To enable you to be from where you are to where you want to be, you have move. Yes! Move. Move from one side to another, and one place to another. Just, literally…move.
Making contact is like building a bridge. It connects you from one end to the other. Once you cross the bridge, there is no turning back. Along the way, you will encounter little stops that either help you build a bigger picture of what you want to construct or just simply destroy what you hope to build. It’s as simple as that. If your journey helps you to build and contruct, then once you implement all the information, you are able to lay down some structure later. These structures will help you re-build your global-view plans so that you can narrow them down to more concrete measures and whence, you manage to see what you can and cannot accomplish.
Using this concept, I decided to extend the Foundation’s bridge to another continent; initiating new projects so that the Foundation can continue to pursue and develop its goals. Knowing I will find new territories, I packed my bags; along with the toys donated by the kids4kids club for the needy children, off I went to the country with the oldest rain forest in the world. The moment I touched down at the international airport, I realised that this country has a lot of potential. Upholding their slogan, Truly Asia; Malaysia is not only enriched with multinationals and culture, but also considered as one of the well-developed countries in the Asian continent.
During my stay in Kuala Lumpur, I have engaged with several types of crowd; from business to politics, and journalists to hotel management. Between us, I could see that we have one thing in common: to make contact and to expand our bridges. We share the same vision: to expand our horizons and to globalize our mission. We want to reach out beyond our borders and we want (and hope) to do it together.
One of the main cores of the Foundation is education. The Foundation wishes to establish an international learning network to connect and get the best out of both worlds. The Foundation strongly believes that education plays an enormous role in stripping the veil of ignorance and naivety, thus assist our evolving mind to be more responsible and productive. Connecting two worlds by creating a bridge and a platform would be a big project for the Foundation – such project can only be achievable through constant networking and getting international partners for full-time involvement.
Another project is to introduce one of our activities to the Asian audience – The Safety Net Project. This special project has been under experimental in the Netherlands since the middle of 2009 and we are hoping to launch it officially somewhere in Kuala Lumpur. The Foundation hopes that the meeting with a few relevant and motivated people will be fruitful and the project will be introduced to the public in the up coming months. The project is targeted mostly for women audience and how to exercise prevention and educating women their rights, responsibilities and capacity. The Foundation is promoting safe international exchanges between the West and East; and by trying to connect both worlds, women from all over are able to participate in a programme to learn to grow out of naivety and being motivated at the same time.
Besides trying to make proper introduction about the Foundation’s activities, I have taken the opportunity to launch our first international exchange project. Kids4kids club (a club formed by the Foundation) has been active in collecting toys for the needy children since January 2010 and my journey to Malaysia has enable me to deliver the hard work the children have poured into to make this charity project a success. I have brought more than 20 kilos worth of toys to be distributed to several needy children from everywhere in West Malaysia.
Doing charity work is part of the Foundation’s establishment. I wish that this charity project will always exist and continue throughout the existance of Lingua Franca Foundation.
Posted in communication, Cultural diversity, East/West, Kids 4 Kids, Project Safety Net
Tagged abroad, bridge, business, charity, charity work, children, communication, Cultural diversity, donation, East/West, education, Europe, fly, foundation, information, learning, Malaysia, move, project, Safety Net, woman, work
Each Individual is Unique
Stichting Lingua Franca Foundation realise the importance of each client’s individuality and uniqueness. We acknowledge the existence of the client’s own specific needs and demands. We also acknowledge that each client needs to take total control on the development of his/her need(s) through out the entire course and everybody has his/her own pace to tackle the need(s) according to the level of understanding and acceptance.
Walking through the sand
We want the client to know that we actually understand their needs and the manner of wanting their needs to be fulfilled. Face-to-face interaction is one of the basic methods we use to penetrate the client’s true wish. Some people are afraid of spilling out what is truly in their hearts; thinking that others might make a mockery out of them. Some even think their needs and demands are too impossible to achieve. We are here to break that barrier of endless fear. We are here to assure them dreams can be realities if you work hard to achieve it. Dreams are not impossible. It is solely up to YOU to make the impossible possible.
Tailored Made Programme
The services offered by the Stichting Lingua Franca Foundation are specifically designed around YOUR NEEDS. Yes, YOUR NEEDS. We will propose to you a programme/service/workshop/course specially for YOU. A tailored made programme to solely suit YOUR EXACT NEEDS. Considering all factors and wishes from YOU the client, the Foundation will evaluate seriously all levels of the individual’s potential and achievement. From there, we will create a course that you are comfortable with to enable you to finally achieve your goals.
Personal Development and Performance
Posted in communication, Free tools, Job search, Language learning, Languages, Lingua Franca Academy, pedagogy, Projects, Uncategorized, Working in Europe
Tagged business, business creation, coaching, communication, course, demand, design, diversity, East/West, Europe, foundation, Group training, individual training, individuality, job coaching, job search, job training, language, Language learning, needs, outplacement, pedagogy, personal development, programme, services, tailored made, unique, work, workshop
It is the first video I translated for the Lingua Franca Academy and I wanted to show it to you because it is very representative of a new generation of peculiarly lively entrepreneurs : Women !
In this clip, they talk about 70% of business being started by women. In the last training courses that I coordinated in Belgium, figures were closer to 80-85% of women. Women are now a new force you have to count with !that matters !
This video, initially published on the Blog She-conomy, has been produced by Stephanie Holland, woman entrepreneur and founder of the marketing agency Holland & Holland. She knows what she’s talking about.
I did the English transcription and the French translation with the open source translation website http://www.dotsub.com. Translation of documents, including videos, is one of the Lingua Franca Academy’s activities. It corresponds to one of our goals : promoting languages and intercultural exchanges.
Posted in Languages, women
Tagged advertisement, brand, business, business creation, decision, enterprise, marketing, purchase, wealth, woman, women, work
The Winner of the Best Job in the World
Do you remember this contest buzzing in all medias several months ago ? You could get the Best Job in the World : all you had to do was to become the Caretaker of tiny islands along the shores of the Queensland Area, in North-West Australia.
The job was paid some US $ 111.000 (about € 83.000) for six months. It consisted mainly in exploring the islands of the area and reporting to a blog. Ben Southal, the winner, has been elected out of 34.000 applicants from the whole world.
Ben started his best job of the world on the 1st of July 2009 and is living his last days in paradise. But is it really a paradise ? Not so sure since Ben has recently been stung by a tiny jellyfish along the Hamilton Island shore and it almost cost his life.
The European Union is made of 27 members states and has no less than 23 official languages… That means that languages are an important matter for the European Institutions.
Measuring the language skills of their public servants is also a matter of importance as they have to cope with so many complex topics in so many languages.
Posted in Free tools, Language learning, Languages, Lingua Franca Academy
Tagged adult learning, andragogy, Brussels, course, Europe, evaluation, free tool, language, Language learning, Languages, learning, lifelong learning, online course, onsite course, pedagogy, tool, training, work