On February 2nd, 2019, the CEERRF IFMK hosted the National Federation of Physiotherapy Students ( FNEK ) for a training day targeting students of the institute around the theme of the international. Marine BERCY, a fourth year student at CEERRF, is also 1 th Vice-President in charge of Higher Education and Trainer at FNEK. She tells us about the organization of this day and shares her impressions.

“It was a chance and a joy for me to be able to train the students and comrades of the different promotions of my institute. It is always nice to see a real craze around this theme that tends to develop in the IFMK and directly affects the administrations and their students. Thus, we were able to count on the presence of about thirty participants and members of the management of the institute. This represents a great satisfaction for a first intervention at CEERRF on this topic.

Within FNEK, a training center is available to answer the requests made by the Student Unions (BDE) or physiotherapy students on their own. Among a large catalog of available trainings, they can formulate their requests and a couple of trainers is then delegated to respond, intervening with them (during this training my partner was Laurène Virapin Vice-President in charge of International and FNEK trainer). It is within this framework that this session was organized at CEERRF . The administration played a major role in the smooth running of this day, allowing access to the premises and information of students, participating in the training. It was not possible to dream of better conditions to intervene and for students to attend.

The objectives of the training were, among others : to know the different student mobility and the conditions for opening an internship abroad; To be autonomous for personal research; To give tips and advice to organize; And to know the different possibilities offered by international solidarity and humanitarian aid.

Very quickly the various points raised many questions from the audience.

The students seemed very interested especially regarding the precise modalities conditioning the international approaches (internships, humanitarian, solidarity project, etc), but all the more by the links between international, their training and professionalization.

The Erasmus + program was mentioned, pointing out that the willingness of IFMK to engage in these long and complex processes should be valued. This represents a real step forward for students to improve their mobility during the course of their studies.

On the other hand, individual contracting allows students to search for international internships on their own. The institute can also play a key role, both in accompanying the students in this process, and in signing the final agreement with the training contractor.

The students recognized the importance of IFMK support in their international projects in parallel with their own investment, thus seeing a continuity between training at the institute and personal development. After a lunch break together, the interventions and debates revolved around the themes of international solidarity and humanitarianism. The students became aware of the importance of continuing their project, the investment and the motivation needed to achieve it, thus measuring the possible impact of the latter on schooling.

The international perspectives of physiotherapy training are still underdeveloped but leave an important place for student projects and the investment of institutes. It is now a question of seizing it. And it is through this type of training that students, listening, participating and enriching the debate, become fully involved in the future of the international physiotherapy. ”