Welcome to Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange!
Part of the Erasmus+ programme, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is an accessible, groundbreaking way for young people across Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to engage with each other for intercultural learning and understanding. Designed to expand the reach and scope of the Erasmus+ programme, this project offers a range of activities that connect young people across geographies and cultures in online, technology-enabled dialogue programs that are sustained over a period of time, which are known as virtual exchanges.
Activities are categorized under Exchanges and Trainings and vary in format, duration, time commitment, themes, and virtual exchange models. All provide the experience of interacting with peers across lines of difference to increase intercultural awareness and build 21st Century skills and attitudes, such as critical thinking, empathy, media literacy, and cross-cultural collaboration.
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange 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 Ground, Anna Lindh Foundation, UNIMED, Sharing Perspectives Foundation, Soliya, UNICollaboration, Kiron Open Higher Education, and Migration Matters.
Soliya implements the following two activities under Exchanges:
- The Connect Programme: Young adults discuss various social and global issues in small, cross-cultural, facilitated dialogue groups over 4-8 weeks. They explore perspectives on timely topics that matter to them and learn about each other’s communities, in the process building meaningful relationships across borders and honing employability skills. Universities and organisations working with youth can learn more and apply here to bring the Connect Program to their classrooms or beneficiaries. Young adults cannot apply independently.
- Social Circles: Young adults engage with each other around one particular social or global issue through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities spanning 12 days. Each round of Social Circles focuses on a different issue, each time providing a relevant cross-cultural dialogue experience for participants looking for a condensed virtual exchange opportunity. Young adults can learn more and apply by themselves here.
Soliya implements the facilitation training under Trainings. Participants of this training activity learn facilitation and conflict resolution tools to build a safe space for dialogue participants to speak openly and honestly, understand each other’s perspectives and differences, and navigate disagreements. Trainees learn how to identify and address power dynamics, ask questions and make observations that provoke critical thinking and deepen dialogue, and implement activities that promote meaningful engagement. The training is offered in introductory and advanced formats. Individuals can learn more and apply here.
Exchanges are open to young adults between 18 and 30 years old and residing in either one of the following 33 Erasmus+ Programme countries – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and United Kingdom – or one of the following 10 Southern Mediterranean region countries as defined in the European Neighbourhood Policy – Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia. Depending on the specific exchange activity, applicants can be educators, youth workers, or young adults.
The facilitation training is open to all individuals around the world who are passionate about strengthening intercultural engagement and wish to become Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Facilitators.