They are full-time, free activities that enable young people to help organizations with their day-to-day work, lasting 2 to 12 months, and in some cases 2 weeks or more. Young people can volunteer in projects related to social inclusion, environment, culture and other issues in Program countries or in neighbouring partner countries. There are two types of activities: individual volunteering and volunteer teams.
Our institution has participated in and hosted many youth projects in Europe since 2000. Since 2014, it has contributed to the development of civil society activities by implementing at least one youth project each year under Erasmus +.
Here is some examples of them
(CUL)tural (IN)tegration (A)ctivates the (R)eunion of (Y)outh
The CULINARY youth exchange project is an initiative aimed at promoting social inclusion, cultural dialogue, and tolerance in Europe. The project uses culinary culture as a tool to engage, empower, and connect young people from different backgrounds, particularly those at risk of social exclusion, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a period of 10 days, 42 participants from 6 partner organizations will participate in intercultural dialogue through European culinary culture. The project is aligned with the EU Youth Strategies goals of creating inclusive societies and opportunities for all young people, supporting active citizenship, social inclusion, and solidarity, and combating prejudice. The project's principle is to leave no one behind, prioritizing increased social inclusion of all young people, especially those at risk of marginalization. The project aims to increase the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competences of participants in the field of social inclusion through culinary and European cuisine, and to encourage European organizations to use culinary culture as a creative tool in social inclusion of vulnerable youth against COVID-19.
(C)ommunities (Ov)ercom(i)ng (D)epression
The COVID project aims to address the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. The project seeks to create a youth work consortium where ideas and practices can be exchanged to help young people cope with the pandemic and make them a part of the process of generating solutions to these negative effects. The project's objectives include equipping young people with mindfulness and meditation techniques to combat stress and anxiety, as well as encouraging them to make positive changes in their local communities through wellbeing techniques. Studies have shown sharp increases in rates of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and suicide attempts among European youths due to the pandemic, making the need for such initiatives more pressing than ever.
Art in Waste
The Art in Waste (AiW) youth project aims to promote sustainable lifestyles and waste management among young people in a creative and fun way. The project will be implemented with partner organizations from different countries to encourage the adoption of the 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) practices and spread knowledge of sustainable lifestyles through new media spaces. The project will empower young people to use creativity and new media to impact their local communities and raise awareness of sustainable living and the European Green Deal. The objectives of the project include raising awareness among 30 young people from 6 participating organizations, promoting sustainable lifestyles and the EU vision of the European Green Deal, improving participants' knowledge in media and promotion, and promoting opportunities for young people in Erasmus+ programs and non-formal education.
United Tales in Tolerance
The TALErance youth project aims to use tales as a tool to promote tolerance and empathy towards refugees and migrants. The project's main objective is to empower 38 participants and six organizations to fight against racism, hate speech, stereotypes, and other forms of discrimination. The project supports the EU Youth Strategy's goal of creating more and equal opportunities for all young people, promoting social inclusion, and combating racism. Through this project, participants can take an active role in their communities, become active citizens, and spread tolerance towards migrants and refugees. The project is a response to the increasing refugee and migrant issues in partner countries, and it aims to contribute to sustainable growth, equity, prosperity, and tolerance in Europe.