“Changing lives, opening minds”
Are you one of the 93 million pupils or students enrolled in the European education system, that is you are in a primary or high school, or university in the European Union? If so, we are pleased to inform you that with the recently updated programme Youth in Action, now called Erasmus +, you have more opportunities to harbor your knowledge abroad. To promote international mobility and educational and professional chances in Europe among young people, the European Comisssion has increassed 40% the budget for this new 7 years long plan.
But, what can you do?
Far from the traditional and well known Erasmus exchange programme, there are many other options to learn and train yourself abroad.
On one hand, there are some non-formal learning programmes. They consists in meeting groups for a short period of time (from 1 to 3 weeks) which deal with different relevant issues. This non-formal activities are aimed at youth, from 13 to 30 years old.
Another option is being a volunteer through the European Voluntary Service (EVS) for a periods of between 2 weeks and 12 months. EVS is available for young people aged from 17 to 30 and is getting more popular every year!
Also trainings, networking activities, job shadowing or observation periods in youth organizations abroad are also included in Erasmus + programme. This mobility activity can last from 2 days to 8 weeks and are aimed for young workers who want to get professional expirience.
Once you know what to do…
If you have found any interesting project, institution or country which fill your expectation, now it is time to apply! How can you do it? Contact the Erasmus+ National Agency in your home country or the Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels. For more information visit the Erasmus + official page!