Language - Mobility - Foreign Countries. Practical-learning in the undertaking.


The project

For the fourth time the submission for approval of the Leonardo da Vinci –Mobility project of the Foreign Language School Heilbronn was successful. This enabled 30 graduates of the Foreign Language School to make a practical training in France or Spain.

The graduates received a stipend which covers the costs of travel, lodging and insurance. The practical training had a span of 3 to 6 months and took place in the most varying of organisations. For example, some of them were placed in the German Tradeworkers Organisation in Barcelona, in a cosmetics company, in the administration of a clinic and in departments of the European Parliament. During the practical training the graduates received guidance via e-mail, telephone or fax.

The placements lead to experiences and competences pure classroom learning cannot offer. The profession based supplemental education strengthens chances in a profession in a lasting way. They enhance their attractiveness as potential employees because they can show, through the practical training that they have a command of a foreign language, can assert themselves in new situations, are capable of successful contact with people and have a firm knowledge of approaches to work and living specific to a country. Their work in a foreign country is proof of their engagement and openness. In personal regards, self confidence and independence are demanded. Most of the graduates were young and for many their stay in a foreign country was a completely new experience. In the foreign country, one had to plan independently one’s daily routine.

Also for the Foreign Language School of Heilbronn the profit was significant: the evaluation of the practical training offered the possibility of checking the schools education programme and of adapting it to meet the demands of the European job market.

EU Lifelong Learning Programme


Project execution
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association,
Kolping Training Centre Heilbronn, Foreign Language School, Germany

Project partners
Council of Europe, Stasbourg, France
Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse, Paris, France
Conseil Regional du Limousin, Limoges, France
Clinica Cima, Barcelona, Spain
GSAR Marketing, Madrid, Spain
German Chamber of Commerce for Spain, Madrid, Spain

Contact person
Helena Struemann, Head of Foreign Language School Heilbronn

EU-Funding Programme
Leonardo da Vinci – Mobility Projects

Sum of Funding
28,144 €

Period of Funding
01.10.2007 - 28.03.2008

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.