One of our staff members, S., 52-years old, female, went for 3,5 weeks to the Marseille-based Eurocircle Association that is an organisation that has been working in the field of youth international mobility, non-formal education, intercultural dialogue, social and professional inclusion, citizenship and diversity for more than 25 years and is thus an expert in dealing with diverse groups of learners. With its experience with European and international programmes and activities there was a lot to learn from them in terms of relevant approaches on how to involve these target groups in various informal and non-formal learning activities.
After her return, she wrote:
“I am very grateful for this great opportunity to experience working and living for a while abroad. I think job shadowing is generally a very valuable opportunity for all people in the adult education sector that would want to make working experience abroad but that for job, family or any other reasons never get / take the chance to actually go abroad. Job shadowing – it offers a perfect and kind of “secure” frame for going abroad for a well defined period of time – makes you get the feel for what it means to work and live in a new social, cultural and professional context.
It offers the great chance to meet new people and to actually live Europe. I strongly believe that these personal encounters with other European individuals make grow Europe together and make us feel that we belong to Europe and not only to our nations. … . “