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EU Youth Programme

 

EU-Programm YouthOut and about! Up and away to Europe!

  • Do you want to go to another country to experience something new?
  • Explore the world?
  • Get to know other people? Find out how they live and think?

The European Union supports Europe-wide projects under the “European YOUTH programme”. The YOUTH programme is a mobility and education programme for young people aged between 15 and 25. It is open to participants from 31 European countries: the current 25 EU Member States and Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.

National agencies have been set up in all these countries to provide information and advice on the EU programme and assistance with the submission of projects.

http://europa.eu.int/comm/youth/program/natage_en.html

 

Who and what can be funded?

The programme offers co-funding (partial funding) for young people and persons involved in youth work. The funding is for activities in the field of youth group exchanges, European volunteer services, youth initiative projects and support projects in the field of training and information measures.

Priorities

The YOUTH programme is divided into several action lines.

Action 1 – Youth for Europe (for groups)

EU co-funding for encounters between youth groups from two or more EU countries who plan and carry out together a meeting of several days' duration focused on themes of Europeean interest, such as anti-racism, art, the environment, youth culture, drug prevention, etc.

Action 2 – European Voluntary Service (for individuals from the age of 18)

A volunteer service posting of 3-12 months in a non-profit-making initiative in a foreign country. In return for their personal commitment, the volunteers' travelling expenses, accommodation and board, insurance and support services will be financed by the EU programme.

Action 3 – Youth Initiatives (for groups without partners abroad)

Organise a local youth project (for example in your home community) – the theme of the project should be of Europe-wide significance. You do not need a cooperation partner from abroad for this action.

Aktion 4 – Joint actions

This action promotes joint activities between the EU education programmes YOUTH (non-formal education), SOCRATES (general education) and LEONARDO DA VINCI (vocational training).

Action 5 – Support measures

Training courses for people involved in youth work, information measures by and for young people, etc.

You can find detailed information on these action lines on the websites of the national agencies for the EU YOUTH programme.

http://europa.eu.int/comm/youth/program/natage_en.html

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How do I launch a project?

Step 1: Collect information, download application forms – preferably from the website of the appropriate national agency

http://europa.eu.int/comm/youth/program/natage_en.html

Step 2: Plan your project – adding a generous measure of flexibility; search for possible partners and discuss your idea with them

Step 3: Make an appointment with the national agency and run your ideas past them – their advice is free

Step 4: Fill in the specific application form with your project partners, discuss the project again if necessary with the regional or national information centres

Step 5: Submit the project application to the national YOUTH agency – there are 5 or 6 submission deadlines per year

NB: you should reckon, on average, with a time lag of 6 to 10 months from project planning to project realisation.

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What is possible? Some sample projects

  • A Maltese youth group spends eight days with a partner group in Finland to make music and get to know one another and each other's country in a project entitled “Let’s rock together”.
  • An Irish girl spends eight months as a volunteer worker on an ecological project in Portugal and learns Portuguese into the bargain.
  • Female youth leaders from Austria run an outdoor education training course with and for female colleagues from other programme countries.

. . . . . . there is a massive range of possibilities for projects of your own! Many ideas can thus be put into practice.

Any more questions?

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the EU YOUTH programme can be found at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/youth/program/faq_en.html

Examples of current projects are posted on the national agencies' websites: http://europa.eu.int/comm/youth/program/natage_en.html

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European Voluntary Service

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) - action line 2 of the EU Youth programme - provides young people with the opportunity to spend up to one year in another country to take part in a non-profit-making project. Volunteers are for the most part posted to NGO (non-governmental organisations) projects, local authorities or non-profit initiatives in the fields of social work, culture and ecology. The European Voluntary Service must not involve job substitution and is not a substitute for military service or alternative service formulas.

Young people aged between 18 and 25 can participate for the duration of an EVS project, normally between 6 and 12 months. “Young people with fewer opportunities” (because of their social background, health impairment, etc.) can apply for “short-term projects” of 3 weeks to 6 months.

You can access further information on the EVS through the European Youth Portal:

http://europa.eu.int/youth/volunteering_-_exchanges/european_voluntary_service/index_eu_en.html

Further information on the voluntary service

More in-depth information on how to do voluntary service within the EU can be found on the following websites:

European youth portal – information on voluntary service

http://europa.eu.int/youth/volunteering_-_exchanges/index_eu_en.html

European Voluntary Service - EVS - Share your EVS experience

EVS volunteers share their experiences on the following site:

http://www.4evs.net

The SOS Volunteer Help Desk

The European Commission's SOS Volunteer Help Desk has a multitude of links and answers to questions about voluntary services:

http://www.sosforevs.org

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Date: 04.01.2006