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Partnership-building Activity

2-7 November 2017 | Madeira Island, Portugal

Every youth exchange has a huge potential towards learning opportunities for young people and promote active participation. Are you interested in focusing on quality aspects and deepening this out in your next youth exchange?

This Contact Making Event will provide you with support for partner finding, the project idea development and project implementation. Besides this, several training elements focus on competence building of each participant within the non-formal educational setting created, with a particular attention towards working around themes, programme building and visibility in the local community.


To build up partnerships for future youth exchanges
• To provide a platform for developing international youth exchanges in a strong partnership
• To explore, exchange and discuss different ways how a youth exchange can contribute to empowerment of young people, within the different phases of the youth exchange.
• Share and explore ideas, experience and areas of common interest in the intercultural settings.
• To explore and experience local impact and involvement
• Explore different quality aspects and features within a youth exchange

Activity overview

For 30 participants: Youth workers and leaders who can represent their group/structure interested and ready to be actively involved in working on the concrete construction of future Youth Exchanges, based upon the interest of the young people they represent, and in partnership with other promoters present on the partnership building activity.
For more details about activity, venue and profile of participants: see document attached.

Details :
Over the past years, many youth exchange projects have been developed and run between organisations from different countries. An exciting and challenging intercultural encounter! In order to strengthen the partnerships and especially the quality of these projects, this partnership building activity aims to provide the needed support and training elements for the participants who intend to organise such a youth exchange in the near future. The first The REAL DEAL took place in Finland in September 2012. Due to the successful outcomes, this event was repeated several times over the past years, and lately with a strong component of ‘local involvement and impact’ as an additional sauce of the event.

“The REAL DEAL” will take place in Funchal - Madeira Island. Combining the experiences over the past years with the ‘Rural Centre of Non Formal Education’ (in Vila da Marmeleira and Janeiro de Cima – Portugal) where international events are fully in betted in the local community, this seems to us an excellent setting to organize
The REAL DEAL, focusing also on the following additional aspects:
• Young people as actors in the different steps of a youth exchange, supported and coached by youth workers.
• The local community as the integral supporting structure of a youth exchange.
• The impact and permanent mark on a local community as a result of a youth exchange.
The above features will not only be discussed and analysed, but will also be based upon real practical experience during the Partnership Building Activity, experiencing first hand such a local involvement.


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Training overview

This activity has already happened!

This Partnership-building Activity is

for 30 participants

from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Project managers, Youth workers and leaders who can represent their group/structure interested and ready to be actively involved in working on the concrete construction of future Youth Exchanges, based upon the interest of the young people they represent, and in partnershi

Working language(s):



Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action (National Agency)


  • Erasmus +: Aktiv Ungdom (National Agency)
  • Danish NA (National Agency)
  • CIMO | Finish NA (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Carla Marques


Phone: +351253204260

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.


This project is financed by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your Erasmus+: Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and 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
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