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Ferry to Europe
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The seminar ‘Ferry to Europe' will take place in Helsinki, Stockholm and a ferry between the two cities from 6th – 9th October with 27 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. The participants will be youth leaders from member organisations of the international youth movement IFM-SEI between 18 and 30 with exceptions on both sides possible. The majority of them will be volunteers with either national or grassroots experience in their organisation.The project consists of a single, three-day seminar but must be seen within a broader framework of past and future Erasmus+ activities organised by members of our network. It aims to motivate and support organisations to carry out Erasmus+ projects based on the interest of our partners to do international youth work which is inclusive to young people with fewer opportunities. The objectives of the project are:- To encourage national and local child and youth organisations to organize European activities- To take stock of our network’s experience with Erasmus+ projects and to analyse challenges and successes- To explore Key Action 2 projects and start planning a strategic partnership project in the network- To explore the possibility of establishing a Pool of European trainers for our network. The seminar will be based on nonformal education methodology with a strong emphasis on peer education and sharing experiences. Some participants will have more experience in international Erasmus+ projects and others less, but sharing experiences and knowledge is an important feature of our methodology to get inspired, motivated and learn together. We will discuss the impact of international youth work on our members and organisations, share our knowledge of Erasmus+ in prepared workshops, collect challenges of making applications, think about how to address and overcome them in a world café workshop, and share practical experiences of social inclusiveness for young people with fewer opportunities. We will then develop concrete follow-up strategies to implement the content learned on the seminar by discussing a Key Action 2 strategic partnership and the possibility of a Pool of European Trainers. We envisage a positive impact and results on participants and their organisations; - Participating youth leaders will possess the motivation, confidence and knowledge to organise Erasmus+ projects. - Participants will create partnerships between their organisations and organise youth exchanges, and other European activities, including a large-scale strategic partnership in 2017.- Participants will understand the importance of inclusion, especially for those with fewer opportunities and understand how to overcome related potential challenges when organising European projects.- Organisations should be able to organise European youth exchanges without relying on the international umbrella organisation, IFM-SEI, and should have the motivation to support local youth workers in preparing Erasmus+ projects.- Organisations will contribute to the organisation of a European Pool of Trainers with seminar participants playing a coordinating role.- Potential longer-term benefits for those beyond our organisation include more intercultural awareness, European citizenship, mobility for study and work and increased awareness among other youth groups of Erasmus+ through a guide which IFM-SEI plans to publish in 2017.

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