What is a Youth Exchange?

A Youth Exchange is a unique learning opportunity to engage with peer young people living in different cultures and countries, a chance to develop new skills, to participate in a life changing experience and be involved in something different.

A Youth Exchange normally last between 5 to 7 days in a country either in Europe or in a neigbouring country in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caucasus and the Balkans.

Almost all of Asfar’s youth exchange programmes are Erasmus+ projects.

What is involved?

An Asfar Youth Exchange, is a programme of activities in another country that mobilises informal learning tools to develop skills within young people, especially Employability, Enterprise and Life Skills. All Asfar’s Youth Exchanges, are designed to also help young people move forwards, whether this be towards employment; into education or an apprenticeships; or towards another destination.

There is also an emphasis on inter-cultural engagement, informal language learning and understanding shared and different elements of the UK and other countries’ history. All of Asfar’s programmes promote equality and diversity, aim to resolve conflicts and fight against xenophobia and racism.

An Asfar’s Youth Exchange, also includes concepts such as: Citizenship, Social Responsibility, Youth Participation and Volunteering. For instance, young Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved in an Asfar Youth Exchange in order to develop their youth work skills.

Since 2017, all of Asfar’s mobilities (another word for a youth exchange) have incorporated Social Action, a youth-led activity where participants give back to their community during the project’s lifetime.

To learn more about an Asfar’ future Youth Exchanges, please email resolve@asfar.org.uk or visit our Erasmus+ pages.