Our organization works closely with the Erasmus+ programme as well as European Solidarity Corps programme, which aim to improve young people’s skills and employability, as well as to provide up-to-date education, training and youth work. They provide a wide range of opportunities for young people and high school students in order to experience learning mobility and non-formal education in Europe and beyond. For youth workers, they are aimed at developing their interpersonal skills and improving their employment prospects through training and networking opportunities in Europe and other neighboring countries. Both programmes organize projects that deal with tolerance, multiculturalism, social exclusion vs. social inclusion, anti-discrimination, fighting unemployment, active citizenship, cultural diversity, and multicultural learning. In terms of activities, Erasmus+ offers youth exchanges, training courses, mobility projects for youth workers (such as networking seminars), scholarships for students to study abroad, and grants for scientific work. European Solidarity Corps programme offers short and long term voluntary projects (ESC).
Mobility of young people is essential in promoting intercultural dialogue and enhancing social and occupational integration. It is very important as it broadens the outlook of participants, raises their self-esteem, confidence, and motivation by taking them from their familiar surroundings to other European countries and exposing them to new challenges. With our activities, we aim to give an opportunity to students, graduates and youth in general to participate in different trainings, youth exchanges and seminars that are based on the principles of non-formal education. International mobility projects are an excellent way of improving their cultural awareness, self-management and language skills. Going abroad to participate in different youth projects helps young people to improve their skills and knowledge and it fosters their personal development. At the same time, participants experience the value of cooperation across national boundaries. In terms of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes, our organizations works in the following fields:
Youth Exchanges (mobility of young people):
Youth Exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days. During a Youth Exchange, participants jointly carry out a working programme (a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, etc.) designed and prepared beforehand. Youth Exchanges allow young people to:
- develop certain competencies;
- become aware of socially relevant topics;
- explore new cultures, habits, and life-styles, mainly through peer-learning;
- strengthen values like solidarity, democracy, friendship, citizenship, etc;
- discover non-formal education.
The learning process in Youth Exchanges is triggered by methods of non-formal education which are based on transnational cooperation between two or more participating organizations from different countries within and outside of the European Union.
Mobility of youth workers (trainings, seminars, study visits, networking, and other projects for youth workers):
This activity supports professional development of youth workers, through implementation of activities such as transnational/international seminars, training courses, networking events, study visits, or job shadowing/observation periods abroad in an organization active in the field of youth. All these activities are arranged in partnership by organizations participating in projects.
Short or long term volunteering projects in terms of ESC:
ESC is a full-time voluntary service in Europe in a non-profit, non-governmental organization. The main ideas are to encourage young people to participate in social life through volunteering, to contribute to local communities, to develop skills for life and to promote tolerance, mutual understanding, cultural diversity, gender equality, and active citizenship.