КА1 – Mobility Projects for Young People and Youth Workers

Within KA1 and Mobility Projects for Young People and Youth Workers, actors from Serbia can take part in projects within KA1 only as partners to organizations/institutions from Programme Countries, while the applicant must be any participating organisation or group established in a Programme Country. However, one should know that Serbian organizations/institutions can directly applyfor activities of this type, but within КА2 and its sub-action Capacity Building in the Field of Youth.


MOBILITY is educational, cultural and touristic motility, as well as transnational cooperation and exchange. Mobility leads to openness in communication with other societies and cultures, including learning about diversities, tolerating and appreciating them. Along with social learning through intercultural approach, mobility also ensures exchange of ideas and enriching experiences.

KA1 include projects that deal with mobility of young people (i.e. learners) and mobility of youth workers (i.e. those who work with/for youngsters and teach them).


MOBILITY OF YOUNG PEOPLE – give youngsters the opportunity to achieve their own personal development goals, autonomy, but also to volunteer, learn, attend expert trainings, increase their employment prospects, etc.

А) Youth Exchanges – allow groups of young people from different countries, aged 13-30, to meet and live together for 5- 21 days (excluding travel time). During a Youth Exchange, participants jointly carry out a work programme (a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, etc.), designed and prepared by them before the Exchange.

Youth Exchanges allow young people to: develop competences; become aware of socially relevant topics/thematic areas; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles, mainly through peer-learning; strengthen values like solidarity, democracy, friendship, etc. The learning process in Youth Exchanges is triggered by methods of non-formal education. Youth Exchanges are based on a transnational cooperation between two or more participating organisations from different countries within and outside the European Union. If the project is realized in cooperation with any of Partner Countries, it must involve at least one Programme and one Partner Country.

The following activities are not eligible for grants under Youth Exchanges: academic study trips; exchange activities which aim to make financial profit; exchange activities which can be considered as tourism; festivals; holiday travel; performance tours.


B) European Voluntary Service (EVS) – allows young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service for 2-12 months, in another country within or outside the European Union. Young volunteers are given the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of organisations dealing with youth information and policies, young people’s personal and socio-educational development, civic engagement, social care, inclusion of the disadvantaged, environment, non-formal education programmes, ICTs and media literacy, culture and creativity, development cooperation, etc.

A project can include between 1 and 30 volunteers who can do their voluntary service either individually or in group.

Participating organisations are responsible for: arranging subsistence, lodging and local transports of volunteers; envisaging tasks and activities for volunteers that respect the qualitative principles of the European Voluntary Service, as described in the EVS Charter; providing to volunteers an on-going task-related, linguistic, personal and administrative support throughout the duration of the activity.

The participation in an EVS activity must be free of charge for volunteers, with the exception of a possible contribution for travel costs (if the Erasmus+ grant does not fully cover these costs) and additional expenses not linked to the implementation of the activity.

During the service, there is set of trainings and evaluation meetings provided, including the On-Arrival Training and – for projects that last for more than 6 months – Mid-Term Evaluation.

The following activities are not considered as a European Voluntary Service within the framework of Erasmus+: occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering; a work placement in an enterprise; a paid job; a recreation or tourist activity; a language course; exploitation of a cheap workforce; a period of study or vocational training abroad.


MOBILITY OF YOUTH WORKERS – aims at enhancing the existing and acquiring new competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes), for their professional development in the field of youth work, as well as their personal development.


Training and Networking of youth workers – supports professional development of youth workers, through the implementation of activities such as: transnational/international seminars, training courses, contact-making events, study visits, etc. or job shadowing/observation periods abroad in an organisation active in the youth field. All these activities are arranged by the organisations participating in the project.

          Projects of this type can last from 2 days up to 2 months (excluding travel time). There are no age limits for the participants.

A more detailed explanation concerning each of the aforementioned types of projects for mobility of young people and youth workers can be found in the Programme Guide, p. 73-85.

Last modified: March 5, 2015