On 14 March, FOCIR organised its first meeting for associations of 2013 with the aim of raising awareness of how member organisations can increase their possibilities and strategies for internationalisation from within.
Under the title “Do you want to make your organisation more international? Then incorporate foreign talent” brought together experts from the worlds of both public and private education running work experience programmes and volunteering in Catalonia and which are the main point of entry of foreign students coming to Catalonia.
In the first part of the informative talk, Mrs Sandra Garcia of the Department of International Relations and Admissions at the Technical School of Industrial Engineers spoke to us about the Lifelong Learning Program promoted and financed by the European Commission which was aimed at young Europeans wanting to come and get some work experience in Catalan organisations.
As an addition to the European programmes, Ana Martínez and Katryn Evinson, respectively the Director and Academic Coordinator at CEA Global Education, an international educational organisation with university programmes for North American students, told us more about the recent volunteer programme which their students were involved in as part of Catalan organisations in order to provide support in certain areas where their expertise might be of use.