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PBA Making the Difference: A North-South Partnership Building Activity

Dates: 21-26 April 2020

Venue: Santarem and Vila da Marmeleira, Portugal

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 1st March 2020

This Partnership Building Activity (=PBA) aims at creating concrete partnerships between North and South of Europe, so that you can develop youth exchange projects and apply under the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

General Description

Are you the leader/mentor/coach of a youth group that would like to make an international youth exchange in the near future? Is your group looking for relevant partners that are interested in real cooperation?

Do you believe that being involved in a youth exchange could make a difference in the young people’s life? Could an international project make a difference in your local community? Then you fit the profile to participate in Making the Difference: A North-South Partnership Building Activity.

For 4 days, 30 youth workers from the North and South of Europe will meet and get to know each other, and the youth groups you are representing. After a process guided by the trainers/facilitators, you will end up in a duo or group with a concrete plan for an upcoming youth exchange.

The PBA will be organised in a city and a village in Portugal, and this can give you inspiration on how you can organise a quality youth exchange in your local community.


  • To create an opportunity to find good and reliable partners to organise youth exchanges with
  • To understand what is needed to plan a youth exchange of good quality.
  • To create solid networks of contacts and partnerships.
  • To equip the youth workers with insight in their role as coach and support.
  • To experience the possibilities of local involvement.
  • To understand the impact and social change a youth exchange can have within the local community.

Target group:

Youth workers who represent a youth group with the age range 15-20 years old
Youth workers who already have a defined youth group that they can include in the planning
Both ‘newcomers’ and ‘experienced’ in the Erasmus+ Youth Program

Expected outcome:

You should leave the PBA with partners and ideas to apply for a project under the Erasmus+ Youth Programme, and an action plan on how to get there.


Participants will be accommodated in a hotel where you will share room with another person of the same gender. All meals and activities will be covered by the organisers.



This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

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

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.




Bufdir (Erasmus+ Aktiv Ungdom) – National Agency


  • ERASMUS+ Juventude em Acção – National Agency

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Programme and first info PBA MtD 2020.pdf

Contact for questions:

Betty Cutolo or Gry Nesse

E-Mail: betty.cutolo@bufdir.no


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.