Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: Cyprus, Paralimni

Activity Dates: 18/09/2017 - 26/09/2017

Countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey,

 

Participants per country (incl. leaders): 5

Project Description:
Youth unemployment is a major concern all over the EU with some countries reporting over 40% youth unemployment. Young people are more pressured into getting degrees and qualifications in order to increase their chances of employment but there seems to be a gap in the system as universities and schools are not being updated about the market trends and as a result the employability of youth is decreasing, even though their education is increasing. The question of the gap between these institutions or the capitalistic approach to education will be evaluated and we will explore how young people are influences to make their educational choices.

The main objectives of this project are to help young people increase their employability and to help them find where to find employment and be more ready for the labour market based on the needs of the labour market thus helping in dealing with the youth unemployment problem in the EU.

This project will look at the concept of employability and look at the various tools available to youth to increase their employability. We hope that with the various workshops and activities the youth will gain the knowledge and the tools for them to understand the markets better and to increase their employability.

We will look at issues like cross boarder employment (working in another country, mobility of workers), education, EVS, EURES, and other EU tools and discuss these in details, sharing experiences with each other and giving a better understanding of how these work.

We hope to gain real knowledge of these issues especially cross boarder employment and employment opportunities as many young people simply think that by going to another country the employment problem ends, but there are many other factors to take into account when working and living in another country.

Many young people have an attitude that there are no employment opportunities left and as a result they sit back waiting for an opportunity to come to them, and as a result we blame the system for this. We hope to give the understanding that there are many employment opportunities out there and it is our responsibility to go out and find the jobs. It is our responsibility to find the various incentives and tools available to us, in order to increase our employability and to create the employment opportunities we need.

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Testimonials

"Where Do I Belong?" Youth Exchange - Romania was an experience I wish everyone could have. The project focused on many topics that we deal with on a daily basis such as migration, refugees, inequality, barriers of different kinds that we both face and place for others to overcome. All activities were interactive and challenged the participants to come up with creative ideas, solutions or performances in a short period of time. The activities were made in a way to interact with people from different nationalities, religions & backgrounds and to question all our beliefs and cultural norms. 

Everything we did was inspiring and entertaining, a way to learn by doing and a way to learn from the others. I enjoyed every single moment and strongly recommend participating to anyone who enjoys international environment and learning in unconventional ways. 

Thank you all for being who you are, sharing your thoughts and ways of doing and special thanks to the organizers who outdid themselves! :)

Maria Kovalenko from Bulgaria

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