What is Youth Exchange and Training Course

When it is said “Erasmus plus”, most people think about students on exchange programs. But Erasmus plus is not aprogram just about universities, it has much more opportunities for mobility of learners and staff in topics of education, training, youth and sport. We already wrote about one of them – EVS. So now we would like to introduce you with Youth Exchanges (YE) and Training courses (TC).

These two programs inside Erasmus plus mobility projects belong to Key Action 1 – Mobility of individuals. This Key Action supports mobility of learners and staff: opportunities for students, trainees, young people and volunteers, as well as for professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, staff of education institutions and civil society organisations to undertake a learning and/or professional experience in anothercountry. To say it easier – available for everybody!

What is the difference between them?

Youth Exchanges could be a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations and outdoor activities. They allow young people to:

– develop competences;
– discover new cultures, habits and life-styles through peer-learning;
– strengthen values like solidarity, democracy and friendship.

Training courses support the professional development of youth workers (people who work with youth) when they take part in:

– seminars, training courses, contact-makingevents and study visits;
– a job shadowing/observation period abroad in an organization active in the youth field.

Possible topics of programs

Youth Exchanges have various topics likes social inclusion, democracy, cultural diversity, European citizenship, genderissues, environment, disability, anti-racism, personal development, etc.

Training Course can have ANY topic of training due to field of professional skills of youth workers.

Participants in Training Courses are expected to have a very good English level and relevant experience in the specific theme of exchange. The dissemination of results is essential in trainings.

Duration & Condition

– In both programs travel and visa costs are reimbursed, accommodation and food during the project are provided;
– Duration of projects last between 5 and 21 days for YE and between 2 days and 2 month for TC;
– YE are open to people between the ages of 13 and 30 (at least 18 years-old for group leaders), for TC participants should be at least 18 years-old (no upper age limit);
– Number of participant is from 16 to 60 on YE and up to 50 on TC (no lower level) projects.

What will be in the end?

In the end of both Youth Exchange and Training Course participants get Youthpass. Youthpassis a European recognition tool for non-formal and informal learning in youth work. Youthpass is special document for projects funded by Erasmus+ Youth in Action and Youth in Action programs. With Youthpass the participants of these projects can describe what they have done and show what they have learnt.

It helps to track development of participants in 8 competences: communication in mother tongue, communication in foreign language, mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology, digital competence, cultural awareness and expression, social and civic competence, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, learning to learn.

Besides, following outcomes from projects are:

– improved learning performance;
– improved foreign language competences;
– increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
– better awareness of the European project and the EU values;
– increased motivation for taking part in future (formal/ non-formal) education or training after the mobility period abroad;
– enhanced intercultural awareness;
– more active participation in society;
– increased self-empowerment and self-esteem;
– enhanced employability and improved career prospects.

Where to look for projects?

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Also it is good to look for projects by yourself (through the so-called “open calls”). In this case we can be your sending organization by supporting you in preparation to the project.

Sources for searching projects:

The European Training Calendar
– FB group “Youth Exchanges for European
– FB group “EU projects” or this one
– Youth in advance yia18
– Anysite/group of organization that makes YE and TC projects


This article is part of “Youth mobility – Cro – EU” project which is funded by the European Union. Objective of our project is to inform Croatian youth and involve them in various educational, work related, volunteering and traveling opportunities.  If you want to be updated on various opportunities “Youth mobility – Cro – EU”, please, subscribe to our mailing list by sending us email on urbanamladez@gmail.com with title “Subscribe” and put in your name and surname and year of birth.