The Star of Europe training will take you through a youth exchange project from its very beginning to the very end, highlighting young people’s involvement. You will also learn how to use the digital Star of Europe material in building the exchange.

Learn How to Make REAL Youth Exchanges!

Whatever you have heard about youth exchanges before or however you have organised them before, this training will teach you how to make youth exchanges like they are meant to be!

You will learn how to support young people to initiate and run their own projects. And you will understand, why youth exchanges should not be projects that adults plan for young people.

Focus on involvement and partnership

The original idea of a youth exchange is a long-term learning process for the groups of young people in participating countries. Young people are involved in a process, where they come up with an idea for a project, they choose the topic for it and design the activities for its programme. They run the activities directly themselves and plan dissemination activities for other young people and their peers.

Every step of the process is about learning – the more the young people participate, the more they learn.

In The Star of Europe, the youth exchange is dividided into steps – in the training you realise how your young people can take an active role on each step of the process. And how you can support them participating actively – in every participating group!

Aims and objectives

The aim of The Star of Europe is to get a comprehensive understanding of what a youth exchange project contains – from the idea, needs assessment of a project to the follow up activities. More specifically, the main objectives are:

  • To become familiar with the whole logic of life cycle of a youth exchange project
  • To increase the understanding of the value of full involvement of young people in youth exchanges
  • To become aware of  learning opportunities of the young people within youth exchanges
  • To pay extra attention to the equal partnership and encourage partners to plan, prepare, implement and report the project together
  • To get acquainted with a Star of Europe digital platform as a tool for support of youth exchanges

Training for newcomers and experienced group leaders

To participate, you will have to be over 18 years old. You can be a professional or voluntary youth worker, or a peer leader. As long as you work directly with young people on regular basis. In the selection we prioritise applicants, who work regularly with young people and who apply all the learned ideas and methodologies directly into their work with the young.

Dates: 27 September – 1 October 2021

Application deadline: 31 August 2021

More information, as well as the online application from can be found at https://www.salto-youth.net/tools/european-training-calendar/training/star-of-europe-online.9334/