The Humacité© experience… a lesson in life
Adapting to change, listening to others, and showing a sense of commitment, Humacité© has been the hallmark of our higher education group since 2005. Although all students have the opportunity to carry out a project, it is compulsory for certain programmes such as the Bachelor in Tourism and Hospitality Management in Year 2. For up to eight weeks, full-time, students commit to take an active part as a volunteer, in an action of general public interest, helping people in need. The project takes place within an organisation (associations, NGOs, public institutions, etc.) and involves a tripartite agreement between the student, the host organisation and Excelia.
Humacité©, helping you grow as a person…
- by living a unique experience outside your usual comfort zone, with an opportunity to discover others and how they live
- by providing a service to people in need (in line with the needs of the host organisation)
- by developing the skills of listening, empathy, mutual aid, and openness to others whilst at the same time respecting differences
- by carrying out entrusted tasks, with a certain level of expectation, especially in the case of teaching projects
As with a search for an internship, the challenge is to identify the preferred sector in which you wish to help and to ask yourself the question: ‘What issue concerns me the most?’
There are seven possible areas of involvement for a Humacité© project:
- assisting children and young people
- supporting people with disabilities
- providing social support and helping fight exclusion
- assisting migrants
- supporting dependent persons
- supporting local development projects and sustainable tourism
- providing help and guidance for vocational integration
Each year hundreds of students leave their comfort zone to discover more about others and themselves. Organising your own Humacité© project is also part of the experience and your education. To do this, a student can make use of the skills acquired in the Project Management lessons, and all students are guided and assisted before, during, and after the project.
International projects are authorised in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Each learner should consult the website www.diplomatie.gouv.fr for specific advice about their destination. During the process, students have access to a regularly updated database of projects already carried out, with a description and contact details of the parties involved, given that close relations have been established with many different organisations over the past few years. Requests are examined by a committee that reviews the quality and pertinence of the project.
Humacité© projects in recent years have taken place in various countries such as the United States, Cameroon, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal, Sweden, Tanzania, Nepal, South Africa, Mauritius, to name but a few.
With a view to continuous improvement, Excelia is keen to measure the effects of an experience such as Humacité© and therefore conducts assessments before, and after, the projects in order to feed the Skills Observatory managed by DEX, the experiential learning department.