Full course description

Starts November 2, 2015

This course provides an overview of the purpose, priorities, and expected impact of the European Union’s funding programme Erasmus+: Youth in Action. Learn how you can get involved in European youth cooperation and make a positive impact on your youth group, organisation, and community.

This course will create space for networking and building distributed knowledge about European youth cooperation and international youth work by applying funding available through the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Participants will learn how to develop a project that meets formal and minimum quality Programme requirements.

Course resources will include video materials on topics ranging from general information about the Programme to specific steps about how to develop good quality projects.

Specially designed quizzes will help you understand and retain essential content. Peer review will support your understanding of how the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme can be beneficial to you.

Experienced course facilitators will lead forum discussions, clarify questions, and contribute feedback and guidance. Course learning will be recognised through Open Badges.

Topics include:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Erasmus+ Youth in Action
  • Module 2: Key-action 1 - Youth Exchanges
  • Module 3: Key-action 1 - European Voluntary Service
  • Module 4: Key-action 1 - Mobility of youth workers
  • Module 5: Application procedures

  • Intended Audience: Youth and youth organization leaders

    Time to complete the course: 3-4 hours per week

    Certificate or digital badge for completing the course: Badges

    Format: Instructor-led

    Asynchronous (independent) activities: Yes

    Synchronous (class) activities: Yes

    Instructor feedback: some

    Peer feedback: Yes, through discussion forums

    Group work: No

    Prerequisites: None

    The course content reflects the views of the authors, and SALTO Youth Participation RC and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein

    This MOOC is coordinated by SALTO-YOUTH Participation Resource Centre and National Agencies of Erasmus+ Youth in Action from Belgium (FR), France, Ireland, Poland, Hungary and Iceland.



    The SALTO-Youth Participation Resource Centre was set up in 2003 and since then, has fostered the active political, social, economic and cultural participation of young people – a priority of the ‘Erasmus+ Youth in action’ programme – via its training activities, seminars, pedagogical resources, and giving support to coaching in youth work. It aims to create a space for reflection and for exchanging practices and ideas that should enable young people and youth workers to develop participatory projects. The resource centre is hosted by the Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ), located in Brussels, Belgium.


    Nerijus Kriauciunas


    Born in Lithuania, Nerius has lived in Zurich, Switzerland; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Barcelona, Spain; and Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and is now living in Vilnius, Lithuania. He works as freelancer delivering coaching and training in the youth work field at local and European levels. Mostly, but not exclusively, he works with the European Erasmus+ Youth in Action mobility programme.

    Nerijus was inspired by the developments of Mozilla Open Badges and has been involved in crafting digital badges with Badgecraft. Badgecraft offers tools to recognise learning and achievements in a wide range of contexts. Hepractices entrepreneurship through co-managing the training centre, Daugirdiskes, and the training and education organisation, Nectarus.


    Laimonas Ragauskas


    Laimonas lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and works as a facilitator in the area of non-formal learning and training for various youth work organisations as well as local and European institutions. He has been involved in EU programmes for youth since 1999 and has developed a number of courses on quality of projects implemented within these programmes. He has recently been involved in several European projects developing innovations in recognition of learning outcomes, non-formal education, and youth work..


    Pieter - Jan Uyttersprot


    Originally from Belgium and now living and working in France, Pieter held positions as a youth worker for seven years before shifting to training in the field of youth work. He actively provides training for both the EU youth programmes and the CoE youth department mostly on the topics of human rights education, participation, intercultural learning, and youth mobility. Since 2007, he has been experimenting and using e-learning as a complementary tool for non-formal learning and training activities. He is employed by the association E Ki Libro, which is focused on the quality of education at both the local and European level, in cooperation with the University of Rennes 1, the European institutions, and several organisations mostly in France and Belgium.