5-step method to prepare and support our participants in their intership in Valencia.

We have news! The development of a new way of preparing and supporting our participants. This method is called the ESMOWAY, and it is an adaptable 5-step process that we are implementing with our students, which lets them capitalize on their internship in Valencia from the very beginning of their stay.

This method was born from the recognition of the importance of actively cultivating transversal skills during the entirety of the participants’ stay.

Why the need of ESMOWAY?

Here in ESMOVIA, we keep up with the times. We know that in our post-covid world, it is more important than ever to place focus on transversal soft skills like adaptability, resilience, and self-awareness; capabilities that can truly help individuals navigate the complexities of the world nowadays.

During our years of expertise as a mobility provider, we have also identified five universal capacities which heavily influence if the students feel satisfied overall, both personally and professionally, during their stay abroad. These five universal capacities are the following:

  • Attitude
  • Autonomy
  • Adaptation
  • Awareness
  • Intercultural Abilities

Most young people are currently having difficulty in the process of managing themselves and the direction they are going, but even more, managing why they are going in this direction. Having a toolkit and training can make all the difference.

To whom is addressed?

We work with students from the age of sixteen to their early twenties. Young adults from a variety of European countries, having their first work experience in internships, but not only this, their first work experience in another country. We believe you can imagine that this experience is both extremely enriching and utterly challenging for these young adults.

How do we do this?

Through different group dynamic activities, this method focuses on increasing the self-awareness and self-confidence of our students, so they can be more critical, more capable of handling the ups and downs of the experience and ultimately be happier and more empowered during their journey; both here and when they go back home.

The steps to the ESMOWAY method are the following five:

  • Step 1 – Understand and Recognize
    • The focus of this step is for our students to understand the process of culture shock and be able to recognize where they place themselves in the process. Conversations are stimulated about intercultural biases between one’s home country and the new country of destination.
  • Step 2 – Dream and Discover
    • The focus of this step is for our students to go deeper and more profound into their dormant motivations and passions, to get excited about new realities they can develop. Students discover qualities about themselves that serve for their future steps, such as their natural leadership style.
  • Step 3 – Set Objectives
    • The focus of this step is for our students to be able to organize in a visual format, their strengths, and areas of improvement, across various facets in their professional and personal lives. Tony Robbin’s rapid planning method is used to help establish a realistic working method for goal setting.
  • Step 4 – Act and Challenge
    • The focus of this step is for our students to act based on their previous self-awareness work, so they can learn how to convert their objectives into reality. Through this process, they understand themselves in relation to others, and take on challenges within the city both personally and professionally, to consolidate the importance of taking steps in a direction to achieve one’s goals.
  • Step 5 – Reflect and Connect
    • The focus of this step is for our students to actively practice their empathy skills, to be able to analyze their work abroad experience through the lens of critical thinking and the consideration of pros and cons. Students can write a letter to themselves about their stay and their achievements, to stimulate positive self-talk communication and recognition.

When do we do this?

The above-mentioned activities are incorporated into the different meetings we have with our students.

The number of meetings the participants have with ESMOVIA depends on the length of their stay. Each group always has one initial Welcome Meeting, a fortnightly Follow-Up meeting and a Final Meeting at the end of their stay.

Ultimately, our focus is on educating empowered individuals with empathy and interpersonal skills, able to experience and share in different cultures and countries. And to do this, we are on our way… the ESMOWAY. Come join us, we’d love to have you on board.

A new edition of Valenciaphoto® – International Festival of Photography and Debate organized by Espai d’art fotogràfic is taking place in different locations of Valencia from 8 to 5 November 2023.

ESMOVIA, in our commitment with culture and creativity promotion, supports the festival as official sponsor.
ValenciaPhoto® is a project born in 2022 for the annual celebration of a photography festival of the highest level and free of charge for the citizens, where established professionals and young avant-garde artists meet with the aim of making it a European reference in the art of photography.

After the success of the 1st edition, which received more than 20,000 visits, the festival is now ready for its 2nd edition.
The representative motto of this year’s festival is «UTOPIA.EU» in reference to the ideal of a united Europe, as a common space where all nationalities live together in peace.

With the celebration of this festival, the aim is to cooperate in the fusion of different arts through photography as a metaphor of the union of peoples.
ValenciaPhoto® is structured around three main axes:

  • International: Collaboration with artists, festivals, galleries and institutions in different countries. France is the guest country for 2023 edition.
  • Promotion of local photographers: Each edition focuses on one of our local photographers. This year the work of Hector Murgui Luna will be shown to the public in the Municipal Hall of Valencia City Council.
  • Education: Lectures, debates, master classes, guided tours.

During the opening week (8-17th of September), prestigious buildings will open their doors to share culture with you all:

  • La Llotgeta Center Fotográfic. Mediterranean Foundation
  • Municial Hall of Valencia City Council
  • Rector Peset Residence Hall
  • La Nau Cultural Center
  • Espai d’art fotogràfic
  • Pilar Faus Public Library
  • Cervello Palace
  • In Arte Veritas
  • Vaidus Gallery
  • Town Hall Square

Check the official programme and start your cultural tour!
Foto source: https://valenciaphoto.es

On July 10th and 11th, 2023, ESMOVIA and fellow European Partners, Universidad Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (IT), the University of Applied Labour Studies of the Federal Employment Agency HdBA (DE), and Institute of Research and Information on Volunteering IRIV (FR), met for the third Transnational Meeting in Augsburg, Germany, as part of our KA2 Erasmus European Project EMoCC – European Mobility Career Counseling.

EMoCC project is a KA2 Erasmus project that aims at promoting European job mobility by providing adequate training to Career Counselors in the form of 2 different massive open online courses (MOOC).

Leading up to this meeting, each partner was working hard on the development of their assigned units, and we were able to enjoy the fruits of our labor in this meeting, by sharing and celebrating the work we had done, to continue moving forward and improving.

Partners presented the video lessons they had made for our first MOOC, focused on Career Counseling, and technical questions arose and were debated. Information is continued to be collected by partners, to design and organize the video content and the units production. Big advancements were made, and a plan was set for the next steps moving forward.

On the other hand, partners obtained clarity on our second massive open online course of our project. A proposal was made and accepted by all partners, with clear intentions of the work distribution load for this second MOOC, which is focused on European job mobility.

A final part of the meeting was dedicated to show the progress in the dissemination strategy. Getting to know the project will be essential in the next steps when MOOC’s will be ready and will have to be tested by externals.

The city of Augsburg was a beautiful place to hold this meeting, with a lot of history to learn and celebrate. We are quite happy to be moving forward in the construction phase, and the next update we give will be the launch of our pilot MOOC for Career Counseling!! Make sure to stay up to date so you can be one of the first to take the course when it’s ready.

More information on EMoCC project can be found at https://emocc.eu.

As an Erasmus exchange student undertaking your internship in Valencia with ESMOVIA, you are undoubtedly seeking enriching experiences that blend mobility, fun, and learning. Amidst Valencia’s many cultural events, one spectacle stands out – La Batalla de Flors, a vibrant summer celebration during the Gran Fira de Julio.

Embracing the Colours of Valencia’s Batalla de Flors

The Gran Fira de Julio, celebrated throughout July, is a summer celebration of a traditional festival that infuses Valencia with a joyful atmosphere. The streets come alive with music, dance, and many cultural events. Amidst this celebratory ambience, the Batalla de Flors takes centre stage on the last Sunday of July and is the crowning jewel of the Gran Fira de Julio. Imagine decorated carriages and floats adorned with fresh flowers parading through the streets, accompanied by the joyful laughter and cheers of the locals and visitors.

The Erasmus Experience: Mobility and Fun by Learning

Participating in the Batalla de Flors is not just about observing the spectacle from the sidelines – moreover, you are an active participant in this centuries-old tradition. Catching and throwing flowers with the locals and other participants is a fun experience you can have in the heart of the city. And to really feel the Valencian culture and enrich your Erasmus experience with a cultural exchange.

A Floral Feast for the Senses

Prepare to have your senses indulged at the Batalla de Flors. The vivid colours of the floral arrangements, the sweet scent of fresh blossoms, and the lively cheers of the crowd create an unforgettable sensory experience – You will have the best memories of your internship abroad! And as you capture these moments with your phone, you will have a lovely gallery of joy you can take back home.

For an Erasmus intern with ESMOVIA, taking part of Valencia’s Batalla de Flors is learning through cultural exchange – where you gain insights into the local customs, traditions, and values. You will learn, grow, and connect with people from diverse backgrounds. It is a true celebration of unity, where you can feel the warmth and hospitality of the locals embracing visitors as one big family. The Batalla de Flors is more than just a flower fight – it is a journey of discovery, unity, and personal growth that will enrich your Erasmus adventure in Valencia.