In the framework of the Intervet Western Balkans project, Institute for New Age Education (ZNI) hosted a group from Albania that stayed here from January 27th until February 25th in 2022. Sending organisation of the group was Albanian Skills - National Association for Skills Competitions and the project was coordinated by our long term partner, Uniser Società Cooperativa Sociale Onlus from Forlì, Italy.
Students Musa, Erald, Rei, Fabian, Klevi, Briland, Laerti, Melisa, Etis, Kristian and Juled arrived to Maribor from Vienna Airport on 27th of January. They were accompanied by their tutor Seldan. The group had a few days of preparation which included many activities: presentation of Mobility program and getting to know each other at the ZNI office, Safety at work course at IVD centre, Interview simulation and CV workshop, presentation of Slovenia and visiting National Liberation Museum with a Guided city tour: What can Maribor offer me?.
The group's mentor, Patricia Hrnčić, was guiding and mentoring the group through their mobility in Maribor. As part of mobility programme activities, the group went on a trip to Pohorje hill, must see hiking spot in Maribor, where they had an opportunity to get to know each other better and spend quality time in nature.
Practical trainings for the students were organised by ZNI mobility coordinator Rebeka Čeh in different companies in Maribor. Students were placed in the following companies: construction company Kodel d.o.o., security company REAL security d.o.o., marketing agency Kainoto d.o.o., online accounting development company E-Računi d.o.o., company with gaming equipment Colby d.o.o., a restaurant Nana gostinstvo d.o.o., electronic PCB boards production company Smartronik d.o.o., daily center for children and youth PIKA dnevni center za otroke in mladostnike Maribor, private investigation company Intellegos d.o.o. and a hotel on Pohorje hill 5START d.o.o. In the companies the students had been given the opportunity to develop, both personally and professionally, and had improved their knowledge in different fields.
The main goal of this mobility was to encourage students to learn, as well as socialise and meet new people. Students spent their free time going around Maribor, walking by the Drava river and going to the city park. They loved spending time outside and exploring the city as much as they could. Students expressed that living in Maribor was a great and very valuable experience for them. All of the students improved their English and communication skills and also became more independent.