In the framework of the Intervet Western Balkans project, Institute for New Age Education (ZNI) hosted a group from Albania that stayed here from June 20th until July 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 Brisilda, Marsilda, Kristjana, Melisa, Kleo, Megi, Tereza, Regisa and Saimira arrived to Maribor from Vienna Airport on 20th of June. They were accompanied by their tutor Klevis. 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: daily center for children and youth PIKA dnevni center za otroke in mladostnike Maribor, marketing company BOOST UP d.o.o., marketing department of coffee shop Cukrdoza under the brand Monesa d.o.o., construction company GMG Peter Žula d.o.o., veterinary center Veterinarski center Pika d.o.o., administration department of ergonomical equipment company Ergonomske rešitve d.o.o. and a kindergarten Vrtec Borisa Pečeta Maribor. 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 exploring the city as much as they could and spending time with people they met here in Maribor. Students expressed that living in Maribor was a good experience for them because they learned how to be more independent.
Kleo (GMG Peter Žula d.o.o.)
»I'm Kleo, I'm from Albania, I'm 17 years old and I came to do the internship in Slovenia. I was working at Gradbeništvo Žula. The work was about construction which is what I'm studying for. I really loved it here and I loved the work. I tried to do my best, to be as much productive and helpful as possible. Maribor is a very good city, I like it. Any young person or a student can also apply just like our group did and enjoy the experience.«