1. Training of volunteer facilitators in the management of stays
  • Bafa 3 “stays abroad” courses

These trainings are rooted in the local and cultural reality of the country. They help to strengthen friendly partnership ties, but also to build new ties with foreign associations. The purpose of these trainings is to “equip” future supervisors to accompany a group of young people in the preparation for departure, the realization of their stay and their return, but also to defend a conception of the journey, taking into account the territory and the people who live there. This approach to the encounter with the other requires pedagogical biases, such as immersion, awareness of the country’s language, work on stereotypes and representations, and support during the travel.

  • The Bafa Juleica, a Franco-German training

At the crossroads of voluntary animation and the intercultural dimension, the Ceméa have been developing the Franco-German BAFA-Juleica training in their network for over a decade. This training, consisting of three training courses (a basic training in France, a practical training in collective accommodation of minors and a deepening session in Germany) allows to obtain a double qualification: the French BAFA and the German Jugendleiterlnnen-Card.

2. Mobility in all educational pathways

Professional training courses abroad

Since 2004, the Ceméa have been betting on including European mobility in their continuous and initial professional training. In 2019, 627 trainees left as a part of their training or post-training.

These training courses take place in European socio-educational structures linked to local authorities or non-governmental organisations.They enrich the trainees’ vision of the socio-cultural animation and place training into the European dimension of non-formal education or social work. They also provide a better understanding of the work situation on youth issues in Europe, but also of the living conditions of young people in the different countries.

These training courses allow to take a side step and move away from everyday life. They are an advantage for the transfer of professional methods and practices, for the reflection on one’s own posture and the development of new technical and social skills, especially intercultural. These skills are included in the training standards and are certified.

  • School mobility: a lasting partnership with Erasmus+

Since 2010, the CEMÉA have been implementing preparation sessions for long-term individual mobility for students aged 14 to 17, under an agreement with the National Agency for Erasmus+.

In 2019, the CEMÉA reaffirmed their commitment with the Erasmus+ Agency, in the conduct of these pre-departure sessions. Their goal: to allow the greatest number of students to approach this enriching experience that they will live in the best conditions by accompanying them in its different phases.

This precious time before departure is an opportunity to put in perspective their future mobility, to apprehend their fears, their expectations, to verbalize their questions, and to reflect on the intercultural dimension of their immersion in a country that is not theirs.

3. Educational actors’ training

  • French-German vocational training modules

Facilitators and educational staff’s training finds special resonances in the Franco-German dimension. The Territorial Associations of Ceméa jointly develop with their German partners meetings of professionals and binational or trinational training modules, gathering trainees in professional animation, educators, students of social work, or social-pedagogues.

Staff mobility at the service of project quality

The Ceméa develop two types of staff mobility program:

A. A program to support the implementation of learner mobility, coordinated by the Ceméa Rhône Alpes: 248 Ceméa trainers made study visits to 17 partners in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

B. A national activity development training program

Coordinated nationally, in order to work the employees and volunteers’ rise in skills . In 2019, 81 Ceméa staff were sent to 12 Ceméa partners in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Finland and Portugal. The working themes were diverse: young people’s capacity to act (school dropout, media education); support for vulnerable audiences (young migrants, young people in exclusion or at risk of exclusion, women victims of violence, young people with disabilities). Specific work is being undertaken on the reception of highly vulnerable audiences.

These study visits allow to have a better knowledge and understanding of the audiences and to develop new methods of intervention with people. The work with new partners aims to enrich the network of CEMÉA partners to acquire new practices, but also meet with organizations to strengthen the reception dimension over the period concerned (2019-2021).

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