Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange for Youth Workers

How to Involve Your Youth Organisation

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is part of the Erasmus+ programme, providing an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people (aged 18-30) in the programme countries to engage in online intercultural experiences. The goal is to expand the reach and scope of the Erasmus+ programme via Virtual Exchange, that is: technology-enabled, sustained, people-to-people dialogues which use new media platforms.

We are particularly keen to engage youth organisations in this project through non-formal education opportunities. Participation in all the activities will be recognised through open badges and certificates

There are several activities advertised on the European Youth Portal’s Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange page which are relevant to youth organisations.

Click here to download a .pdf with information about how to get involved.

Training to Develop an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Project for Youth

If your organisation already collaborates with international partners in projects, you could enhance this activity by developing a Transnational Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Project (TEP) of your own. The TEP would be designed to involve young people in your partner organizations in some non-formal educational activity either online or at your centres, and have them participate in small-group online dialogues with their distant partners under the guidance of trained Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange facilitators. Erasmus+ offers:

  • Free online training for you and your partners where you will learn more about Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange and design your TEP;
  • Recognition of this training with open badges;
  • Mentoring throughout the design and implementation of the TEP;
  • A secure online platform for the implementation of your exchange;
  • Facilitated synchronous dialogue sessions led by qualified Erasmus+ facilitators, on a synchronous video platform promoted by Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange.
  • Recognition of youth participants’ engagement in the project with Open Badges and Certificates.

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities for training to develop a Virtual Exchange project please fill out a form here.


­­­Online Facilitated Dialogue

If your organisation offers training to young people who go to their centre, Online Facilitated Dialogue can give them the opportunity to gain employability skills. It is a 5-week programme which allows youth to develop their English (or French or Arabic), online communication skills, and digital literacies such as creating infographics and digital awareness campaigns about the themes of poverty and migration. This opportunity is free for youth in Europe and Southern Mediterranean countries. All they need is access to a computer, internet, a headset.

Read more about Connect Collaborate and as an organisation express your interest before 30th May through the online form. You will then be contacted about how to get the youth you work with involved.


Facilitation Training for Youth Workers

Over the course of 2018, a highly qualified community of online facilitators will be created as young people participate in the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange training for online facilitation and then facilitate in various models of Virtual Exchange. This is a unique opportunity for skills training for youth across the North and South Mediterranean.

Facilitators are multi-partial and neutral process leaders.  Working with small groups of participants in an online synchronous video format, facilitators seek to elicit self-group awareness and understanding, by providing a safe and effective learning environment.  They seek to equip participants with tools to hold effective intercultural dialogue where participants learn about one another and themselves and are inspired to take this understanding beyond their participation in the project and into their communities.

If you or youth workers in your organisation are interested in qualifying to be a facilitator please click here.



This flagship programme is established under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, financed by the European Union’s budget, and it is implemented by a consortium composed of Search for Common GroundAnna Lindh FoundationUNIMEDSharing Perspectives FoundationSoliyaUNICollaborationKiron Open Higher Education, and Migration Matters.

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