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The European Youth in Action Programme

This educational programme is destined for young people between the ages of 13 and 30.

No formal qualifications are required

The Youth in Action programme involves 31 european countries, 22 neighbouring partner countries and other partner countries throughout the world.

The programme consists of group meetings and the sending and hosting of young volunteers in different countries and it helps young people carry out their individual and group projects thanks to certain projects such as:

European Voluntary Service (EVS) 
   
Youth Exchanges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Voluntary Service (EVS)

What is European Voluntary Service?
● Having an experience of life in another country
● Carrying out an individual or group project in a non-profit organisation
● Taking part in voluntary activities to help out in the hosting organisation.

Who can take part in the EVS scheme ?
Anyone who is between 18 and 30 years old (or 16-17 years old for those who are in a group with allocated pastoral care or for young people with fewer opportunities).
There are two types of EVS placement:
● An individual EVS placement
● A group EVS placement (this can involve from 2 to 100 people)
You are able to do one EVS project, lasting from 2 to 12 months, once only. There are placements that last between 2 weeks and a month for young people with fewer opportunities.

Where can I go ?
● To one of the 31 programme countries: the member states of the European Union. ( Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden); the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) and the country of Turkey, a candidate for membership of the European Union.
● To one of the neighbouring partner countries from three different zones:
-South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.
-Eastern Europe and the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Russia, Ukraine.
- Our Mediterranean partner countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza strip, Syria, Tunisia.
● To one of the other partner countries from 4 different zones: the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean, the countries of Latin America, Asia.

What should I do now ?
In the 'Projects' section of this site, choose a project that interests you, make a note of the reference and contat your local sending organisation. There, they will assist you in finding the right project and help you apply for it.

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Youth Exchanges

What is a youth exchange ?
● A project between one or more countries
● The involvement of young people at all levels of the project from the planning stage to the evaluative stage.
● A common aim, the cooperation of all parteners in the writing of the project.
● The youth exchange must have a European dimension.

Who can take part in a youth exchange ?
A group of between 16 to 60 people (not including the accompanying leaders) aged between 13 and 25. There must be an equal number of people from each country.
● For an exchange between 2 countries there must be a minimum of 8 participants per country.
● For an exchange between more than 3 countries there must be a minimum of 4 participants per country.
These projects must involve a stay of between 6 to 21 days (including days taken up by travel)

Where can I do a youth exchange ?
In one of the 31 programme countries: the member states of the European Union. ( Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden); the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) and the country of Turkey, a candidate for membership of the European Union.

How do I organise a youth exchange?
● Find a non-profit organisation based in one of the participating countries, such as a local, regional or national association involved in youth work.
● Find a group of motivated young people to participate in the project.

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