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Ergotherapie im europäischen Ausland 7 - Erweiterung beruflicher und fremdsprachlicher Kompetenzen
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project offered the opportunity to absolve an abroad vocational placement in a medical resp. therapeutic institution in Enniscorthy (Ireland), Cheltenham (England), Llantristant (Wales), Helensburgh (Scotland), Shetland Isles (Scotland, UK), Madrid (Spain) and Sliema (Malta) to eight students of the vocational college of Occupational Therapy Guenzburg. Apart from Ms Schaule's placement they were additional three-, resp. four-week-placements to the four regular placements in context of their vocational training. Ms Schaule has absolved an eleven-week- placement as regular part of her vocational training. The participants had the opportunity to experience their profession, Occupational Therapy, in a different healthpolitics-related context other than in Germany under the supervision and mentoring of their tutors, who have all been occupational therapists with several years of professional experience. The role of occupational therapists in the host countries varies strongly from the German pendant. In this context the students got the opportunity to extend and amplify their professional competences in the practical treating of different kinds of clients. All of the students had the opportunity to use and amplify their skills of professional English (subject of their first year of vocational training), as well as to confirm their skills of everyday English and (partly) learn new languages (like Spanish, Shetlandish, Scotish, Irish or Welsh). The placements, they visited in summer/ autumn 2015 work according to current international guidelines (ICF) and frameworks of Occupational Therapy (OT models like MOHO, CMOP) as well as selected occupational therapy concepts, like sensory integrative therapy, in which the participants got an insight in. All over Europe occupational therapy shows itself to be a profession in an ongoing dynamic change. In Germany there is a reinforcement of the dualism of vocational college and university studies. For our students this means that they have to compete not only with other graduates from vocational colleges but also with the graduating students from the universities. Our students got the opportunity to practise their competences, gained during their vocational training at the vocational college of Occupational Therapy Guenzburg in having worked practically in an abroad occupational therapy institution resp. department. By this they realized as well as recognized their own competences and value as well as extend them. Having been on their own in an unknown environment in a foreign country the young adults rose their personal competences and they gained more independence, flexibility and personal maturity. In addition the language skills of the participants in speaking, comprehension and writing in a foreign language extended during their stay in the English or Spanish speaking countries. In participating in the Erasmus+ project we want to improve the competitiveness and employability of our students and ease their possible professional entry abroad.

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