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Training Course Step into Erasmus+: Training course on Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth in the Western Balkans

Dates: 24-26 October 2017

Venue: Pristina, KOSOVO*

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 11th October 2017

This training is a “crash course” in how to get involved in the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth, and it is targeting organisations in the Western Balkan countries.

General Description

Would you like to provide for the young people you work with possibilities for international learning mobility? Or are you interested in developing the capacities of your organisation and its staff to better respond to the challenges you face in your field of work? Would you like to add a taste of Europe into the activities of your organisation?

You might have heard of the Erasmus+ Programme already, and some of your colleagues might have been involved in its activities home or abroad. Maybe your organisation already took part in some projects within the Programme, or you tried at least, but you could not find partners or the application process was not successful. Or maybe your organisation has no prior experience in European cooperation, but you would like to gain some.

The Erasmus+ Programme is a European Union’s programme in the field of youth, which gives organisations possibilities to realise projects together with partners from other countries aiming at enhancing the active citizenship and empowerment of young Europeans, supporting the development of competences of young people and youth work practitioners, and strengthening the organisational capacity and overall professionalization of the structures in the field of youth. The Programme strongly promotes participation of young people in democratic life, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and solidarity.

This training is a “crash course” in how to get involved in the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth and it is meant primarily for organisations in Kosovo*. One third of the places are reserved for participants from other Western Balkan countries. It consists of the basics of what the Programme aims at in the field of youth and what kinds of activities (with the emphasis on youth exchanges, volunteering activities, mobility of youth workers and capacity-building activities) can be implemented.

The participants will be guided through process how the needs and ideas of their organisations can be worked on towards concrete project proposals, with reference to the criteria and structure of the application form of the Erasmus+ Programme.

The participants will be introduced with the possibilities to apply and coordinate projects or to become a partner in projects applied and coordinated in another (Erasmus+ Programme) country. The activity will also provide good practice examples of realised projects and reflection on the essential quality aspects of good projects and partnerships. The training is useful for complete beginners of the Erasmus+ Programme, as well as for those who want to upgrade their knowledge and skills or use the Programme in a new way.

The training will be implemented according to the principles and approaches of non-formal learning, where the participants’ learning needs and goals are in focus. Two experienced trainers will lead the training jointly with the representatives of the organising institutions.

The aim of the training course is to increase the readiness and competences of organisations working in the field of youth in Kosovo and other Western Balkan countries to take part in the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth.

• To provide information on the background, objectives and structure of the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth;
• To guide participants on how to use the Programme –what kinds of activities they can do– to reach the specific goals of their organisations;
• To reflect on quality aspects of projects according to the criteria of the Programme;
• To view and clarify the application forms and procedures;
• To inspire the participants with good practice project examples.

The training course gathers ca. 30 participants from Kosovo* (2/3 places) and other Western Balkan countries (1/3 places)

The selected participants should:
• be representatives of organisations working directly with young people in Kosovo* or other Western Balkan countries;
• have interest in (further) getting involved in the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth;
• already have an idea what are the themes or topics relevant for their organisations, and on which they would want to work in the European context;
• be at least 18 years old;
• be able to communicate in English.



This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, meals, travel) relevant to the participation in the course will be covered by the SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre.




SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre


Ligo Lex Legis – NGO

Phone: + 386 1 430 47 47

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Open call for participants_Step into Erasmus+.pdf

Contact for questions:

Maija Lehto

E-Mail: Maija.Lehto@mva.si

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