Most young people know the Erasmus+ programme for its opportunities to spend some university semesters abroad in Europe. But Erasmus+ is much more than that, and in this article we'll talk about some of those amazing, little-known opportunities.
What is it ?
Let's start with the simplest of all. International mobilities are projects organised by associations or non-governmental organisations which aim to bring together young people from several European countries in one of the partner countries once or several times for a few days to discuss, share, learn and do something concrete on a particular topic.
An association in Sweden is organising a 10-day youth exchange on recycling. The partner associations involved are from France, Germany and Greece. So for 10 days, between 20 and 60 young people aged 18 to 30 from France, Germany, Greece and Sweden will meet in Sweden to carry out a recycling project using non-formal education methods. This project is financed by the Erasmus program and therefore ALL THE COSTS OF THE PARTICIPANTS ARE COVERED (transport, accommodation and food).
How to apply ?
These projects are proposed by the organising associations via calls on Facebook groups mainly. Depending on the project, the profile of the participants may differ. When you want to participate in a project you can contact the partner association from your country to propose your application. If it is accepted, you will only have to become a member of the association to participate in the project. (20€/year in general).
Why take part in such projects ?
Participating in an Erasmus international mobility programme is an opportunity to discover new cultures, to develop a sense of belonging to the European community, to open your mind, to travel, to create new friendships and relationships internationally and to learn new knowledge and skills on current topics.
It's easy, free and rewarding, so why hesitate?