Initiative internships in international solidarity
For more than 10 years, Destination Travail has helped young LaSallois to live an international experience
International cooperation projects offer participants a chance to live a rich experience that allows them to develop personal and professional skills, increases their employability, introduces them to new cultures, raises their awareness to international cooperation challenges and provides assistance to communities through various works. CJE LaSalle has now a solid experience in international cooperation projects with clients in socioprofessional integration process. Trips to Mexico, France, Peru and Belgium have been organized by the CJE LaSalle.
Destination Peru is an interregional and intercultural project. It brought together 5 young people from Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski municipality and 5 others from LaSalle borough; together, they shared their first experience in international solidarity in Peru during the summer of 2015. Participants were aged between 15 and 17 years old.
To ensure knowledge acquisition in entrepreneurship and to obtain the necessary funds, they created a cooperative. Guided by facilitators, the participants familiarized themselves with the various aspects of a business such as : financing and management of financial resources (budgeting, accounting, calculation of profits and losses) and operations (such as productions and sales of products and services).
Throughout the project, interregional and intercultural exchanges were planned; visits of the respective regions, video-conferencing as well as a meeting in Quebec city, a neutral site between the two participating regions, occurred. The funds raised by the cooperative were used to pay for the entire three weeks stay of development aid in Peru.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi de LaSalle has organized a second international/intergenerational cooperation project this time held in Senegal.
Six young adults, aged between 18 and 30 years old and six retirees had the chance to participate in this extraordinary project. Two weeks have been planned in M’Bour to carry out humanitarian work by planting coconut trees and refurbishing a community space.
The main objective of this project was the socioprofessional integration of the young adults, ensuring they would go back to school or find a job. Past experiences have shown us that similar projects have provided participants with a sense of accomplishment and pride and allow us to affirm that these experiences also help foster their personal development. Moreover, the youths have benefited from the support of the older participants when exchanging on positive life experiences, thus creating therefore a bridge between the generations
In 2011, the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi de LaSalle offered, for a second time, an international cooperation project in Belgium. For a duration of 10 weeks, Destination Belgium 2, included a six weeks preparation training, two weeks of internship in Belgium and two weeks of follow-up activities. Six young people aged from 19 to 27 years old were involved in this project.
This project allowed the participants to support the small community of Mozet by carrying out various types of handicrafts including the demolition and repair of a historic site. The participants were welcomed and accompanied by young Belgians during the visits of companies in the province of Luxembourg.
GenerAccion was the first intergenerational of international cooperative project organized by the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi de LaSalle. The group of participants was composed of nine young people aged between 15 to 17 years old, four seniors and two companions. In 35 days, the group managed to rebuilt a small deprived community school in Peru. Moreover, the young participants offered school supplies such as dictionaries, classroom globe, binders and books to the 13 students of this school.
The Destination France project took place in October 2008. Accompanied by two counsellors, six young adults aged between 19 to 27 years old performed restoration work on the fortifications surrounding the medieval town of Bergheim in Alsace. The participants were also able to visit the tourist attractions and the environmental organizations of the cities of Paris, Verdun, Strasbourg and Ay. This project was made possible with the contribution of Chantiers Histoire et Architecture Médiévale (CHAM), Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIC) and Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ).
The project Destination Mexico was spread over three summers between 2004 and 2006. In total, 11 university students were able to carry out their teaching internship in the Colonia Bonfil village in Mexico. The internships provided French, Spanish and computer classes to the inhabitants of the small village. All trainees stayed 8 weeks in Mexico and were hosted by local families.
Esperanza was the first international cooperation project created by the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi for a group of young people in socio-professional integration. In Colonia Bonfil, Mexico, 10 young adults aged between 18 and 24 years old, who are neither enrolled at school or employed, had the chance to get involved in a hands-on project. During the three weeks that they spent at the village, the group was able to build a structure and a roof for the playground of a daycare center.