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From Padua to Edinburgh: learning through mobility

Leonardo at work
Leonardo at work
What does it mean to leave your hometown and your school at 17 to go and live for one month abroad? Let’s hear Leonardo’s story!

Article submitted by Leonardo Fornoli, who found a work placement through Eurodesk UK Partner Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council


`I am Leonardo, a young man from Italy who is spending one month in Edinburgh (Scotland) thanks to a European project. My school participates in the Erasmus+ programme and this gave me the possibility to take part in an internship programme abroad. This opportunity is financed by a mobility project in the Vocational Education and Training field, also known as Key Action 1 VET under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Talking about my experience, I can say that it is a very useful and great opportunity for students for many reasons. First of all, at least in my case, working is the aspect that influenced me the most while staying here. I am currently working in a charity shop and I am dealing with different aspects: taking care of the stock, displaying the merchandise in the shop, advising customers. I am very happy about this, because I am having the chance to experience many different new things. In general, regardless of where you are working, this is a huge occasion for people, because it gives you the chance to experience a different country from your own. Nowadays, this is an opportunity that anyone should take advantage of! Learning to be more at ease in an international context puts you one step ahead of others and gives you more chances to find a job in the future.

Anyway, this project also gave me the opportunity to grow from a personal point of view. Before coming here, I was concerned about my life in a big city, working instead of studying, but I was also very curious about what I would have found here in Edinburgh. I was eager to test my skills.


Well, I hope you too will see the positive elements of living in another country. You will surely succeed in doing something that you have never done before. You learn a lot! You learn those things that you cannot learn at school. For example, you learn to adapt to a new environment, to be independent, to overcome your shyness when you have to ask strangers for help. Also, in my Italian high school I am specialising in modern foreign languages and the opportunity to experience a full immersion in Edinburgh, surrounded by native-speakers, is boosting my language learning. All this makes you feel more self-confident and aware of your full potential. Moreover, you establish new contacts with other societies and you get to feel more European. You have the feeling that you can contribute to a more compact and wide-spread international community, which will surely bring benefits. And also, you will be introduced to work and you will feel better prepared to get a job in the future.

This is just part of what you will learn and find out if you accept this challenge!' 

Foilsithe: Déa, 22/06/2017 - 18:27

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