Project Activities: Study Trips

Three study trips will be carried out, one per country. Each partner organises a study trip in their country in which the rest of partners takes part. The topics of the visits should fulfill the partners' expectations, interests and objectives and will be agreed on by the three DPs.

These trips will be developed at a regional level and they will have a duration of two complete days approximately (although the duration can be slightly modified if needed). Finally, one study trip can include more than one working programme, with different topics, institutions involved and beneficiaries.

The responsibility for the coordination of this activity is assumed by the Swedish DP, though each partner will be responsible for the visit organised in their respective country.

Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic (October 23 - 24, 2006)

The first Study Trip was held on October 23 - 24 in the Czech Republic. The main purpose of this event was to visit selected social services and social care institutions in Havlíčkův Brod, to provide the Swedish and Spanish partners with on-site introduction into the social care system in the Czech Republic and Vysocina Region. The full report will follow - for the time being we are presenting here the event programme, selected photographs (more to come) and some immediate reactions from our partners.


Abbridged programme of the Study Trip:

Monday 23.10.2006

11:00 – 12:20  Welcome by Mayor of Havlickuv Brod, Ms. Jana Fischerová 

12:30 – 13:50  Lunch                      

Visit to the selected social services in the town of Havlickuv Brod :

14:00 – 15:20 

1) Reynkova elderly persons home

15:30 – 16:30 

2) Leisure-time centre for children and young persons „Ponorka

3) Motherse Centre „Zvoneček

19:00  Visit to the burger‘ brewery „Rebel“, dinner

Tuesday 24.10.2006

Visit to the selected social services in the town of Havlickuv Brod:

9:00– 10:00

1) Seniors‘ day-care centre „Domovinka“,

10:15 – 11:1

2) Day centre for the mentally disabled „Úsvit

11:30 – 12:45 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00

3) „Half-way Cafe“ ran by the association Fokus (a training place for mentally disabled)

15:00 – 16:40 

4) Visit to the Information and Counselling Centre of the Czech Women’s Union developed under the national project MOPPS DP; refreshment


Wednesday 25.10.2006

10:00 – 15:00 Steering Committee at Kaunický Palace / Prague City Centre


Malaga - Spain, May 14 - 15 2007


The 2nd Study Trip focused on selected work-life balance support services in the province of Malaga, as well as on selected gender related issues tackled in the province at present time.

For the time being we present here the full programme.

Monday, 14th May

10.00 – 10.30  Reception

10.30 – 11.00  Services for women

11.00 – 11.30  Corporative Social Responsibility Office - presentation

12.15 – 13.45 Visit to the Municipal Nursery in the municipality of Colmenar

14.00 – 16.00   Lunch offered by the County Council of Málaga; Steering Committee (Studies)

16.30 – 17.30 Explanation of the “Travelling Gender Classrooms”,  experience developed by the local development groups from the province of Málaga


20.30   Visit to the Torcal de Antequera


Tuesday, 15th May

9.00 – 13.30  Visits in the city of Málaga:

- Adult’s Day Care Centre for Alzheimer’s patients
- Centro Virgen de la Esperanza: physically and mentally handicapped persons
- Foster home and shelter for teenage mothers
- Nursery school at working centres

14.00 – 16.00   Lunch; Steering Committee (pt. 2)


17.30 – 18.30  Meeting with the president of AHIGE (Anna Stinna’s group)


17.30 Visit to the Museo Picasso (Optional)


Varmlands, Sweden (25 – 26 September 2007)


3rd Study Trip is right now under preparation. 8 persons from Czech Republic and 7 persons from Spain will take part. The final programme of the Study Trip is as follows.


Places to visit: City of Karlstad and Kristinehamn.



Study visit Tuesday 25/9 and Wednesday 26/9,

Transnational exchanging seminar Thursday 27/9


Attending people: DP partners and transnational partners from Spain and Czech Republic.


Working programme


Tuesday 25 - Cooperative models


9.30 h.

Starting from Hotel IBIS, Karlstad


9.45 h.

Solakoop, a social work cooperative for people with psychological/social barriers, started 2005, with Bed & Breakfast and summer café at the river Klarälven in Karlstad. Introduction and dialogue with the staff, Veronica Höijer and Bosse Pettersson and the workers. Coffee will be served.


11.45 h           

Lunch at the Värmland County Museum, Karlstad


13.00 h           

Introduction to the museum


14.00 h           

Linnea, a staff cooperative started 1994 for childcare in Ulvsby, 15 km outside KarlstadIntroduction and dialogue with Mrs Kristina Palm and Annelie Karlsson, the owners/the members.


16.00 h           

Return to the hotel


18.00 h           

Evening surprise with traditional activities and food from Värmland.



Parallel program Tuesday 25, Spain partners


16.00 h           

Trade unions and the equal opportunities. Visiting the LO/Kommunal trade union for information and discussions together with Mrs Kerstin Jonsson and Mr XX.


16.00 h           

Parental education, immigrants and integration work. Visiting the Family centre Västerstrand, Karlstad. Information and discussion with Midwife Kristina Gombrii, Mr Tobias Borr and Mr Björn Johannesson N2B3.



Wednesday 26 - Public sector

Parenthood, social services and employment services


9.20 h. Starting from Hotel IBIS, Karlstad



Family Centre Källan in Kristinehamn. A centre for parents to be, and for parents with children in preschool age. Källan is a social pedagogical project, run by the County Council of Värmland and the Municipality of Kristinehamn. At the same place, you find the maternity and the postnatal clinics, open kindergarten, psychologist and sociologist.

Introduction and dialogue with the Mrs Maggie Stahl, project leader. Coffee will be served.


12.00 h           

Lunch at a restaurant in Kristinehamn.


13.30 h           

The employment office “AF” in Kristinehamn.

Introduction of and dialogue about the “Bryt-project”, a gender project among the staff at the Employment office in Kristinehamn. Mrs Lena Näslund, Kristinehamn and Mrs Helena Strandberg, Karlstad.


15.30 h           

Return to Karlstad and the hotel



Transnational Steering Committee meeting for the DP partners.




Thursday 27 - Dialogue seminar Transnational evaluation, with the DP partners


9.00 h 

Introduction, Böret Segolsson, Värmlands Arbetslivsforum


9.10 h 

Transnational studys, Maria Jansdotter, Värmlands arbetslivsforum


10.10 h           

Coffee break


10.30 h           

Transnational evaluation of the transnational co-operation. Kicki Stridh, Internationell kompetens AB


12.00 h           



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