Projects for Youth from Rural & Geographically Isolated Areas

Young people from rural or geographically isolated areas often have limited opportunities (all the action is happening in the cities). However you as a youth worker can set up projects to make things happen rurally as well. These resource pages help you to explore how.

  • A bird’s eye overview of Village International

    Find an overview of all the different chapters of Village International. This page shows you the way to the different challenges AND solutions that young people faces in rural areas.

    A bird’s eye overview of Village International
  • Rural & geographically disadvantaged youth

    Who and what are we actually talking about when we say Rural Youth, or Rural Areas. Here are some attempts to grasp those concepts and stimulate reflection.

    Rural & geographically disadvantaged youth
  • SALTO Inclusion & Rural Youth

    The SALTO Inclusion Resource Centre's mission is to stimulate the Inclusion of ALL young people within the European Commission's Youth in Action programme. Various types of young people are missing from international youth projects for a variety of reasons, for example geographical isolation.

    SALTO Inclusion & Rural Youth
  • Role of the Youth Worker

    You, as a youth worker, are a motor for change in a rural setting. You can build up relationships with the young people there and stimulate them to become active in their rural environment and improve their living conditions and opportunities.

    Role of the Youth Worker
  • Why go international with rural youth? - Benefits

    Internatiional projects do have an added value compared to local projects. Find some arguments here to convince the sceptics about the benefits of international projects.

    Why go international with rural youth? - Benefits
  • Setting up a rural youth project? – Project management

    There is already a lot of material on project management in youth work. Here, we just want to remind you of some of the principles of setting up a project and point out the specifics of rural youth projects.

    Setting up a rural youth project? – Project management
  • Starting international youth work – Step-by-step

    If you think it is a bit daunting to do your own international youth activity, no worries: you can first experience someone else's project before doing one yourself.

    Starting international youth work – Step-by-step
  • Find project partners and build partnerships

    Once you've got the international bug one of the biggest challenges when setting up an international youth project is: how to find the perfect partner?

    Find project partners and build partnerships
  • Money for international rural youth projects

    Taking part in and organising international projects doesn't come for free. Travelling, eating, sleeping & working together costs money. But there are a number of funding opportunities around for youth projects in general, and even some specifically for rural youth.

  • The Youth in Action programme

    The YiA programme offers various opportunities for young people to set up projects with an international dimension - and it has special measures and money to include rural youth in those projects!

  • Resources for Youth from Rural & Geographically Isolated Areas

    Besides these Rural Youth pages and the Village International booklet there are quite some resources available on the internet to make the most of your rural youth work. We give you a short overview.

  • Involving & motivating rural young people

    How can you get young people in rural areas international youth activities? They might think it is something strange, but we give you tips on how to get them on board anyway.

  • No organisations doing international projects

    Often there are no organisations doing international activities in small villages and towns. So how can young people in rural areas catch the international bug anyway?

  • Overcoming linguistic barriers in international youth activities?

    Young people in rural areas have less international contacts and might be more shy to participate in a project in a foreign language. We explore how we could overcome these linguistic barriers.

  • Involving and changing the local community

    Small communties have a lot of social control and tend to think a bit more 'traditionally'. How can you use a youth project to open up people's minds and challenge stereotypes.

  • Make young people proud of their rural heritage

    Young people tend to go where the action is: which often is the big cities. A challenge for you as a youth worker is to keep the young people from leaving the villages. Here are some suggestions how.

  • Solve transport and mobility issues

    Rural areas are in general less serviced by public transport, and distances from their place to shopping, schooling etc tends to be higher. How to solve this in a youth project?

  • Follow-up, dissemination and exploitation of results

    A project should not stop at the last day of the exchange. You can use the project as 'an excuse' to do reach a lot more visibility and impact. Find some tips on how to go about the follow up & exploitation of your project.

  • Examples of rural projects – Get inspired!

    Find inspiration from different types of projects and organisations in different countries all over Europe. Stealing ideas doesn't cost anything:


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