German high school students in Istria picked olives and participated in the process of making olive oil

Author  HrTurizam.hr

30. October 2023.

Students between the ages of 16 and 20 recently had the opportunity to spend 10 days in Istria as part of the Erasmus+ project organization.

During this period, they participated in the process of making extra virgin olive oil. They started the experience by picking olives in the local olive grove of the tourist company Aminess, after which they began the process of making oil. 

They harvested as much as 600 kilograms of olives, from which they produced 60 liters of oil that will be used in their school restaurant and offered for sale in the school kiosk. The idea for the project came from their teacher and companion with Croatian roots, Stjepan Ivančić.

"Now they know by example why oil is so expensive and that there is a difference in its taste. This is very interesting for them. It's their first time at sea, it's their first time alone in a camp. They are very satisfied and happy that they had the opportunity to experience it.", Ivančić said.

Namely, the hotel group Aminess, one of the leading tourism companies in Croatia, continuously implements the initiative of investing in the development and education of young people, but also in the importance of sustainability, preservation of tradition and local activities.

Accordingly, in October in Istrian camp Sirena hosted the students of the Vocational High School of Hospitality and Nutrition, Alice-Salomon-Berufskolleg from Bochum, Germany.

Photo: Aminess / 404 doo

Photo: Aminess / 404 doo

Photo: Aminess / 404 doo

Own olive grove and sustainable tourism

The wish of the Alice-Salomon-Berufskolleg school is to make this a standard part of their education, since this is already third visit Croatia in this form, and to expand their cooperation with Istrian schools.

They are currently cooperating with the vocational school in Pula, and they would like to include the agronomy school from Poreč in the project. 

Given that Aminess is guided by an idea sustainable tourism, this was the perfect opportunity for the students to see it on the example of accommodation facilities - how this branch of tourism can approach sustainability and how it does not have to be only in the form of accommodation units, but that it can develop into something creative and different. 

Aminess is so famous and unique because of the above-mentioned own olive grove, which is home to top quality olive oil Vergal.

It is used in the kitchens of the company's hotels and campsites and at numerous gourmet events such as Aminess Wine & Gourmet Nights and Aminess Cooking with Class by David Skoko and at Aminess Gourmet Lab trainings.

In addition, this travel company organizes regular group harvests for German tourists. It is one of the ways to additionally attract guests to Istria in the off season, thereby nurturing the eco-tourism character of Novigrad, while at the same time presenting guests with the richness of the offer, location, local gourmet specialties and traditional Istrian music.

Photo: Aminess 

Author  HrTurizam.hr

30. October 2023.