They are projects that promote youth mobility and intercultural learning through socio-cultural exchanges between groups of young people from different European countries and beyond. Are funded by the Community program Youth in Action 2007-2013.
Culture needs dialogue and dialogue needs culture. Countries, regions, peoples and communities are becoming more and more intertwined and interdependent. We can no longer cut ourselves off. Cultural exchange contributes to mutual understanding between societies and peoples. Understanding other cultures can prevent prejudice and hate. Cultural exchange also enriches our own lives by inspiring new forms of artistic expression and providing fresh insights that broaden our horizons. Cultural exchange and activities can exercise a more powerful influence than military task forces or political delegations.
Cultural exchanges of young people offer groups of young people from different countries, aged in principle between 13 and 25 years, the opportunity to meet and learn about each other’s cultures.
They plan together their Youth Exchange around a theme of mutual interest.
Exchanges are organized by jumpin in collaboration with the European Union under the youth in action.
The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States of the European Union have agreed to establish the Youth in Action program, which applies the framework to support non-formal education for young people. The program runs from 2007 to the end of 2013.Il Youth in Action program contributes significantly to the acquisition of competences and is therefore a key instrument in providing young people with opportunities for non-formal and informal learning with a European dimension
The general objectives stated in the legal basis of the Youth in Action program and youth exchanges organized by it are as follows:
- Promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular;
- Develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular to strengthen the social cohesion of the European Union;
- Foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries;
- Contribute for developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organizations in the youth field;
- Promote European cooperation in the youth field.