Be my guest ECP
KA1 – Be My Guest
The “Be My Guest” project is the Erasmus+KA1 ECP project which allows sending students, faculty and staff members in mobility for educational purposes, internships and traineeships at schools throughout Europe.
The project “Be My Guest – training abroad” took place during the school year of 2018/2019, counting with 24 student mobilities, 12 as internships with the duration of two months in Czech Republic and Slovenia and 12 with the duration of two weeks to hold exchange programs with VET institutions in Spain and Denmark. Under this program, 10 faculty and staff mobilities were held to the four mentioned countries.
The first ECP Erasmus project, “Be My Guest- training abroad”, was concluded with the submission of the final report in January 2020, achieving 92 out of 100 points and distinguished in 2020 with the Best Practices Award, by the National Agency, the highest distinction granted to such projects.
Its successor, the KA1 “Be My Guest 2.0” project, approved with full submission in June 2019, began in the school year of 2019/2020 and ended in the school year of 2021/2022 due to pandemic restrictions that forced its extension. This project executed a total of 52 mobilities, carrying out 30 student mobilities and 22 of staff members in Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Spain, Malta, Hungary and Italy. The final report of this project has already been submitted.
The ECP, is also actively engaged with the DigiGreen4VET and DigiPath Projects. The second transnational project meeting of DigiPath took place in Genova from the 11th to the 15th of July and the first transnational project meeting of DigiGreen4VET was held in Valencia from the 26th to the 30th of September 2022.
For the school year of 2022/2023, we will give continuity to the school’s Internationalization Strategy with the assurance given through the approval with grant of the KA1 project “Be My Guest 3.0”, that expects 45 student, staff and faculty mobilities, in Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, including, for the first time, ErasmusPro mobilities to Pamplona (Spain). The student, faculty and staff mobility to Slovenia has been already executed and, at the moment, the PRO mobility of two students in Pamplona is underway with the duration of 60 days.
Within the scope of the DigiPath Project, we will take part in the Erasmus Days, where we will present its goals to our partners in Portugal, hoping to promote and share the project.See related news
Our first Erasmus+ KA2 cooperation project “Entrepreneurship in Action” started in 2019/2020, with a duration of two years. It’s coordinated by a professional school in North Macedonia, but also includes partners in Lithuania, Turkey and Romania.
The main objective of this partnership is to develop the skills and employability of young people and it includes mobilities in each one of the countries: 2 transnational meetings with project coordinators and 3 Learning/teaching/training – LTT activities with vacancies for 5 students and 2 teachers at a time.
The target groups and stakeholders of this project are the students and teachers who participate directly in the project; the other students and teachers of the partner schools; businesses and local communities, such as employment centres, chambers of commerce, companies; other schools as local stakeholders; universities; families; and students and teachers from other schools in Europe.
The project's Mission is:
a) Allow students to acquire professional and personal skills that encourage them to participate effectively and constructively in the workplace and the society, locally, nationally and internationally.
b) Strengthen the teachers ability to teach skills, using and adapting methods and tools to facilitate students' access to the labour market and improve the adaptation to future evolutions of the labour market.
In March of 2020, the first transnational meeting was held in Prilep - North Macedonia, which included the two representatives of the Department of International Relations.
The remaining mobilities were suspended indefinitely, so a project extension was granted, which provides for its execution until the end of 2022.
In a continuous work for inclusion and participation growth, we have developed a set of internationalization activities at home, including the reception of students and teachers - called incoming mobilities - from our partner organizations under their Erasmus KA1 programs or bilateral partnerships.
This type of activity started in 2016/2017, within the scope of a partnership developed with the Tradium school, from Denmark, which resulted in a Joint Project, that lasted two weeks, at ECP.
Since then, annually, we have been receiving about 15 students from Denmark, accompanied by 2 teachers, to participate in a program of activities with Portuguese students and teachers, consisting of analysing Danish companies with a presence in Portugal; including, in addition to work sessions, informal moments to contact with the Portuguese reality, such as visits to companies and factories, cultural visits, a welcome lunch (organized by our CEF Restaurant/Bar group), socializing activities and tourist routes around Porto. In previous editions, the Royal Danish Consulate in Porto sent good wishes for the project.
In 2018/2019, we started a partnership with the Dutch Graafschap College to also carry out short-term academic and cultural exchanges, and in 2019/2020 we welcomed this school to carry out a Joint Project with 11 students and 2 teachers from the Netherlands.
We also host, regularly, teachers from other schools who visit us to learn about our good practices and our city!
Within the scope of KA1 applications from partner institutions, in a logic of cooperation and retribution, ECP also is available to host and coordinate students who wish to do internships in our city, as well as organize jobshadowing activities for teachers and staff of partner schools. We expect, when safe in the context of Covid-19, to continue these projects and welcome in ECP students and colleagues from various countries!See related news