Powering Youth Entrepreneurship

Youth Exchange

Yerevan | Armenia 28 August-6 September 2018

               (Arrival 27 August & Departure 7 September)

SummaryCountries: France, Armenia, Estonia and Georgia

Location: Yerevan, Armenia

Dates: 28 August-6 September 2018

Coordinator Organization: Le Diwan des Mille et Un Mondes

Hosting organization: “Youth Life” Educational NGO

Powering Youth Entrepreneurship” is a two-stage international youth exchange project which aims to gather 32 young people from 4 countries (France, Armenia, Estonia and Georgia) and empower them with entrepreneurial attitudes and mindset.

Unemployment has been identified as a big concern in Europe and beyond. Today’s world is marked by widespread focus on economic development, technological advancement and global integration. Yet, we still witness widespread unemployment, especially among young people who are left outside the prosperity loop and who find it more and more difficult to access ever-changing labor markets.

Overall aims & Objectives:

The main aim of this two-stage Youth Exchange is to create a platform and a process where young people experience empowerment themselves and are equipped to empower others in their communities through exchange of ideas, stories, attitudes, techniques and tools that promote entrepreneurial spirit and skills of young people in general and marginalized youth among refugees/asylum seekers and migrants in particular.

Objectives of the first stage: Weekend Web Conference (July 2018)

-Explore the concept of self-employment and achieve a common understanding of youth employability.

-Analyze the current situation of young people today especially marginalized youth among refugees/asylum seekers and migrants and understand their hopes, dreams fears and barriers for their personal development.

-Form teams from participants to do research and observation in their local communities after they return in order to find useful insights and opportunities for entrepreneurship

Objectives of the second stage: Youth Exchange Activity in Armenia (28 August-6 September 2018)

-Gather insights, learning, inspirations and experience of participants from their local communities and translate them into concrete project ideas.

-Equip participants with knowledge and skills in the field of project management in order to enable them to develop quality youth projects.

-Identify existing resources for the young entrepreneurs and share know how on social enterprises to link youth among refugees/asylum seekers and migrants with business and entrepreneurship.

-Promote Erasmus + Programme and explain how young people especially marginalized youth among refugees/asylum seekers and migrants can be involved in it.

-Develop concrete business ideas and entrepreneurial initiatives.

-Transfer skills and knowledge by developing and publishing online the « Catalog of Youth Entrepreneurship Ideas and Initiatives »

The Youth Exchange will be based on non formal learning methods and principles, intercultural dialogue and communication in including group discussions, interactive presentations, participant’s lead workshops, etc. Youthpass tool will be used throughout the project to help young people reflect regularly on their personal learning journeys. The methodology of the project will stimulate active participation and sense of initiative and involvement of the learners. It aims to create a learning space with better self-awareness and awareness of the needs and goals of the groups of young people they work with to enhance the results of the learning process and give birth to high quality projects led by the participants in the future.

Learn and share!

Participants of this project will be encouraged to facilitate/co-facilitate, share and present topics within the theme of the project. We aim to create a mutual learning environment where everyone can share and learn at the same time. The project is geared towards young people with fewer opportunities and the new comers to this field.

Unforgettable intercultural experience!

The project aims to provide a unforgettable and rich intercultural experience where people from different countries and culture bring their touch and insights to the project creating a synergy of learning and new friendships.

Discover Armenia!
Participants will have opportunities to discover Yerevan and Armenia. Participants will be given self-structured free time mainly to engage in activities of their choice. Optional excursions and trips will be organized making stay both as relaxing and fun as possible!

Arrival and Departure dates

Yerevan | Armenia 28 August-6 September 2018



27 August 2018 in Yerevan (Hostel check in after 15:00)



7 September 2018 from Yerevan (Hostel check out by 11:00)

Note: Bear in mind that according to the guidelines of Erasmus+ program the travel back must be realized by participants on direct way within maximum of 2 days. In case of longer stays or indirect travel (holiday travel, etc) there is no chance of reimbursement. Always get the approval from organizers for your flight before purchasing it.

Early arrivals or late departures are at the responsibility of the participants to pay for stay. If you arrive early or leave later than the dates above you have to cover your own accommodation or food.

32 Participants

  • Citizens of France, Armenia, Georgia, Estonia (8+2 per country)

  • Age limit: 20-30

  • Gender balance: Equal number of male and female participants will be invited.

  • Priority given to participants with fewer opportunities.

  • Be committed to attend the full duration of the course and implement follow up and dissemination activities after the project.

  • Preferable: ability and willingness to contribute to lead a session or facilitate a group activity

Registration of participants is final only upon purchase of flight tickets and/or payment of the registration fee.

Registration feeAll participants have to pay 35 EUR registration fee

Since Georgian participants will not need to purchase travel tickets (transportation will be organized by the host in Armenia) they need to transfer the registration fee in advance to Armenia as a confirmation of participation.Accomodiation and food

The project will be implemented in the frame of the Erasmus + Programme:

Accommodation and food will be covered 100% by the organizer.

In Armenia, participants will stay in JR’s House Hostel in the heart of downtown Yerevan where all major attractions are within walking distance.

Towels are available in the rooms. There is WiFi Internet Connection in the reception hall 

Participants will share rooms. 4-8

Participants will be provided with three meals per day & a coffee break.

Important notice on food: Please, keep in mind, that the provided food may differ from the food you are used to have in your country, and, even in case of providing food for special groups, e.g. (if you are heavily meat eater or vegetarian) it may not fully meet your expectations. We strongly recommend participants to inform the organizers IN ADVANCE about any special needs.

Travel and reimbursemenTravel expenses will be covered 100% according to Erasmus + limits as follow:



Calculated start city

Maximum Reimbursement amount


Poitiers France

EUR 530






Fully covered due to short distance



EUR 360

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