Our Partner Meetings

1st Partner Meeting in Turnhout/Belgium:


The 1st partner meeting – our kick-off-meeting – was hosted by the HIVSET school in Turnhout.

We began with a welcome in HIVSET and in the LDV partnership. Each partner had prepared a presentation about their organization and its context. As we are five partners this took us until lunch. All partners had brought typical specialities from their country – together with some more food prepared by students of the HIVSET school we had a wonderful and varied lunch.


After lunch break we had a session to plan our 2-years-learning partnership:

We went through all our objectives and results and agreed on a self-evaluation system. We concretised the working program and set the dates of the next meetings.

Then we dived right into the project work: each partner team presented what they had prepared on “Good practices of ‘learning on the job’”.


After this long working session, the coordinator of the project closed the day by selecting the ‘working partners’ on:

  • Mentoring & guidance of students
  • Assessment of learning process
  • Integration in learning curricula
  • Building networks education – labour


On the next day we started with a presentation of the Portal website of the network, done by the Austrian partner. This was followed by a VET Seminar on “ICT & learning on the job”.

After lunch we headed off in three groups to our Study visits at local & national partners of HIVSET

  • National coordinator of kindergartens
  • General Hospital Turnhout
  • Center for elderly care  

In the evening we met again and had our farewell dinner, offered generously by the Belgian partner.


In the next morning we started with a tour through Turnhout, visited the historical museum about hospital care, had a fantastic lunch in a historically-styled Belgian restaurant and went on to see the old “Beginage” of the town. Unfortunately some of the partners already had to leave at this point. All the others took a train to Antwerp. There we strolled around in the centre, saw the main cathedral with its impressive tower, the port, a very old historical pedestrian underpass and we could enjoy the sunset and the nightfall, enabling us to see the romantically lit town centre by night.

After having a delicious dinner we returned to Turnhout and said goodbye.

Report of the Study Visit at the Nursery Kind Jezus
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2nd Partner Meeting in Torrelavega/Spain:


5th to 8th of May 2011


Leonardo D Vinci Project meeting was held in IES Manuel Gutierrez Aragón during the first week of May. The partners who took part in this project were from: Belgium, Slovenia, Austria, Bulgaria and Spain.


Leonardo Da Vinci partnerships are working groups related to a project in Vocational Training. Our project is called “Learning on the job”. Our learning on the job is focused on the Sanitary field in Nursing Auxiliary Care and Child Care.

The activities in our partnership are aimed to develop criteria for best practices which our students can use in their learning on the job. In our country they are known as FCT. (Formation in the workplace)


Some of the project objectives of the partnership are:

1.- Exchange projects of good practices among partners.

2.- Develop educational materials, teaching methodology and tools that support the process of teaching and learning in Vocational Training.

3.- Update standards for assessment of job-embedded learning and for implementation of those standards in the curricula.

4.- Create an internet platform ( network) in order to exchange information and materials among partners

5.- Disseminate results obtained within and outside their own institutions.



The last week of October 2010, we had the first project meeting in Turnhout (Belgium), which was our first contact and where we started the first approach to the planned activities. We also had the opportunity to visit working places such as local hospitals, elder people´s homes and preschools where Belgium students do their training on the job. Finally, it was a privilege to know some aspects of the culture and customs of Belgium society and its landscape

From 5th to 8th of May 2011, 18 members of our Partnership mentioned above visited our region to take part in the programmed activities for the Spanish meeting. It was a pleasure to act as hosts and we hope our guests got back home with good memories from our school, our region and our country.


The activities that took place in this Network meeting were:


Mentoring and programming training in the workplace as well as the practical management on the website - which was still being created by the own partnership Leonardo Da Vinci – JOEL - JOb Embedded Learning.

We also had the opportunity to visit Sierrallana Hospital and Fundación Asilo Nursery School. We completed our programme of activities by visiting places of great beauty in our region  such as Santander city , Santillana Del Mar, Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera.

3rd Partner Meeting in Ljubljana/Slovenia:


The 3rd partner meeting was hosted by the Kindergarten JELKA.
Right at the beginning we had a nice welcome in the Kindergarten with a short program prepared by the children, who were dancing typical Slovenian dances and singing for us, and a walk around the kindergarten Jelka.

In the following project work we had a presentation of the work done and of the results after the meeting in Spain on 'best practices' & 'guidelines for mentoring'. These presentations led into a discussion by all partners.

After lunch we had an official welcome at the Town house and a guided tour in Ljubljana.


On the next day we continued with our project work and discussed first results of our 'self evaluation' and the monitoring.

After lunch we had a lomg study visit at the learning centre in University Medical Centre Ljubljana.

On the 3rd day we started with a seminar and a workshop: 'Assessment of on the job learning’ prepared by Slovenian team.

After a short lunch break we continued with project work by discussing important issues of 'Assessment of on the job learning. Each partner team had prepared a short presentation which was the basis for intensive small group work afterwards. We finished the day by planning the continuation of our project work and activities.

On the 4th day we started by preparing a follow up project and then we already took a look forward to the meeting in Austria, discussing necessary tasks to be done and concrete results until February 2012. After lunch we finished and collected our network meeting agreements and results. Then we handed over the Certificates of attendance to all partners.

In the afternoon we went for a trip to Bled. The weather was perfect – we could enjoy the panoramic view of Bled and had a wonderful trip to the Bled Island.

In the evening we closed our meeting with a Farewell dinner in a typical Slovenian Restaurant – the surprise of the evening was a brass music band playing wild Balkan style music. After the hard working days we had a lot of fun and many of the partners couldn’t stay seated but went to the dance floor and danced.

Report about the Study visit at the University Medical Learning Centre
Study visit_slo_UKC.pdf
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Report about the Study Visit at Kindergarten Jelka
Study visit_slo_kindergarten Jelka.pdf
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4th Partner Meeting in Vienna/Austria:


The 4th Partner Meeting was hosted by the Otto Wagner Hospital in Vienna. Besides the intensive project work the team of the Austrian Partner Organisation, UBW, organised a guided tour through the beautiful hospital area (built by Otto Wagner according to the rules of holy geometry) including the wonderful Otto Wagner Church on the top of the hill.
The international group visited the Geriatric and the Psychiatric ward and the Equotherapy-Centre – the different guides told the partners about their work and took their time to answer a lot of questions.

The Study Visits took the participants to either the BAKIP 21 (secondary higher vocational school for kindergarten teachers/educators in the 21st district of Vienna), including the training kindergarten and a research atelier (project “Solches”) or to the Caritas Socialis Care & Social Centre in Rennweg (3rd district of Vienna), offering a wide range of facilities such as home care, an Alzheimer day care centre, an integrative geriatric day care centre, short and long term care, multiple sclerosis nursing and caring and the Hospice Rennweg. On each of the locations there was a guided tour and the possibility for discussions/questions & answers with the contact persons from the institution.

All partners were fascinated by what they learned – many partners took the chance and exchanged contact dates for further cooperation and international knowledge-building.

The whole meeting was accompanied by a comprehensive supporting program, including a welcome at the Vienna Town Hall, seeing the historic assembly hall, a special guided tour through parts of the Viennese Imperial Palace, a visit in the "Volksoper" - seeing "La Traviata" or the modern dance performance “The Show must go on” by
Jérôme Bel in the Museum's Quartier and eating in different  restaurants, amongst others in the "Michl's" close to the Town Hall - a social project who prepared a special menue for our partnership.

Report about the Study Visit at the BAKIP 21
Report_Study Visit at BAKIP 21.pdf
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Report of the Study Visit at the Caritas Socialis Care Centre
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5th Partner Meeting in Sofia/Bulgaria:


The 5th partner meeting was hosted by the "Tokuda Hospital" in Sofia.


Our study visits were conducted at the 5th of July. We began with visiting 2 departments of the Tokuda Hospital Sofia. At the same time a part of our group visited a Kindergarten in Sofia along with Boriana Marinkova.


First we visited the Tokuda Hospice. We received basic information about the structure and work of the Hospice and the Hospital as a whole. Special part of it is that it combines Japanese and Bulgarian culture and knowledge in the field of health services. The Hospice resides in the Hospital and takes care of patients which are normally terminal or need every day medical treatment or at least care. The Hospice has rooms for 1, 2 or 3 patients. There is also a possibility for the relatives of patients to stay in a room, for which they should pay. Residing in the Hospital gives the Hospice the option to treat patients with critical condition more quickly. During the visit we had the opportunity to visit patient rooms and talk to patients in the Hospice. The medical Team and the manager of the Hospice expressed interest to work together with the partner-organizations on different topics.

Afterwards we visited the Pediatric department. It has basically the same management and building structure. The interesting part of it that there is a special place in the department that is fixed for the entertainment of children. Also the whole department is painted with colorful figures, so children could feel better.


After the visits in the department we had a lunch and then we went to the Center for children with Autism "Tacitus". The center is private (not governmental) and resides in one of the distant neighborhoods of Sofia – Boiana. Boiana is in Sofia, but unlike to the great part of the city it is on the Vitosha Mountain and has great nature, which is especially good for the treatment of children. We were welcomed from the owner and founder of the "Tacitus" Center Mina Lambovski. She explained that the reason she founded that establishment is because her first son had autism and she was so egger to fight this disease, so that she started visiting lots of different treatment courses in USA and Europe. After a few months/years she had gathered enough knowledge to start a unique program for the treatment of children with the financial support of her husband. Now the "Tacitus" center is working with lots of children and has actually achieved great results with the great part of them (especially those whose parents have identified the autism in an earlier stage), which was proved from one of the boys, who a few months earlier couldn't speak very good, but now sang a song for us. Mrs. Lambovski explained that these kinds of knowledge and treatment methods are unique and at her opinion have the best results. For more information you could visit this link (unfortunately only in Bulgarian) - http://www.autism-bg.com


After the visit in the Center for children suffering from Autism we were welcomed in the Sofia municipality from a representative of the major Mrs. Fandakova, who is dealing with the Health policy of the capital. We had a short introduction and the she explained to the partners the structure of the capital's Health administration on a municipal level – number of medical establishments, personal and basic management and social tendencies.

Report about the Study Visits in Sofia
Study visit in Sofia.pdf
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