- Student mobility for studies, the centrepiece of the programme, enables students at higher education institutions to spend an integrated period of study of between 3 months and 12 months in another participating country.
What are the advantages of Erasmus Student Mobility for students for countries?
- Erasmus+ has proved to be very beneficial for participants. Studies show not only a huge increase in employability but also dramatically improved chances of living and working abroad in later life. This is especially true when looking at Eastern European and Southern European countries: in Eastern Europe, the risk of long-term unemployment is reduced by 83% and in Southern Europe, it’s 50% for those who have been on an Erasmus+ placement. This figure includes both those who work abroad post-graduation and those who stay in their native countries.
- The scheme’s annual report states that: “The pivotal role of the EU as a catalyst to generate economic dynamism and political stability relies on a knowledge-based environment that promotes social cohesion. The many challenges the EU is facing – the aftermath of the economic crisis coupled with high unemployment rates, demographic aging, skills shortages, technological developments, global competition – prompted the EU to set a broad agenda for growth and jobs for a whole decade: to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.”
- Young people who study or train abroad not only gain knowledge in specific disciplines, but also strengthen key transversal skills which are highly valued by employers. A new study on the impact of the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange programme shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market. They are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is 23% lower. The study, compiled by independent experts, is the largest of its kind and received feedback from nearly 80 000 respondents including students and businesses.
What benefits are provided to participating organizations?
- Increased capacity to operate at EU/international level: improved management skills and internationalisation strategies; reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries; increased allocation of financial resources (other than EU funds) to organise EU/international projects; increased quality in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow up of EU/international projects;
- Innovative and improved way of operating towards their target groups, by providing for example: more attractive programmes for students, trainees, apprentices, young people and volunteers in line with their needs and expectations; improved qualifications of teaching and training staff; improved processes of recognition and validation of competences gained during learning periods abroad; more effective activities for the benefit of local communities, improved youth work methods and practices to actively involve young people and/or to address disadvantaged groups, etc.;
- More modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods into daily activities; open to synergies with organisations active in different social, educational and employment fields; planning strategically the professional development of their staff in relation to individual needs and organisational objectives; if relevant, capable of attracting excellent students and academic staff from all over the world.
Why you should consider ERASMUS INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
Deciding to do an internship or a traineeship abroad tend to be a very difficult decision to make, and there are many factors to consider. It all differentiates on the type of person you are and the main objective you would wish to get from it. Moreover, nowadays, with the financial aid of Erasmus + programs, things are becoming much easier, both for students as for companies.
Here are 5 of the main advantages of interning abroad:
- Teaches You To Become An Individual
An Erasmus internship experience is a powerful weapon and it can transform you. Nevertheless, very few students choose to take on such task. With the addition of living in a new country, completing a job in a foreign market may add extra pressure to influence one to do an internship abroad. Thereby, setting yourself from most your peers, interning abroad gives one the opportunity to gain a global skillset that is not possible to get by interning at home.
- Can Start Your Future Career
Interning abroad helps characterize what skillset you have, what is important to you and what skills need improvement. It also gives a substantial advantage in the competitive job market. It has been proven by the IES that students who study or work abroad not only find jobs faster but also earn more money.
- Can Familiarize With Your Inner Intercultural Skill Sets
Leaving abroad is the best way to develop a greater awareness of the world, especially with an international internship ones gets to build valuable job skills such as cultural training, adaptability, language proficiency and communication. This gives a great perspective for the variety of hard and soft skills you gained whilst doing an Erasmus Internship.
- Help you Improve your Language Skills or Learn a New Language
Many companies are already expanding into an international business and most of them are seeking to expand overseas. The most important skill which they look for are for their employers to have foreign language abilities, therefore being able to speak the native language will help one to be appealable to potential companies. Doing an internship abroad will surely improve your language as one will have the opportunity to learn the native language.
- Discover Something about Yourself
Doing an internship abroad gives someone an enlightenment about themselves; it gives people a better understanding of their motivations and dreams in a better detail. In given circumstances an Erasmus internship can be turn into a spiritual trip because the experience will be unforgettable.
Benefits of studying in a multicultural environment
Studying abroad presents numerous career benefits in any professional field to the scholars who make a decision of learning in multicultural environment as compared to those who do not. It would not be a twist of fate that in future these students turn out to be the next leaders. These learners at present are just starting or continuing their studies in an International study environment, getting a wider knowledge regarding the diverse cultures of the human race and learning how the global trade dynamics work.
- Elasticity to adjust
Knowing that there is an assortment of lifestyles, beliefs, and commitments, students get the upper hand to make independent choices about their path. Students learn a variety of different cultures, music, cuisines, and practices that others have matured with. Study environments that have a diverse blend of cultures lessen the menace of minority group favoritism. Students learning and growing in multicultural surroundings become flexible and compliant to change.
- Increased awareness of culture
Schooling environments with different religions, races, and cultural backdrops proffer learners the chance to grow a greater perceptive of diverse cultures living in the world. Young people comprehend new ideas, perceptions, and values very fast, and consequently can study to revere and understand other people choices and lifestyles.
- Discover to labor in a multi-cultural team
Multicultural groups often make frustrating business dilemmas. Cultural differences can craft substantial barriers to effective cooperation. Learning in an International Business school environment aids students understand the routines of some professionals from various countries and hence you can be able to do business internationally without misunderstandings that may arise while working with someone from a different country.
- Gain knowledge of different languages
People who speak several languages have a greater probability of succeeding in commerce. In an ever more globalized economy, studying languages is unquestionably beneficial for corporate success. The global business community has long recognized the advantages of effective communication across many languages as an essential tool for relationship creation and economic success.
- Brighter opportunities
Growing and learning in a multicultural environment gives children a greater understanding of others beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. With this knowledge of others, children will have a higher level of interpersonal and social skills. This is significantly beneficial for children leaving school,
and entering higher education and the workplace. With the rich variety of lifestyles and beliefs engaged in the working world, future generations become more liberal in their approach to life, while becoming more united in their society.
Benefits of Volunteering and social activities
- Ends Loneliness
The Campaign to End Loneliness says that close to 45 percent of people in the US and the UK admit to feeling lonely. On top of that, one in ten adults reports that they have no close friends. Loneliness and social isolation are two of the most severe epidemics in the world today. The simplest way to reverse this? Volunteer!
- Increases Socializing
Socially, the benefits of volunteering show up quickly and have long-term effects. Social interaction improves mental and physical health, according to Psychology Today. The benefits of consistent socializing include better brain function and lower risk for depression and anxiety. You also improve your immune system.
- Builds Bonds, Creates Friends
Volunteering creates stronger bonds between friends, family, and coworkers. People build closer relationships, better connections, and more powerful attachments to people when they work together. If you feel the need for deeper connections with other people, try volunteering. You might live longer and be happier.
- Improves Self-Esteem
When teens or young adults volunteer, they develop self-esteem, confidence, and feelings of self-worth. Imagine the benefits to volunteering today, where both girls and boys struggle with self-esteem issues. Consider the advantages of volunteering for teens and young adults with eating disorders, social anxiety, and depression. Volunteering could be life-changing (and life-saving).
- Provides Better Job Prospects
Many researchers have noticed that Millennials are some of the most civic-minded and socially-aware employees. They choose jobs that reflect their values and then continue to donate their money, time, and skills. Seventy percent of Millennials share their talents with charitable causes, but their volunteer hours also make them competitive in the job market.
Other generations, too, are finding that civic-mindedness has become an asset in the workplace. Including related and non-related volunteer work on a résumé can often showcase your skills, as well as reveal an openness to teamwork and a talent for innovation. Employers overwhelmingly look favorably on job applicants who have volunteered.
- Volunteering Adds Fun to Your Years
Volunteering and freely giving your time, energy, and resources to people and causes around the world can create change on a global scale. It is incredible to think that one person’s efforts can change the life of someone else somewhere in the world. However, the best part, and often overlooked is that volunteering is just plain fun.
If you are ready to make friends, improve your mental and physical health, and maybe develop new skills along the way, start volunteering. You can change your life and the lives of others when you do. Don’t overlook the benefits of volunteering. Embrace them!
Which Barriers to Participation
From earlier studies discussed in this chapter we can see that there is a variety of potential factors that may hinder or facilitate students’ choice to participate in the ERASMUS programme. Synthesising all the existing evidence, we identify five dimensions for potential barriers. The dimensions include financial issues, personal motivation, awareness about the programme, conditions of the ERASMUS grant, and incompatibility between Higher Education systems.
Financial issues. Financial reasons may be one obstacle why students decide not to participate in the programme. Although ERASMUS students receive a grant, the studies show that the grant does not cover fully the expenses that studying abroad causes. It is also important to see the financial issues not only from the cost-covering perspective but also as an issue of costs vs benefits for students. Furthermore, financial issues are particularly important for the access to ERASMUS for lower socio-economic groups.
ERASMUS conditions. This dimension includes the administrative burden of the programme. The nature of the mobility under the ERASMUS programme may be too restrictive for some students. The choice of institutions is limited by ERASMUS agreements and the length of the study abroad programme may be not suitable to all students.
HE system compatibility. The purpose of the Bologna reform has been the compatibility of higher education systems, which among other effects facilitates student mobility. Most students in EU-27 now follow a Bachelor-Master structure in their study programmes and they obtain ECTS credits. Potential obstacles emerge when the academic calendar does not match, if the study programme at home does not have flexibility to include courses from abroad, and the recognition of credits as part of the required is limited.
Awareness about the ERASMUS programme is an important prerequisite for participating. One aspect is a general awareness about the ERASMUS programme and the support it offers to students in terms of finding an institution and application procedure. Another aspect is awareness about the financial support that is associated with the programme.
Personal motivation is a starting point for participating in a study abroad programme. The motivation has several aspects.
- General pressure for a study abroad experience: Inclination towards a study abroad programme may differ because of peer pressure if studying abroad is a norm. It may be influenced by national internationalisation policies and institutional encouragement to participate in a study abroad programme.
- Language barrier: students may be reluctant to go abroad if their foreign language skills are not sufficiently good. Availability of programmes in English is particularly important in these countries whose language is not among the commonly spoken foreign languages.
- Personal aspects: personal factors such as a partner at home, care taking relationships (e.g. children, parents in need) may hold students back, particularly the students of mature age. Employment at home may be an obstacle.
Which communation channel should we use?
- PR marketing
Non-profits are beneficial for individual groups of people, but they also benefit the community. For this reason, public relations are a large part of marketing. The local press should know the story of the non-profit and be aware of new programs that reach out to the community. NPOs should utilize newspaper stories to share statistics, provide pictures and advertise fundraising events and community services. The NPO should include media outlets in events by inviting them directly. Local news outlets should be on NPO mailing lists for newsletters and other informational mailings.
- Offline Marketing
- Encourage mobile productivity during fundraising events.
- Send mail directly using online sending ways.
- Create marketing materials that fans can bring with them.
- Start a payment aid campaign to raise awareness.
- Online Practices
A primary focus of an NPO’s marketing strategies are dynamic, quality websites that are designed to allure new donors, share the group’s mission, display images, build awareness of the cause, educate the public, reduce printing and mailing costs and establish credibility. E-mail communication with current and potential donors builds relationships and loyalty. Many NPOs are also entering the world of social networking, with the goal of becoming personal to donors and clients and spreading their message.
- Event Marketing
Event marketing is one of the most effective (and enjoyable!) ways to grow awareness of your organization, connect with your community, raise funds, and garner support for your cause.
- Video Marketing
Whether they’re consuming content for work, school, or fun, people prefer video content. As a nonprofit organization, video marketing is a surefire way to garner interest and support from all of your audiences.
- Video is visual. We process visual content 60,000 times faster than written content. We also remember more content, longer.
- Video is personal. It inspires empathy and emotions, which can’t be said about other types of marketing.
- Video is educational. Many organizations need to educate their communities on their causes in order to garner attention and funding. Video can help you do that.
- Video is shareable. Over 700 YouTube videos are shared on Twitter every minute. Consumers love sharing videos, especially those that inspire and resonate with them.
- Video is interesting. Viewers spend 100% more time on pages with videos on them. Keep your visitors, followers, and supporters engaged and interested with video.
- Social Media Marketing
Social media is a highly popular marketing strategy among nonprofits. Not only is it free, but it provides an avenue for organizations to show their brand personalities and engage with their followers and supporters.
- Share news about your organization and cause
- Boost brand awareness and recognition
- Recruit volunteers and employees
- Recognize donors, employees, and volunteers
Use the key messaging you crafted in your nonprofit marketing plan to keep your social media posts consistent and targeted. Also, make the most of each platform to promote your organization, such as the Donate button on Facebook.
HR Monitor is like a heart rate monitor that measures how healthy the company is in real time, every month.
Monitoring makes sure that the work is being accomplished in accordance to the standards established at the beginning which acts as a benchmark and provides regular feedback to keep the employee on track.
- Collaboraiton between departments
One of the biggest factors that contribute to the success of any business is whether or not its employees are able to perform together a team. With increasing competition, it has become extremely important to encourage creativity in the office, in order to improve productivity and promote healthy employee relationships.
Working in teams enables employees to be quicker and more effective in their work, as compared to people who work on projects on their own. Collaborating also makes employees more responsible, which goes a long way in raising their motivation levels, especially when teams work virtually.
In most cases, a work plan describes the purpose or goal of the project, what strategies and tactics you want to be used, the specific tasks that are required to complete the project and its objectives.
Goal: This is the purpose of the project and, in most cases, identifies the project completion.
Strategy: This is a brief statement explaining how the project should be accomplished.
Tasks: Specific tasks that need to be accomplished to reach the goal.
Objectives: These are measurable or quantifiable steps that lead toward the project goal. Often described as deliverables, these may be important tasks or the results of some tasks.
What kind of services can we present to students and young etrepreneurs?
Accommodation; Providing various accommodation solutions for students abroad. Giving the student the chance to choose his / her house and roommates.
Placement; Analysing students’ CVs and place them in the best matching companies.
Meeting; Organising meetings in order to make this experience more valuable. Meetings are held on fridays and trainees tell what they do during the week.
Transport; Organising the transfer from the airport to the city with a shuttle bus or transfer from bus station to the house that he / she choose with a private car.
Workshops; Organising guided tours and workshops in project-related companies and offices. In this way, trainees can improve their presentation skills.
Meals; Providing discount for group meals of trainees at various restaurants.
Work and Study Programme; Employment agencies, Language course, Activities and events.
What activities can we organize in cooperation with municipalities?
- Cooperation between regional authorities to promote the development of education, training and youth systems and their integration in actions of local and regional development.
- Activities to support learners with disabilities/special needs to complete education cycles and facilitate their transition into the labour market, including by combating segregation and discrimination in education for marginalised communities.
- Promote the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants and raise awareness about the refugee crisis in Europe.
- Prepare and deploy the education and training of professionals for equity, diversity and inclusion challenges in the learning environment.
- In agreement with the municipalities, various artistic activities in which trainees take the stage can be organized in the city square. Such as music concert, theater.
- A language exchange program can be established with the municipality for students of a certain age group. In this way, both students and trainees can learn mutual language.