Trainers – Mobiliteach – La Rochelle 2019
An international team of practitioners will be sharing their experience with the participants and facilitating the different working sessions. Belonging to different organisations, with different profiles and different backgrounds, all the trainers share a unique dream: to make learning mobility an opportunity available for more and more students all around Europe!
Enthusiastic, outgoing, curious, tenacious, optimistic and very stubborn… at the age of 8 years old, I met my Australian cousins for the first time. The impossibility to communicate with them and to know their world instilled me a great love for foreign languages and travelling. Since then, my dream has been to become a teacher of foreign languages to transmit this passion to the other people. My first learning mobility experience was at the age of 14 and I became a teacher when I was only 24. Now, I’m 42 and I love my job and I love my students more and more and, for this reason, I always encourage them to do at least one learning experience abroad during their lives. I firmly believe that students learn a lot travelling and meeting different people and cultures, especially if they have their teachers’ support. This is why teachers should be aware of the great opportunity of learning mobility because it helps students to develop a sense of autonomy and independence… it helps them to discover new things and above all to discover themselves. I’m enthusiastic to be involved in the summer school because it will give us, as teachers, interesting tools to deal with learning mobility and new learning approaches and especially because, I’m sure, it will motivate us to continue to do the best in our job.
Shaped largely by learning and living abroad, I’m a firm believer in non-formal experience-based education, preferably combined with international mobility. Not surprisingly, my profession is to organise European training activities focused mainly on intercultural competences and active citizenship. The organisation I have worked for since 2007, the European Federation for Intercultural Learning, has a very idealistic mission: to contribute to a more just and peaceful world. For me these are not just empty words. I chose this field because of my values and previous experience as a volunteer, rather than because of formal education (my rather unrelated degrees in Business Administration and Classical Music. Yet, I have a huge admiration and respect for school teachers, and very much hope for more synergies between formal and non-formal contexts and approaches.
A frequent user of airport waiting lounges, a surrounding reality observer and an irreverent optimistic, I’m a strong believer on the power of travelling to open our minds and our hearts, sharing the same belief regarding its benefits when applied to students and learners. Working in international mobilities since 2010, I’m quite lucky to work in an organization that considers this way of learning as strategic to its activity. Graduated in Management, went for a Master in Human Resources; not happy with that, achieved also a post graduation in Marketing and an Executive Master in Hospitality Management. I work as International Cooperation Coordinator at INSIGNARE.
With my head in the clouds and my feet on the ground. Great admirer of teachers’ work, dedicating my time to support them in everything I can to improve education to create better and happier people. After finishing my Bachelors Degree in Economics by University of Oviedo (Spain) I started to work as a consultant dealing with commercial and financial viability of industrial real estate developments such as logistic platforms . However, missing an international and a more human approach in my work, I went to Germany to enrol on a Master of Arts in European Studies by the Hochschule Bremen, which I completed in 2012. Since that year I’ve been working in EU projects mainly related to education and from 2014 I´m the coordinator of international projects in HETEL, a Basque association of VET centres.
Vanessa (Compagnons du devoir et du tour de France)
Fundamentally optimistic and a 100% pure product of mobility after almost 7 years spent working abroad, one of my main goals is to show young people that there is always a place around the world made for them, they just need to find it. Deeply convinced by the power of mobility projects, I am lucky and proud to work for a French VET center extremely committed to the sharing of knowledge, whose motto is «learning by traveling». After completing a Masters in educational project engineering, I have now been working for Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France as International training manager for over 3 years. With this summer camp we are actively participating in the democratisation of mobility for apprentices and VET learners.