What is a mobility project?
KA1 Mobility projects in the field of adult education refer to mobility of educators in the field of adult education, as well as the staff responsible for the strategic development of the institution, in order to gain learning experience and/or teaching in a different country.
A mobility project consists of the following stages:
- Preparation (including practical arrangements, selection of participants, set up of agreements with partners and participants, linguistic/intercultural/task-related preparation of participants before departure);
- Implementation of the mobility activities;
- Follow-up (including the evaluation of the activities, the formal recognition – where applicable – of the learning outcomes of participants during the activity, as well as the dissemination and use of the project’s outcomes).
What are the aims of a mobility project?
- Support learners in the acquisition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) with a view to improving their personal development, their involvement as considerate and active citizens in society and their employability in the European labour market and beyond;
- Support the professional development of those who work in education, training and youth with a view to innovating and improving the quality of teaching, training and youth work across Europe;
- Enhance notably the participants’ foreign languages competence;
- Raise participants’ awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts, to actively participate in society and develop a sense of European citizenship and identity;
- Increase the capacities, attractiveness and international dimension of organisations active in the education, training and youth fields so that they are able to offer activities and programmes that better respond to the needs of individuals, within and outside Europe;
- Reinforce synergies and transitions between formal, non-formal education, vocational training, employment and entrepreneurship;
- Ensure a better recognition of competences gained through the learning periods abroad.
The mobility project can comprise one or more of the following activities:
- teaching/training assignments: this activity allows staff of adult education organisations to teach or provide training at a partner organisation abroad.
- structured courses or training events abroad: support the professional development of adult education staff.
- job shadowing: provides an opportunity for adult education staff to spend a period abroad in any relevant organisation active in the adult education field.
Who can participate?
A participating organisation can be any public or private organisation active in the field of non-vocational adult education (defined as adult education organisation) or any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth.
The individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.
How to apply?
To submit an Erasmus+ project, applicants must follow the four steps described below:
- Each organisation involved in the application must register in the Participant Portal and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC). Organisations/groups that have already obtained a PIC through their participation in other EU programmes do not need to register again. The PIC obtained from this previous registration is valid also for applying under Erasmus;
- check the compliance with the Programme criteria for the relevant Action/field;
- check the financial conditions;
- fill in and submit the application form.
To register in the Participant Portal, the person representing an organisation (or an informal group of young people) must carry out the following steps:
- Create an EU login account (unless the person representing the organisation/group already has an account). For more information consult ECAS user manual;
- Access the Participant Portal and register on behalf of the organisation/group. The organisation/group need to register only once in the Participant Portal. Once the registration is completed, the organisation/group will obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC). The PIC, which is a unique identifier and is necessary for the submission of applications, enables the organisation/group to fill-in the Erasmus+ electronic application forms in a simpler manner (i.e. by inserting the PIC number in the form, all the information provided by the organisation/group at registration stage will be automatically displayed in the form).
At the time of the registration, organisations must also upload the following documents in the Participant Portal: the Legal Entity form and the Financial Identification form. Each form must not exceed 6Mb. It is advisable that each document is scanned original in pdf format.
Step-by-step guide to submitting project application is available here.
How to find partners?
You can use some of the following resources:
The School Education Gateway is Europe’s online platform for school education, currently available in 23 EU languages, intended to provide everything that teachers need in terms of information, learning and professional development, peer support and networking, collaborative project and mobility opportunities, policy insights etc. The SEG offers a wide range of content, such as good practices from European projects; monthly blog contributions and video interviews of European school education experts; online courses for teachers to help tackle topical classroom challenges; resources such as teaching materials, tutorials and the European Toolkit for Schools; information on school education policies; topical news and events; etc. It offers special tools to support teachers and school staff in finding training and mobility opportunities for professional development (on-site courses, job shadowing, teaching assignments etc), which can be funded under Erasmus+ Key Action 1.
EPALE is a multilingual open membership community for teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning across Europe. EPALE is an initiative of the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission. It is set up around the sharing of content related to adult learning, including news, blog posts, resources, and events.
European Development Plan
Before applying, an institution must develop a European Development Plan; as this plan is part of the application form. This section indicates how the planned mobility activities are incorporated in a wider and long-term strategy of development and modernisation of the institution(s) involved in the project.
This European Development Plan will be an important part of the evaluation of grant applications and should provide information on:
- the needs of the institution(s) in terms of quality development and internationalisation (e.g. as regards management competences, staff competences, new teaching methods or tools, European dimension, language competences, curriculum, organisation of teaching, training and learning, reinforcing links with partner institutions) and how the planned activities will contribute to meeting these needs;
- the impact expected on learners, educators and other staff, and on the institution overall;
- the way institutions will integrate the competences and experiences acquired by their staff into their curriculum and/or their development plan.
What are the funding rules?
The budget of the mobility project must be drafted according to the following funding rules:
- Travel – Contribution to the travel costs of participants, including accompanying persons, from their place of origin to the venue of the activity and return. The contribution is based on the travel distance per participant. Travel distances must be calculated using the distance calculator supported by the European Commission.
- Organisational support – Costs directly linked to the implementation of mobility activities (excluding subsistence for participants), including preparation(pedagogical, intercultural, linguistic), monitoring and support of participants during mobility, validation oflearning outcomes, dissemination activities.
- Individual support – Costs directly linked to the subsistence of participants, including accompanying persons, during the activity.
- Course fees – Costs directly linked topayment of fees for the enrolment in courses.
- Special needs support – Additional costs directly related to participants with disabilities and accompanying persons (including costs related to travel and subsistence, if justified and as long as a grant for these participants is not requested through budget categories “travel” and “individual support”).
- Exceptional costs – Costs for providing a financial guarantee, if the National Agency asks for it and expensive travel costs.
Deadlines for submitting the applications under the current open call is available here.
More information on mobility projects for schools is available in Erasmus+ programme guide.
For additional information please contact Group for schools, pre-schools and adult education at Foundation Tempus:
Group for schools, pre-schools and adult education
Ruze Jovanovic 27a, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel/fax: +381 11 3342 430