What is Erasmus+?

Youth Exchanges allow young people, from at least two countries, to come together around different activities with the aim of learning outside the formal education systems. During the exchanges, the participants, with the support of the group leaders, jointly develop a work programme through activities such as workshops, debates, exercises and outdoor activities. Exchanges allow young people to develop skills, raise awareness of social issues, discover new cultures, customs and lifestyles, mainly through peer learning, promoting values such as solidarity, democracy, and European awareness.

The Youth Exchange offers an international mobility experience in the safety of a group by establishing a suitable meeting point for discussion and learning around issues such as inclusion, sustainability and digital transformation. Exchanges are based on transnational cooperation between two or more participating organisations from different countries in the European Union and beyond.

In addition to the exchange, projects could also include preparatory visits. These consist of visits to the country of the receiving organisation prior to the start of the exchange activity in order to serve as a contact between the organisations and individuals involved.

The use of digital media and technology is encouraged to support the different stages of the project, serving as a complement to facilitate preparation, dissemination of results, networking and community building.

Exchanges are particularly suitable for the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities. It must also respect the environment and incorporate ecological and sustainable practices in order to reduce the environmental impact of the activities.

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Objectives

To promote the educational mobility of individuals and groups, both learners and staff, as well as cooperation, quality, inclusion and equity, excellence, creativity and innovation at organisational and policy level through lifelong learning, educational, professional and personal development of individuals in the fields of education and training, youth and sport, within Europe and beyond, thereby contributing to sustainable growth, quality employment and social cohesion, and personal development of individuals in the fields of education and training, youth and sport, within Europe and beyond, thereby contributing to sustainable growth, quality employment and social cohesion, as well as fostering innovation and strengthening European identity, active citizenship and participation in democratic life.

Priorities

Inclusive

Erasmus+ is more inclusive, offering greater opportunities to all kinds of people, regardless of cultural, social and economic background.

Digital

Erasmus+ is more digital, as it supports the development of digital skills, in line with the The European Commission's Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027).

Sustainable

Erasmus+ is more environmentally sustainable, in line with the European Green Pact, by encouraging projects to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Dissemination

Erasmus+ promotes civic participation in democratic life. It also enhances European identity, supports active citizenship and ethics in lifelong learning.

Structure

The programme is structured around three main lines of activity or Key Actions (KA), in addition to the Jean Monnet Action: