Agricultural School with Dormitory "Sonja Marinković" From Požarevac, Serbia, with the support from National Erasmus+ Agency in Serbia - Foundation Tempus and thanks to EU co-financing, had the opportunity to take 15 of it’s third and fourth graders (educational profiles - agricultural technician and food technician) to the Republica of North Macedonia, where they performed training from vineyard and wine production in elite Winery "Stobi" for even fourteen days.
The group of students was led by Vesna Jović, a professor of fruit and winery and Nataša Radivojević, a technology professor who is responsible for producing wine in the school economy. The decision to take this kind of training to North Macedonia was because the Macedonians were a great hosts last year, but also because Macedonia is very suitable for the cultivation of vines - the winery is at an extremely high level and one can certainly learn a lot from their experts.
The selection of students was made in a very transparent manner right after we received news that the Foundation Tempus approved the co-financing of this wonderful project. Thanks to the great desire for the project to succeed and thanks to the great involvement of the school principal (Mr Vidoje Vukašinović) and the project coordinator (Ivan Miloš), mobility was organized in just 20 days. The school received tremendous support from the Foundation Tempus, whose coordinators has always been providing us with suggestions as to how to carry out certain procedures that are mandatory, but also those that are not mandatory, although they would be desirable. Also, we must emphasize that we had a fantastic cooperation with the partner company from Macedonia - "PROBIO DOEL" Skopje, which, from the technical side, organized the mobility fantastically, but also made sure that the students and professors had good accommodation.
For students who were part of this project, the full training was completely free – road, travel insurance, food, accommodation in a four-star hotel, training, complete work and protective equipment.
Why did we decide to make a professional visit to Macedonia?
Stobi Winery started operating in the 1950s and still exists today. In the 1970s, about 312 ha of vineyards were planted, 210 ha of Vranac wine varieties, 30 ha of Burgundy black, 10 ha of Rhine Riesling and 98 ha of table varieties Afu-zali and Ribijer.
We visited a convenient, agro-meteorological station - City, which is located on a parcel with of Almonds and is a donation from the FAO EU, which collects and measures 50-70 parameters related to direct agricultural production, with software located in Skopje at the National Meteorological Station that processes the data.
As evidence that the project was successfully completed, students were awarded certificates by a mentor, Gordana Pecelj. Mr. Angelko Angeleski, as our host and the host of Stobi Winery, made us all feel very welcomed. We met as colleagues and became friends during the process. Also, our students gained new and strengthened old friendships, which was evidence of development of team spirit of belonging to the group and the community.
If we were to describe this project in one short sentence it would be a "FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE" - students enjoyed it because they had excellent conditions during mobility where they learned a lot; they enjoyed professors who guided the students because they had all the necessary conditions; the coordinator had new experience and tremendous support from the Foundation Tempus and the "PROBIO DOEL" partner organization from Macedonia.