Mobility

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  • Sending/host organization
  • Before the work placement

CESIE (www.cesie.org) is a European Centre for Studies and Initiatives based in Palermo, Sicily. It is a non-profit, apolitical, and secular non-governmental organisation with member organizations in more than eight European countries. It was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).

CESIE links local, national and international contexts and is committed to stimulating development and change in educational, cultural and economic spheres through the creation and use of innovative tools and methods.

Our objectives:

  • To improve lifelong education in Europe through transnational projects involving local communities
  • To promote sustainable development of neighbouring regions and beyond through training and education
  • To foster progress and innovation in Higher Education and Research
  • To support learning mobility for people at all ages, across borders and sectors
  • To stimulate local growth by adapting international good practices and methods.

The organisation is divided into five departments which work together and manage activities in their specific fields: European Cooperation, International Cooperation, Mobility, Socio-cultural Promotion and Higher Education and Research.

The head office can be found in the city centre of Palermo with other offices in India, Nepal and Senegal.

CESIE coordinates the CESIE Network which is composed of over 100 organizations throughout the world who share our mission and collaborate with us.

CESIE staff is composed of 35 people at the coordinating office, located in Palermo, and a staff person for each international seat. The team has an international character being composed not only by Italians, but also from the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Serbia, Lithuania, Moldova and Greece. CESIE is therefore considered to be a very concrete and positive example of European values. Moreover, the staff is characterized by a great diversity of profiles, skills and qualifications but united by a deep sharing of ideals that lead our activities.

At the same time, CESIE relies on about fifty external experts that collaborate for specific activities in our offices: three in Sicily and three abroad. Equally important is the contribution from the dozens of interns and volunteers engaged in internships at our organization.

Working Methods - CESIE constantly promotes the development of new methods making a bridge between research and knowledge. CESIE applies to concept of active learning to all its work. This implies that:

  • Each individual is valued and his skills, knowledge and experiences are shared with others;
  • The learning process/context is carefully structured in order to promote a strong collaboration between people which stimulates creativity.

Active learning is supported by the use of primarily non-formal methods including: Reciprocal Maieutic Approach, Creative Thinking, Theatre of the Oppressed, plus dance and other artistic and creative techniques, Critical Incidents Method (Cohen-Emerique).

CESIE has more than 10 years-experience in leading EU funded projects. CESIE team is involving experienced staff members in the project that will ensure operational and financial support management to the Consortium.

At the local level, CESIE works primarily in one of the most disadvantaged zones in the historical centre of Palermo. This area is characterised by high levels of unemployment, micro-criminality and immigration.

CESIE’s local activities include:

  • Implementation of local activities relating to the Programmes stated above;
  • Socio-cultural actions to include marginalised people-refugees, asylum seekers, settled immigrants, people with disabilities, women, people who are socially or culturally marginalised;
  • Information, dissemination and promotion of youth mobility (through European and Italian programmes- National Civil Service, EVS);
  • Reciprocal Maieutic Methodology workshops (a communication process based on non-violence and active participation) in schools and within informal groups;
  • Research-action collaboration with University of Palermo;
  • Seminars and training courses on different thematic.

CESIE has great capacity and experience in educational mobility, both in hosting and sending. CESIE “has moved” (average numbers a year) [target groups: students / volunteers / professionals / young workers / entrepreneurs / teaching staff / trainers / seniors]: 

HOSTING:

  • Long term (6 up to 12 months): 30+ individuals (EVS; Grundtvig Assistantship; Leonardo Mobility; Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, Erasmus+ KA1).
  • Short term (1 up to 6 weeks): 500+ individuals (EVS; Grundtvig Senior Volunteering; Youth in Action 4.3.; Leonardo Mobility PLM / VETPro / IVT; Europe for Citizens 2.3 / 1.2.2.; Grundtvig Workshop, Erasmus+ KA1).

SENDING:

  • Long term (6 up to 12 months): 30+ people (EVS / Grundtvig Assistantship).
  • Short term (1 up to 6 weeks): 60+ people (Youth in Action 1.1. / 3.1. / 4.3; LLP Grundtvig Workshop /Senior Volunteering).

In CESIE office the learners work in specific types of activities which span across its local and international work as well as the transversal ICT and visibility field. This enables learners to gain experience in project proposal writing and implementation as well as learning about the local context and how European funding and initiatives can stimulate community development.

The work placements takes place alternatively at CESIE office and at local level in different CESIE’s local projects developed in local centres in which CESIE develops its own activities through the local and international volunteers presence and its staff.

These centres are:

  • Giardino di  Madre Teresa –  an intercultural kindergarten;
  • Santa Chiara – a project which hosts recently arrived immigrants, providing advice and orientation and childcare facilities;
  • Casa di tutte le genti -  a project located in a difficult  and poor area of Palermo (Zisa) supporting families in everyday situations and promoting the culture of integration and solidarity;
  • Centro Astalli - political refugees and migrants centre - located in the neighborhood of Ballarò which addresses mainly migrants, asylum seekers and refugees temporarily or permanently in the Province of Palermo, children, women, families and homeless;
  • Ubuntu - an intercultural playground;
  • Cooperativa La fraternità – a centre for disable people;
  • Volta la carta – a centre for disable people;
  • Edificando – a centre which host disable people.

In each specific working environment there is a local coordinator who manages the learners’ timetables alongside the learner activity coordinator who is the first step in any conflict or difficult situation in the working environment.

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