There are many opportunities that Extramus promotes in the field of international mobility and training with the Erasmus+ Program. If you still don’t know how a Youth Exchange works, read this page.
If you are on this page, it is because you are interested in learning about Europe and the different cultures that make it up! Let’s start now to understand what it is all about. A Youth Exchange is a training course on specific topics aimed at increasing the experience, competence, skills, and attitudes of all participants involved. They are usually of short duration (six to fifteen days) during which young people, aged between 13 and 30, from different European countries, meet to share, learn, and exchange their ideas, views, and cultural backgrounds.
Intercultural exchanges can take place in Italy or in another country and involve both dialogue and discussion and practical activities such as workshops, exercises, role-playing games, and artistic and creative workshops. In this way, the participants improve their linguistic and expressive skills also through a continuous confrontation with foreign participants. Extramus after selecting the participants gives guidance on how to prepare for the Exchange, and coordinates the group to best prepare them for the experience!
Starting from the subject of the exchange, objectives are set: this is spontaneous learning that takes place in situations and contexts in which teaching, training and learning are not necessarily the only or main activities: dialogue and confrontation with workshops, exercises, role-plays and artistic and creative workshops take first place.
The situations and contexts are led by experienced trainers, who study and plan all the details of the activities: they are planned but rarely structured by conventional rhythms or curricular subjects. Activities are usually aimed at specific target groups, but specific skills are never required.
At the end of the training activities, a Youthpass certificate is handed out, which is not just a certificate of participation: it specifies all the competencies acquired, indicating that all activities were carried out within an international context.
The main reason for using this certificate is that it allows learning within activities to be evaluated. The reflections are written down and then you receive the Certificate. The Certificate can be attached to your CV and can be used for a job application or for personal purposes such as listing your skills, which you are able to do.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are offered, as well as two coffee breaks (mid-morning and mid-afternoon to break up the activities). All expenses for purchases outside the scheduled menus or during free time are excluded. A packed lunch is normally provided during scheduled excursions.
Accommodation types are communicated before the project by the host organization. Depending on the season and the type of project, the accommodation can be a hotel, a youth hostel, a bungalow, a campsite, a farmhouse: for the duration of the Exchange, participants will live under the same roof!
Board and lodging are fully funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme: you can go on a Youth Exchange without spending 1€!
The European Commission offers a contribution towards travel expenses according to distance: participants can use the contribution to repay the travel expenses necessary to reach their destination.
You can leave or return on dates other than the official project dates (the limit is plus or minus 2 days from the official date). Any expenses incurred for food and accommodation outside the official dates are not reimbursed and remain the responsibility of the participants.
Tickets for travel to the airport from the city of residence are also reimbursed: all travel tickets (boarding pass, train or metro tickets, bus) must be kept in original and handed into the host organization during the project. Return travel documents, on the other hand, will be sent by the participants. Taxis, train, or business class plane tickets are not refundable.
The seriousness of these procedures is ensured by the strict controls of the National Agencies for the ERASMUS+ program of the European Commission. In addition, we are in daily contact with the European Institutions; it is in our interest to operate correctly.