Beyond Barriers has been the Contact Point for Erasmus + and ESC (ex-EVS) programmes in Albania since 2011. As such, BBA has a mission to support organisations and people interested in organising projects in in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme, youth field, and European Solidarity Corps. To this end, we offer information and advice and run targeted information and training activities with the support of SALTO SEE.
During 2019 BBA has organized 20 activities, a total of 26 days of info-sessions, training courses, Living Library, Open hours) in Kelcyre, Rrogozhine, Lezhe, Pogradec, Durres, Fier, Fushe-Kruje, Shkoder, Tirane and Maliq, to promote and support the capacity building of organisations, institutions, and youth on European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ Programmes of European Commission.
Through out the year, we cooperated with different stakeholders, while developing closer partnerships and cooperation to promote the program. As such BBA as a CP cooperated with: National Youth Service under Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth; European Union Delegation to Albania; Municipality of Tirana; Europe Partners for Development; Union Programs in Albania; Partners Albania; and National Youth Congress.
Supporting SALTO-SEE: As a Contact Point, BBA also logistically assisted SALTO SEE to organise 2 international events in Albania
“New Power in Youth” International Project Lab -Durres, 6-10 June. Designed to equip youth leaders/youth workers from several countries of the WB and the EU with essential knowledge and skills related to youth participation projects and youth exchanges, by going through all the phases from needs to impact.
“From youth work to Youth@Work”– Durres 12-16 June. The activity in question was focused on exploring the potential of youth work in helping young people develop key competencies and skills that can boost their employability and success in the labor market.
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2021 to 2027, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year for life-changing activities.
Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector
Erasmus+ is open to a lot of organisations and individuals, although eligibility varies from one action to another and from one country to another.
Eligible countries are divided into two groups: Programme Countries and Partners Countries.
Programme Countries are the EU Countries and some Non-Eu Countries (North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Turkey), Partners Countries are Western Balkans countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro), Eastern Partnership countries, South-Meditarrean countries, Russian Federation.
You can find more information about the Erasmus+ programme in the official website: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/
You can participate in Youth Exchanges, Training Courses, and Seminars but you need to contact the organization that is one of the Erasmus+ project partners because they will send you in the mobility and giving to you all the information.
Rooms, food, travel costs are always covered by the Erasmus+ project. Usually you only need to pay your tickets and you will be reimbursed after the end of the mobility.
The European Solidarity Corps is a funding programme of the European Union that creates opportunities for young people to volunteer, work, train and run their own solidarity projects that benefit communities around Europe. If you are young between 18 and 30 years old you can join a wide range of projects in one of the EU Countries or in the other participating countries.
You can find it in the European Youth Portal at the link below About | European Youth Portal (europa.eu) and on the webpage of SALTO SALTO-YOUTH – European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre (salto-youth.net). You can also contact Beyond Barriers Association by email at the following email address [email protected]
You can register through the EU login webpage at the following link Create an account (europa.eu)
Once that you are registered in the European Youth Portal you can find the projects in the section Available Opportunities. Search for available European Solidarity Corps opportunities | European Youth Portal (europa.eu)
Yes, young people with disabilities who would like to participate in the European Solidarity Corps are encouraged to register in the database. They can also get financial support to cover assistance, special equipment or services. You can contact Beyond Barriers Association for more information at the following email address [email protected]
“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” DeAnn Hollis.