The intercultural training organized by Asociación Mundus brings together students from Catalonia and Aragon, trainers from all over the country and hosting organisations from eight European countries, as well as Erasmus coordinators from different VET schools.
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“It’s been an amazing weekend. I can’t wait to see what being on Erasmus looks like”, explains Sabadell’s Ribot i Serra school student Ángeles Arboleda. Ángeles is one of the participants who has been selected to get an Erasmus+ grant. These grants are part of the available European funding allocated to promote the mobility among VET students for them to complete their curricular internships abroad. Just like the other 205, Ángeles will embark on the Erasmus adventure for one or two months – depending on whether they are in a VET or an advanced training course.
Mundus, together with the VET schools, manages the grants, giving special importance to the pre-departure training. This induction phase has ended with the training course called “Can Europa”, which has taken place in Comarruga (Tarragona). It has been the largest event ever organized by the association. To complete this preparation, previous workshops have been held on how to make a CV in English, as well as language courses and support during the student’s internship interviews.
“Erasmus will change your life,” said Alberto Tortolero, president of Asociación Mundus, to the students attending the trainings. Students have worked through non-formal education methods, around the topics of interculturality, conflict resolution and the Erasmus+ objectives. All the workshops have been facilitated by trainers both from the Mundus team, and REVE (EVS network), who have come from all over Spain.
The inauguration ceremony took place at the Auditorium Pau Casals of El Vendrell, with the presence of the Deputy Director General of Programs, Training and Innovation of the Departament d’Ensenyament of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Estanislau Vidal-Folch and the Puig Castellar VET school director Carles Gil, representing Santa Coloma’s consortium. Vidal-Folch stressed out the fact that is the youth task to build up Europe, and doing it through exchange and mobility is the best way.
The session which more participants were longing for was when the meeting between the representatives of the European hosting associations and the students took place. In this session, the last one on Saturday, both parties could get to know each other, resolve doubts about the companies where they will do their working placements, and they had the chance to dig into logistical and cultural aspects of the cities where they will love for one or two months.
The European partners, coming from France, Italy, Romania, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Slovenia and the Netherlands, on top on participating at Can Europa, they have also had had the chance to get to know the headquarters of Mundus in Zaragoza, where it has been held throughout the week the seminar “We Can Work It Out”, a training organised by Mundus with the goal of exchanging good practices in the management, sending and hosting of VET learners within the Erasmus+ framework.
On the other hand, the most emotional moment was when Cris Blasco&Pat Sol, played their inclusive music with sign language. Their concert was the closing ceremony to a weekend full of learnings.
“Can Europa” has provided to all participants a space for personal and group reflection on what it means to do a mobility, allowing students to be more aware of the competences they can acquire and the responsibility involved by receiving an Erasmus + grant. At the same time, a training like Can Europa, provides educational centers, sending and receiving entities the chance to improve in the process of preparation and monitoring, so that each year more students can benefit from the Erasmus + program in high quality terms.
List of VET schools participating at Can Europa:
- INS Escola del Treball (Barcelona)
- INS La Guineueta (Barcelona)
- INS Religiosas de María Inmaculada – Centro López Vicuña (Barcelona)
- INS Puig Castellar (Santa Coloma de Gramenet)
- INS Les Vinyes (Santa Coloma de Gramenet)
- INS La Bastida (Santa Coloma de Gramenet)
- Grameimpuls (Santa Coloma de Gramenet)
- INS Ribot i Serra (Sabadell)
- INS Jaume Viladoms (Sabadell)
- INS Joaquim Mir (Vilanova i la Geltrú)
- INS Cultura Pràctica (Terrassa)
- INS Cavall Bernat (Terrassa)
- INS Carles Vallbona (Granollers)
- INS Escola Municipal del Treball (Granollers)
- INS Comte Rius (Tarragona)
- INS Lacetania (Manresa) • INS Montilivi (Girona)
- INS Maremar (Masnou) • Tarragona Impulsa (Tarragona)
- Escoles Pia de Balmes, Sarrià, Mataró, Olot, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Caldes de Montbui
- Colegio la Purísima para Niños Sordos (Zaragoza)
- Institut La Ferreria (Montcada i Reixach)
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