From nearly 100 applications from Poland, we have selected 12 people who will fly with us to Norway!
We have read nearly 200 applications from Ukraine, from which 12 were chosen - those people will take part in Youth Exchange, also!
Application deadline was 13th of November
The choice was really difficult because each person who sent the application is amazing. We hope that you will continue to be socially active and we will meet as part of other activities in the Initiative "Youth for the City, City for the Youth - projects and initiatives to engage and act in the local communities".
Everyone who got into the group of people who will take part in the exchange will receive an e-mail. Please reply to this email to confirm your participation.
Here are some of the motivations described by the people who will take part in the exchange:
- to involve young people in social activities & create opportunities for them
- to care about self-development
- to get new ideas and motivation
- to broaden horizons, gain knowledge and skills
- to focus on promoting diversity and tolerance
- to be able to influence surroundings
Most of the youth exchange participants are active in NGOs working for young people. They are active in local environments, but also at the national level. Some of the participants work in city councils or are active at the university - in scientific clubs or by organizing various activities.
Many people in their reports wrote about helping refugees affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Some pointed to activities related to the supply of necessities, but there were also reports of assistance in the field of law.
We are full of admiration for all of you. Thank you for your commitment!
Questions & answers
The exchange is aimed at youth and young adults who
The exchanges aim to increase young people's involvement in social activities. Youth, thanks to participation in exchanges, will increase their social skills, such as cooperation in international teams, openness, respect, verbal and non-verbal communication, dealing with criticism, assertiveness, and solving conflict.
The program was developed with young people from Norway and includes, among others, workshops on building civil society, democracy and tolerance, and integration activities. The activities during the exchanges will be led by experienced trainers.
Participation is free of charge. The organizer provides flights on the route Warsaw-Oslo, Oslo-Warsaw; airport transfers; meals; 3 nights at a hotel in Oslo.
No! We are recruiting a whole group of people from Poland and Ukraine. The persons who work in Lublin Municipality and are coordinating the whole initiative will be with you during the youth exchange to help you in case of any problems!
We will travel from Lublin to Warsaw by bus on the 8th of December. Then we will take a flight to Oslo. The transfer from the airport to the hotel in Oslo is provided.
The return route is similar – we will have a transfer to the airport in Oslo on the 11th of December, then get on the plane to Warsaw and come back to Lublin by bus
The exchange is organized by the European Wergeland Center, in cooperation with the International Cooperation Center of the Municipality of Lublin.
The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a resource centre on education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding. It was established by the Council of Europe (CoE) and Norway in 2008, with a mandate to support member states implement CoE policies in practice. EWC designs and offers trainings and educational programmes to educational professionals and civil society actors all over Europe.
More information about the EWC: theewc.org
International youth exchange is organized with the participation of beneficiaries from Norway, Poland and Ukraine, as part of the bilateral Initiative "Youth for the City, City for the Youth - projects and initiatives to involve and act in the local communities".
The Initiative is supported by a grant of € 850,000 from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through the EEA and Norway Grants. The aim of the Initiative is to increase the civic involvement of young people (10-30 years old) from Poland and Ukraine in local communities concerning activities with the support and use of Norwegian experience.
The youth exchange is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through the EEA and Norway Grants, as part of the bilateral Initiative "Youth for the City, City for the Youth - projects and initiatives to involve and act in the local communities".
The EEA and Norway Grants are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway's contribution to a green, competitive and integrative Europe. Their main aim is to reduce economic and social differences in Europe and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic states. The basis of the EEA and Norway Grants is the EEA Agreement. Under this agreement, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway operate in the EU's internal market. The common goal of the agreement is to work together to reduce social and economic inequalities in Europe. For this purpose, donors created EEA and Norway Grants. With the help of EEA and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway want to contribute, among others, to improve growth and employment, tackle climate change and energy dependency, and reduce poverty and social exclusion. The beneficiaries are local, regional and national authorities, educational and research institutions, students, teachers and researchers, non-governmental organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises and social partners. The amount of subsidies for EU countries from the EEA and Norwegian Funds in the years 1994–2014 amounted to EUR 3.3 billion, while in the years 2014-2021 - EUR 2.8 billion.