SALTO SEE RC Newsflash 3/2019

1. Open calls

Training Course “Cherry on the cake” - Youth Exchange in the context of long term work with groups of young people, 10 - 14 November, Albania

Would you like to discover what makes a Youth Exchange the “Cherry on the cake”? 

The annual Cherry on the Cake training course for youth workers and youth leaders on how to plan and implement quality Youth Exchanges will take place this year in Tirana, Albania. The activity opens a creative space for exploring different quality aspects of Youth Exchanges, such as how to connect them meaningfully with local youth work, the learning dimension and active engagement of young people in the whole process of organising a Youth Exchange and the value and challenges of international youth work activities. As a special feature, the training course will also give insight on how to incorporate different digital tools in Youth Exchanges. The training course is organised by the SALTO SEE Resource Centre in cooperation with the Slovenian NA.

The application is open until 15 September 2019.

Open calls for support activities on various themes and topics

SALTO SEE supports participants from the Western Balkan Partner Countries regularly to different support activities within the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth and European Solidarity Corps. More information is available here.

2. How to further develop the implementation of Erasmus+ and the ESC in and with the Western Balkans?

Study about Erasmus+: Youth in Action in the Western Balkans

Over 100 organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia took part in the survey or in focus groups that were part of a study conducted by SALTO SEE this year to find out more about how the Programme has been used and implemented in the WB region since its start in 2014. The SALTO SEE team says THANK YOU to everyone who contributed with their opinions and experiences!

Overall, the number of projects and activities involving participants from the countries of the WB region as well as the number of participants coming from the region taking part in such projects have been slightly decreasing over the past years, and the main purpose of the study has been to find out more about the trends we can observe and the reasons for them. 

The preliminary outcomes point to a rather complex picture:  statistically, an increase in youth exchanges, a steady drop in youth worker mobility activities, and a diversified picture with different ups and downs in Volunteering activities (from EVS to ESC). New organisations, mostly not classical youth organisations, managed to access the Programme and receive grants, but many organisations also encountered challenges to receive funds and find partners for projects in Programme countries. The study looks further at the relevance of the Programme in the WB region, benefits and obstacles encountered, as well as the support measures provided.

The final outcomes, conclusions and recommendations will be published by the end of the summer. 

To follow up on the outcomes of the study, two further activities are planned:

Consultative Meeting on Cooperation with Neighbouring Partner Countries

During this meeting for Staff of National Agencies, SALTO RC and the European Commission (Ljubljana, 18 - 20 September), we will develop recommendations for the further cooperation with the 3 different Partner regions (EuroMed, Eastern Europe and Caucasus and Russia, and the Western Balkans) including the role of the regional SALTOs in view of the next generation of European Union youth programmes from 2021.

Consultative Meeting on South East Europe

Together with experts, trainers, accreditors and Contact Points based in the WB region and working with SALTO SEE, we will plan further support and outreach strategies for the WB region in the context of Erasmus+: YiA and the European Solidarity Corps (Ljubljana, 3 - 5 October). 

3. New version of the European Solidarity Corps Guide is out

On 23 July 2019, the European Commission published the second set of revisions to the European Solidarity Corps Programme Guide for this year. This Corrigendum comprises changes related to:

  • Eligible Countries  
  • Volunteering teams in high priority areas

Under “Volunteering” – pages 33 to 39, changes in the description of the Action, eligibility criteria, deadline and funding of Volunteering Teams in high priority areas have been introduced. Potential applicants are invited to carefully read the new section.
The deadline to apply for projects under this Action is September 19, 2019. The call is available here.

  • Solidarity Projects

All the changes above are reflected in version 3 of the 2019 European Solidarity Corps Guide, available on the European Solidarity Corps website of the European Commission.

The SALTO SEE team wishes you an enjoyable and relaxing summer!

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SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre - Who are we?

The SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre is hosted by MOVIT, the Slovenian National Agency for Erasmus+, youth chapter, and European Solidarity Corps. SALTO SEE promotes and supports the cooperation between youth work practitioners and other actors in the field of youth and non-formal education from the programmes' Partner countries in the Western Balkans and those coming from Erasmus+: Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps Programme countries. Within the framework of the European integration of the Western Balkan region, SALTO SEE actively supports the process of accession of all countries of the region to these programmes.

For more information about our work and activities, please consult http://www.salto-youth.net/rc/see or contact our office at: . Join SALTO SEE also on Facebook!

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