International Youth Exchange
“Let`s work for work 3”
16-25. 06. 2021
In the picturesque Renaissance town of Tryavna, situated in central Bulgaria, 40 young people from 8 different organizations and countries will join together for a common cause – the fight against one of the most recent and painful problems in Europe in recent years – youth unemployment.
The main objective of the project is to equip young people with new knowledge and skills, in order to improve their chances of finding a job or creating one themselves, knowing how to properly advertise and present it.
The goals and problems we are addressing are not only contrary to the objectives of the Erasmus + program, but also one of the main problems that the EU is working on. Using many different informal methods, mainly through learning by doing, we will impart practical knowledge and skills to young people who can easily be imparted and thanks to which everyone who uses the lessons learned from the project can find a good job and / or have a foundation, on which he can build and develop his entrepreneurial idea.
The goals of the project are:
– Raising their knowledge in the field of youth unemployment;
– Enhancing the range of tools, they can use to find solutions to problems;
– Raising their CV writing and cover letter skills;
– Improving their presentation during job interviews;
– Learning how to use properly the Elevator Pitch;
– Improving their presentation skills in front of a public;
– Improving their oratorical and negotiation skills and defending their position;
– Improving their knowledge of the Erasmus + program and how they can benefit from it in their future personal and professional development;
– Increasing their knowledge in the field of business idea development (market research, preparation of business plan, preparation of marketing strategy, etc.)
– Promoting their active citizenship;
During the working days of the project, the participants, besides being able to lead different sessions each day and organize the work process, will engage in activities organized by professionals in the field (business owners, entrepreneurs, HRs, head-hunters, etc.). The main elements that will be given special attention will be:
• How to write a good personal Europass CV.
• The motivating elements in our cover letter.
• Clothes and behavior during the interview.
• Secrets of verbal and non-verbal communication.
• The opportunities offered by the Erasmus + program.
• Canvas business model and SWOT analysis.
• How to perform in 30 sec. (Elevator Pitch).
• How to grow your business idea from A to Z
The following activities / sessions will be organized according to the methods used for them:
1. Energizers and icebreaking games. Each day, for 10-15 minutes before each session, participants will optionally present a game. Their aim is to raise the spirit and energy level of the participants, to awaken and encourage them.
2. Team Building games (including logical games and decision-making games). The purpose of these games is to provoke the teamwork of the participants and thus to transform the 40 young people from “strangers to one another” into teammates to support and help each other. Logical games are intended to provoke them to think critically and to find a solution to a problem, through discussions and compromises.
3. Presentations. They will be implemented in a formal and informal form. Formal will be the official presentation of statistics, information on a given issue, etc. These will be used during the sessions: Introduction, YouthPass Presentation and the 8 Key Skills, Erasmus + Questions and Answers, Youth Unemployment in Our Countries, SWOT Analysis, Canvas Business Model and more. And the informal ones, through theater, drama, music, etc. These are included in the sessions: Intercultural Evening, Presentation of Business Ideas, Advertising Campaigns, etc.
4. Discussions. Their purpose is to encourage young people to express their opinions and to uphold them. Also encourage them to think critically and ask questions in front of many people when something is not clear to them. But the most important aspect is speaking to the public because many people are worried about it and don’t ask questions and present and defend their own opinions.
5. Role-playing games (simulations). Their goal is to get young people to put themselves in different situations and characters to try to look at the world through other people’s eyes, but also to be able to show what they can, in an environment where every mistake is fixable and second chance will always be given.
Eligible participants per country: 4 young motivated people from Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Italy and Spain at the age of 16-22 and 1 group leader with no age limit, but 18+
Duration: 9 days + 2 more for the travelling
Working language: English.
Daily meals: Food will be delivered. Menu will be adapted to the dietary requirements of each participant. Breakfast is going to be from 8:30 till 9:30, lunch break is from 13:00 to 15:00 and dinner starts at 19:30.
Insurance & Health assistance: The insurance is a responsibility of each participant. The cost for issuing it will not be covered by the hosting organizations. Before coming to Bulgaria, you must issue and have valid European Health Insurance Card and Health Care insurance for the duration of the whole project!
Participant`s profile required:
The Youth Exchange will be attended by 40 young people from 8 countries (4 persons from each of the countries: Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Italy and Spain and 8 youth leaders (one from each participating country)).
English level (at least Medium level speaking and writing);
Committed to contribute to the follow up of the project;
Gender Balance have to be followed as much as possible (2 Male and 2 Female participant per country + the group leader);
Be interested in developing competences and implement follow-up initiatives;
Be aware of the characteristics of the learning environment (non-formal education);
The group of each country will be obligated to conduct dissemination events for other young people in their city/town, within 2 months at the end of the youth exchange.
Every participant is individually entitled to receive a Youthpass Certificate, which confirms participation and validates the non-formal learning (NFL) experience of Training course project. Validating the learning experiences of participants is important in itself and the document can be of benefit in terms of the educational or employment future of the participant. Through Youthpass the European Commission ensures the Training course activity is recognized as a non-formal learning experience.
(*For more information on Youthpass you may click on this page to check it online)
What to bring with you:
– Bring your hygiene products (shampoo, toothpaste, etc…).
– Bring comfortable clothes and shoes (we will walk).
– Each group should bring some food and drinks to represent their own country.
– Bring your national flag, magazines, postcards what will help you to introduce your country. – Bring your sending organization’s leaflets and any kind of information what you might have.
– Please, find a nice mug from your city/town/country and bring it to the project. On the first day we will make a lottery and you will get a cup that you can use the whole week and later bring home with you as a memory. Less plastic, more beauty!
– If you bring your laptop will be easier for working.
– And your good mood and positive attitude. This is the most important 🙂
Financial support & travel cost reimbursement:
Project is supported by “Erasmus+” program. Accommodation, meals, program and travel cost (based on distance) are covered from grant. 100% of the participants‘ travel costs will be reimbursed within the valid budget sums calculated according to the official rules of Erasmus+ programme. If a sum exceeds the limit, the excess will be paid by the participants themselves. The reimbursement limit is calculated per participant from the city of your sending organisation to Bulgaria and back via the Erasmus+ Distance calculator
To enter Bulgaria you need to do PCR test. All test are going to be covered within and with the travel budget. If the total amount exceeds the limit, that should be covered by the participants.
The reimbursement will be conducted either to the partner organization or to one of the participants personal bank account. If the group decides on a reimbursement to a personal bank account, each one of them should sign declaration, confirming his will.
There will be only one bank account per country.
Important: In order to obtain reimbursement for the tickets, you need to follow these steps:
1) You need to present ALL THE TICKETS (that includes all the boarding passes), including RETURN TICKETS, which you will send after realization of the project, otherwise you will not be reimbursed.
2) You need to use PUBLIC TRANSPORT e.g. planes, trains, buses, trams or underground.
3) You need to depart from the country where your sending organization is.
4) It is recommended to make scans of tickets before your arrival in case you lose them. The reimbursement will be done only in Euros.
5) You must complete the dissemination activities and send to the organizers evidences of them (pictures, videos, written report, etc.). Could be one for the whole group or individual – the decision is up to each participant and national group.
About the venue:
Participants will be accommodated in a house in double rooms each one with single beds and separated by gender. Each of the elegantly furnished and functionally equipped rooms has a shower, W.C., a telephone whit a direct dialing system, satellite TV and Internet connection.
The menu will be adapted according to the diary requirements and the allergies of each participant. Therefore, it is highly important to fill in fully and correctly the application form, especially regarding that matter!!!
Food will be delivered and in order to minimize the food waste and decrease our carbon foot print, a menu will be given to the participants and they will select their food for the next day. The mother Earth will really appreciate, if everyone of us pays close attention to the amount of food he/she takes.
- Read carefully the Terms and Conditions you are agreeing with, when sending your application!
- Have a valid ID/International passport.
- Possess valid European Health Card and Health Care insurance for the whole duration of the project.
- Check the whole project documentation.
- Download, fill in and send to email@example.com electronically the application form, participant`s agreement and the parental agreement (in case you are under the age of 18)
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- Bulgaria: “The Change is in You” Association (Facebook, website, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Hungary: Európa Ifjúsága Egyesület (Facebook, email@example.com)
- Italy: Associazione Agrado (Facebook, website, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Lithuania: AKTYVISTAI (Facebook, email@example.com)
- Poland: Stowarzyszenie Moje Marzenia Spełniają Się (Facebook, website, firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Romania: Asociatia Hair Redivivus (Facebook, email@example.com)
- Serbia: Youth Cultural Center of Vojvodina (Facebook, website, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Spain: Asociación Juvenil Almenaras (Facebook, website, email@example.com)
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