In the framework of the Intervet Western Balkans project, Institute for New Age Education (ZNI) hosted a group from Kosovo that stayed here from September 3rd until October 1st in 2022. Sending organisation of the group was CEM Chamber of Economy of Montenegro and the project was coordinated by our long term partner, Uniser Società Cooperativa Sociale Onlus from Forlì, Italy.
Students Damjan, Anja, Milena, Lazar, Jelena, Emina, Jovana, Isidora, Velizar, Jovana and Nora arrived to Maribor from Zagreb Airport on 3rd of October. They were accompanied by their tutor Radomir. 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 was Lea Korošec and 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: hotel 5START d.o.o., marketing agencies Verus d.o.o. and Rdeča Oranža d.o.o., designing company Studio Habitat d.o.o., IT company WideLabs d.o.o., beauty and cosmetics salon Perfect Body owned by Maja Žižek s.p., company that offers ergonomical solutions Ergonomske rešitve d.o.o., electronic PCB boards production company Smartronik d.o.o. and pharmacy Lekarne 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 their wish to come back to Maribor in the future. They grew professionally but also personally. They bonded as a group, met a lot of new people and made life-long friends.
Damjan (Verus d.o.o.)
»My name is Damjan, I'm 17 years old and I come from Podgorica, Montenegro. I was working at Verus d.o.o. in Maribor. This is a marketing company which specializes in marketing and websites. My one month of the internship here was amazing because I could improve my skills even more and I am looking forward to come back here to study because I think the city is beautiful.«
Emina and Jovana (Studio Habitat d.o.o.)
»My name is Emina, I come from Podgorica and I worked together with Jovana in Studio Habitat.«
»My name is Jovana. We worked as assistants of an architect. I think this experience will be very heplful and valuable for our future careers.«
Anja (5START d.o.o.)
»My name is Anja, I'm 17 years old and I'm from Montenegro. I stayed in Maribor for one month as a tourism student. I worked at 5START d.o.o. at Hotel Bolfenk on Pohorje. It was a really good experience and I learned a lot there. This experience will be great for my further education and for my future job. I would also like to get a chance to go out of my country again in the future.«
Jelena (WideLabs d.o.o.)
»My name is Jelena and I'm an IT student. This experience here in Maribor will for sure help me in my future job and studies. I mostly learned how to be more independent and met many new friends with whom I wish to stay in touch for the rest of my life. Other than that I learned how it is to work somewhere out of my country. The time here passed do fast and I don't really like the fact that we must go home.«
Lazar (Rdeča Oranža d.o.o.)
»My name is Lazar, I'm 17 years old and I'm from Montenegro. I stayed in Maribor for one month and I worked at Rdeča Oranža d.o.o. that is a marketing company. This experience is important for my future education and job. I really liked my time here and I would reccommend anyone to try new things and try this mobility experience for themselves.«
Velizar (Smartronik d.o.o.)
»I'm Velizar, I'm from Montenegro and I'm 17 years old. I stayed in Maribor for one month and worked in Smartronik where I was working on motherboards for computers. I'm very satisfied with my work experience and would like to continue working in this field in my future.«
Jovana and Milena (Lekarne Maribor)
»My name is Jovana and I come from Montenegro. I worked at Lekarne Maribor as a pharmaceutical technician. I was mixing creams and sometimes prepared medicine for patients. I'm really glad that I took this opportunity and got this experience.«
»My name is Milena and I'm from Montenegro. I worked in Lekarne Betnava and my experience was amazing. I was taught how to make creams, my coworkers introduced me to some medicines and my coworkers helped me to learn more about this job. I will definitely continue my work as a pharmaceutical technician.«
Isidora (Perfect Body)
»My name is Isidora and I come from Podgorica. I worked as a beauty technician in Perfect Body beauty center. I'm very satisfied with my experience and I'm happy that I didn't miss this chance to see Maribor and to work here which was very nice. I had a chance to observe a lot of treatments such as LPG, RF, massages, relaxing massages for face and body, maderotherapy and much more. I could also work with clients and had a chance to communicate with them. I earned a lot of new things and I'm very happy that I came here.«
Nora (Ergonomske rešitve d.o.o.)
»My name is Nora, I come from Montenegro and I worked at Ergonomske rešitve d.o.o. where I worked at the field of digital marketing. I learned about new programs and also worked a lot of content for social media. From this experience I learned how to work in my field. I had amazing colleauges who were always there to help me. I wouldn't change this experience because it was really great.«