WHAT IS ERASMUS PLUS?
This programme was created with the aim of boosting different skills, tackling youth unemployability rate, modernizing education and youth work (most often the learning process will take place in a non- or informal setting).
What is more, it supports active citizenship, international partnerships, intercultural dialogue and provides an added value for the labour market.
WHAT IS A YOUTH EXCHANGE?
Throughout the project, the participants live together and learn about a certain topic, for example, photography, entrepreneurship, environment, theatre, and so on. All the learning is informal and people get new skills by participating in debates, role-plays, outdoor activities, workshops, etc.
Youth exchange is a great opportunity to get to know about other cultures, improve your language and other social skills, get out of your comfort zone in a safe environment and so much more!
WHAT IS THE MOBILITY OF YOUTH WORKERS?
Youth exchanges are more about intercultural dialogue, whereas training courses focus more on the topic of the project and are usually more intense. In training courses, professional trainers are involved who facilitate the activities. In the case of youth exchanges, activities are carried out by participating young people.
Training courses are usually more substantial, deal with a specific topic, and free time and trips are minimal. Youth exchanges have their theme, but it is more important to get to know other cultures, gain new experiences.
WHAT IS EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS?
WHO IS IT FOR?
Eligibility varies from one action to another. Youth Exchanges are open for youngsters from the age of 13-30, however with projects that have minors, there has to be at least 1 group leader, who is 18+ (no upper age limit), so if you are above 30 and wish to participate in a youth exchange, you can take the role of a group leader.
For training courses (mobility of youth workers) the age limit is 18+ and it is mainly for youth workers, teachers, or people who have a lot of contact with youngsters (volunteering at NGOs e.g).
European Solidarity Corps (volunteering) is meant for people between 18-30, everybody who is from an EU member state or Erasmus Plus partner country (or residents there) can participate in all of the programmes mentioned above.
More information about European Solidarity Corps here.
Margarita is an Estonian volunteer in Praxis organisation involved in the Europe Day campaign.