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EVS: Step up. Build your career II

Dates: 1st April 2018 – 30th September 2018 (6 months)

Venue: Timisoara, Romania

Eligible is 1 participant coming from: Greece

Application deadline: 25th February 2018

ATTENTION: Last call for volunteers!

European Voluntary Service provides to young volunteers a unique opportunity to live in a foreign country and collaborate with a fair cause, a personal and professional growth experience free of charge.

Description

The participant will spend 6 month in Romania and will work as a volunteer to organise cultural or awareness events for the local people.

Furthermore, the volunteer will be allowed to integrate their own ideas and experience. We’ re completely open to new suggested projects from our international volunteers, knowing that their inputs can be really valuable.

Step up. Build your career ΙΙ is a project-initiative whose main aim is to diminish the unemployment rate among young Europeans especially aged between 17 and 30 and to increase their employability level by investing directly in their capacities, following in the same to accelerate their personal development.

Taking into account this context and the fact that the unemployment problem is one at European level, and also in Romania the youngsters are most affected by this issue, the project comes as an initiative to support also the local beneficiaries by acting on needs such as:

  • the development and validation of life and transversal competences,
  • the need to consolidate linguistic abilities and digital competences,
  • the low involvement of youth in volunteering activities or community actions,
  • low information regarding opportunities for youth at local level, national and European level,
  • the existence of NEET youth (either unemployed or not engaged in any form of studies).

The project “Step up. Build your career” addresses in this way themes and subjects such as youth information, youth employability, lifelong learning, sustainable development, community engagement, international relations and cooperation for development.

The objectives of the project are:

A. Creating a learning context of key-competences (socio-civic, communication and entrepreneurship) for 12 young volunteers in a period of 6 months (each)
B. Implementing alternative socio-educational activities for 180 youth and children from the local environment in the social-communication fields, ecology/environmental protection, sport & health, personal development in 20 months
C. Raising the information grade of 200 local youngsters towards alternative opport. of self and professional development, and voluntary options during the project
D. Promoting active citizenship, non-formal education, tolerance and solidarity among local and European youth during the project

For achieving these objectives, the promoters plan the following activities:

– organization of linguistic and cultural workshops of the native countries of the EVS volunteers
– development of workshops and non-formal educational activities with the following topics: communication, creativity sustainable development and environmental protection, healthy lifestyle
– implementing information sessions regarding self and professional development at European level

For the implementation of these activities there will be used non-formal methods such as: workshops, presentations, role plays, puzzle, group work , Q&A sessions and games, interactive talks and practical exercises, graphic facilitation, audio-video materials, non-formal discussions/facilitation, drawing, self reflection/evaluation, instruments of personal development (tests, plans), brainstorming etc.

Working language: English (basic knowledge)

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

– Being selected for this course, accommodation and lodging (breakfast-lunch and dinner) will be 100% covered by the host organisation. 100% for travel cost (maximum amount see down).

–  Provided health insurance.

  • Food and accommodation is FREE
  • Everything is FREE OF CHARGE for the volunteer!

Transport: 100% covered by the Erasmus+ program, within following limits:

Greece: 275 Euro/participant. Participants who will exceed this travel cost, will be charged the additional cost

  • Monthly allowance: 160 euro for the volunteer (pocket money+food allowance)

Application

 

Organizer:

YiA 18, in partnership with Zury Association – NGO

www.YiA18.org

Youth in Advance 18

Phone:+30 693

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

YiA 18

E-Mail: yia18plus@gmail.com

Working language: English (basic knowledge)

Profile of participants: Motivated young people (17-30), residents of Greece.

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Conference: Youth for Peaceful Europe – study session on cooperation towards sustainable culture of peace

Dates: 19-24 March 2018

Venue: European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary

Eligible are 39 participants coming from: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, FYROM, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, KOSOVO* UN RESOLUTION, Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Eastern Partnership countries

Application deadline: 9th February 2018

Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPAN) in cooperation with the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe, Youth Department, organizes the study session “Youth for Peaceful Europe” in European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary on 19th – 24th March 2018

General Description

Aim:

The study session aims to empower young people involved in peacebuilding to contribute to the strengthening of the culture of peace in Europe through wide cooperation based on activities promoting conflict transformation and non-violence.

Objectives:

– To map conflict risks in the communities of participants and at the pan-European level and respond to them with innovative human rights education approaches that youth can apply in peace-building.

– To create a common space for participants to share their experiences, challenges, achievements and practices of peacebuilding initiatives on local level.
– To equip peacebuilders with tools related to conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning including the Council of Europe’s relevant work and tools.
– To explore and build non-violent tools and methodologies to achieve democracy and human rights, including civil resistance.
– To equip participants with advocacy and project management skills and encourage them to plan common activities promoting culture of peace at the European, regional and local level.
– To establish sustainable cooperation between Youth Peace Ambassadors Network and Youth Peace Camp Alumni as well as peacebuilders with experience outside of the Council of Europe youth field.

Profile of participants/eligibility criteria:
– Young peacebuilders including Youth Peace Ambassadors Network members and Youth Peace Camp alumni.
– Age of participants: 18-30 (however some of the participants may be over the age of 30);
– Having good command of English.
– Being motivated to cooperate with the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network or other represented individuals.
– Being motivated to act as multipliers and implement local, regional or international activities in their communities.
– Having practical experience in youth work and activism.
– Being able to attend the whole period of the study session.

Dates and Place
The study session will take place in March 19th to 24th of 2018 in the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Budapest, Hungary.
Participants are expected to arrive on 18th and depart on 25th March 2018.

For more details: please refer to the attached call for participants

For further information and/or support please feel free to contact youthpeaceambassadors@gmail.com

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Costs

 

This project is NOT financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

The enrolment fee for study sessions is € 50 per participant.

The fee is deducted from the refund of travel expenses.

All persons attending the study session must complete a travel reimbursement form even when there are no travel expenses and pay the enrolment fee due to the Youth Department of the Council of Europe before the end of the meeting.

Application

 

Organizer:

Youth Peace Ambassadors Network – NGO

Co-organizer:

European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe, Youth Department – NGO

Phone: +99593199333

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Youth for Peaceful Europe.pdf

Contact for questions:

Nino Tsulaia

E-Mail: youthpeaceambassadors@gmail.com

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Conference: Euro-Med Youth Forum “Sustainable Participation and Active Citizenship”

Dates: 18-22 April 2018

Venue: Larnaca, Cyprus

Eligible are 60 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries, Southern Mediterranean countries

Application deadline: 26th February 2018

This Forum is an initiative of the Erasmus+ National Agency of Cyprus and its Partner Institutions in an effort to strengthen cooperation in the EuroMed area.

General Description

The topics of Youth Participation and Active Citizenship align with the European Youth Strategy, as well as the National Youth Strategy (NYS) which is being implemented by the Youth Board Cyprus (National Agency of the Erasmus+ YiA Programme in Cyprus) for the period 2017-2022.

The NYS of the Youth Board of Cyprus perceives young people as valuable citizens who can actively and creatively contribute to the development and prosperity of their local community, country, and to global advancement. Young people’s participation in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation are core values of the NYS. This participatory approach also ensures that policy responses meet the needs and challenges of young people and that the youth dimension is reflected in policy making and action planning.

Cyprus has its distinguished geographic location in the EuroMed area and is adept in playing an active role in the further development of youth participation and active citizenship in the wider region. For this reason, the Forum will bring together representatives from both European and South-Mediterranean countries, with a core interest in strengthening participation, in particular of young people, and in further promoting the concepts of citizenship and democracy, comprising the development of an understanding of the EU’s values with neighbouring countries.

The importance of enhancing cooperation in the EuroMed area is based on the shared history of the Euro-Mediterranean neighbouring countries, which face a collective reality and a joint future in the region. Therefore, the Forum emphasizes the role of policy makers and active organisations in supporting young people, considered to be significant players in bridging the two sides of the Mediterranean, such that channels of cooperation and targeted action are enhanced.

Within the geopolitical context of the EuroMed area, cooperation becomes a greater necessity for sustaining young people’s participation through alternative methods, focusing particularly on the complexities and challenges within their local realities. Therefore, we believe that youth work, youth educational programmes (formal and non-formal), community interventions, national and local development strategies are required to support the process of sustainable participation. The Forum will highlight practices and tools that support young people so that they can actively partake in their communities.

Objectives of the Forum
● Contributing to a better understanding of participation and active citizenship in the Programme and South-Mediterranean countries;
● Motivating young people to take an active role in their communities;
● Promoting the value of cooperation in the EuroMed area;
● Raising awareness of the key competences for and through participation;
● Fostering collaboration among different players present at the Forum.

The Forum will also be an opportunity to address questions on youth participation through connecting the theoretical part with the participants’ local realities.

Methodology
The Forum will last 3 full days, from 18 (arrival day) to 22 (departure day) of April 2018, with around 60 participants. The Forum’s methodology is based on the non-formal learning approach (i.e. collective learning, group and panel discussions, showcases, inputs from experts and policy makers) and will offer space to closely engage participants in sharing their practices, tools, experiences, and relevant resources.

A group of 60 Junior Ambassadors, young students from Cyprus participating at the European Parliament Ambassador School programme, will participate on the 2nd day of the Forum.

Participant Profile
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must:
● come from Programme and South-Mediterranean countries;
● be youth workers/youth leaders (or young people) interested in being active in their communities;
● be representatives of civil society, youth organisations and sports clubs working with young people;
● be representatives of local authorities, especially those who work on improving citizenship education;
● be representatives of educational institutions interested in developing youth participation and active citizenship.

The Forum will be conducted in the English language, apart from a small session which will be carried out in Greek and for which interpretation will be provided

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

If you come from a country other than Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme Countries, please contact the host Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA for further information about the financial details.

Important Note: This activity is from TCA 2018 budget.

Application

 

Organizer:

Youth Board of Cyprus – National Agency

Co-organizers:

Larnaca Municipality, Europe Direct Larnaca and the European Parliament Office in Cyprus

National Agencies of Greece, Italy and Portugal

SALTO YOUTH EuroMed and Good Practices Resource Centre

Phone: +(357)-22402691

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Program of EuroMed Forum.pdf

Contact for questions:

Stella Rousou

E-Mail: srousou@onek.org.cy

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

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Training Course: Building Business Skills for IT Entrepreneurship

Dates: 26 February – 5 March 2018

Venue: Yerevan, Armenia

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine

Application deadline: 8th February 2018

Mobility activity for youth workers from Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Ukraine, which is aiming to promote entrepreneurship and active citizenship among young people in local communities.

General Description

Youth unemployment had been already for several years one of the most burning issues in Europe when it comes to both, EU and non-EU states. Especially it had been visible in Eastern Europe, as the result of certain historic circumstances, political instability and economic crisis.

One of the possible solutions and ways to decrease the level of youth unemployment in Europe generally and the countries of Eastern Partnership particularly is empowering and promoting entrepreneurship among young people. At the same time, in the last years we can observe another phenomenon which is a blooming development of IT sector and professionals in the Eastern European countries.

Taking into the consideration those two facts, such as the high level of youth unemployment and the number of competent IT professionals, the possible solution in this situation can be promoting IT entrepreneurship among young people.

Therefore, the objectives of the project are:
– To educate youth workers from the participating organisations about tools and methods in youth work related to empowering young people and promoting entrepreneurship;
– To share good practices from the participating countries and organisations;
– To promote IT entrepreneurship among young people in the participating countries;
– To raise awareness among young people and in local communities about the economic potential of the region;
– To research the needs of young people in local communities regarding entrepreneurial education;

– To establish partner relationships and networking between participating organisations;
– To raise the capacities of participating organisations in the field of non-formal education.
– To promote Erasmus+ Programme and its opportunities for young people.

The training course with the participation of 30 youth workers from 10 partner organisations will take place in Yerevan, Armenia, during 25th of February – 05th of March, 2018.

The activity will be based on non-formal methods, such as workshops, learning by doing, simulations, presentations, theater plays, group work, etc.

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Costs

 

The project is financed by the Erasmus+ Programme.

100% of lodging costs, accommodation, food and training materials are covered by the program.

100% of travel costs will be reimbursed within the budget, which is different for each country according to the official Erasmus+ distance calculator:

Armenia – 0 EUR/ par
Belarus – 275 EUR/ par
Croatia – 360 EUR/ par
Estonia – 360 EUR/ par

Georgia – 180 EUR/ par
Moldova – 275 EUR/ par
Poland – 360 EUR/ par
Portugal – 820 EUR/ par
Slovenia – 360 EUR/ par
Ukraine – 275 EUR/ par

There’s no participation fee for this project.

Application

 

Organizer:

Creative Minds – NGO

Phone: +381604201455

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack.pdf

Contact for questions:

Kateryna Makogon

E-Mail: kate.makogon@gmail.com

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Training Course: conVERSations: Slam Poetry for Youth Inclusion

Dates: 20-29 April 2018

Venue: Măguri-Răcătău, Cluj county, Romania

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania

Application deadline: 2nd February 2018

We will experience Slam Poetry as a development method to give young people a voice, and to empower them to believe that their vision about life is valuable, necessary and significant for their community.

General Description

Slam Poetry is a form of spokenword art. Spokenword involves performance-based poetry that focuses on the genuine approach of the author on different life events and dillemas.

The art of spokenword has existed for many millenia. The tradition of the spokenword is particular to cultures around the world when oral traditions were the means to pass on the knowledge to the future generations.

During conVERSations training course, the participants will:

  • experience themselves the creative process of generating a poem based of their personal experience
  • understand the educational use of slam poetry in youthwork
  • create a learning experience based on slam poetry, back in their country, for the community they work with.

The relevant profile of the participants for this project is focused on different criteria.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH SLAM POETRY IS REQUIRED!

Even so, if you like to write from time to time, if you do journaling, if you like poetry or arts in general, this might support you on the way.

Our future participants:

  • prove their need of a method that tackles the social inclusion issue;
  • have access/are already working with a group of marginalized youth;
  • commit to create a learning experience based on Slam Poetry method for young people, after the training course;

  • are willing to develop themselves personally and professionally;
  • want to try new approaches and methods;
  • want to develop their creativity, open-mindedness and work in an intercultural learning environment.

If you are based in one of our partner countries (Romania, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Latvia, Bulgaria), please read the infopack and follow this link for application

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered.

Travel costs will be reimbursed after the training, when we receive all travelling bills including boarding passes.

Travel cost will be reimbursed up to the following limit, in euros:

Romania 0
Germany 275
Poland 275
Portugal 360
Greece 275
Latvia 275
Bulgaria 180

Application

 

Organizer:

Asociatia Education Studio – NGO

Phone: +40723714880

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Conversations.pdf

Contact for questions:

Maria Carbunaru

E-Mail: carbunaru.maria@gmail.com

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Training Course: Let’s Gamify

Dates: 12-25 June 2018

Venue: Homade (Brivezac), France

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland

Application deadline: 12th February 2018

“Let’s Gamify” would like to invite 24 educators, youth workers, artists, gamers, game designers – artivists to explore the gamification process for social change and create educative games.

General Description

Games are amazing! They are part of our lives, every day, without even realizing it! It was proven that by games, everyone learns much faster, easier and enjoyable. This is why for 2 weeks we will explore the gamification process together with 24 artists, educators, gamers from France, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria.

Practical information:

* Dates: 12-25 June 2018
* Location: Brivezac, France
* Who: we are looking for activists, educators, youth workers, writers and visual artists – artivists!
* Where from: France, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria (if you live somewhere else, still apply – we’re flexible)
* Application deadline: 12 February 2018
* Results: not later than 20 February 2018
* The project is co-founded by Erasmus+
* Food, travel costs and accommodation are covered.
* Travel reimbursement up to the following amounts: travelling from France – 180 euro, from Italy, Bulgaria and Poland – 275 euro
* There is a 50 EUR participation fee, taken from the travel reimbursement (which also grants you with a Nomadways annual membership).

About the project:

Gamification is the process of using game mechanics and game thinking in non-gaming contexts to engage users and to solve problems.

Another way to explain it is that gamification consists on making daily tasks more enjoyable by introducing gaming elements. In nowadays generation gamification can become an useful tactic to encourage specific attitudes, and increase motivation and engagement.

Though commonly found in marketing strategies, it is now started being implemented in some educational programs as well, facilitating learning experience and influencing behaviours of gamers.

If structured well, a gamification system utilises the psychic drivers that people want to experience, creating novel ways of forming and extending relationships and encouraging long-term engagement and loyalty.

That is to say, a successful system leverages natural human instinct to form a community, to achieve and to feel recognised and rewarded in our daily lives.

“Let’s GAMIFY” will be focused on developing specific competencies in designing educational games for youth workers, facilitators, educators and trainers, on topics related to social exclusion and global challenges who believe games are an efficient tool to increase the awareness, information and education level among young people at risk.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered.

Travel reimbursement up to the following amounts:

travelling from France – 180 euro,

from Italy, Bulgaria and Poland – 275 euro

There is a 50 EUR participation fee, taken from the travel reimbursement (which also grants you with a Nomadways annual membership).

Application

 

Organizer:

Nomadways – NGO

Phone: 00 48 574 184 867

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Karolina Ufa

E-Mail: karolina@nomadways.eu

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Training Course COMETS: Understanding and facilitating individual and group learning processes

Dates: 2-8 May 2018

Venue: Vienna, Austria

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countriesEastern Partnership countriesWestern Balkan countries, Russian Federation

Application deadline: 1st February 2018

Training for Trainers on ‘Understanding and facilitating individual and group learning processes’ based on the ETS competence model for trainers working at international level.

General Description

In the context of the European Training Strategy (ETS), SALTO T&C RC developed the Competence Model for Trainers Working at International Level.

The ‘COMETS training courses’ were developed as a support for trainers in their competence development, each course focusing on one competence area of the above-mentioned model.

Hence, with this call, Interkulturelles Zentrum, the Austrian National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action together with SALTO T&C RC invite trainers to take part in this fourth edition of COMETS: ‘Understanding and facilitating individual and group learning processes.

This particular competence from the model encompasses the following competences:
– Selecting, adapting or creating appropriate methods
– Creating a safe, inspiring learning environment
– Support learners in identifying and meeting their learning needs and overcoming any barriers
– Understanding and facilitating group dynamic in a way that is conducive to different ways of learning
– Stimulating active participation, motivating and empowering learners
– Effectively managing one’s own emotions in training situations; respecting ethical boundaries visa-a-vis learners

Taking the above into account, the intentions of the course are, amongst others:
– To reflect upon dimensions such as empathy, respect, and honesty in a learning context and process;
– To work on the attitudes of trainers and learners with regards to authenticity, openness, and curiosity;
– To reflect on and explore the limits and boundaries of learners;
– To explore ways to stimulate, support, and empower learners, individually and as a group

COMETS training courses intend principally to offer trainers a space to reflect, exchange and contrast their practice and understanding with regard to a certain ETS competence area. The main purpose is to enable participants to take further steps in their professional practice. In that sense, COMETS is more a ‘learning experience’ than a training course stricto sensu.

No matter the focus on each course, COMETS are all based on a series of principles, which are:
– Awareness: me – the group – the field – the context;
– Readiness to question and to review practice;
– Readiness to stretch boundaries;
– Being explicit about choices as trainers;
– Integrity: Walk the talk!
– Giving space to the whole person: body – mind – soul – heart;
– Awareness: Being here as learner in a community of learners;
– Giving to Caesar what’s Caesars’: acknowledging [re]sources of practice.

The team of trainers for this COMETS edition are Nik Paddison and Alexandra Beweis.

Following the selection process, the training team will contact participants with specific information and tasks regarding the further development of the programme. This is to ensure that the needs of the participants are taken into account in order to maximise the potential that the course offers.

Participant profile:
COMETS is a training for trainers format which provides trainers, being advanced in the implementation of international trainings for youth workers, with opportunities to come together to reflect upon, discuss and develop further on different competence areas of the ETS competence model. In the context of COMETS, ‘advanced’ means that the trainer-learner has the capacity to direct his/her own learning and in particular, the ability to self-assess his/her own competences.

The general aims of the COMETS training courses are:
– To contribute to quality development of youth work and of training practise in the field;
– To put the ETS competence model into practice;

– To support National Agencies and other youth sector organizations in working with trainers on competence development;
– To contribute to the professional development of trainers in the field.

Please find attached the guiding principles developed for the COMETS training courses and further information around the series of COMETS.

Please find here further material for reading: The ETS competence model for trainers working at international level

In cooperation with some Erasmus+ Youth in Action National Agencies SALTO T&C RC has developed a strategy to provide opportunities for trainers to develop their competences according to their needs and needs of training providers like National Agencies.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO RC (EECA or SEE) involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA or SALTO RC to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Info for sending NAs: this activity is financed with TCA 2017

Application

 

Organizer:

Interkulturelles Zentrum – National Agency

Co-organizers:

SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre

INJUVE – Spanish National Agency

Foundation for the Development of the Education System – Polish National Agency

Phone: +43 1 586 75 44-35

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack NFE through Board Games.pdf

Contact for questions:

Stephanie Auzinger

E-Mail: stephanie.auzinger@iz.or.at

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.