Solving the great mistery. Everybody is saying how there is a lot of opportunities to attend projects within Erasmus+, but somehow you just cannot seem to find them? Is there a unique place where they are all hidden? 🙂
Well, I would be happy to give a positive answer, although it would be really rude that someone hides such opportunities 🙂 However, there is still not just one place where you are able to find all open calls for all projects there are, and I don’t think that such place is easy to establish. With Voyagerasmus, our goal is to come at least near to that point, where on one place you will be able to find everything you need to know before you go for a project. Or to find in the first place 🙂 There are some really good pages where organizations from all across Europe and broader publish their calls and search for participants, and you will find out more about them in the text below.
Before we start, it is important to make some things clear regarding the process of searching for participants in Erasmus+ projects. As this projects are mostly international, it means that (logically 🙂 ) they have international partners. One of the organizations in such partnerships is the applicant (organization which applies with the project to receive funds in some country), and the others are partner organizations. The applicant is usually, after project gets approved, main organizer of the project (receiving organization – receives the participants from other countries to attend the project, organizes logistics, provides project staff – trainers, facilitators etc.) while partner organizations act as sending organizations – they send participants from their country to the organizer.
This is how it usually looks like:
In this case we have partnership between organizations from Portugal, Croatia, Romania, Czech Republic and Italy for a project in Portugal. According to the chart, Portugese organization is the main organizer of the project and a receiving organization, and other organizations are partners who are sending organizations. It means that each of them sends for example 5 participants to Portugal for the project, while Portugese organizer also provides 5 Portugese participants.
Why is this important to understand?
Because it is easier for you to understand open calls for participants. Namely, in this situation, if open call is published for a whole project (without pointing out particularly that they are searching only for participants from e.g. Romania), this mean that only people from the countries in the project (organizer/partner organizations) can apply to be paticipants. In such case for example a person from Latvia wouldn’t be able to apply for the project, because there is no organization from his/her country as a partner in the project which can be his sending organization. Therefore, when you find some open calls, before applying pay attention to checking whether they search for participants from your country.
More general information about Erasmus+ Programme and projects within it you can find here, and in opportunities you can find more about other things to which you should pay attention when applying for a project.
Now let me present you important places where you can find open calls for participants in Erasmus+ projects:
www.salto-youth.net is a web page that represents a network of eight European Resource Centres working within the youth field. SALTO-YOUTH provides non-formal learning resources for youth workers and youth leaders and organises training and contact-making activities to support organisations and National Agencies within the frame Erasmus+ programme and beyond.
On their pages, besides other very useful contents such as toolbox for trainings (publications, booklets and brochures with different tools and methods that can be implemented within Erasmus+ projects), portal for searching project partners, platform for searching trainers for your projects etc., you can find a broad list of open calls for participants in Erasmus+ projects.
What kind of projects you can find on SALTO-YOUTH?
SALTO-YOUTH is dedicated mainly to publishing training courses for youth workers, organized either directly by National Agencies in charge of Erasmus+, SALTO itself or by different NGOs in Erasmus+ countries. It means that this projects are directed primarily to youth workers wishing to develop their competences to further work with and for young people, to share experiences and, on occasion, to make contacts for common future projects. Besides, the calendar can also publish calls for projects in which youth workers will meet other target groups such as youth policy makers, adult learning organisers, among others, in order to learn from each other.
What does the term “youth worker” mean and do you fall under that category you can find here.
If you are searching for a project on SALTO-YOUTH, you can enter different parameters which will help you to narrow down the selection. You can choose a country you come from (so there are no mistakes when you are applying for a project and you know it is for participants from your country), type of a project, dates when it will be implemented, country where the main activity will take place etc.
The main value of SALTO-YOUTH is that it gathers most of the information about Erasmus+ on the same place. As previously mentioned, it also provides some very useful tools that can help you to connect with partners for future projects [OTLAS partner finding], find professional trainers [TOY – trainers online for youth] or some new tools and methods to implement in your projects [Toolbox for training and youth work]. Moreover, you can find a lot of useful publications that cover almost every field of Erasmus+.
Therefore, we would recommend it as must-visit place especially for current and future youth workers, project managers, trainers and facilitators in Erasmus+ projects. The only negative side, if we have to point one, would be lack of more “informal” content that would make Erasmus+ programme more close to a broader range of people. It makes sense in a way as it is directed mainly to youth workers with previous experience in the youth field.
However, it is important to note that you can apply for such projects even if you’re not an experienced youth worker, so we encourage you to do it as it can bring you a lot of knowledge and feedback for your future involvement in the field of youth.
To apply for projects directly via this portal, create your personal SALTO dashboard [MySALTO] on the page (you need to register with your basic personal data) which will make the application process much easier (it directly includes your data in the application forms for projects you choose).
For more information visit official pages of SALTO-YOUTH.
(2) ERASMUS NOW
ERASMUS NOW is well designed and structured web page focused on publishing open calls for participants in Erasmus+ projects, mainly training courses and youth exchanges. It is very easy and adjusted tool to find your opportunity in a fast and effective way. The page offers 2 basic options for visitors: either to publish your own open call for participants for the project you’re organizing, or to search for open calls as a participant who wants to apply for a project.
As for the parameters, you can choose country you come from, country in which you’re searching for a project and between which dates. Additionaly, you can search either for newest open calls for projects, or for last minute ones. There is no real difference between the two, except in your rush to go to project as soon as possible 🙂
On every project visual on the main page you can find flag for a country where project will be implemented and flag(s) of country(ies) from which they are searching for participants.
All together, ERASMUS NOW is one really useful source for finding Erasmus+ projects. its main advantage is, as mentioned, good structure which makes the process of searching for projects fast and easy. We are glad to see that this platform is growing and that more people are publishing their open calls, so be sure to check it out on the official page of ERASMUS NOW.
(3) FACEBOOK GROUPS/PAGES
In the lack of common places where people interested in Erasmus+ projects could find more information about it, exchange some experiences and find/publish open calls, they started to create own groups on social networks for such purposes.
There you can find open calls that are published on daily basis, which ensures constant flow of information and accurate insight into the new opportunities. Some groups gather tens of thousands of people from various countries, while some of them are dedicated only to Erasmus+ projects for participants from particular country.
Your first step is to join these groups and check out project opportunities they offer. Usually, when publishing open calls there, people write down name of the project, dates when it will be implemented, location where activities will be held, age limit and number of participants, country from which they are searching for participants, limit for travel reimbursement and contact of an organization/person to whom you are applying for a project.
You can find the groups usually under the name “Youth in Action” [Youth in Action was the programe of EU set for young people for the period of 2007-2013, that is predecessor of youth field within Erasmus+ programme for period of 2014-2020.] or under the name “Erasmus” in various options (Erasmus, Erasmus+, Erasmus Plus; try different options when you’re searching for them). Such groups exist on international basis, but you can also sometimes find the ones created by people from your country (e.g. Youth in Action Croatia, ErasmusPlus Croatia …)
e.g. Erasmus+ groups
e.g. Youth in Action groups
Since we established Voyagerasmus web page, we also launched a Voyagerasmus facebook page where we continuously publish links to new posts, reviews/recensions and opportunities for participation. Make sure you check it as it will make it easier for you to get information about open calls on time. We also recommend you to subscribe to our newsletter, as you will be able to periodically get information about opportunities within Erasmus+ directly to your e-mail.
(4) WEB PAGES & SOCIAL NETWORKS of your local/regional/national ASSOCIATIONS
As we described in Erasmus+ Programme sub-page of this blog, various associations (mainly non-governmental organizations) are the ones who are apllying, receiving funds and implementing Erasmus+ projects. Therefore, as you can also see in “Common structure of partnerships in Erasmus+ projects” chart of this post, partner organizations in the project are the ones in charge of selecting participants from their country.
For example, when my association is organizer or a partner of Erasmus+ project, we publish open calls for participants on our official web page, social networks and via various other channels such as local self-government and local media.
Therefore, if you still don’t know check out if there are some youth organizations in your local/regional community or on national level, and go through their web pages and social networks to see whether they publish calls for participants. We can say that this way is really convenient as you can meet this people in person and ask them additional questions you might have. They can help you with meeting other participants from your country before you go to a project and assist you in making travel arrangements.
Moreover, it can lead to your future cooperation with this association in future, as you might like what they do in your community and decide to join them. Even if not, if they are satisfied with you as a participant they will be more than happy to send you for another project.
Yes, of course we have to mention it 🙂
We started this page concerning the lack of places where people would all information they need about Erasmus+ projects. Our goal was, and still is, to inform and motivate more people to apply and take part in the Programme, but with knowing what they should expect from it. It makes the “first Erasmus+ project” process much more easier not only for participants themselves (because they feel more comfortable when they know what kind of activities they are going to attend) but also for the organizers (as it will be much easier to work with participants who are already prepared).
In our Opportunities for you column we will continuously publish open calls for participants and try to give you as many information as possible about each particular project. It includes all basic info about the project (dates, countries in the project, venue of the activities, accommodation, travel reimbursement etc.) but also broad descriptions of projects, profile of participants, specific requirements and information about additional fees. If you would like to know how some type of project or some topic works in practice, or you want to see if somebody has already been in the city / ho(s)tel where project will be held, check out our Travel Destination reviews or Accommodation & Food recensions.
And if you will have any additional questions, or you want to publish open call for participants for your project, make sure that you contact us.
If you read it until here, congratulations, I think you have basic knowledge where to find your perfect Erasmus+ opportunity 🙂
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