Title: Let’s live Europe in rural area in France! -3
Description of the Project:
This project will involve 6 volunteers from 6 different European Union countries. Each one of them will volunteer in one of the 6 local training centers for teenagers from the area of Sarthe, France. It will take place from 19/08/2019 till 12/07/2020.
The local training centers are called: the “Maisons Familiales Rurales” or MFR (literary translated as the “rural family houses”).
The purpose of the French MFR is to develop a global approach of education, by using strictly formal, non-formal and informal learnings. Their practices are based on the training system which mixes training and work. In other words, a rhythm that allows the pupils to share between a period of study/training at the MFR and a period of work in a farm, /association or companies.
The volunteer will be hosted in one of the 6 MFR. Each MFR have different topics and diplomas, and is located in a different village. This project is common to the 6 training center, but each project is different. The way to go to the MFR is also different, some will provide a car, and there’s a 1 hour round trip to drive to the school, other needs to use train or buses for 2 hours round trip every day.
The volunteer will work full time with the team of the MFR from Monday to Friday, during the day, on a weekly bases of 30 hours/a week. There is a total amount of 1140 hours to do throughout the year: it means that some weeks are around 40/45 hours of work, and some are around 20. The planning will be organized in each training center in the beginning of the project, regarding activities, languages courses, transportation system, and holidays of the training center.
The volunteer will be accommodated in Le Mans, with the other 5 volunteers taking part in this project. They will live in a house next to the train station in Le Mans, not far from the city center. Each volunteer will have his own room in this big house, and they’ll all share the common parts. There is a garden, the house is fully furnished, and was renovated last year.
Accommodation and transportation fees are under the responsibility of the host organization. Money will be given to the volunteer every month to cover food expenses, as such as pocket money. Insurance will be contracted by the host organization for the volunteer.
The main missions for the volunteer will be:
1. European cultural openness
At various times during the pupils’ training (evening gatherings, lunch time, breaks, study time etc.), the volunteer will set up activities meant to promote discovery, exchange and cultural approach of countries. They can be presentations of volunteer’s country (through photos, videos, arts, national cuisine etc.). The volunteer is also expected to help prepare young people for European mobility.
2. Educational and pedagogical mission
As a full member of the team, the volunteer will participate in the activities lead by the members of the teaching team, will lead activities in the MFR, and will enable communication (via videos, booklets, Facebook, interviews). The volunteer will have the opportunity to talk about his/her mission or country during other events organized outside the MFR. The volunteer might participate in some school trips, study visit… In France or abroad!
3. Joint project with the 6 volunteers in the 6 training centers …
The volunteer will participate in a joint project. The 6 volunteers will have to design a common project on international solidarity, in the framework of the work of the MFR abroad (outside of the EU). They will be supported by the teams of the MFR and the Maison de l’Europe. As such, they will regularly meet Le Mans.
Partner Sought: They are looking for 6 volunteers from 6 different EU countries.