European added value

This project, in which students and staff will work together from their respective institutions and during the mobilities to the partner schools, is the result of the gathering and cooperation of the teachers from different European vocational schools.

All partners are eager to introduce European experience in teaching and learning, providing students with opportunities to learn about cultural diversity and form an open attitude and respect for all. All schools intend to encourage their students to become involved in activities with the emphasis on European cohesion for the future. By exploring, sharing and experiencing a variety of practical and very real activities, students will perceive themselves as part of a European society. Communication with their peers from different European countries will become a very powerful motivator for learning. A European dimension can show the students and staff that they are part of a wider world, not just a small local area. A better understanding of the world will be acquired and students will realize that although we all come from different countries they still have the same interests and they all have to deal with the same problems.

Teachers’ contribution, knowledge and practices (innovative projects, technical equipment, work and apprenticeship, social network, ICT use, etc.) will help the target group improve quality of the acquired knowledge from the curriculum and gain practical experience in the field of Rural tourism in different European countries.

For many young people and staff involved this will be their first experience of this kind. We hope that the results achieved by this European collaboration will be other European projects for the partners involved and that this European cooperation will improve the teaching methods and approaches used in the classroom. Students, actively participating in the project, will be encouraged to seize the future opportunities for internships, studies or jobs in other European countries.

The project will have a wider impact on individual teaching and learning and to the respect of schools, which is hard to quantify but so necessary to ensure that young people regard their European peers as equals, facing the same problems for the future.