Every great change always starts from a small step. Every one of us can play their part in promoting positive change across the world. Become the spark that lights change by starting your own project or join other interesting projects and/or programmes!
Erasmus+ has many opportunities for non-formal learning and initiatives. It’s open for people aged 13 to 30, but also to youth workers, youth organisations, or any group that works directly with young people.
Youth organisations can receive funding to:
What are the aims of Erasmus+ in Youth?
The types of projects and activities that can be funded by Erasmus+ are called Key Actions (KAs). There are 3 KAs for Youth:
Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals
Young people and youth workers have the opportunity to spend time abroad. They can build their life experience, learn about different cultures, improve their language and other skills and increase their employability.
Types of projects possible:
Key Action 2: Strategic Partnerships
Strategic Partnerships involve cooperation between organisations from different countries working in the VET field.
Types of projects possible:
Projects can be six months to three years long.
Key Action 3: Support for policy reform
Young people at local, national and European level are supported to discuss, together with decision-makers, issues and policies that affect their lives. Examples of decision-makers include civil servants, politicians and Ministers. Meetings between young people and decision-makers are called Structured Dialogue. These types of meetings are aimed to empower young people to have their voices heard.
Projects can be three months to two years long.
New European Union initiative creating opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.
Young people can volunteer or work in European Solidarity Corps projects on a wide variety of topics ranging from youth work to environmental issues, arts, drama or culture. Volunteering placements are full-time (30-38 hours per week) and can last two to twelve months, or from two weeks to two months in some cases. Traineeship placements involve full-time work practice with a learning and training element, and usually last two to six months. Volunteers and trainees receive funding for their expenses. Jobs must include a learning and training component and be based on a written employment contract. Jobs last from three to twelve months, and young people are paid by the employer.
You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.
After completing a simple registration process, European Solidarity Corps participants could be selected and invited to join a wide range of projects, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities.
Volunteers receive funding for accommodation, food, travel, insurance and pocket money through their sending organisation. The sending organisation receives an organisational support budget also. For traineeship placements, travel costs, organisational support and a relocation allowance are normally paid. For those in an employment placement, there will always be a labour contract as well as a wage paid for by the organisation in accordance with local laws, regulations and collective agreements. All participants will receive a certificate detailing the actions they have taken through the European Solidarity Corps.
EU priorities to support the democratic process in a focussed approach for young people with ways to contribute to the shaping of a brighter future.
Ensuring the inclusion and the encouragement of diversity, meaning a better reach for more participants especially those who tend to have fewer opportunities, addressing the barriers thrown up by disabilities, social and economic conditions and also geographical factors.
Investing in the digital skills of young people to enable advances to be made in fields such as clean energy, climate change, robotics, AI, data analysis, etc. to make sure that the youth contribution to sustainable development stimulates the economy and competency in these areas.
Increasing the knowledge and awareness of the democratic processes which underpin European identity and influence the world, engaging young people for democracy to flourish, recognising common values as well as diversity and the unity which is fostered through civic engagement.
Developing a broad consensus which puts the environment at the heart of design, implementation and results, which meet the needs of organisations and individuals so that the people, planet and economy can thrive.
Do you want to find new contacts in the world, send a volunteer abroad or find the missing partner for your project? No matter where your interests lie, you will find what you are looking for in Otlas.
Learn about topics of the EU Youth Strategy or find opportunities in education, employment, participation, culture, social inclusion, health, mobility and volunteering on European and national level.
To bring Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps as close as possible to the participants and make sure it works well across different countries, the EU works with National Agencies to manage the programme.
Contact your local National Agency (or a regional SALTO) to learn more about opportunities in your country, start your own project and see what trainings and programs are available. The National Agencies and regional SALTO Resource Centres are there for you to advise and support. The Erasmus+ contact points often also organise project writing trainings and help with mentorship.