Introductory Workshops on International Cooperation.
For over 10 years, Destination Travail has helped young LaSalle citizens to live International experiences.
International coop projects offer participants a chance to acquire a great deal of experience that will bring personal and professional development, increase employability, showcase new cultures and horizons, raise awareness of the challenges of cooperation and that will help communities by carrying out a different workforce. The CJE LaSalle now has a solid expertise to carry out international coop projects with socio-professional integration clients. From the beginning, CJE LaSalle has organized trips to Mexico, France, Peru and Belgium.
Destination Peru 2015
Destination Peru 2015 is an interregional and intercultural project. It allowed five young people from the municipality of Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski in the Lower-Saint-Laurent Region as well as five young people from the borough of LaSalle in Montreal to have a common initiative experience on international solidarity in Peru in the summer of 2015.The chosen participants are 15 to 17 years of age.
In order to acquire knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and to reach the necessary funds to carry out the project, the young participants set up a cooperative. Guided by coaches, participants became familiar with the various aspects of a business: including financing and financial management resources (bookkeeping, cash management, profit and loss calculations), and operations such as production, sale of goods and services, etc.
Throughout the project, interregional exchanges were planned: visits to the two respective regions, videoconferences and a visit to a neutral city to both groups (Québec). Both accumulated sums from the cooperative and the fundraising will be used to pay the cost of a three-week development assistance trip to Peru.
Destination Senegal 2012
When celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi LaSalle organized a second international intergenerational cooperation project. This time, Senegal was the chosen country.
Six young adults aged between 18 and 30 years old, and six retired people had the opportunity to participate in this extraordinary project. In Senegal on a two week stay in the town of M’Bour, the planned humanitarian aid work was the plantation of coconut trees and the restoration of a community area.
The main objective of this project was the return and integration of young people going back to school or acquiring a job with the help of socio-professionals. Through our past experiences, we can state that the implementation of such a project gave young participants a benefit from a positive exchange of life experience leading them to create a bridge between generations.
Destination Belgium 2011
In 2011, the Carrefour jeunesse emploi de LaSalle offered, for a second time, an international cooperation project in Belgium. ‘‘Destination Belgium II’’, which lasted ten weeks, included six weeks of preliminary training, two weeks of internship in Belgium and two weeks of follow-up activities. Six young people between 19 and 27 years of age participated in this project.
The project helped the small community of Mozet by carrying out various manual tasks such as clearing, landscaping, demolition and repair of a historic site. During the two-week stay, the trainees also had the opportunity to meet young Belgians who welcomed them and accompanied them on company visits to the province of Luxembourg.
‘’GenerAccion 2009’’ was the very first intergeneration, international cooperation project for the Carrefour jeunesse emploi LaSalle, which brought together youngsters aged 15 to 17, four elders and two coaches. In 35 days only, they rebuilt a school in a poor community in Peru. In addition, the young Quebecers offered to each of the 13 school’s students, school supplies such as dictionaries, earth globes, school bags and books.
Destination France 2008
‘’Destination France’’ project took place in October 2008. Six young people aged 19 to 28, accompanied by two speakers, carried out restoration work on the fortifications surrounding the medieval town of Bergheim, in Alsace. The young participants were also able to visit tourist attractions and organizations as well as environmental groups from various French cities such as Paris, Verdun, Strasbourg and Ay. The project was made possible thanks to the contribution of ‘’Chantiers Histoire et Architecture Médiévale’’ (CHAM), the ‘’Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec’’ (LOJIC) and the ‘’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse’’ (OFQI).
Destination Mexico 2004, 2005 et 2006
‘’Destination Mexico’’ project lasted three summers between 2004 and 2006. In total, the CJE allowed eleven university teacher candidates to complete their internships in the village of Colonia Bonfil, Mexico. The teaching internships made it possible to offer French, Spanish and computer courses to the residents of the small village. All the trainees stayed in Mexico for eight weeks and were hosted by local families.
Las Tortugas Ninjas 2005
‘’Las Tortugas Ninjas’’ a 2005 project that initiated 7 young people from LaSalle between the ages of 14 and 18. The three-week project aimed to carry out work to protect endangered turtles in Colonia Bonfil, Mexico.
The ‘’Esperanza’’ project was the first international cooperation project created for a group of young people in socio-professional integration of the Carefour Jeunesse Emploi de LaSalle. In 2005, ten young people between the ages of 18 and 24, neither in school nor in employment, had the opportunity to get involved in a concrete project in Colonia Bonfil, Mexico. The three-weeks spent in the village allowed them to build a structure and a roof for a daycare’s playground.