So, maybe you’ve heard about Erasmus+ and think international activities would be a good thing for you and your youth group to get involved in. Or maybe your group already know they’d love to do a Youth Exchange. Either way, I bet your next questions are: Where do I start? How can I make this happen? Well here are some pointers on what might work for you!
First off, chat with your youth group about what they would like to do or learn:
Now, think about how the group likes to work best:
Now that you know what you as a group want to work on, and the methods you love to use, the next step is to find a partner organisation to carry out the project with. There are a couple of ways to do this:
Once you have found a potential partner, you’ll need to take some time to get to know each other and build a strong relationship. Get in contact by email, phone or Skype and chat about your group’s challenges and talents, your values as a youth worker and the values of your organisation. Discuss what gets you motivated and how you like to work.
If you have that excited feeling and believe you have found your perfect match, the next step is to get the facts about Youth Exchanges: when to apply, how long the project must last, and the application process!
Remember that Trisha Wilkinson, Inclusion Officer at Léargas, can support you through this process at any point and is happy to chat with you or meet you to help you make your young people’s dreams come true.
And finally – good luck!! It is a life-changing experience and worth all the effort!
If you’d like to follow a Youth Exchange project in progress, check out this blog from Cobh YMCA: www.ireland2iceland.blogspot.com.