoon-evening for the high heat. 

Saturday: 09:30 – 12:00 lesson. Closing the course: Evaluation and delivery of formal certificates/Europass and admin documents.

Saturday afternoon, free time and last moments all the participants together for socialization.

Sunday: departure of participants.

Training Modules / Learning Outcomes

TRAINING MODULES

Module 1: Introduction to the local culture, the people, the local economy, the orientation places and their meaning, the habits and the traditions

Module 2: Language. Learning Italian while learning about the history, the Greek and the Latin roots, dialects and migration phenomena

Module 3: Language. Learning Italian through music

Module 4: Language. learning Italian through the food traditions, recipes, religion and mapping the food examples of the region

Module 5: Cooking lesson 1 and lesson 2

Module 6: Visits and excursions at the archaeological sites and old villages on the top of green hills

Module 7: Designing my own learning and teaching pathway

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course the participants will have 

  • a wider perspective about the importance of culture and the connection with the local community, the food production, the traditions and other social aspects 
  • developed a wider understanding about the local culture of Calabria, Southern Italy,  linking this culture to the economic development of agriculture and the food chain in Europe
  • learnt and/or developed Italian language speaking skills through non-formal classes and the experience of speaking with native Italian speakers
  • improved cooking skills through learning by doing, with a focus on healthy “slow food”, local recipes and precious tips from experienced chefs
  • experienced excursions to astonishing cultural and naturalistic places, guided by professionals experienced also in storytelling applied to the promotion of Cultural Heritage in all its forms (tangible and intangible).

Certification and number of days

JUMP certifies 36 hours for 6 days course (6*6) or more if necessary by adding extra hours per day. Or 30 hours for a 5 days course (6*5). 

The course can also be extended to a 2 weeks course with the option of 10 days or 12 days course if desired and agreed, depending on the sending organization’s project. 

10 days are without weekend (5+5), 12 days are from Monday to Saturday morning (6+6) 

At the end of the training, JUMP issues a formal certificate of attendance, and the team is available to complete the Europass certification document according to the EU template and other documents required for reporting by the sending organization.

 

Certification details

Costs

The costs are fully covered by the Erasmus grant. Write to us: info@associazionejump.it to request information about the costs and the services offered and to plan your mobility project in Soverato with JUMP.

Services / Registration

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How to apply

If you are school leader, an Erasmus coordinator or the same participants there are many ways to pre-register or ask for information.
You can directly write an email to associazionejump@gmail.com and write your needs and request. 
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Locations

JUMP is based in Soverato (Catanzaro province), on the Jonian coast but the association cooperates with local partners and institutions of the surroundings towns and cities. Calabria region represents the deep South of Italy, known for the tropical climate and sandy beaches but also famous tall and green mountains.

During our trainings we also aim to make participants discovering the region, especially those old towns rich of culture, traditions, castles, small churches, narrow streets, colourful balconies, tropical flowers and local farms.

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The nearest airport to Soverato is Lamezia Terme (SUF), 30 minutes far away from Soverato. 

Our pick up is organized ONLY from and to this airport which is the biggest and the most important, connected to all the other cities in Italy and in Europe.

Many people like to stop in Rome or in Naples and take a train which is also comfortable and the journey along the coast is also pleasant (you see all the South). 

Villa Gabriella Internation

JUMP proposes to participants to be lodged by Villa Gabriella International B&B managed by our local partner C.T.E. CENTRO TERRITORIALE EUROPEO company (https://closertoeurope.com/). The Villa has 7 big and comfortable rooms continuously renovated but also preserving the typical “old times” atmosphere of a very local house of Southern beach place. The Villa has many spaces for activities, a training room, the breakfast room, the terrace and flowers all around. It’s located in a peaceful and safe district called “Cittadella” surrounded by hills of olive trees and other Villas. JUMP created a network of other similar b&b for when participants are more than 12, in order to assure the same quality with an amazing breakfast, all comforts and an international environment. Villa Gabriella is also the JUMP headquarters for the general management of our activity. The Villa is the meeting point for all guests during all trainings and it’s where we realize all project activities. 

LODGING WITH US IN SOVERATO

Thanks to the cooperation with the C.T.E. company Jump provides lodging in 2 villas and if the groups are big, we have cooperation with all the owners of b&b and bigger hotels.

A brand new local partner, an innovative company offering touristic services with another vision and perspective. Discover Calabria and enjoy the local culture making experiential learning and practical labs with local people, but also simply a more sustainable tourism at local level.

The transfer from and to the airport is provided by C.T.E

EXTRA ACTIVITIES

During our trainings and mobility projects, while hosting our international guests from all over the world, JUMP involves the local network of partners and organizes different types of activities. This is not simply tourism, this is local development. This is JUMP Educational Tourism in Calabria region!

BADOLATO
VISIT TO THE OLD TOWN
SOCIAL DINNERS
IN A OLD CELLARS WITH TRADITIONAL FOOD
CHEESE MOMENT
MAKING FRESH CHEESE
OIL PRODUCERS
GERACE
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE "LOCRIDE"
PAINTING
IN THE CLOSLIEU WITH TRACCIALIBERA
VISIT TO
SCILLA, PIZZO CALABRO AND TROPEA
SQUILLACE
VISIT TO THE CASTLE WITH APERITIV AND AN ACTOR PLAYING MIDDLE AGE STORIES
CERAMIC
WORKSHOP WITH LOCAL ARTESANS
SUB
WATCHING THE BEAUTIES UNDER WATER
HORSE RIDING
ON THE BEACH
PHOTOGRAPHY
WORKSHOP
HANDMADE SOAP
WORKSHOP
BREAD-PIZZA
WORKSHOP
PICKING OLIVES
BY LOCAL OIL PRODUCERS
SUNRISE
VIDEOMAKING AND BREAKFAST
BIKE RIDING
FOR EDUCATION
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