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Partage et Immersion, Rencontres et Nouveaux Échanges
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

At François CAMEL Vocational High School, the students in their second and last year of BTech National (that is to say a group of 30 young people) will take part in a project called "PIRENE". This group is partly composed of students from the catering section and students from a social section called "SPVL" which stands for Service of Proximity and Local Life. Aged from 16 to 19, they are mostly from underpriviledged backgrounds and come from Ariège and surroundins areas. Our partners are schools, businesses in the catering branch in Spain and in Ireland, associations working in the social branch in Aragon (Spain). In spite of a difficult economical situation and a geographical isolation, our Vocational High school in Saint-Girons has been involved in activities and exchanges with other schools, companies or businesses abroad since 1996-1997. This was meant to open up to the outside world and help local students overstep the natural barrier of the Pyrénées mountains. In order to promote such actions, we have put international opening as a major line in our High School project. Throughout the years, in order to encourage our students to broaden their outlook to Europe and the outside world, we have built up a set of actions such as: - the creation of European sections (in English and in Spanish) together with the co-animation of classes by a language teacher associated to either a cooking teacher or a teacher in the social branch having a specific professional qualification in one of the languages (Spanish or English), - the so-called "Euro-meals" where English/Spanish-speaking people living in the surroundings meet our students at the school restaurant and have an informal conversation in their language about a chosen topic while sharing the meal with some students and being served by others with a professional attitude, - the "Language Day" which is an opportunity for our students with diverse origins to speak and explain their mother language to others, - the preparation of a typical meal where English and Spanish traditions are put together, - missions as Ambassadors of the French cuisine in various countries of Europe (England, Spain, Gibraltar, Croatia, Canada...etc. Concerning our project, an organization chart is made up to plan all the stages from the start (preparation, first contact, completion, assessment, results analysis, ...etc) to the end of the work experience. It is made up with the team involved in the project, and states everyone's tasks which will then be implemented up to the final step. The results expected are mostly a good mastery of professional skills, the B2 level of the CEFRL, the "European Mention" on the diploma as well as a new conscience of being a European citizen with its ensuing opportunities. For our students, our PIRENE project is an incentive to go abroad and acts as a bond between them and the European countries, enables the students to contemplate more ambitious plans for the future, in the professional field and also regarding personal fulfilment with new skills that can be shared. Moreover, PIRENE is unquestionably an excellent way of gaining more maturity and ability for positions of responsibility, greater adaptability and capacities to share the newly-acquired competences. And last but not least, this project is a good means of building and developing a sense of European citizenship.

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