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Documentation 2020

Alone we can do so little;
Together we can do so much.”

(Helen Keller)


We are happy to present the documen­tation of the Learning by Leaving Conference 2020 – a joint conference for the European mobility networks Eures, Eurodesk, Europass and Euroguidance – that took place as a virtual meeting on June 4–5, 2020.

Following the confer­ences in Cologne, Germany 2018 and Cagliari, Italy 2019, the 2020 conference continued the series that aims to establish closer cooper­ation between the European mobility networks through regular exchange of infor­mation, best practices and peer learning — thus creating synergies to increase the quality of service provision.

The support of mobility is at the centre of the Learning by Leaving networks. Learners and workers need the appro­priate infor­mation, guidance and means to document their compe­tences to success­fully take part in the European education and labour market.

The focus of the 2020 conference was inclusion in mobility. How can we best support learners and workers with special needs, including those from under­priv­i­leged backgrounds and migrants? Are our existing tools and infor­mation suffi­cient or do we need to make changes to make successful mobility achievable for everyone?

The conference had a range of plenary sessions and workshops. Participants had the possi­bility to share infor­mation, innov­ative tools and practices, get ideas for new (transna­tional) projects and formulate recom­men­da­tions and feedback.



Conference Opening

by Ernst Gesselbauer

Director, National Agency Erasmus+ Education, OeAD-GmbH

Europe is on a steep learning curve – and we needed this.
Europe was leaping behind in terms of virtual learning environment.
We might come out stronger out of the crisis, in terms of new forms of learning.”

Meet the LBL Organising Team


by Alison Crabb

Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, Unit E2: Skills and Qualifications

It’s a challenging time, the world has shifted. But there are also oppor­tu­nities opening up for some fresh thinking.”

Motivational Speech

by Ali Mahlodji
Founder of whatchado, EU Youth Ambassador

No one is a system error and every person, regardless of gender, color, religion, origin, skin color, disability or sexual orien­tation, should have a chance to find their calling.”




WS 1. DINAMO — A Distance Training on Mobility in Guidance



The workshop will introduce and discuss the e‑training tool DINAMO, including four modules to support and train guidance professionals:

1. The presen­tation of the challenges of mobility

2. The use of European tools that promote mobility (ECTS, Erasmus+, Europass, etc.)

3. Various forms that mobility can take throughout life

4. Development of mobility advice for guidance professionals.


Yvan Couallier, Euroguidance France 

Yvan Couallier is a psychol­ogist guidance advisor, engaged with the Euroguidance Network since 7 years. At the International Guidance Centre in Lyon, France, he helps students to manage their project abroad. He also trains profes­sionals in the field of guidance, by using the online platform DINAMO.

Isabelle Dekeister, Euroguidance France 

Isabelle Dekeister is a guidance psychol­ogist since 2003 in Lille. She works at the Information and Guidance Centre (CIO) of the French National Education and for Euroguidance France for 7 years.  She is involved in infor­mation, guidance counselling and support for students and profes­sionals around mobility and in training for guidance practi­tioners. She partic­i­pated in the devel­opment of the DINAMO online training course.

WS 2. Euro-Quest — Promoting Educational Mobility Across Europe


The workshop will facil­itate an open discussion about how all four of our networks (Europass, Eurodesk, Euroguidance, Eures) could work together to support inclusion in mobility, exploring current practice and future possibilities.

The following two examples will be presented:

Euro-Quest”, developed by Euroguidance Ireland /NCGE, is a resource for Secondary Level students in Ireland. It is a new, free to use blended learning programme, designed for Transition Year students, promoting educa­tional mobility across Europe.

The “Time to Move Eurodesk Europe-wide campaign informs young people and those who work with them about oppor­tu­nities to work, study, train and volunteer in Europe.

Euro-Quest Slides

Time to Move Slides

Orla Ní Cheallaigh, NCGE, Euroguidance Ireland

Orla Ní Cheallaigh is a Guidance Counsellor who holds the position of ‘Euroguidance Officer’ in NCGE. She has worked with young people in schools for 10 years as a guidance counsellor, programme co-ordinator, and language teacher.

Malgorzata Fiedot Davies, Eurodesk Ireland

Malgorzata Fiedot Davies has been working as the Eurodesk Ireland Coordinator with Léargas, the National Agency of Erasmus+, since 2003. She studied languages and liter­ature and enjoys commu­ni­cating, networking and creating links between people and organisations.

WS 3. Future Time Traveller  — Digital Inclusion in Career Guidance for Generation Z

future time traveller

The future is now, and as the world is devel­oping faster than ever before through techno­logical advance­ments this has brought new possi­bil­ities to the world of career guidance and devel­opment. Digital innova­tions create oppor­tu­nities to empower young people, improve society and grow economies. Individuals risk falling behind if they do not have the right skills to adapt and businesses will struggle to innovate and grow if they cannot find appro­pri­ately skilled workers. The Future Time Traveller project, a career game in 3D virtual world for exploring the future trends, jobs and skills, is committed to trans­forming the lives of Generation Z through career guidance that incor­po­rates innov­ative and immersive games-based learning scenarios for preparing the next gener­ation for the jobs of the future. 

This ‘Innovation workshop’ will discuss the impor­tance and potential of game-based career guidance in discov­ering the jobs of the future; the skills young people will need in an increas­ingly digitised world and how to incor­porate such technology into your provision. It will include a demon­stration of (with the option to try) the ‘Future Time traveller’ game we have developed which allows young people to explore the range of jobs that could exist in the Year 2050! 


Felix J Prince Kankwamba, Aspire-international, Euroguidance UK

Felix J Prince Kankwamba works for Aspire igen in Bradford, the largest careers and training organ­i­sation in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Felix studied both his BA (Politics & Peace) and MA (Media Studies) in the city and just completed a MSc (Management with Marketing). Felix has a passion for young people having worked in alter­native and higher Education for over 10 years, organ­ising volun­teering oppor­tu­nities abroad and leading prison art courses.

Virtual Tour of Vienna

City Guide Angelika Kronberger took conference partic­i­pants on a live virtual tour of Vienna.

Table Discussions, round 1, 11:10–11:30

1. Is it inclusion or illusion? – How to reach young­sters?
Diana Baranyi (Eurodesk Hungary)
Zsófia Bertalan (Europass  Hungary)

2. Mobility for ALL – Tools to make mobility programmes more inclusive
Ángeles Fernández Melón (Europass Spain)

3. The show must go on(line)  — Apps to telework and build your online presence, Using chat bots for youth service
Gheorghe Kraszuk (Eurodesk EU)

4. Joining forces for inclusive Erasmus+ student mobility
Karien Coppens (Euroguidance Netherlands)
Gusta Tavecchio (Erasmus+ Netherlands)

5. A shared learning environment for Eures, Euroguidance, Eurodesk and Europass
Erik van den Broek (Europass Netherlands)



Table Discussions, round 2, 11:40–12:00

6. Access for young people with impair­ments and chronic health condi­tions into mixed ability mobility projects
Klaus Waiditschka (Eurodesk Germany)

7. EU web tools supporting asylum seekers and refugees training and job insertion
Valeria Scalmato (Europass Italy)
Valentina Benni (Euroguidance Italy)

8. Online youth infor­mation — tools and formats for connecting and informing (young) people online
Alena Brunner (Eurodesk Austria)

9. Euroopportunities board game
Wawrzyniec Pater (Eurodesk Poland)

Learning By Leaving: The Past, The Present, and the Future

  • Dominique Droth, LbL Organising Team Germany
  • Joanna Busalacchi, LbL Organising Team Italy
  • Susanne Krischanitz, LbL Organising Team Austria

Conference Closing

by Carin Dániel Ramírez-Schiller
Head of Area, Adult Education & Transversal Matters, National Agency Erasmus+ Education, OeAD-GmbH