Would you like to know what are the projects we are involve to?
Since we are mostly involve into Erasmus+ Programme projects, we will bring you closer the definition taken from Erasmus + Guide and our practice.
When you hear the term: a youth exchange or a training course, seminar, mobility of youth workers for the first time – you might not be sure what is it all about. We would like to make it more clear and in the same time encourage you to do own research afterwards.
- The project itself may last from 3 to 24 months ( most common for the project with one activity – a youth exchange for young people/ seminar or training course for youth workers – is period from 6 to 9 months).
We consider the period of 9 months for beginners to be the most convinient and safe. The project cycle implementation demands time for management, logistics, agreements, team work of partnering organisation, preparation of participants. All will go smooth and changes will be easier to adapt when you do not stress yourself about deadlines … and It is very common on the begining to have delays, disagreements, improvements, changes.
We propose you the following stages:
a) from 1st to 3rd month after the positive results – preparation phase
b) during 4th month – implementation of the activity
c) 5th to 8th month – follow up/ dissemination of results
d) 8th to 9th month – evaluation and summary
* and after each project end you have 2 months for report.
Projects for young people – a youth exchange.
Projects for young people contains an activity called – a youth exchange. As the name is referring to – it is an exchange of young people coming from other countries.
- The main activity of the project – the youth exchange itself – may last from 5 to 21 days (excluding travel days).
- In the project should be involved at least 2 international groups.
The idea of a youth exchange is to gather young people with age from 13 to 30 that share common interests in order to give them space and possibility for international meeting and peer to peer education.
A youth exchange should have an activities/ workshops designed by youth and implemented by them with a support of youth leaders.
Leaders should be 18+. The role of a leader is to give support, do mentoring and monitor learning process.
From our experience, most common are youth exchanges which gather from 3 to 6 countries. In total there are usually from 30 to 40 youth participants + leaders. For groups bigger than 8 young people from each country we recommend to have 2 group leaders.
- A youth exchange must be hosted in the country of one the the participating groups.
- A youth exchange must gather from 15 to 60 young people (excluding leaders) and there must be minimum 4 participants coming from each country (excluding leaders). Each group must have at least one leader.
Projects for people working with youth – mobilities of youth workers.
Mobilities of youth workers are seminars, training courses, meetings, conferences.
The main aim is to bring youth workers ( youth trainers, youth leaders, teachers, people working in youth organisations and institutions, volunteers) together to share good practice, learn new tools and methods, raise awareness, improve knowledge, develop skills and build partnerships.
Duration of a seminar, training course, meetings etc. depends on your and your partners needs, topic, aims and objectives and workshops. There are really different mobilities for youth workers, starting from 3 -4 days to evenr 7-9 days.
- The activity ( seminar, training, meeting, conference etc.) must last from 2 days in a row to 2 months and take place in one of participating countries.
- There is no age limit of participants.
Number of participants and partners coming from different countries depends on your idea, capacity and involved stakeholders. We have participated in projects with seminars or training courses desinged for 20-30 participants. From each partner were participating 3 or 4 delegated persons.
- The max number of participants is 50 (excluding personel and staff)
- The min number of participating countries is 2.
We presented you the basics and most relevant information for project planning based on our experience.
Below you can find main info from the Programme Guide.
The activities must also be planned in advance and be based on participatory methods that:Erasmus+ Programme Guide
– offer space for interaction of participants, sharing of ideas, avoiding passive listening;
– allow participants to contribute to the activities with their own knowledge and skills, reversing the traditional roles of outside “experts” (a reversal of learning, from extracting to empowering);
– allow participants to undertake their own analyses, including reflections on competences acquired during the activity (i.e. their own learning outcomes);
– ensure that participants have influence over project decisions, not simply involvement.
Youth projects funded by the Erasmus+ Programme must adhere to the following non-formal and informal learning principles:Erasmus+ Programme Guide
– learning in non-formal contexts is intended and voluntary;
– young people and youth workers are actively participating in the planning, preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project;
– learning activities take place in a diverse range of environments and situations;
– the activities are carried out with the support of professional facilitators (such as trainers, youth workers, experts in the youth field) or volunteers (such as youth leaders, youth trainers, etc.); – the activities usually document learning in a specific, field-oriented way.
Finally, the activities should have an intercultural/European dimension and:Erasmus+ Programme Guide
– encourage participants to reflect on European topics and to involve them in the construction of Europe;
– offer participants the opportunity to identify common values with persons from different countries in spite of their cultural differences;
– challenge viewpoints that perpetuate inequality, discrimination;
– promote the respect of cultural diversity and fight against racism or xenophobia.