A major innovation in the field of education

The ArleKin Tour of Europe follows in the tradition of the “Companions of the Tour of France (and of Germany)” recognised as World Heritage by UNESCO.   Because it ensures a transmission of experience based on exchange and immersion in professional situations, the ArleKin Tour of Europe approach to teaching is perfectly suited to mediation for social inclusion in Europe,  

Like any companion, the “mediator companion” has an “apprenticeship master” in the hosting venue, a toolbox (resource guides and material) and is supported by a “rouleur” (a senior mediator).  Just like their renowned predecessors, companions have to create a masterpiece and defend it in front of an examination committee, thereby qualifying as “Tour of Europe Mediator Companion”. 

For heads of mediation organisations, local authority representatives, and any actor interested:  principles, recruitment procedures and criteria, etc.

For “mediator companion” candidates:  application form, standard agreement, learning agreement.

For “apprenticeship master” candidates:  application form, standard agreement, roadmap and learning agreement.  

The Companion's "bissac" (Fr, Esp., It., Port.)

The Bissacwas the satchel Companions carried, slung around their shoulder during their Tour of France.

By downloading the document, you will find the following headings: 

  1. My journey manual
  2. My virtual Cayenne
  3. My logbook
  4. … and documents in the appendix

Download the companion bissac


Companions of the Tour de France used to meet every evening in a Cayenne:  “cayenne” is the name given to the friendly house where they could share and exchange ideas, findings and learn from one another…  

Through their participation in the Cayenne, every companion mediator and apprenticeship master is part of a community. This aspect is essential in the Tour of Europe.  By bringing together all their views on mediation for social inclusion, through debates, comparisons and by integrating what they have learned. Together, all the members of the group create a Collective Masterpiece

 The Cayenne is constructed through meetings held during training and assessment seminars and during the submission of the Masterpieces.

It is also built using distance-communication tools.


What’s app

They will easily be able to exchange their ideas or share their experience with the other participants: companion-mediators, apprenticeship masters, “rouleurs” (senior mediators) and Tour of Europe organisers.   

The forum on the CreE.A website

  They will be able to work from a distance on the collective masterpiece. 

To access the forum: 2018 Tour of Europe forum

(Access to the working area is only possible if you have first been invited).

Building the worksite

They can also assemble all the material gathered during their work placements:  audio recordings, photos, videos, notes, logbook, etc. 

The materials will be stored and accessible to all the members of the Cayenne.

This is where you will find your toolbox and useful information.  


The worksite cabin

(Access only possible to Tour of Europe participants).


The 2018 European Tour brings together 8 companion mediators (MC) and 8 apprenticeship masters (MA).

The companion mediators come from Belgium (2), Spain (2), France (1), Italy (1) and Portugal (2). The apprenticeship masters welcomed them in Spain (2), France (3), Italy (1) and Portugal (2).

They participated in:

  • Training Seminar in Palermo, March 8th and 9th
  • Immersion internship, during which the MCs were welcomed by their MA, from 9 to 22 April
  • Evaluation internship, 23 and 24 April in Braga.

They will meet again in Padua on October 8 and 9, for the defense of their masterpieces.

**2018 - The training seminar

The training seminar for this year’s Tour of Europe took place the 8th and 9 March 2018 in Palermo.

A group of 10 new Companion mediators prepared their job placements by exchanging ideas with 10 apprenticeship Masters.

The apprenticeship Master of Turin and the apprenticeship Master of Lisbon with the companion mediators they will be hosting: one is from Brussels, the other from Lisbon.

More importantly, a community group was created by sharing their practices and the conception they have of mediation for social inclusion.  A new idea emerged:  to produce a collaborative masterpiece that would complement the personal masterpiece, based on the formalisation of the discussions held in Palermo.  This foundation stone will be built upon by new learnings drawn from the immersion seminar and will eventually be completed during the Braga assessment seminar.

Tour of Europe network.

Through its Tour of Europe network, ArleKin will bring together in a single spindle all the wool yarn that weaves the collaborative learning network resulting in their collaborative masterpiece.

** 2018 - Immersion work placements

Companion mediators were welcomed by their apprenticeship masters in the host organisation.

In Seville, at the Sevilla Acoge Foundation

In the city of Turi

In Limoges, the companion mediator and his apprenticeship master can be seen in the local newspaper.

** 2018 - Assessment seminar

Following their immersion work placement, companion mediators and apprenticeship masters met in Braga on the 23th and 24th of April.

Working together with the whole group to create the Collective masterpiece

After a first assessment of the work placements, the group exchanged views with the training team on the preparation of their masterpiece.

They also worked on the Collective masterpiece.

The purpose of the collective masterpiece is to offer a joint representation of mediation for social inclusion, based on the practices and the understanding each companion mediator and apprenticeship master has of the issue individually.  The approach adopted is the following:

  1.  During the training workshop in Palermo, each participant talked about their understanding of social mediation.  The discussions helped model a 6 branch “heuristic map”:  conflict / social link / values / prevention / mediator involvement / establishing a space for mediation.
  2. CMs and AMs made their contribution by discussing the 6 branches of the heuristic map via the Forum.
  3. To structure the discussions, the 6 branches were grouped under 3 themes:
    c-Space of mediation

At the Braga assessment seminar
a-MCs and AMs worked in 3 groups on the 3 themes (corresponding to the 3 branches)
b-Accounts given during the group session allowed all the work to be covered
c-The work done and the discussions during the forum made it possible to design a new theme-based heuristic map
d-The 3 maps were discussed so as to be complemented and improved.

Session during which the heuristic map is designed:  the map is directly displayed on a screen.  It is developed based on the views expressed by the members of the group.

Example of work in progress: during the Forum, a mediator from Spain talked about the creation of an alternative space for mediation. The “branch” resulted from her suggestion (click on the soundtrack below).  This allowed a “sub-branch” to be developed: alternative space.

The alternative space is one of the forms of “mediation space”.  Unlike the “protected space”, a place dedicated to conflict resolution between two parties, the alternative space is included in the “open space” of social life.   

Second Tour of Europe 2017


  • Dispatch of the call for applications as MC : 20 January 2017 
  • Selection of candidates and placement of MC:  24 February 2017 
  • Training Seminar on 18th and 19th April 2017 
  • WORK PLACEMENT IN HOST ORGANISATION:  from Tuesday 13th to Monday 25th June 2017 
  • Assessment Seminar: Brussels on 26th and 27th June 2017 
  • Submission of the Masterpiece:  Barcelona 15th to 17th November 2017

Christine Böckmann (Germany) “I was looking for answers, I found questions”
Noëlla Daniella Ndereka (Belgium) “One more string to our bow”
Julia Otin (Spain) “With mediation, we can take the time to take care of people”
Marc Pumotte (Belgium) “A bridge between cultures”
Corinne Blanchard (France) “A kindly wake-up shake
Alberto Marques Fragoso (Portugal) “A project for the future that welcomes difference”
Eva Maria Ferreira (Portugal) It takes time”
Elisabetta Lucchini (Italie) “A factor contributing to cohabitation and social cohesion”
Moussa Ka (France) “We are the ones to adapt to people…”
Youssef Oukattou (France) “Speech and dialogue are our only weapons
Anna Pipitone (Italy) “It is by practicing mediation that one becomes a mediator”
Alkhaly Touré (France) “Various forms of mediation”
Moutie Larzak (France) “One really has to like people” 

Read the portrait gallery  by the journalist Benoit Lagarrigue

Learning social mediation

https://youtu.be/U_mm_bIXL2w Presents Habit Tahib’s comments during the Barcelona masterpiece presentations in November 2017.

First Tour of Europe 2016

Photo portrait gallery and masterpieces









Fourth Tour of Europe 2019


Please find below is the schedule adopted by the Arlekin Steering Committee:

  1. Submission of the Companion Mediator application form……… 15 June 2018
  2. Selection of candidates and allocation in host countries ……………..…… 16 November 2018
  3. First Training seminar ……………………………………………………………. Luxembourg, 7 and 8 March 2019
  4. WORK PLACEMENT IN HOST ORGANISATION……………….…… FROM 22 April to 4 May 2019
  5. Assessment seminar……………………………………………..………………………… Magdebourg, 6 and 7 May 2019
  6. Defence of the Masterpiece………………………………………………………………..Paris, 11 and 12 October 2019