Youth in Action

04 Mar 2016 00:00

Types of activities in which organisations from South-Mediterranean countries can be involved:

Key Action 1 – Mobility of individuals

·         Youth Exchanges in which groups of young people from different countries work together on socially relevant topics while discovering new cultures, habits and lifestyles. The learning process in Youth Exchanges is triggered by methods of non-formal education. Youth Exchanges can last up to 21 days.

·         European Voluntary Service (EVS) allows young people aged 17-30 either individually or in groups to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service in another country. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations in fields such as culture, social care, civil protection or environment. The European Voluntary Service can last up to 12 months.

·         Mobility of youth workers enhances the professional development of youth workers through seminars, trainings, job shadowing and other meeting formats. The activity can last up to 2 months.

Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation

·         Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels; open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors. Organisations from Partner Countries - including South-Mediterranean countries - can be involved in Strategic Partnerships if they bring an essential added value to the project.

Key action 3 – Support for policy reform

·         Meetings between young people and decision makers in the field of youth foster active participation in democratic life and focus on the priorities set by the Structured Dialogue. Structured Dialogue projects can take the form of meetings, conferences, consultations and events. These events promote the active participation of young people in democratic life in Europe and their interaction with decision-makers. The activities have to be organised in "Programme Countries".


How to be involved?

Key Action 1, Key Action 3 and Key Action 2 (Strategic Partnerships)

As a youth organisation:

Any eligible participating organisation or informal group of young people from a "Programme Country" can apply to the Erasmus+ National Agency of the country in which the applicant organisation or group is established. Organisations from South-Mediterranean countries can participate as partners.

As an individual:

European Voluntary Service:

17-30 years old young people willing to spend from 2 weeks to 12 months abroad as an EVS Volunteer. He/she should start by having a look at the European Youth Portal for information, volunteering opportunities, and the database of EVS organisations. Website:

Other projects:

To participate in an Erasmus+ youth project, young people need to link-up with a participating organisation. This can be a non-profit organisation, association, NGO, public body at local, regional or national level or a social enterprise.

The partner organisation in the Programme Country applies for funding via the Erasmus+ National Agency in the country in which it is established. The National Agency can help find an organisation to sponsor an exchange. Informal groups of young people active in youth work, but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation, can also apply for a grant.

Comprehensive information about the application process is available in the "Erasmus+ Programme Guide" for 2016:

Guidance on how to participate is available either from the Erasmus+ National Agencies or from SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed Resource Centre.

SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed Resource Centre

More information about the SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed Resource Centre and its contact details:




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