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The exchanges of groups of young people are described in the Programme as Action 1.

Why have youth exchanges?
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.

What 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.

Who can participate?
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 programme.

Who 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 exchange.

What 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 travel.

Group leaders: Each group should nominate group leaders. The leadership teamÕs task is to oversee the smooth running of the project.

Project content
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.

An exchange is not ...
Business meetings of youth organisations, holiday travel, language courses, school/class exchanges, study tours.

What 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.

There 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

How 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.

Where 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.

How to apply?
Download a copy of the application form or contact us. Completed applications should be forwarded to the relevant Connect Youth Committee.

Project start date, between Deadline for applications
1 May and 30 September 1 February
1 July and 30 November 1 April
1 September and 31 January 1 June
1 December and 30 April 1 September
1 February and 30 June 1 November

What 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.

There are four priority regions: Mediterranean partner countries, Southeast Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America (see introduction to the European YOUTH Programme.

The exchange must be multilateral and may take place in any of the countries involved.

How to apply for third country projects?

Project start date, between Deadline for applications
1 July and 31 December 1 February
1 November and 30 April 1 June
1 April and 30 September 1 November

For further information, contact:

Information Unit
Connect Youth
British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN

Telephone +44 (0) 20 7389 4030
Fax +44 (0) 20 7389 4033
E-mail connectyouth.enquiries@britishcouncil.org



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