Erasmus+ KA152: Youth Exchange
About Lesson

Welcome! You’ve come this far in the process! Now, a brief introduction to the Youth Exchange Programme, KA 105, which is essentially an educational camp for young people, from 16 to 60 young people, where young people can exchange ideas and skills. It is set up by a group of at least two people from different countries, either from Europe or from other eligible countries (Erasmus+ Guide pp.31-34), who want to promote learning outside the formal education system and empower their peers! Do you think you could do the same? Then we are here for you!

To use the official definition of the Erasmus+ Guide: ‘Youth Exchanges are meetings of groups of young people from at least two different countries who come together for a short period of time to implement a non-formal learning programme (a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, etc.) on a theme of interest to them, inspired by the European Youth Objectives.’ The youth exchanges are.

As mentioned above, youth exchanges can be organised by youth organisations or even informal groups of young people, with a designated leader who will also be the representative and contact person for the National Agency. This means that you and your group of friends can apply for funding if you have identified a need in your local community and know how to address it!

A quality youth exchange programme must meet some of the points set out by the European Commission:

Young people and the organisations involved should play an active role at all stages of the project, enhancing their learning and development experience;

involve different groups of participants;

the needs of young participants are clearly identified and form the basis of the project;

participants’ non-formal and informal learning outcomes are properly identified and documented;

place great emphasis on European themes and

The lesson to be learned from this information is that if the Youth Exchange were a house, everything would be done by young people. They are the ones who lay the foundations and build the structures of the house, they are the ones who add the decorative elements and furnish it as part of the necessary preparations before moving in and enjoying the inputs and effects of the previous stages. While living in the house they would learn how to make use of all the rooms and objects. After this period they would then assess the new condition of the home, carry out any necessary renovations and improvements, invite their friends over to show them the results of their hard work so that they can replicate it. Not so hard, is it?

The general objectives of the call are in line with the objectives of the European Union’s Youth Strategy 2019-2027, the 11 European Youth Objectives and the Youth Involvement Strategy. The specific objectives of KA152 are summarised in 4 points:

  • promoting intercultural dialogue and learning and fostering a sense of European identity;
  • developing young people’s competences in the 8 key competences for lifelong learning and other specific competences related to the project theme;
  • reinforcing European values and breaking down prejudices and stereotypes;
  • raises awareness of socially relevant issues, thereby encouraging social engagement and active.

Participants are aged between 13-30 and usually come away from this 8-10 day trip with lots of memories and new visions! They begin to feel more confident and connected to their peers, more responsible and capable of addressing the societal needs of our time. But youth exchanges are not only for the benefit of the participants. As an organiser, you can take pride in what you have done and be involved in the transfer of ideas. In fact, you are at the forefront of change makers!

As a beginner youth exchange organiser, you can get lost in non-formal education methods and types of activities. Therefore, in addition to the ideas on this website, you can also look at the SALTO-YOUTH Toolkit for ideas specifically for youth exchanges.

Idea: What to write on the application form? You’ll find a template with the questions on the application form and some advice on how to answer them.

KA 1 Youth exchange template