Partnership building Activity. Inclusive Volunteering in Social Economy. Turkey

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PBA: Inclusive Volunteering in Social Economy

Dates: 30 April – 4 May 2019

Venue: Ankara, Turkey

Eligible are max 25 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 10th January 2019

SALTO I&D and the Turkish National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth programme would like to see more young people with fewer opportunities taking part in volunteering projects.

General Description

Do you have experience working with individuals with special needs such as disability, social issues, mental challenges or an organisational environment that would welcome young people with such needs? Perhaps you’re experienced with volunteering but need more partners who can host these young people? Or maybe you just want to make a difference to young people’s lives…

Then this partnership building activity is for you! We would like to see more young people with fewer opportunities taking part in volunteering projects, but many hosting projects are not adapted or do not provide the needed extra support for young people (18-30 years) with special needs.

We believe that social economy organisations, with the necessary structures in place to support volunteers from disavantaged background in their activities, could become the perfect hosting place for these young people.

Hosting European volunteers gives not only the opportunity to change lives but the chance to add an international dimension and increase organisational capacity. We therefore want to bring ‘social economy’ organisations together with inclusion, youth and volunteering fields to explore the possibilities, advantages and concerns of having an European Volunteer.

Following a 2017 Inclusion & Diversity Strategy Steering Group meeting with representatives of social economy and the Youth and Vocational Education Forum 2018 (hosted in UK as part of the long term Toward’s Collaborative Practice), social economy organisations have been identified as often having projects or activities that are particularly directed towards people in underprivileged situations.

Despite frequently seeking committed volunteers to support their work, many organisations remain unaware of European volunteering funding opportunities, requirements and structures – such as the European Solidarity Corps. This partnership-building activity is a follow-up of the training course under the same topic taking place in Glasgow 10-14 December 2018.

This 3-day activity will take place in Ankara from 30th April (arrival day) to 4th May (departure) 2019 and it will be a unique opportunity to find partners to create inclusive volunteering projects in the framework of ESC. Although the programme also covers jobs and traineeships opportunities, this activity will only focus on quality volunteering projects.

General aim:

To introduce European volunteering projects to social economy organisations and encourage partnerships with inclusion, youth and volunteering organisations for quality, sustainable volunteering projects for young people with fewer opportunities.

Objectives:

– To get acquainted with the existing opportunities for youth volunteers’ placement, under European Solidarity Corps
– To share different practices on how to involve volunteers with fewer opportunities
– To motivate social economy organisations to host and send volunteers with fewer opportunities
– To develop skills in Erasmus+/ESC project management, specifically on volunteering initiatives
– To foster partnership building of potential hosting/supporting organisations equipped to support young people with fewer opportunities

Profile of participants at the course:

– Staff members/volunteers of social economy and volunteering organisations able to work on inclusion or directly with young people with fewer opportunities
– Youth workers (grassroots – involved in outreach youth work and directly working with young people with fewer opportunities)
– Staff members/volunteers involved in inclusion organisations
– Able to work in (international) English
– From ESC programme countries
– Former participants of the TC held in Glasgow (December 2018) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth 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.

Your sending National Agency will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Application

 

Organiser:

SALTO Inclusion & Diversity Resource Centre – SALTO RC

Co-organiser:

Turkish National Agency for Erasmus+

Phone: +3222 09 07 20

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Andreia Henriques

E-Mail: andreia@salto-youth.net

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.

Bucharest

Training Course: Inclusion & Diversity Taster

Dates: 27-31 May 2019

Venue: Bucharest, Romania

Eligible are max 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries

Application deadline: 3rd February 2019

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Training course for “mainstream” youth work organisations, motivated to start working on inclusion & diversity issues and/or include more diverse groups in their international projects.

General Description

Many organisations would like to open up their international activities for all young people, but they often find it very challenging to reach out, include or work with young people with fewer opportunities, as they are scared that it might be too difficult, lacking know how or just don’t know how to start with it.

This short taster course aims to show organisations how to be more inclusive and actively involve young people with fewer opportunities in their future Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps projects. It should introduce some basic concepts, inspire, give examples and help them build partnerships.

General aim:

To have more inclusive & diverse Erasmus+ Youth & European Solidarity Corps projects.

Objectives:

  • To gain a basic knowledge on creating an inclusive & diverse, international project.
  • To get inspired for developing inclusive projects and reaching out to diverse groups of young people.
  • To explore inclusion possibilities of the Erasmus+ Youth programme & European Solidarity Corps
  • To find potential partners for the future Erasmus+ Youth projects & European Solidarity Corps

Profile of participants:

Youth workers, youth leaders, project managers:

  • who are doing more “mainstream” youth work, but are motivated to start working on inclusion & diversity issues or reaching out to some of the inclusion groups.
  • Have done some international activities already, but it’s not a must.
  • Who want to learn how to organise an inclusive international activity.
  • Open for the participants from the E+ programme countries and the EECA region & Russia.
  • Able to work in (international) English.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.  The Romanian NA & SALTO Inclusion & Diversity will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Your sending National Agency will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Application

 

Organiser:

SALTO Inclusion & Diversity and the Romanian National Agency for the E+ Programme

Phone: +3222090720

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Marija Kljajic

E-Mail: inclusion@salto-youth.net

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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Study Visit Actions On: Social Enterprise & Social Economy

Dates: 21 February – 3 March 2019

Venue: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Eligible are minimum 8, max 12 participants participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU, Other countries in the world

Application deadline: 7th January 2019

A study visit for social enterprise managers, NGO coordinators and staff, policy makers, youth workers, trainers, social workers and educators. Explore approaches to Social Enterprise & Social Economy and enrich your vision, knowledge and understanding.

General Description

European and South African Projects on Solidarity are looking to support you in:

Discovering South Africa; enriching your vision, experience and knowledge of social economic approaches, developing a greater understanding of the role of social enterprise in diverse communities; expanding your skills and tools on building better communities; enlarging your international network; and having a platform to internationally share your own experience and expertise with others.

Join this 9 day Study Visit ‘Actions On: Social Enterprise & Social Economy’ with the communities in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Facts and Figures

We have places for 12 participants. (please note once 8 participants have registered and been confirmed we will confirm the study visit will take place). A short Skype call with registered applicants will be implemented to confirm participation.

  • 9 days (1 excluding travel days)
  • More than 12 organisational visits

The Study visit is organised by the Dutch organisation Breakthrough and the South African organisation Ready4Life.

Why

This 9 day study visit will allow you to experience the place, the people and the approaches to the social economy, community based enterprise, routes to employment and hopefully build a platform for new collaborations between Europe and South Africa.

What’s it About

Port Elizabeth is a very friendly (and windy) city in South Africa where extreme poverty, middle income, and high income, social challenges all come together. The cultural influences of the black, coloured and white communities, as well as the region’s colonial past are major factors in shaping the approaches and solutions evident to economic and civil society issues that the communities of Port Elizabeth are facing. There is a cultural richness in its diversity, where privilege, education, social class, rituals and history are what make it a unique place to visit, learn, share and explore.

During the study visit you will meet local and international people who will share their social enterprise stories, visit local and international social and community enterprise and social economy and meet with stakeholders, volunteers and staff engaged in this work. We see this very much as a two way process and an equal exchange of practice, learning and development.

Our Solidarity projects are realised in partnership with the South African organisation Ready4Life and a wide range of other organisations, start-ups and businesses. Breakthrough and the partnership are responsible for the organisation and realisation of the Study Visit content, including networking, learning, reflection and documentation. The welcome and closing dinner as well as one community lunch and the conference day lunch will be covered by the organisation. Local transport for the purpose of the study visit will also be included.

It is at your own responsibility to confirm your bookings of the accommodation and flights.

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Costs

 

This is a self financed activity and NOT an Erasmus+ funded mobility.

After confirmation of participation:
Book and Pay your accommodation by 10th January 2019 (330-550 ZAR including breakfast per person per night). We arranged a special price at a B&B for you.

Book and Pay your flights by 10th January 2019.

Participation fee

Participation fee is €485. This fee will be used to cover the costs of the organisers, the organisers and facilitators of this study visit will work voluntary.

Application

 

Organiser:

Breakthrough Foundation – Youth NGO

Co-organiser:

Ready4Life

Phone: 0640218970

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Sandra van de Kraak

E-Mail: actionsonsolidarity@gmail.com

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Training Course: Asiti Urban Games

Dates: 1-30 April 2019

Venue: Bologna, Italy

Eligible are 15 participants coming from: Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain

Application deadline: 20th December 2019

Bootcamp ASITI URBAN GAMES in Italy. One month non formal education in design and gamification.

General Description

In recent years, Europe has visibly been marked by terrorist attacks perpetrated in different capitals.

Cities are the places where many religions and philosophical movements coexist, and where European citizens have been living in a climate of fear and distrust in recent years, public places of life are often guarded, militarized and targets of violence and dramatic episodes.

In an attempt to address the issue of the growth of fundamentalism, mistrust and exclusion, increasing discrimination, European institutions have an open dialogue with religious and non-confessional, first referring to Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of European Union (TFEU), introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, providing for the first time a legal basis for an open, transparent and regular work between EU institutions and religions, religious and philosophical and non-confessional.

Creativi108, inspired by the commitment of promoting tolerance and mutual respect as important features of the European Community, through the Aşîtî Games project aims to encourage the reduction of the impact of terrorist acts by providing a positive example of peaceful integration and peaceful coexistence among ethnic citizens and different religion. Generating, therefore, useful tools for the prevention of religious extremism among young people.

A Bootcamp, proposed in Bologna (IT), will involve 15 young Youth Workers from Italy, Portugal, Spain and Poland, in a multi-religious context. The goal is a multidisciplinary intensive non-formal education laboratory and social innovation for the generation of Urban Games. their dissemination across Europe will be supported by a careful dissemination plan in four European cities, thanks to a media campaign on social networks and the involvement of local stakeholders.

Youth workers will be changemakers for their community, positive influencers and organizers of the Aşîtî Games events, created to play in urban spaces from twenty to fifty young people and at the same time in the city.

They will become the bearers of a new methodology aimed at the prevention of religious intolerance, active citizenship and participation in democratic and civil life in Europe.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by Creativi108 involved in this project. 

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by Creativi108 coordinator of project.

Travel coverage no more than € 275.00 from participants arriving from Portugal, Spain, Poland. And 50.00 euros for participants who arrive from Italy.

Application

 

Organiser:

Creativi108 – Youth NGO

Phone: +39 3396182343

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Program ASITI.pdf

Contact for questions:

Miriam Trolese

E-Mail: info@creativi108.com

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Training Course: EUthWork

Dates: 2-10 May 2019

Venue: Romorantin, France

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia

Application deadline: 14th January 2019

Training Course EUthWork which will host 24 participants will take place in Romorantin (May) and Reunion (September), aiming to training Youth Workers with news skills, improve youth work quality and use new tools for the success of Youth Workers.

General Description

EUthWork” is a TC (Training Course) arising from the cooperation among 12 partners to improve the professional competences of Youth Workers and Organizations on developing Youthwork skills, methods and tools.

The project aims also to strengthen the international cooperation, exchange of knowledges, experiences and learnings and the setting up of quality workshops meeting the learning needs of the target youth learners.

We will have 2 main activities linked:

– 1 training course that will be held in France, from the 2nd to 10th of May 2019 (including travel days) with the objective of providing skills to the participants to act as Youth Workers, and

– a second activity, a training course, that will be held in La Réunion, France, from 1 to 8 of September 2019 (including travel days).

For both activities we will have 24 participants in each one of the 11 countries (including organization team and trainers): France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria.

The participants should be the same in both activities.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

This project provide accommodation, food, local transport (if necessary) and all material for the sessions. The participants are responsable about the insurance. This TC was approved by the French National Agency Erasmus+.

According to the Programme Erasmus+, travel costs are covered 100% up to the maximum amount defined on the base of the kilometric distance from sending organisation town to the project place, following EU Distance Calculator:

  • France – 0€
  • Portugal, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia – 275€

Participation fee

This project don’t have any fee!

Application

 

Organiser:

E-Juniors – Youth NGO

Phone: +33624396434

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Patrizia Pappito

E-Mail: patriziapapitto.eseniors@gmail.com

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PBA Mountain spirit: Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation

Dates: 22 February – 1 March 2019

Venue: Peja, Kosovo*

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 14th January 2019

Networking activity for NGOs, volunteers, youth workers, activists involved in nature conservation and youth volunteering activities. The aim is to provide space for establishing contacts, exchange and work on ideas and future cooperations.

General Description

Velebit Association Kuterevo and Gaia Kosovo* are organizing a networking activity for organizations, volunteers, youth workers and activists who are or would like to be involved in nature conservation and youth volunteering activities. The PBA meeting is part of the Mountain spirit – Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation Erasmus+ project and aims at providing space for the participants to establish contacts, exchange and work on ideas and future cooperations.

Main topics include

  • European Solidarity Corps – new approaches and possibilities for cooperation
  • Nature protection and volunteering – examples, challenges, needs and opportunities
  • Mountain spirit project – what has been done, what comes next?

The specific objectives of the PBA are

  • To create space for developing new and strengthening existing strategic partnerships for nature protection projects through youth and voluntary work
  • To give opportunity to the participants to share good and bad practices in their work on the topics
  • To provide opportunity for partners within Mountain spirit project to meet and plan next activities
  • To give an overview and details on the possibilities of the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ programmes
  • To serve as a place for setting up future projects and initiatives between the participants.

Within the PBA we will be discussing and working on the following subjects:

  • The new philosophy and opportunities which the European Solidarity Corps provide especially with the focus on nature protection (volunteer project, volunteer teams, solidarity projects) and cooperation with the Western Balkan partner countries
  • Solidarity and nature protection
  • Quality of Volunteer management
  • Challenges in establishing cooperation at local and national level;
    Mountain spirit – Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation – presentation of 2018 activities and achievements, challenges, recommendation, next steps
    opportunities and role of youth organization for working in nature conservation
  • Volunteering activities for nature conservation – realities (Balkan region, Central and Western European countries), needs, challenges, possibilities
  • Developing new or improving existing volunteering programs – i.e. NP Sharr, NP Bjeshkët e Nemuna
  • Service Civil International and nature protection
  • Erasmus+ and other programs

We are looking for 25 participants (age: 18+) from both Erasmus+ program and partner countries from the Western Balkans (eligible ONLY for: EU countries, FYROM, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia).

The participants should be representatives of youth or nature conservation organizations, volunteers or activists, who have interest, motivation and energy to work on the topic, who want to establish new partnerships and develop volunteering activities for nature conservation.

Profile of suitbale organizations:

  • Youth organizations with some or no experience with Erasmus+ volunteering programs willing to get familiar and active within ESC framework
  • Nature conservation organizations who would like to explore the oppotunities to include international volunteers in their work
  • Nature protection organizations interested to exchange experience and share knowledge
    Youth and nature protection organizations from the Western Balkan countries
    Mountain spirit project partner organizations
  • Members and partners of Service Civil International

Suitable participants could be:

  • Project coordinators
  • Decision makers in the organizations
  • Activists and volunteers with some experience in the field of nature protection, voluntary and youth work
  • Active members of the organizations with long-term project ideas

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

The PBA will happen in the city of Peja/Peć. Accommodation and food is covered. The participants will be sharing rooms (2-4 people in one room). Food will be vegetarian or vegan, seasonal and domestic as much as possible.

Travel costs will be covered up to 80 % and within the Erasmus+ limits of distance band. Be aware that we encourage environmental  friendly means of transport, therefore travelling by plane will be reimbursed only up to 60 %

Application

 

Organiser:

Gaia – Youth NGO

Co-organiser:

VUK Kuterevo – Youth NGO

Phone: 0049819573

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: PBA Mountain Spirit.pdf

Contact for questions:

Miroslava Popova

E-Mail: gaia.kosovo@gmail.com

Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by some countries)

Helsinki

Nordic Thematic Seminar: Health and Well-Being of Young People

Dates: 25-27 February 2019

Venue: Helsinki, Finland

Eligible are 60 participants coming from: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Application deadline: 7th January 2019

The Nordic Thematic Seminar is organised for representatives from ongoing Erasmus+ projects. It aims to focus on how the EU priority of health and well-being is relevant in European youth projects and youth work in general.

General Description

Highlighting an important priority

Young people’s health and well-being is a permanent priority in Erasmus+ Youth programme and it is also highlighted in the European Youth Strategy. Many promoters have chosen it as a theme in their projects, but it is also a theme that comes up universally in all our work with young people.

As educators we have the duty to support the mental, physical and social well-being of the young we work with. The Nordic Seminar highlights research results and general understanding about the well-being of Nordic young people.

It offers tools and good practices for supporting young people’s well-being in Erasmus+ projects and youth work in general. Practicioners outside the Erasmus+ projects will share their expertise, whereas project promoters present their working ways too.

Health and well-being is a wide topic

Health and well-being are a wide topic to look at. The seminar will concentrate on four strands of well-being:

  • Mental health
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Empowerment
  • Belonging

Young people’s mental health is the overriding topic that comes up on many levels: statistics and research, general understanding of mental health, practical tools for supporting mental health and project examples of good practices. The programme starts with a more general look and dives deeper into understanding during the days.

Healthy lifestyle can include many aspects relevant for your project and youth work. Topics that can be tackled include e.g. outdoor activities, sports, healthy body images, drugs and alcohol, sexual health and healthy food.

Empowerment links to the support that some young people need in order to take part in activities or in life as general. Good ways of empowering young people with fewer opportunities exist in projects and organisations.

Belonging is a basic human need. We have the need to have social contacts and friendships. We suffer, when we are excluded. How can we fight back loneliness?

Objectives of the seminar

  • to have a better understanding of the well-being of the Nordic youth
  • to learn ways to support young people’s mental health in European youth projects
  • to share good practices on how to support young people’s well-being or how to tackle the
  • topic in European youth projects
  • to diminish the stigma around mental health issues in youth work
  • The programme consists of inputs of external experts, workshops on relevant topics,
  • project presentations and sharing of practical tools. Workshops are interactive and many
  • tools can be transferred into own work.

Participants from ongoing projects

The participants for the seminar come from Erasmus+ Youth projects that are currently ongoing or starting very soon. If the project period of your project is ongoing or you have been approved in the October application round in 2018, you are an eligible participant. All project types and key actions are welcome to join.

The short term activities of youth exchanges, youth worker mobility projects or meetings of young people and decision makers may already have happened or are happening later. Long term activities like volunteering projects, transnational youth initiatives or strategic partnerships can be ongoing.

Profile

  • over 18
  • has a relevant role in relation to the project
  • is interested in developing the competences in supporting young people’s well-being
  • comes from an ongoing project
  • is willing to work in English

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the participating NAs of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Being selected for this course, accommodation and lodging (breakfast-lunch and dinner) will be 100% covered by the host organisation.

Your travel costs are reimbursed against relevant travel documents/receipts after your trip. You will get more detailed information on reimbursement procedures of travel costs after your selection has been approved.

Participation fee

The organisers have to cover 5% of the project costs in co-funding. The countries use different strategies in covering the co-funding needs. Some countries charge a participation fee, some do not.

  • Finland: no participation fee
  • Norway: 500 NOK deduction of travel reimbursement
  • Iceland: 10% of the travel costs
  • Denmark: no participation fee, travel costs reimbursed up to 500€
  • Sweden: 1250 SEK

Application

 

Organiser:

Finnish National Agency of Education EDUFI

Co-organisers:

National Agencies of Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden

Phone: +358 400 247 774

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Paavo Pyykkönen

E-Mail: paavo.pyykkonen@oph.fi