have youth exchanges?
are intended to contribute to the personal development of the young
participants. The exchanges are open to all British young people,
regardless of their background, education, or socio-economic situation.
is a youth exchange?
A youth exchange brings together groups of young people from different
backgrounds from two, or several countries, providing them with
an opportunity to meet, discuss and confront various themes, whilst
learning about each other's countries and cultures.
Groups of young people aged between 15 to 25 years of age, who are
legally resident in a country are eligible to participate in the
are the partners in a youth exchange?
Each youth exchange has a host group and one or a number of sending
groups. The first step is to form a group, which will develop the
project idea. The second step is to identify partners for the future
are the general project criteria?
Group size and Duration: A minimum total of 16 and not more
than 60 participants. Partners must be balanced in terms of their
number of participants. Duration is from 6 to 21 days, excluding
leaders: Each group should nominate group leaders. The leadership
teamÕs task is to oversee the smooth running of the project.
Objectives and a theme: Exchanges can have many different
themes, for example anti-racism, fighting drug abuse, arts or music,
environment, information technology, local heritage etc.
exchange is not ...
Business meetings of youth organisations, holiday travel, language
courses, school/class exchanges, study tours.
are multilateral exchanges?
They involve groups of young people from at least three programme
countries. The exchange must take place in one of the countries
involved in the project. For multilateral exchanges involving at
least four programme countries, the host organisation applies, on
behalf of all the partners for all costs, to their National Agency.
are also other types of activities which the European Commission
will consider on a case-by-case basis, such as: Itinerant multilateral
exchanges, when the entire exchange group moves during the activity
from one country to another
is a project financed?
The grant is calculated on the basis of real costs for travel and
fixed rates for all related costs. The exact amounts are detailed
in the application forms.
is the European dimension?
The impact of a youth exchange should also bring the concept of
"Europe" to the local community, and raise and promote a more positive
awareness of other cultures.
Download a copy of the application
form or contact
us. Completed applications should be forwarded to the relevant
Connect Youth Committee.
start date, between
May and 30 September
July and 30 November
September and 31 January
December and 30 April
February and 30 June
are youth exchanges with third countries?
Youth exchanges with third countries involve groups of young people
from two European Union Member States and two countries from one
of the following four regions.
are four priority regions: Mediterranean partner countries, Southeast
Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America
(see introduction to the European YOUTH Programme.
exchange must be multilateral and may take place in any of the countries
to apply for third country projects?
start date, between
July and 31 December
November and 30 April
April and 30 September
further information, contact:
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