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M.I Massaažikooli õpiränded Euroopasse
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

M.I. Massaažikool ( MIM ) is a private vocational school where massage therapists are trained. MIM has around 170 students from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia. The Academy has had a successful international cooperation with many countries. Since 2012, 16 MIM students have practiced massage in a 5-star hotel spa in Switzerland. In 2013, 12 MIM teachers gained new professional skills and experience during their mobilities to the UK, Malta, Italy, Portugal, France, and Iceland. The mobilities were supported by life-long learning program, Leonardo Da Vinci and Nordplus Adult. The aim of the current project “Mobility in Europe of M.I. Massaažikool ” is to get international work experience from different EU countries and to develop the co-operation with our foreign partners. During 2 years 12 students are going for 2 weeks, 4 teachers and 2 workers are going for a week to the UK, Spain, Malta, Portugal and Belgium to visit different institutions to do work shadowing, learn, teach, practice massage and improve their skills. The project helps to promote the studying process at MIM and thereby implement more effective cooperation in the international market as well as to increase and expand professional skills. During 2 years we wish to find innovative methods for intensifying practice, completing practical training and; moreover, start new and permanent partnerships in a long term. Performance goals and new experiences help to guarantee the sustainability of the school. We are applying for grants of mobility project to send 12 students, 2 workers, and 4 school teachers to the following 5 Europeans countries: the UK, Spain, Malta, Portugal and Belgium. Students will spend 2 weeks in 5 different European countries in a massage institutions being introduced with the working culture, local standards, the structure, services and the team and working as a massage therapist trainee. The teachers mobility lasts for one week, consisting of job shadowing, observing the training process , teaching massage and obtaining new techniques or teaching methods of massage. The employees of MIM will acquaint themselves with the specifications and nuances of the job related to administrating and managing its specialty and the tasks. The team consists of various employers of MIM. The project manager coordinates the whole project; team tasks and PR. Logistical support while organizing the mobilities is guaranteed for the participants; the school book-keeper and the CEO assist project´s financial matters. Practical support for the teachers is directly offered by the deputy of the training and education department who is also running the preparatory process. Students are prepared for the mobility by the practice manager. The head of school and executive director support the project in heading the project and in participant selection. The head of the school signs the contracts and helps to solve any possible issues fully. Throughout the practice the participants will acquire new experience in working in the multicultural environment, develop special skills and competences as well as self-discipline; implement requirements, foreign languages, analytical mind and tolerance. Obtained experience will guarantee the students the preferences in the international labour market and permit the students to pass some stages of curriculum via ECVET system (validation and recognition of learning outcomes) by working experience on international level. Practical training in international work- and different language environment help the MIM teachers gain and secure sustainability for professional and personal development; becoming more self-confident, motivated, and tolerant. The school staff will gain experience in a specialized environment about the innovations and developments of curricula, teaching methods and massage techniques/treatments in different European countries. The successful outcome of the project through new experiences and ideas is implemented in the educational process of massage therapist training. Moreover, international contacts between European experiences bring cooperation of different schools to the international level and activate mutual and close exchange of teachers in that particular area. Improved training quality in massage specialty rises the overall qualification of massage therapists as well as the competitiveness in the labour market.
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