Erasmus+ is the EU's overall programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.
Pestalozzi has been hosting and co-ordinating projects within one section of the programme called the European Voluntary Service /Youth Mobility Programme. This provides the chance to boost volunteers’ life experiences, improve confidence and skills, meet new friends, and is a good addition to their CV. Objectives can be set at the beginning of each activity of between two and 12 months - and the volunteers’ weekly timetable can be filled with tasks of their own selection; leading to the outcomes they hope to achieve. Achievements are reflected in the Certificate of Achievement provided by YOUTHPASS, a tool to document and recognise learning outcomes from youth work activities and supported by ERASMUS+.
AIPC Pandora, SPAIN
Pestalozzi has worked with the Spanish volunteer sending and hosting organisation AIPC Pandora since 2013. This organisation takes part in projects funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation and initiates workshops in Spain while supporting training in other countries. They are open to working with international organisations which oversee projects combining international mobility with informal education, and have more than 13 years’ experience in this field. They work towards equal opportunities, particularly concerning inequality when accessing education, culture and participation in society - and promote international mobility as a means of personal development and intercultural awareness. For further information, email: email@example.com
International Internships with ERASMUS+
International internships are popular with graduates, and under-graduates, as they give students an experience of life and customs in a foreign country. Foreign languages are increasingly important in the commercial world, and there is plenty of opportunity for students to improve their basic knowledge by applying for an international internship. As well as giving students greater exposure to the global industry, it provides a valuable addition to a professional CV where ‘those’ candidates are often favoured in job applications. Internships can often lead to long lasting professional relationships and business networking connections.
We are delighted to have had a long standing business relationship with Breakaway (https://www.breakaway.fr/home) an organisation which welcomes French students to the UK and is based in Eastbourne, East Sussex. This has enabled our Fundraising and Marketing department to benefit from a series of experienced graduate interns (two of them from French Guiana) while allowing them the unique opportunity to meet our international students and share world culture and their own languages.