Erasmus+ is the program of the European Commission for youth, education, training and sports. It has a budget of 14.700.000.000 € (14.7 billion €) of taxpayers’ money that are invested in the creation of projects dedicated to topics directly related with youth through the techniques of non-formal education. With this money, the European Commission covers your cost of accommodation, food and transportation to the venue of the project. That is right, you have all your costs covered!
Non-formal education covers the learning opportunities that are not addressed by education at schools. Some examples are emotional intelligence, social inclusion, youth work, public speaking, performing arts and gender equality. But there are as many as you can think! And who knows, maybe you find yourself writing your own project in some years. There are different kinds of projects to cover such topics: youth exchanges, training courses and volunteering.
Many times when I talk about the Erasmus+ program I get all kinds of doubts and questions, here are the most repeated ones:
- Do I need to be a university student to apply?
NO, the word “Erasmus” might have probably mislead you. You do not to be a student to be eligible for the Erasmus+ program. In fact, the target participants are all youngsters between 13 and 30 years of age.
- But my CV is not good enough, they will never choose me.
WRONG. The selection process is not focused on your academic or your professional results. Not even in your past experience in other Erasmus+ projects! In fact, organizers are specially looking for newcomers, so it is actually a plus! Just make sure that you show your real and strong motivation to attend to the project.
So you are finally determined to start looking for projects and applying. The best way to do it is through internet, especially social media, it is a very simple process. From my own experience, Facebook groups are the best source to get a hold of the projects that are looking for participants so I made a list of the most active Facebook groups that will get you to your next project, which you can find at the end of the article. Welcome to the Erasmus+ program, we wish you a lifetime of adventures! :-)
Author: Javi Hernandez Castro
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