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Way of the Entrepreneur: NGO Revolution

22.08 – 02.09.2021
Aegviidu, Estonia

Event summary

The exciting field of social entrepreneurship is growing rapidly and attracting increased attention from many young people. The term itself shows up frequently in the media, is referenced by public officials, has become common on university campuses etc. The reasons behind the popularity of social entrepreneurship are many. On the most basic level, there’s something inherently interesting and appealing about entrepreneurs and the stories of why and how they do what they do. But it all boils down to the fact that the current style of business is often not sustainable. Unlimited growth and obsessing over profit has become the core of too many companies. We need more entrepreneurs who would also consider the social impact of their actions. Social entrepreneurship signals the imperative to drive social change, and it is that potential payoff, with its transformational benefit to society, that sets the field and its practitioners apart.

In this international youth exchange, we want to bring together 45 young people from 5 different countries to delve deeper into this topic through workshops, debates and more. To be more specific, we want to share our experience in the realm of social entrepreneurship and encourage you to create your own organisation/company or join an existing one with a worthwhile mission. More importantly, you get to spend 10 awesome days with other young people from different countries, make new friends and develop many skills that help you be more successful in life!

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission Erasmus+ programme. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Attention!
We want to ensure you that we are following all of the safety regulations and do everything in our power in order to make this event as good as possible. The active COVID-19 cases have been in a steady decline and continue to drop further. This means that international travel is possible and we are able to gather for this event. We will offer full support to each person in order to find the most suitable travel options. Please contact us if you are uncertain or have questions.

International Youth Exchange

Travel cost (Check the limits below), housing, food and activities will be covered by the organisation. If you got more questions, feel free to contact us!:)

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Where you'll be staying

Venue & Location

The venue is located in a secluded place surrounded by extraordinary scenery. It has a calming charm and relaxing vibe that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The big wooden houses seem like something out of Game of Thrones and make the whole accommodation very unique. When walking around the place, you will definitely meet some chickens, horses and other animals. No worries though, they are really friendly!
Our participants will be accommodated in single and double rooms which resemble small wooden cabins rather than a modern house. We will try to spend as much time outside as possible, but the venue also offers some great amenities.

Place includes:
  • Modern Finnish sauna
  • Estonian smoke-sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Rustic seminar room
  • Possibility to hike in the beautiful forests
  • Cozy indoor spaces
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the same location every day and we are also providing vegetarian options!


We truly believe that this is the perfect place to thoroughly enjoy the company of new-found friends, big healthy doses of clean fresh air, and participating in the planned activities. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a unique and picturesque part of Estonia.

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What can you expect?

The Program

The program is designed in a way that everything starts with ice-breaking and we will gradually move deeper into the topic. The days will be filled with workshops, games and other activities that spark your creativity and make this whole experience really engaging. Youth Exchanges are not about pumping people full of factual knowledge, the learning will happen through a more interactive approach. You can count on improving several useful skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, leadership, and more!

The Networking

It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert, you can look forward to making many awesome friends. We’ll spend more than a week together with 45 fun and energetic people in the middle of vast Estonian forests, sounds like an adventure, doesn’t it? It’s common for the participants to stay in touch long after the event has finished, so don’t miss out on this unique chance. If you ever felt the need to connect with new friends, there is no better opportunity than this one!

The Unexpected

Youth Exchanges are not something that just a small group of people contribute to. Each participant has a chance to shape this event into something really memorable and useful. We highly encourage you to come up with new ideas and elements that can be added to the program even during the exchange itself. We will never force you to facilitate an activity, but perhaps taking this step out of your comfort zone will teach you something valuable. No worries, we will let you know how you can contribute and help the organizing team if you’re interested.

how do we do it?

Social program

While the main sessions of the youth exchange are mostly related to social entrepreneurship, we also got a social program planned for you. This will take place on each evening after the main sessions have ended. There will be cultural nights, theme parties, treasure hunt, and much more. It has also become a tradition of ours that each national group will bring some of their local cuisines for other participants to taste.

how to get to the event?

Travel

You must arrive on the 22nd of August at the venue and have to participate in the full duration of the event. Departure day is on 2nd of September. You can get to Mustjõe by flying to Tallinn and taking a train to the venue. We will provide more travelling information once you have been selected to join the project. If you need more information, please contact us for more details. We will cover your travel expenses up to a certain limit. You will receive your reimbursement after you have provided us with all the documents within a month after the event. If you’re economical, it’s possible to get your full travel expenses covered!
The travel reimbursement limit depends on the travel distance. The upper limit per country is:

Estonia (0-9km): 0€
Sweden (100-499km): 180€
Greece (2000-2999km): 360€
Slovakia (499-1999km): 275€
Spain (3000-3999km): 530€

meet Youth Europa

Organisers

Since every project that we are carrying out is based on our own interests and skills, you can expect us to be highly motivated and energetic. Our extensive experience makes us more flexible and helps us make meaningful adjustments to the program. Keep in mind that youth exchanges are collaborative events where you also have the chance to help and contribute. Come and meet some of the awesome people behind Youth Europa and who knows, maybe you’ll join us one day!

Proof of participation

YouthPass Certificate

As a participant of this event, you will receive YouthPass – a certificate of non-formal education recognized all across Europe that allows you to describe what you have done and learned. On top of that, it can be a great way to stand out at a job interview or when applying to a university, not to mention the part where you get to show off to your friends:)

Frequently Asked Questions

This project is supported by Erasmus+ program. This enables us to keep the participation fee very low and even remove it for people who are in financial difficulties. We know it sounds too good to be true, feel free to check out the reviews:)

Not at all. We try to focus on non-formal learning methods. This means that all activities are interactive and you will usually work in groups.

Everyone who comes from the eligible countries and is 18 to 30 years old is welcome to apply. There are no prerequisites, we actually prefer people who have no prior experience at all!

Click the “apply now” button below if the deadline has not passed. Fill the form and answer all the questions as sincerely as possible. We will get in touch with you if you have been selected. Make sure that @youtheuropa.org mails don’t go to your spam!:)

Questions such as this one will be answered by the organisers or your group leader. Don’t worry, we will help you find the best possible option!

We will cover your trip to and from the project destination. There are some limits that apply, this is based on your travel distance. These limits are mentioned in the information above. If you buy the tickets early enough, it’s common to get your travel 100% covered.

After the event, all participants will fill the reimbursement form where you will be asked to upload the travel cost documents (itinerary, boarding passes, invoices etc.). The reimbursement process usually takes between 1-2 months. Remember that we will help you on every step of the way.

No problem, get in touch with us and we will do our best to provide you some answers. You can do so by heading over to the contact page.

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Deadline: 13.07.2021

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Overview

This is the draft schedule. Some of the activities can depend on weather and other unpredictable aspects. We will always let the participants know about the changes. 

Day 1 (22.08)
Arrival
Day 2
Ice-breaking & Getting to know each other
Day 3
Introduction to social entrepreneurship
Day 4
Teambuilding
Day 5
World-cafe & Social Challenges
Day 6
Hiking & Debate
Day 7
Public Speaking
Day 8
NGO Workshop
Day 9
Campaigning
Day 10
Dissemination & Marketing
Day 11
Wrapping up!
Day 12 (02.09)
Departure