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Monday, June 29, 2009

Hosting partner from Hungary_Leonardo Mobility Project

– Partner information sheet

Legal seat: 1016, Mészáros u. 10.
Office: 1085 Budapest, Rökk Szilárd u. 11.
Tel/fax: 0036-1-4136517
Contact person: Tessza Udvarhelyi

Arrival: participants are picked up at the airport by the tutor and/or the co-ordinator of the project and brought to the accommodation by taxi or by the Airport bus

Accommodation: beneficiaries are either lodged in rented flats in Budapest, together with other project participants, or stay in host families.

Food: participants arrange their meals autonomously. They receive a weekly financial contribution called food- or pocket money to do their shopping. They can use the kitchen of their flat to prepare meals.

Transport: we give participants monthly passes with which they can use all public transport facilities of Budapest.

Language course: in accordance with the agreements made with the sending organisation, we provide incoming groups with 60-80 language classes (Hungarian and/or English). The language course is collocated in the first period of the project (normally the first 4 weeks). At the end of the language course we issue a certificate about the successful completion of it.

Note: In Hungary the official language is not English but Hungarian; people in the street or at work placements do not necessarily speak English. This is why participants whose main objective is to learn English in Hungary may remain deluded; based on our previous experience we recommend you to let the group have only Hungarian lessons instead of the English course.

On-arrival training: in the first week of the project we organise an intensive training session for the group. The main themes: the Leonardo da Vinci Programme; participants’ expectations; group dynamics; What is “culture?; introduction to Hungary and to living in Budapest; interculturality, stereotypes, communication; preparation for possible problems. The above topics are approached through different games, activities and group discussion. We lay special emphasis on interactivity and on the personal involvement of participants; we try to connect theory and practice. We encourage the youngsters to learn, to think about and analyse their experience, to argue and to compare different points of view, just as well as to work together and collaborate. The training finishes with an evaluation of what has been done.

Socio-cultural programmes: during the project we organise regular cultural programmes for the group (such as guided visits in the city, cinema, parties, etc.) The main aim of these programmes is to make participants familiar with the city and to create possibilities for them to meet local youth. The frequency and the contents of the events depend on the preliminary agreement made with the partner, on the budget and on participants’ interests and needs.
After the first month normally we also organise a weekend trip in the countryside.

Tutoring and evaluation: the co-ordinator of the project and the tutor of the group are continuously in contact with participants. They monitor the regular proceeding of the project and intervene in case of problems. All through the project regular evaluation meetings are held for the group, where beneficiaries can give feedback and word their feelings about their practice. In the end a final evaluation meeting is held. Participants must hand in a written final report on the project before leaving.

Work placements: we ask the sending partner to mail us the CV and motivational letter of participants with clear indications on what kind of stage are they interested in at least one month before the start of the placement. However, the stages are finalised only after the personal interviews with participants (which are held in the first 4 weeks of the project). Participants start work at the beginning of the 5th week. Stages are monitored regularly and in the end they have to release a work certificate for each participant.