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Making the Difference: a North-South Partnership Building Activity

Partnership-building Activity

21-26 April 2020 | Santarem and Vila da Marmeleira, Portugal

This Partnership Building Activity (=PBA) aims at creating concrete partnerships between North and South of Europe, so that you can develop youth exchange projects and apply under the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme.

Are you the leader/mentor/coach of a youth group that would like to make an international youth exchange in the near future?  Is your group looking for relevant partners that are interested in real cooperation?  Do you believe that being involved in a youth exchange could make a difference in the young people's life?  Could an international project make a difference in your local community? Then you fit the profile to participate in Making the Difference: A North-South Partnership Building Activity.

For 4 days, 30 youth workers from the North and South of Europe will meet and get to know each other, and the youth groups you are representing. After a process guided by the trainers/facilitators, you will end up in a duo or group with a concrete plan for an upcoming youth exchange.

 The PBA will be organised in a city and a village in Portugal, and this can give you inspiration on how you can organise a quality youth exchange in your local community.


  • To create an opportunity to find good and reliable partners to organise youth exchanges with
  • To understand what is needed to plan a youth exchange of good quality.
  • To create solid networks of contacts and partnerships.
  • To equip the youth workers with insight in their role as coach and support.
  • To experience the possibilities of local involvement.
  • To understand the impact and social change a youth exchange can have within the local community.

Target group:

  • Youth workers who represent a youth group with the age range 15-20 years old
  • Youth workers who already have a defined youth group that they can include inthe planning
  • Both ‘newcomers’ and ‘experienced’ in the Erasmus+ YiA Program

Expected outcome:

You should leave the PBA with partners and ideas to apply for a project under the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme, and an action plan on how to get there.


Participants will be accomodated in a hotel where you will share room with another person of the same gender. All meals and activities will be covered by the organisers. 





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Training overview

This Partnership-building Activity is

for 30 participants

from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth coaches

Working language(s):



Bufdir (Erasmus+:Aktiv Ungdom) (National Agency)


  • ERASMUS+ Juventude em Acção (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Betty Cutolo or Gry Nesse



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



Accommodation and food

The organising National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and cover the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

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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