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International Youth Convention

is an International Youth Exchange where all the 50 to 80 participants have the space to share new experiences and adventures to discuss and work in a practical way using non-formal education issues which are important to young people and fit in the framework of YEU’s Mission and Aims. It is a two to three-week programme held once every year in summer in a different country each year. 

International Youth exchanges

last for around one-week and are open to maximum 40 participants to exchange ideas and opinions on a particular theme (eg. environment, active participation in society, Human Rights Education, Racism and Xenophobia, Equality, Culture of Peace, Inclusion, etc). Before the event, participants prepare an input of their work with young people and on the team related to the situation in their local reality. The program involves relevant visits, activities and discussions in order to explore the theme. The results of this gathering are used to prepare other international meetings. 

Training Courses

are 7 to 10 days events for people interested in developing their skills within YEU structure. We usually organize trainings for Leaders and for Exchange organizers and facilitators where they can get to know new practical techniques to use during international youth meetings as they facilitate the discussions and the exchange of information among the participants. They also learn about European politics for young people and how to deal with European institutions which define youth policies. 

Work camps

are projects when young people from different countries engage together in a specific work within the hosting community. There is a h2 intercultural dimension and the promotion of solidarity values embedded in this events. 

International Projects

are mid or long term projects related with the work of YEU in fields such as training (developing publications); Active Citizenship (projects involving more than one exchange) or Culture of Peace (trainings and exchanges organized in or about conflict areas). 


are projects ranging from 2 to 52 weeks involving one member doing practical work in another country or in the Head Office.   The can be funded with Youth In Action European Voluntary Service or with other funding sources.

YEU is especially grateful to the Youth in Action programme of the European Union and to the European Youth Foundation, the Municipality of Faro and all our other funders and those who make donations to our work.  Without their support we would not be able to continue to work towards our mission and provide ongoing opportunities for young people and increase understanding in the world.


YEU has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727066