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What is a Training Course?

In our first blog post we told you about the Youth Exchanges of the Erasmus+ program, a little known opportunity of the program to travel and discover other cultures, as they are multicultural exchanges of young people from various countries around very different social issues.

Now it is time to talk about another type of Erasmus+ projects that are often confused with the previous ones, but are very different: the Training Courses abroad.

A Training Course is, like the Youth Exchanges, a project of the Erasmus+ program, funded by the European Commission, but differs from the previous ones in that it is aimed at people active in the youth field (youth workers, educators, members of youth associations or volunteers in this field). Its main objective is to promote mobility and international training through courses in which people from different European countries participate.

A Training Course seeks to strengthen the educational and work skills of participants through non-formal education based on the eight key competencies. Its structure and objectives are different from those of a Youth Exchange, although they have many elements in common.

In short, both Training Courses and Youth Exchanges are exchanges that last between 5 and 21 days, the expenses are covered by the Erasmus+ program (travel, accommodation, meals and activities) and they bring together participants from several countries to learn in a non-formal education environment around a specific theme.

How do I know if it is interesting for me to participate in a Training Course?

If you are an active person with a vocation to learn in the field of education and youth, or you would simply like to volunteer in your community, expand your international perspectives or improve your transversal competencies, Training Courses are a unique opportunity.

Unlike a Youth Exchange, there is no age limit on a Training Course (18 years and older), so you will find a more diverse group and some people with more experience in the field of non-formal education and youth. If on the other hand, you are looking for a first contact with the Erasmus+ program and it is your first experience abroad, we recommend you to start with a Youth Exchange.

Text: Lucas Docampo


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