Job Shadowing in Bulgaria

Boris Farias Hunt has done the Capacity Building at the Association “Professional Forum for Education” team in Bulgaria

In the period 14-30 September Boris Farias Hunt from Universidad Austral de Chile visited Association “Professional Forum for Education” in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the purpose of a Job Shadowing, as a part of the international Erasmus+ project “Employability Skills 4 Youth”, in which the two organizations are partners.

He had the opportunity to take part in different events related to education and also to organize workshops, together with the Association “Professional Forum for Education” team. On the Day of Sofia, September 17th, Boris attended the celebrations and the ceremony in the National Theater “Ivan Vazov” during which representatives of the Sofia Municipality awarded the outstanding achievements in the field of culture for 2017. On the next day he attended the conference “Design Thinking in Education”, organized on 18 September by the Institute for Progressive Education and the Red Paper Plane, who explore ways to achieve key 21st century skills through design thinking and project-based learning.

In the next days, Boris and team members of Association “Professional Forum for Education” organized four workshops in four different schools in Sofia: the Professional High School for Romanian Language, the National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures, the 90th High School in Sofia “José de San Martín“ and the private Roerich School, for approximately 90 young people in total. The workshops were focused on entrepreneurship and team work, they included interactive and participatory non-formal educational methods, such as team building games, and a short presentation about Chile and the project.  They were followed by meetings with the school headmasters and teachers and similarities and differences between the educational systems of Bulgaria and Chile were discussed, as well as opportunities for cooperation in future.

A workshop outside of Sofia was also organized, in the city of Vratsa, for 20 students from the “St. Cyril and Methodius” school, in which a volunteer from Uruguay also participated. Again through interactive methods topics such as entrepreneurship and the importance of working together were tackled, and there was a short presentation with photos from Chile and Uruguay, with a session of questions and answers, and an introduction about the project and the Erasmus+ program.

During the Job Shadowing, Boris also visited the educational center of the association outside Sofia – the Petrohan House, used for trainings, seminars and workshops. There Boris met the Deputy Mayor of Montana and his assistant who is responsible for youth activities in the region, with whom we discussed the role of the local authorities in providing opportunities for youth and in the participation in international projects.

The core team and the volunteers from Association “Professional Forum for Education” had multiple opportunities to discuss the methodologies, work and projects of the two organizations with Boris, as well as our cooperation within the project and in future.