Youth exchanges bring together groups of young people from two or more countries, providing them with an opportunity to discuss and confront various themes while learning about each others' countries and cultures; they help you learn new skills and improve your CV.
Groups of young people can organise a youth exchange with other young people from one or more EU country lasting five to 21 days. Young people from different countries meet and live together to jointly carry out a work programme designed and prepared by them before the exchange. This could be a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations and outdoor activities. They allow young people to develop competences; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles through peer-learning; and strengthen values like solidarity, democracy and friendship.
Voice of young people
If you are aged 13-30 you can also apply for funding to help young people get their voice heard on how youth policies should be shaped and implemented in Europe. This involves meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth to promote the active participation of young people in democratic life and facilitate discussions between young people and policy-makers.
Young people can also get involved in volunteering.
Can I take part?
- You are aged between 13-30.
- You are in a UK organisation or group actively involved in youth work that falls into one of the following organisations or groups (legal entity):
- Public bodies;
- NGOs (CIC, CIO, registered charities, limited company - no share capital);
- Unincorporated youth groups;
- Private limited companies (some restrictions apply - more details on this will be given in application guidance notes, available January 2015);
- Informal groups of young people (one member of the group must be aged 18-30).
Where can I go?
Individuals receive funding to cover things such as travel, which varies depending on the country you visit and how long you stay.