The aim of the MENU Multicultural experiences – new updates mobility project is to develop the on-the-job-learning abroad. Enhancing the possibilities for student mobility is one of the focus areas in the strategy of Luovi’s international activities.

MENU has a Leonardo da Vinci certification since 2010. The participants of the project are second or third year students with special needs in initial vocational training. They are studying for vocational qualifications in the following fields of education:
tourism, catering and domestic services,   natural resources and environment, technology, communication and Transport sector and Social sciences, business and administration and culture.  The placements will be carried out in small groups and there will be at least one accompanying person from Luovi to support the students.

The aim of the project is to offer the students with special needs a possibility to take part in internationality and to have on-the-job-learning abroad. In addition, the participants are encouraged to learn foreign languages. The participants will get experience on working in multicultural environment and to get prepared for the future working life. Working in new environment prepares them to take responsibility of their own choices and to understand the importance of their input in the working process. The participants will take part in the language and culture preparation course to acquire the basic language skills to cope in the everyday life and to understand the cultural differences.

Altogether 36 student mobilities and eight staff mobilities will be carried out in 2014-2016. The duration of the exchange is from two to four weeks. Luovi has cooperated with the partners for several years and the mobility is reciprocal. The mobilities will take place in Germany, France, Croatia and England. The on-the-job-learning is carried out either in the units of partner organizations (for example greenhouses, restaurants) or in local enterprises.

For students the results can be seen as a growth of self-esteem and the working experience abroad. In addition, language and social skills are improved. The result of the project is a new know-how for on-the-job-learning and benchmarking of curricula and vocational qualifications. The results and the materials for supporting special needs students can be disseminated to other vocational colleges.