Cultural Preparation in Mobilities

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Semper Avanti is sending, almost monthly, groups of young polish students of the Lower Silesia Region abroad for short-term internship experiences.

This action is the pivot of the “Youth and Labour market” project, one of the three pillars of Semper Avanti work, together with “Youth and Democracy” and “Youth and Tolerance” projects. The aim of this is to prepare students at their last year of school to the challenge of finding their first jobs and obtaining work experience.

In this framework the partnership with other organizations and political institutions (such as ‘EuPQua ECVET – European Partnership for Quality and Implementation of the European Credit System in VET’ or ‘IMOVE – Innovation for Mobility in VET: Public and Private Partnerships for sustainable mobility’) is increasing the opportunities of international exchanges.

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Especially remarkable is the collaboration with the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. Indeed Semper Avanti, in the last months, sent different groups of young people in the most important cities of the area, such as Bologna and Parma. The project is not limited only to the action of “sending” people but it involves also other activities. Between them it is crucial the pre-departure preparation which provides the essential tools that students will need. Usually the preparation includes around ten meetings of six hours each or generally a total of sixty hours. Here the main activity is English because every intern need to be able to communicate abroad using an international language focusing on the technical vocabulary interns will need on the working place. The second part of pre-departure meetings concerns the cultural preparation in order to make the cultural shock softer.

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Cultural shock is something to don’t underestimate. Indeed for young students that are sometimes at their first experience abroad it is not easy to deal suddenly with the distance from home and with a new environment with different customs and traditions with unknown people. For this reason a cultural presentation of the hosting country is necessary, describing the habits of the area, the rules and most of all the beauties to discover and visit, the food to taste and the situations to enjoy. Also a basic introduction to local language is necessary in order to let the students be able to ask information and get what they need. Last but not the list, is to create before the departure a friendly and cooperative environment between participants.

 This is not only a working experience but it influences all the aspects of daily life creating new friendships, new bounds with places, opening minds and giving analytical and practical tools that will be useful in every situation of the future life.14328955_10210943835060122_2125423943_n

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