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Keep it Real! 2024

Training Course

26-31 August 2024 | Kaunas, Lithuania

This TC is aimed at those who have no or just a little previous experience in preparing a Youth Exchange. The main aim is to support YE applicants to increase main quality aspects in various phases of the project and prepare an eligible Youth Exchange.

What does it actually make to have a REAL youth exchange? What is YOUR REALITY of youth exchange projects? You probably had some experience in applying, what were your challenges, and expectations? We want to help you with finding tips & tricks to raise the quality of the future youth exchange.

„Keep it REAL! 2024“ training course will offer possibilities to explore what does it take to have a REAL Youth Exchange. The course is mainly aimed at those who have no or just a little experience of applying for international Youth Exchange – either you have just recently applied for the grant and received a negative answer or you have freshly „joined the club“ of applicants by planning to apply for a grant for the first time.

The main aim of this training is to support youth exchange applicants to increase main quality aspects in various phases of the project. The approach of this TC is based on a combination of inputs and practice to let participants put hands on real experiences – explore problem solving, share advice, deal with issues which really matter. There are many quality criteria when it comes to the Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges, this training course will concentrate on certain aspects that most of applicants are struggling with: youth participation, equal partnership, dimension of non-formal learning, intercultural learning, horizontal priorities, Youthpass process, seeing the whole project as a long-term learning process and dealing with possible risks.

We are inviting organisation representatives, young people who are actively involved in planning a youth exchange project. In the training course we are expecting up to 30 participants from Programme countries, Partner countries and Eastern Partnership countries. To encourage participation of young people during the selection process priority will be given to them.

Team: Vika Matuzaitė and Žilvinas Mažeikis who will share all their knowledge and experience in YE, also representatives of Lithuanian National Agency will join the training to support the process, share some technical aspects of youth exchange projects, get into direct contact with participants and share real examples from the field.

The activity consists of three events:

  • 2 hours online kick-off event on 12th of July. During this event you will have a possibility to meet yout trainers, get to know more about YE quality requirements and check if your idea is suitable for project application, also how to prepare so it would be ready.
  • Face to face training course from 26th to 31st of August 2024. Training course will take place in Vilnius/ Kaunas, Lithuania. Full infopack will be sent to the selected participants after the selection process.
  • Online consultations. Each project application group may receive 1 hour consultation before submitting their application, if needed, 1-2 weeks before the EU application deadline.

In case you have any questions regarding the training course, do not hesitate to contact the representatives of Agency of Youth Affairs (Lithuanian NA) ernesta.karosaite@jra.lt and vilija.jackeviciute@jra.lt


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Applications are closed

The application deadline was 12 May 2024.

Date of selection: 18 June 2024

Training overview


This Training Course is

for 25-30 participants

from Eastern Partnership countries , Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Agency of Youth Affairs (Lithuania) (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Ernesta Karosaitė


Phone: +370 640 53735

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

Agency of Youth Affairs will organise and cover the costs for accommodation and food for the period of the training course.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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