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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.

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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

Lisboa

Training Course: Jump into Solidarity – European Solidarity Corps

Dates: 3-8 December 2018

Venue: Lisbon, Portugal

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

Application deadline: 14th November 2018

“Jump into Solidarity” is a Training Course (TC) that aims to enhance the quality of the European Solidarity projects and support organisations on the development of the main competences related with the projects.

General Description

Mehmet Murat Ildan once says: “With solidarity, you will be more talented and handier, you will be taller and stronger, faster and wiser!”.

Jump into Solidarity it´s included in the Networking Activities and will offer the opportunity to establish international cooperation in the field of volunteering in European Solidarity Corps (ESC) projects.

“Jump into Solidarity” is a Training Course (TC) that aims to enhance the quality of the European Solidarity projects and support organisations on the development of the main competences related with the projects.

This TC will offer a meeting point for the participants to discuss and to interact between each other and to create a solid and trustable network of partners interested in organizing and/or supporting ESC projects.

The activity is especially addressed to new accredited organizations, newcomers in the Erasmus+ Programme and Organisations with few experience in EVS/ESC projects.

Jump into Solidarity it’s also open to organizations with experience that are interested in working with new partners.

By exploring the European Solidarity Corps in different dimensions, methods and resources, this Training Course intend to promote innovation and creativity in the developing and management of ESC projects.

Through the principles and practices of non-formal education and in an atmosphere where participants can learn from each other and act with each other, “Jump into Solidarity” will open an intercultural dialogue and will make room for the acquirement of new skills and the exchange of methods and experiences within the volunteering world.

Objectives:

– to understand the volunteering meaning and context;
– to ensure a thorough understanding of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC);
– to explore and understand the different roles within a ESC project ;
– to update on the recent development in the field of Volunteering projects and European Solidarity Corps projects;
– to feel inspired by non formal education methods and exercises that could help the organisations and their actors to fell more empowered and acquire new skills and competences;
– to empower for strategic approach in Volunteering projects throughout the whole project cycle;
– to provide space for sharing realities, experiences and good practice examples;
– to share and exchange new methods for developing competences and recognise learning with young people;
– to provide space for networking between participating organisations and planning of further Partnership Building Activities, Seminars, Volunteering Projects, Solidarity Projects, Traineeships and others

With this overall and objectives we intend that participants achieved the following outcomes:

– define and explain European Solidarity Corps and understand its role;
– conceptualize the deeper meaning of Volunteering projects and its benefit to local community, volunteers and organizations;
– to enhance the quality of Volunteering projects, especially with attention to selection of partners and selection of volunteers;
– apply new methods for recognising learning and developing competences with young people in the daily work and in the hosting activities for volunteers;
– reflect and on your Volunteering project(s);
– identify potential partners for future projects.

Summarising, the TC will give the opportunity for organisations, with and without experience in ESC projects, to exchange ideas and to create new projects on Volunteering through an inclusion and supported process.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the participating NAs of the European Solidarity Corps.

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

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

This NET activity is financed by ESC NET 2018 budget

Application

 

Organiser:

Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth Programme and European Solidarity Corps

Phone: +351 253 204260

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Draft Programme Jump into Solidarity.pdf

Contact for questions:

Carla Marques

E-Mail: carla.marques@juventude.pt

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.

Bled Island

PBA Key to inclusion: European Solidarity Corps

Dates: 2-7 December 2018

Venue: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Eligible are 70 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, FYROM, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 7th November 2018

The aim of the activity is to encourage and support inclusive projects in the frame of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programme and give an impetus for the creation of the European network of organizations interested in inclusive ESC projects.

General Description

The activity will open space for getting to know each other’s work and interests, explore potential ideas for common projects and build good quality partnerships.

The activity will bring together different stakeholders, from newcomers in the programme, to the ones, who are already active in mobility projects, but would like to work more on inclusion.

In 4 working days we will offer the space to network, to address the success factors of good inclusive projects and it will be a start of planning projects together. We would like to see, that at least 20 concrete ideas for projects in ESC will come out of this activity. We expect 60 participants on the event.

Objectives of the event are, that the participants will:

  • Have space to meet, interact and prepare project ideas together
  • Recognize different aspects and success factors of inclusivity, when discussing and implementing inclusive projects in the frame of ESC
  • Get to know the possibilities of ESC for implementation of inclusive projects
  • Draft project proposal ideas for February 2019 deadline
  • Assure the coaching available for the organizations for the period prior the February deadline (each NA responsible for their participants)
  • Initiate the process of starting the network of inclusive organizations

Elements of the programme:

  • Presentation of ESC
  • Capacity building on inclusion
  • Partnership building activities
  • Space for project creations and creating the drafts (aim, goals, partners, next steps)
  • Follow up steps (creation of a network of inclusive organizations, coaching for organizations)

Target group for the activity:

This activity is meant for representatives of organisations interested in inclusion projects in the frame of European Solidarity Corps, regardless of whether they already have partners or would like to find them at the event and develop their project idea together.

Organisations will have the chance to form separate interest groups based on the projects they are interested in – be it volunteering projects or jobs and traineeships.

Diverse programme and working methods will make sure that everybody’s needs are taken into account, regardless of whether they are experienced in European mobility projects or not.

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Costs

This project is financed by the participating NAs of the European Solidarity Corps. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

This NET activity is financed by 2018 budget.

The hosting National Agency of this offer 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:

MOVIT, National agency of European Solidarity Corps

Phone: 0038614304747

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Maja Drobne

E-Mail: info@mva.si

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.

Utrecht

PBA: ESC/EVS Partnership Building East West Dialogues

Dates: 7-10 March 2019

Venue: Utrecht, Netherlands

Eligible are 28 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countriesPartner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 13th November 2018

East-West Dialogues is a partnership building and quality improvement training which aims at setting up high quality volunteering partnerships in which partners from Western European, Eastern European and partner countries cooperate.

General Description

East-West Dialogues is a partnership building activity (PBA) and quality improvement training which is supported by a grant from the Dutch Erasmus+ National Agency. The PBA aims at setting up high quality partnerships in which partners from Western European, Eastern European and partner countries cooperate. The training pays specific attention to volunteering partnerships under the new European Solidarity Corps programme.

This intensive networking programme will involve 28 participants from different countries. All partner and programme countries are eligible. Participants will not only get to know each other, but also receive hands-on advice on improving EVS/ESC project management, volunteer recruitment and preparation, expectation management and crisis resolution.

The programme is intended for both hosting and sending/coordinating organizations. During the programme, participants will together develop an ESC Quality Improvement Toolkit, consisting of practical tools and templates for drafting partnership agreements, activity agreements, recruitment of volunteers, mediation, mentoring and evaluating mobilities.

Experienced application reviewers will give key advice on drafting the best applications with the highest chance of success. Participants will be selected with the aim of enhancing and supporting the cooperation between organisations from Programme Countries and Eastern Partnership countries.

Objectives

• To provide information about the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth and especially European volunteering projects under the European Solidarity Corps.

• To get to know possibilities of cooperation between Programme Countries and Eastern Partnership countries within the Erasmus+ Programme and European Solidarity Corps.

• To better understand volunteering project management.

• To develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to organise a successful youth exchange with a special focus on youth participation.

• To bring together people working with youngsters in order to create new project ideas of volunteering mobilities within Key Action 1 of the Erasmus+ Programme.

Applicants should fulfill the following criteria:

• represent an EVS accredited organization or an organization with the ESC Quality Label

• have some experience with Erasmus+ projects and EVS/ESC projects in particular.

• have some experience in youth work/local youth projects in their country;

• are ready to improve and expand their activities in the frame of European volunteering

• have good English language communication skills (level B1 or higher)

Programme elements

This 3-day programme consists of the following elements:

• Presentation of the new European Solidarity Corps funding rules. How to write applications. New types of financial support, including inclusion support, complimentary activities and others

• How to recruit motivated participants? How to make use of the ESC database of volunteers?

• How to involve participants in the shaping of project activities?

• Working with youngsters who are not in employment or education. Giving marginalized groups a chance in EVS/ESC, using inclusion support

• EVS Project Management and application writing

• Field visit to Dutch hosting organizations

• Intercultural learning in EVS/ESC

• Crisis prevention, risk management and conflict resolution

• Dissemination & project evaluation

• Creating equal and sustainable parterships

During our PBA, we will use non-formal education methods encouraging participants to active participation and planning future projects.

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Costs

 

This partnership building event is funded under the rules of an Erasmus+ Strategic EVS grant. This means that 80 % of the costs are covered by the grant.

We therefore ask a small participation fee, which is non-refundable in case of cancellations. This fee is € 119 for EU-15 programme countries, € 99 for other programme countries and € 79 for partner countries. The participation fee covers:

– return flight to/from hosting country

– all transport in The Netherlands

– all meals during the seminar (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, including drinks)

– three nights of accommodation

– all training materials and other training related costs

Participants can extend their stay in The Netherlands if they wish, for € 30 per day. Only accommodation and breakfast are provided. No other meals.

Travel costs by plane or train to The Netherlands, as well as all transport costs in The Netherlands, are fully covered.

Application

 

Organiser:

Eastpackers, Stichting UcDean – Youth NGO

Phone: 0031612113571

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Hans Hindriks

E-Mail: info@eastpackers.nl

Icelandic Landscape

Partnership-building Activity: Open Access

Dates: 12-16 November 2018

Venue: Reykjavík, Iceland

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 27th August 2018

Partnership Building Activity for Youth workers on involvement for access of young people with health issues and/or physical or mental disabilities in Erasmus Plus Youth in Action Programme.

General Description

This seminar intends to help youth workers from NGO’s working with young people with health issues and/or physical or mental disabilities:

• to discover opportunities provided by Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme
• to explore how the Youth Exchange and Volunteering projects could be as an educational tool in inclusion youth work
• to provide opportunities to find partners for the future projects

For many organizations who work with these young people it seems overwhelming to organize a European project. They have to face many problems such as finding partners, overcome the problems of communication, limited mobility…

This seminar aims at helping youth workers to organize projects taking into consideration the barriers they can face.

A focus will be done on youth exchanges as a possible tool. It is expected that participants would develop international partnerships and start building Youth Exchange projects with young people with disabilities or mixed ability groups.

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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.

Application

Organizer:

Rannís, National Agency of Erasmus+ in Iceland – National Agency

Phone: +354 515 5800

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Helga Dagný Árnadóttir

E-Mail: helga.d.arnadottir@rannis.is

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.

Istanbul

Training Course BiTriMulti (BTM): Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges

Dates: 6-10 November 2018

Venue: Turkey

Eligible are 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, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 16th September 2018 

The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects ;especially newcomers to this field

General Description

The BiTriMulti training supports voluntary as well as full-time youth workers dealing directly with young people in developing their first international Youth Exchange in the framework of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

The aim of the BTM training course is to offer an international learning experience to practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects.

Objectives of BTM:
– To provide an informed introduction to the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme, focusing on Youth Exchanges and their capacity to enhance young people’s active engagement in the making of Europe (though not exclusively) for newcomers to the programme;
– To offer an individual and group learning experience through a simulated process on setting up a Youth Exchange project;
– To develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to organise a Youth Exchange, based on the non-formal learning practice, principles, and quality standards of the EU youth programmes;
– To enable participants to reflect on their learning and to familiarise themselves with Youthpass – the strategy on the recognition of non-formal learning in the youth field, its technical tool to produce Youthpass Certificates, and its application in Youth Exchanges in particular and the EU youth programmes in general;
– To offer the opportunity to meet possible partner groups and to make contacts in other countries.

Programme: The BTM training is a learning-by-doing experience, built on a simulation exercise which is interspersed with workshops, info sessions, activities to improve the group dynamics, and ends with an evaluation.

The Network of National Agencies for Erasmus+ Youth in Action organises a series of BTMs each year. You’ll find an overview on all the upcoming BTMs.

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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 involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your 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.

Info for sending NAs: this activity is financed with TCA 2018

Application

 

Organizer:

Turkish Erasmus+ Youth in Action National Agency

Co-organizers:

Participating NAs (selecting applicants and financing travel costs)

SALTO T&C RC (co-ordinator)

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack for Participants BTM.pdf

Contact for questions:

NA-Turkey TCA Unit

E-Mail: tca@ua.gov.tr

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.