IRPEA Foundation and Associazione C’ENTRO from Italy hosted in Morcenx by Association CAMINANTE
Feeback from the Educators of Ass. CENTRO
The mobility to France involved 5 persons with disabilities and 2 educators form IRPEA, and 2 educators from C’entro.
We were welcomed by a group of disabled persons who live by the Residence Catillon managed by Association Caminante, together with 3 of their educators.
They accompanied us during this pathway of visits and places specific for their area:
CAPBRETON, a touristic small city on the Atlantic Ocean, where we had a tasting of oysters and typical products, by the Hossegor Lake.
In DAX, a Roman thermal small city, we visited the Cathedral, the old city and the thermal fountain. Here we also tasted the Madeleines, typical French sweets, which were born right in DAX!
ATELIER of Chocolate in Bayonne was the occasion to have a visit to the Museum, where we were told about the chocolate’s birth and the processing.
The Biarritz Acquario was another pleasant and interesting experience.
These mobility days allowed us to share the daily life with all the persons who live by Castillon residence, from the breakfast to the dinner, from the evenings spent to play cards or to dance, to simple moments shared between us.
Two half days were dedicated to an exchange between all the educators involved: we were told about the structure of the host partner, about the type of organization Caminante is, and we learned about their educational approach and planning. The Italian educators shared the same information regarding their home organizations.
The welcoming was amazing, the French colleagues paid attention to all the details: we had a detailed daily program, calculated and made in order to respect the rhythm of all the participants, sustainable for all of us.
We perceived a lot of opening towards us, the desire to stay together and to confront with each other, beyond all the language barriers: we spoke some French, some English, some Spanish and Italian, in a language mixture which allowed us to understand each other very well.
The persons with disability, both Italian and French, got along well and felt at ease together, showing a high level of integration capacities and demonstrating that communication and the desire to stay together go beyond a linguistic aspect.
We noticed that the context of the residence is very well organized, built around the person’s needs and dreams: a context organized by rules, but with the possibility to choose and decide, therefore full of tranquility.
We had a really good time: it was an enriching professional experience, but mainly a human experience of fullness and sharing.