Participant countries: Romania, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Germany, Denmark and Cyprus.

About the Project
2017 marked the 30th anniversary or the Erasmus+ programme - a milestone for Europe! The Erasmus programme was established in 1987 as an exchange programme for higher education students. Over the past 30 years, the programme has given 9 million people the chance to study, train, volunteer or gain professional experience abroad. Erasmus+ has stronger links with the labour market than its predecessor programmes, enabling students to spend traineeship periods in companies or organisations abroad and through non-formal learning experiences preparing young people for the job market and for participation in civic life. An enduring European success story, Erasmus+ is a cultural phenomenon that has been credited with fostering a pan-European identity. The current programme, running from 2014 to 2020, is set to provide mobility opportunities to over 4 million people. Erasmus+ has also been said to boost employability and job mobility. According to the Erasmus Impact Study, young people who study or train abroad are half as likely to face long-term unemployment.

"Celebrate ERASMUS" was a multilateral youth exchange within the framework of Key Action 1. The exchange took place over 9 days in Agros, Cyprus between 25/8-02/9/2017. The 50 participants came from Cyprus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Spain. They arrived to Cyprus from all parts of Europe in order to Celebrate ERASMUS, to learn more about the Key Actions of the programme, to make new contacts and share experiences, knowledge and skills. This project aimed to offer a complete overview of the opportunities provided by each Key Action of ERASMUS+ Programme in the field of Youth. Participants gained knowledge, tools and motivation needed to carry out specific quality projects. The youth exchange offered detailed and complete information about the different possibilities offered by Erasmus+ in the youth field, with particular emphasis on the philosophy, structure and characteristics of the Programme in general as well as each of its Key Actions (KA1, KA2 and KA3) and relative sub-actions. Beyond the lack of information itself, far too often there are difficulties in matching specific ideas and needs with actual opportunities provided by the Programme. Likewise, many organizations and promoters still have trouble in recognizing the longterm process of designing, applying for and managing quality projects.

Erasmus+ KA1

25 August - 2 September, 2017

Agros, Cyprus