What is it like to live and work here?

That is what French students had the opportunity to become familiar with during their vocational internship at companies and institutions in our region during June. Reciprocal exchanges of students are one area of long-term partnership with the Grand Est Region in France.

Ten students from a secondary school in Épinal, a French city in the Grand Est partner region, arrived in Ostrava at the beginning of June. Vocational internships for French students are organised here every year at the end of the school year, and selected students travel to France to study at a French secondary school under the One year in France programme in return. The regional authority and EDUCA Secondary School in Nový Jičin participate in looking for companies and organisations to provide internships. The internships are financed by the European Erasmus+ programme.

“I would like to thank the Pactra Company in Hnojník, Darkov Spa Resort in Karviná and the French Alliance in Ostrava for allowing young people from our partner region to become familiar with how companies work and be involved in their operation. I appreciate the friendly and professional attitude of everyone who looked after of the students. The French students were enthusiastic and satisfied with their stay, which is the basis of all successful partnerships,” commented Deputy Governor of the Region for School and Sport Stanislav Folwarczny on the internships. One student also carried out her internship at the regional authority and was involved in preparing a practical seminar for the students selected to take part in the One year in France programme this year. In her presentation to students, she explained what it is like to live in France, the country’s customs and how to prepare for the trip to France. She also explained how the French school system works and how students are taught.

Students who stayed in Karviná in June met with Czech students of the Comprehensive school in Karviná and discussed the differences between French and Czech culture, the educational system and the life of young people in both countries. This was the first time some students had ever met a native French person.

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