of "Fill in the Gaps"
The idea of this project was to give youth from different european countries the tools to carry out youth exchange projects in the frame of the Erasmus + (KA1) programme of the European Union with a focus on inclusion and active participation of youth with geographical and social obstacles in Europe.The Training Course (TC) consisted of a first international experience for young people (youth leaders, volunteers, youth workers, etc.) active in their local organisations / communities, interested in developing international youth exchanges in line with the quality standards of the Erasmus + programme and taking into consideration the specific needs of their local realities.As follow up of the TC participants were supposed to organize youth exchange projects in various European countries and to compile an user friendly toolkit to multiply the experience and competence at local level within their organizations and communities.
Aims and Objectives
of "Fill in the Gaps"
The main aim of the TC was developing competences in project management of youth exchanges for youth leaders and animators active in their local contexts facing geographical and social obstacles such as rural areas, disadvantage suburbs, high rate of youth unemployement etc.
Training – providing training on specific themes for future youth exchanges, such as:
The European dimension of a youth exchange How to prepare, develop and evaluate youth exchanges How to adapt programme activities of a youth exchange to local target groups How to facilitate the follow up of a network created during a youth exchange Intercultural learning as a tool for better interpersonal understanding Active participation of youth with geographical and social obstacles in European mobility programmes
Information – providing necessary information on:
The Erasmus + programme as a way to know different realities of youth in Europe Exisisting European networks and platforms for youth mobility and training in Europe European trends and good practices in Europe addressing social and geographical disadvantage in Europe today
Exchange of experiences
Enriching the intercultural process by ensuring a space to exchange and discuss individual experiences Facilitate the interaction among local good pracitces
Intercultural Learning – providing partipants knowledge, skills and attitudes to:
Understand "what is it" and "why" intercultural learning is an important approach in developing youth exchanges Be able to put into practice intercultural learning methods Promote strategies for intercultural learning approaches and activities within their local organisations / communities Discuss perceptions and stereotypes Facilitate group dynamics and communication
Methodology and Programme
of "Fill in the Gaps"
The TC methodology was participant-centred; working methods were varied and interactive in order to ensure a balance between theory and practice. Working groups were combined with theoretical inputs and visits to local organisations.
The programme focussed on the following topics:
Erasmus +: Introduction, background, the actions of the programme with focus on KA1 European dimension of a youth exchange: Europe: concepts, reality, institutions and policies Intercultural Learning Methods and approaches in youth exchanges Project Management: aims, objectives, methodologies and follow up Evaluation: evaluation of all phases of a youth exchange project Group Dynamics: team building activities, study cases and conflict resolution Inclusion of youth from social and disadvantege territories: study visits in local communities, develop projects on group needs
and Organizers of "Fill in the Gaps"
City Council of Saluzzo ItalySaluzzo
Nezavisna udruga mladih CroatiaNezavisna udruga mladih
Asociacija Aktyvistai LithuaniaAsociacija Aktyvistai (Facebook)
Dinamik Gelişim Derneği TurkeyDinamik Gelişim Derneği
DeM - Deneyimsel Eğitim Merkezi TurkeyDeM
Netzwerk ROPE e.V. GermanyROPE
Curba de Cultură RomaniaCurba de Cultură
zum Projekt "Fill in the Gaps"
Fill in the Gaps wurde unterstützt durch das EU-Programm JUGEND IN AKTION
Innerhalb von Erasmus+ ist JUGEND IN AKTION das Förderprogramm für alle jungen Menschen im Bereich der nicht formalen und informellen Bildung.Junge Menschen sollen über das Programm wichtige Schlüsselkompetenzen für ihre persönliche und berufliche Entwicklung erlangen. Junge Europäerinnen und Europäer sollen Lust bekommen, die Zukunft der EU mit zu gestalten. Solidarität und Toleranz über Grenzen hinweg will das Programm wecken und jungen Menschen somit das Gefühl einer aktiven europäischen Bürgerschaft vermitteln.JUGEND IN AKTION