International or European youth exchanges are educational opportunities offered by the European Commission for young people to travel and enjoy intercultural experiences with people from all over Europe. Youth exchanges are meetings of short duration (six to fifteen days) in which different groups of young people from different countries come together to meet, discuss different subjects, have fun together and share an extremely overwhelming experience. In a n international youth exchange participants live in the same building for the duration of the exchange performing educational and training activities during the day and organizing moments of leisure and free time in the evening. Each youth exchange has a theme around which all the activities of the exchange are organized, and it is established well in advance: it can be sport, sustainability, art, environment, music, cinema, cultural or culinary traditions, economy and even religion. Youth exchanges are educational opportunities offered by the European Commission to travel and enjoy intercultural experiences with young people from all over Europe.They are funded by the Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission, a programme designed to promote and support projects of non-formal education. The contribution of the European Commission covers on average 70% of travel costs and a good proportion (often 90%) of the costs of food and accommodation of a youth exchange, making it a great way to spend a different holiday at extremely low cost. Intercultural exchanges are European projects that give you the opportunity to meet boys and girls from other countries, discover cultures different than your own, enrich your cultural baggage and make new experiences abroad. Each youth exchange is a big opportunity for cultural, social and linguistic learning, and all of it is recorded in the Youthpass certificate.
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