This ESC project is coordinated by the House of Europe in Le Mans. It will involve six ESC volunteers from six different European countries. Each one of the volunteers will volunteer in one of the six local training centers for teenagers in the area of Sarthe, France. The local training centers are called: the “Maisons familiales rurales” or MFR (literary translated as the “rural family houses”). There are 440 MFRs in France, 70 000 pupils, apprentices or trainees and more than 600 MFRs abroad (in 30 other countries).
The volunteer must be willing to work with teenagers and to use non formal learning’s methods. The volunteers will support and help the “moniteurs” in their daily activities and will be asked to organise and lead some collective activities. As part of their work-linked training, MFR students all spend one week in the MFR and the following week in the company where they got a traineeship. The volunteer will work full time with the team of the MFR from Monday to Friday, on a 30-hour week basis. There is a total amount of 1240 hours to accomplish throughout the year: this means that some weeks are around 40/45 hours of work, and some are around 20. The planning will be organised in each training center at the beginning of the project, regarding activities, languages courses, transportation system, and holidays of the training center. Once a week, volunteers might be asked to take part in evening gatherings with the students. From time to time, the volunteer will have the opportunity to work in Le Mans with the other volunteers in order to build a common project.
The six different MRF projects:
The MFR of Bernay-en-Champagne welcomes 275 young people, studying in two fields: social and care-based jobs or agricultural education, from 14 to 25 years old. They all spend one week in the MFR and one week in the company where they got a traineeship. It is a work-linked training (50% of time in school, 50% in the company).
This MFR is the biggest of all the MFR with a lot of pupils and “moniteurs”. For this reason, we would appreciate having a volunteer that already has some work experience with teenagers and young adults and that is already autonomous in its work. The main activities will be to organise pedagogical activities during lunchtime, evening gatherings and inside the student recreation room.
MFR COULANS SUR GEE
The MFR of Coulans welcomes every year approximately 200 young people, from 14 to 20 years old with the following to accomplish:
Two orientation classes, to get a first diploma and understand the working environment. All volunteers will spend one week in the MFR and one week in the company where they got a traineeship. It is a work-linked training (50% of time in school, 50% in the company). Students spend one week in the MFR, one week in the company. Traineeships are mainly in agricultural field.
A professional baccalaureate degree called SAPVER (a degree to become a social worker or commercial/seller in rural areas) in two years. This professional degree prepares young people for several care-based jobs, such as working with children, caring for the elderly and the disabled, activities related to tourism, community center activities, reception, secretarial work and also commercial jobs, like seller in bakeries, in supermarkets, in farms etc.
A professional baccalaureate degree called SAPAT (a degree to become a social worker). This professional degree prepares young people for several care-based jobs, such as working with children, caring for the elderly and the disabled, activities related to tourism, community center activities, reception, secretarial work etc.
A professional diploma called CAP “Young children”; to prepare for all kind of jobs that have to do with young children.
The MFR of Fyé has existed for 54 years and welcomes young people from ages 14 to 20 (80% of them are young women). This is a rather small MFR with a very friendly and familiar atmosphere.
These are the activities the volunteer will be in charge of:
- Taking part in a weekly evening activity (games and fun
- Being in charge of lunchtime one day per week.
- Launching projects on their own (ex: presentation of your country of origin).
- Promoting the European Solidarity Corps (in the media,
job fairs, etc.
- Accompanying and supporting the MFR’s team and students in their daily activities (ex: visits, classes, etc.).
- Being a contact person for the students, in case of questions, requests for help/support, etc.
MFR LA FERTE BERNARD
The MFR of La Ferté Bernard, also called the “School of Forest”, is specialised in the protection of the environment and biodiversity. It welcomes 130 pupils every year, from the age of 14, in different classes:
Two orientation classes, to get a first diploma and discover the working environment. Students all spend one week in the MFR and one week in the company where they got a traineeship. It is a work-linked training (50% of time in school, 50% in the company). Traineeships are free to be chosen by pupils, to discover any working environment.
A professional baccalaureate degree on Forest Management.
A professional baccalaureate degree on Management of Natural Habitats and Wildlife.
A higher education degree on Management and Protection of Nature.
MFR NOGENT LE BERNARD
This year, the MFR of Nogent-le-Bernard welcomes 76 pupils.
This MFR is the smallest and the most rural of the 6 MFR of the project. The atmosphere is very familiar and friendly. This school focuses on learning through games, experiential learning than through formal lessons. The MFR is looking for a volunteer that gets along well with teenagers. The volunteer should preferably already have some experience working with teenagers and some knowledge of how to manage a group of young people. The volunteer will have the possibility to propose and lead special activities of its own choice during one-hour weekly with the 14-15 years old. He/she will also be involved in the evening activities and could lead his/her own activities.
MFR VERNEIL LE CHETIF
The MFR of Verneil le Chétif welcomes this year 147 young people (135 boys and 12 girls) divided in eight classes.
As the MFR will work on artistic projects, the MFR is looking for a volunteer that has an artistic sensibility (theatre, music, art, drawing, etc.). The volunteer should already have some experience with teenagers and some knowledge of how to manage a group of young people. As only one person in the team speaks English and Spanish, the MFR would be glad to work with a volunteer that already has some basic knowledge of French or that is willing to learn French fast.
Duration of the project: 11 months - 17.08.2020 / 17.07.2021
Deadline: 30th of June 2020.
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