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Start date: Feb 1, 2016, End date: Jul 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Educational Department is one of the departments of The Municipality of Lidköping. This department runs a lot of international activities every year. We strongly believe that we belong to a global world and to be able to meet the future you have to be prepared with a lot of intercultural knowledge.Our department has an international office that’s support two adult schools in the municipality of Lidköping. This means that this office is supporting about 3 800 students/learners and 350 staff. Since Sweden joined the European Union in 1995 we have been arranging a lot of Youth in Action activities as we believe in the power of intercultural meetings between young people. As it is now international exchanges are an imported tool to develop our organization.Every year our organization conducts about 50 different international projects. We have a belief that people learn a tremendous amount by participating in various international projects. It is knowledge and understanding of differences such xenophobia, racism, language, intercultural learning, strengthens self-confidence, greater self-reliance, community building, and much more. This knowledge might otherwise be very difficult to learn if you have not participated in any of these international projects. In our international exchange program, we always have special priority to young people with various disabilities because there is a group otherwise often would be disadvantaged in society today. We have seen amazing results that these youngsters have done over the years and this has really strengthened our belief that we have focused on target group with great needsOur exchange programmes are based on sustainable development (the three elements) non formal learning, experiential learning and empowerment. We also work hard with the Key competences for lifelong learning as they are a combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the context. They are particularly necessary for personal fulfillment and development, social inclusion, active citizenship and employment. Our aim is to prepare people for the labor market so that they are able to get a job and be able to have an independent life.As this is an application for European Volunteer Service I prefer to let you know the results and the outcome of our earlier experience from hosting young volunteer’s. Since we started 10 years ago we are very happy about the success that most of the youngsters have had after been working in our organization. Quite a few of them has got a job in Sweden after finish their stay here, some of them have got a job in their home country based on the skills that they have got here in Sweden. The activities that they have been doing here various a lot because each one of the volunteers have had the ability to choice in what area they want to develop themself and their skills. Another development in our organization that has been very interesting is to see how much better many of our co-workers have been in English. This by all the conversations they had with the volunteers through the years
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