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 definitions taken from Erasmus + Guide.
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.
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.
Project for young people – a youth exchange.
When you hear the term: a youth exchange 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.
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 project itself may last from 3 to 24 months ( most common for the project with one activity – a youth exchange – is period of 6-9 months).
- 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.
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.