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BS BGL International
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

With this application we pursue the idea of integrating our trades classes into a European Cooperation. By this we want to continue a tradition we have started in the early 90s without neglecting the ongoing international cooperation we have established in our department of Hotel and Tourism Management. Considering the current crisis we are facing on the boarders between Austria, Germany and Denmark we would like to try to step in for a long tradition of free travelling and an open-minded spirit of a united Europe. Our school is situated in the boarder-town of Freilassing which is directly neighbouring the Austrian town of Salzburg. Looking at the ongoing refugee crisis which has hit Freilassing heavily we have – as a school – the obligation to help our students to become open-minded citizens who meet people of foreign culture without any prejudices. Our school tries to cope with this situation actively by using many different approaches. One of these definitely is to promote our European Exchange Programs even more.Especially students who do their apprenticeship in smaller companies rarely have the chance to work with colleagues of a different cultural background. Therefore we would like to concentrate on those students and support their personal development by sending them abroad – with the help of Erasmus+. One of our school’s main premises is to integrate refugees and asylum seekers into society and work environment. We try to achieve that goal by helping them to handle the huge task of successfully finishing an apprenticeship. Smaller groups of 5 to 8 students (carpenters/bricklayers/car-mechanics) are going to visit our partner-schools in Denmark twice a year. They will be accompanied by some of our teachers and will carry out a project. Following that, they will do a one week long internship with a Danish company. The aspect of how to integrate asylum seekers and refugees into our work environment should always be the keynote of this project. Therefore English will be the main language used. The main goal of the project is to promote openness in working with people of different cultural background. We hope that our students and teachers as well will come back with a grown willingness to work together on the huge task of integrating people from abroad. They should become aware that successful integration is a European project and a goal which can only be achieved by working together – students, teachers and companies.We also expect our students and teachers to strengthen their appreciation for our European neighbours by working and solving problems together. We want to spread these insights locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Erasmus+ is our tool of choice to achieve that goal.
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