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Mobility in adult education and training


13.Mobility and internationalisation

13.3Mobility in adult education and training

Last update: 2 April 2024

Learner Mobility

In the field of initial and continuing vocational education and training, promoting cross-border collaboration is intended to lead to the development of quality and innovations as well as to intensifying the European dimension in initial and continuing vocational education and training.

The Educational Exchange Service (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst – PAD) of the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Kultusministerkonferenz) is the biggest partner of the German UNESCO Commission (DUK) in organising the international voluntary service “kulturweit” that is supported by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt). The voluntary service offers young people the chance to spend six or twelve months working in the field of foreign cultural and educational policy. Since 2009, the PAD in cooperation with theFederal Office for Foreign Affairs – Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen – ZfA), has been sending young volunteers from Germany to foreign schools (DSD schools) where the German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference is awarded (Deutsches Sprachdiplom DSD) as well as to German schools abroad within the scope of “kulturweit”. The majority of the schools are in central and eastern European countries; other work locations are in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Depending on their previous knowledge and skills, the volunteers, who are aged between 18 and 26, support the local schools by supervising homework, for example, offering teaching projects on various topics, by getting involved in the school theatre group, supplementing sports, arts or music lessons, organising PR or alumni work etc. Every year the PAD places around 200 volunteers.

In cooperation with the Franco-German Youth Organisation (Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk – DFJW), the French Agence du Service Civique and the majority of the Länder, the PAD has been organising a German-French voluntary service at schools since the school year 2012/2013. This voluntary service is aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who want to work in a school in the partner country for ten months. They have the opportunity to take part in school and extracurricular activities and can participate according to their interests and skills. They can take part in everyday school life and enrich this with their culture and language. every year, about 120 to 140 German and French volunteers are placed within the framework of this programme.

As part of the new Erasmus+ programme generation, the National Agency Education for Europe (Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa) at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung – BIBB) has also been managing mobility projects for learners in adult education since 2021. Since the start of the programme, a total of 5,304 people have been sent on learning visits to other European countries.

Teacher and Trainer Mobility

Within the framework of Erasmus+ the National Agency Education for Europe is supporting mobility projects for staff in the field of adult education. Since  2022, 4,112 grants were awarded within the framework of these projects.