Erasmus+ programmes provide unique opportunities for young people, aged 18 to 30 years old, both from the UK, the Caucasus, the Balkans and the Middle East, to participate in Transnational activities including Youth Exchanges, Volunteering, informal Language learning and Cultural exchanges.
Between 2015 and July 2017, Asfar will organise 6 Erasmus+ programmes involving partners and youth exchanges in the UK, Serbia, Macedonia, Israel, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Bulagaria, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine.
This involved over 19 youth exchanges for over 380 young people, while also delivering youth worker training, activities and team leader opportunities for over 65 youth professionals.
Furthermore, Asfar has partnered on several other programmes, offering further international learning and volunteering opportunities for young people aged 18 to 30.
What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.
Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector.
The Erasmus+ programme in the UK falls under the authority of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). The programme itself is managed in the UK by the UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.
Changing lives, opening minds: Erasmus+ will help participants at all stages of their life, from school through to adulthood, to pursue stimulating opportunities for learning. It will help them to gain the valuable life-skills and international experience they need to succeed in today’s world.
It offers pupils, students, young people, adults, professionals, lecturers, youth workers and teachers a unique opportunity to obtain education, training, development and work experience in another European country and beyond, both inside and outside the classroom. Benefits include personal and professional development, the opportunity to broaden cultural horizons, boost confidence, and develop language skills and many more. These are felt not only at an individual level, but also among the education, training and youth support systems of all the participating countries and their wider communities.