WHAT IS IT?
BETH YDI O?

BENEFITS

BUDDION

If you want your youth group to participate in a youth exchange and experience what international opportunities can offer, please contact the Erasmus + National Agency who will give you advice, will answer to your questions and will support you.  

Participating in a youth exchange involves taking part in a non-formal learning experience, as young people will find themselves in a learning environment different from school. They will be in contact with people from different cultural backgrounds, speaking different languages and have a chance to participate in activities such as workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more.

HOW
WHY
WHO-HOW LONG

Through making an application for an Erasmus+ grant, organisations can acquire funding which will support travel costs as well as practical and activity-related costs necessary for the exchange.

Youth Exchanges are one of the projects coordinated by the European Commission and part of the Erasmus + programme. An exchange allows groups of young people between 13 and 30 years old from different countries to meet, coexist and participate on shared projects during a short period of time: from 5 to 21 days. 

APPLY

" Travelers never did lie, though fools at home condemn them " – W. Shakespeare

It is easier to find a job when having international and cultural experience

 

Development of social skills and personal sensitivity towards others

 

Successful programme completion represents personal flexibility, an ability to reach compromise, and achievement of success through challenging times.

Learning about acceptance and tolerance and to understand cultural diversity

 

Learning new languages  

 

Learning in a non-formal context

 

Gaining analytical and problem solving skills

 

Gaining interest and knowledge about other cultures

Self-development and enhancement of self-confidence and self-esteem.

 

Maturity due to expanding horizons and being out of the comfort zone of normal life.

 

Gaining new friends from different countries through undertaking projects together 

 

A tremendous sense of accomplishment

LONG TERM
EDUCATIONAL
PERSONAL
 

PLANNING & PREPARATION
CYNLLUNIO A PHARATOI

The immediate accommodation area should be exclusively for your group and there must be separate male and female sleeping/bathroom facilities for young people and staff

 

Ensure good security where there is no 24 hour reception to stop unauthorised visitors

 

Have at least one staff member of each sex for mixed groups

 

Ensure that the accommodation meets Health & Safety regulations and the requirements of the group

 

Make a pre-visit if possible to assess the accommodation prior to the visit and undertake a risk assessment

 

Make the young people aware of fire procedures.

Ensure you have completed the required paperwork required legally or by your organisation.

 

Travel tickets, passports and visas; and a photocopy of all of these

 

All documents relating to accommodation bookings

 

Medical documents and significant medical histories for staff and young people

 

A copy of the organisation’s required paperwork

 

Insurance  documents and the company’s contact numbers

 

Emergency details for the location to be visited (eg. location of hospital and medical services)

 

A copy of all of these should be kept by the home contact person

Staff and young people’s availability

 

The need to fit in with the requirements of the host community

 

Any religious holidays and festivals

 

Costs and funding requirements

 

Weather factors

TIMES & DATES
AIMS & OBJECTIVES

Always have a clear purpose and plan (agreed by young people)

 

Ensure safety and an enjoyable learning experience

 

Set clear aims and objectives

 

Ensure right environment for the activities

 

Prepare with  the necessary information about staffing, and needed resources

Always have a clear purpose and plan

 

Ensure safety and an enjoyable learning experience

 

Set clear aims and objectives

 

Ensure right environment for the activities

 

Prepare with  the necessary information about staffing  and  resources required.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

When applying for funding a pre Visit (Advanced Planning Visit) should be considered and added into the application. Otherwise information should be gathered from reliable sources and combined together with a risk assessment to make a decision

FUNDING
PRE-VISITS

To get funding and advice about youth cultural exchange, get in contact with:

 

Erasmus+ 

 

The local Borough or County Council

 

The local Community Council

 

In relevant areas, the local Communities First Board

Arts or Sports Funds where relevant to the group’s activity

ACCOMMODATION
DOCUMENTATION
RESOURCES & KIT

All parties should be equipped appropriately for the location, weather, and the relevant activity

 

Prior planning is required in order to ensure all the needed material (clothing, equipment and kit) for each stage of the programme

A detailed programme should be established with appropriate supervision at all times

 

Be aware that the activities may change during the youth exchange

 

The activities must guarantee the participation of all young people

 

Encourage young people to undertake appropriate challenges during the activities

ACTIVITY SAFETY
ACTIVITIES
 
 

Ensure that the activity providers have any valid license. Find further information at www.aala.org

Ensure that all the risks have been assessed

 

That they have the appropriate insurance

 

That they have the appropriate safety procedures and first aid in place

 

That their operating procedures meet the guidelines of the National Governing Body for the activity where this is appropriate

PEOPLE

POBL

JACK
HENRY

"Now I feel able to better understand and celebrate cultural differences"

PERSONAL IMPACT

Youth Exchanges: Georgia and Wales

Abandon prejudices about people from other cultures

 

Development of interpersonal and communicative skills

 

Learn about different issues, history and conflicts of other European countries

"YE influenced my passions, relationships, hobbies, ambitions, career opportunities and the education choices that I have made throughout my life"

RACHEL ZERASCHI NEE WELLS

Working as an Occupational Therapist

 

Happily married and with 3 kids

TODAY
PERSONAL IMPACT

Gain qualifications as a youth worker which enabled me to complete my university course with financial security.

 

My husband was involved in a project with me.

Youth Exchange: Norway

IEUAN
DAVIES

"I took a plane and travelled abroad for the first time"

Youth Exchange: Norway

I have learnt so much about myself and conquered many fears along the way

 

Youth Exchange made my perspective of other people change

PERSONAL IMPACT
TODAY

His increased confidence and aspiration to achieve the best for himself made Ieuan be invited to become a Junior Leader with further responsibility

 

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