Youth work is a priority of local authorities in Liechtenstein. A delegation of youth workers from Switzerland wanted to find out why this is the case and how this political recognition was achieved. 

A group of six Swiss youth workers travelled to Liechtenstein for a two-day study trip to compare notes and exchange ideas with local youth work representatives, the competent ministry and representatives from local councils. These exchanges revealed that a clear legal mandate and a solid structure are important prerequisites for success in Liechtenstein. The good accessibility to all stakeholders and established networks that shape cooperation between policymakers, administration and youth work in the small state were also cited as advantages. Besides hearing about the structural basis of youth work in Liechtenstein, the group from Switzerland also gained an insight into local public youth work offerings and infrastructure. The Swiss youth workers returned to their communities with plenty of tips, ideas, good practice example and new contacts. The study visit demonstrated that youth work in local communities has to actively seek and maintain contact with all actors in order to enjoy recognition and broad-based support.  A return visit by a delegation from Liechtenstein is already in the pipeline.

The study visit was organised by the Liechtenstein National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action (aha Tipps & Infos für junge Leute) and Movetia. It was carried out as part of the Europe goes Local project. Europe goes Local is an initiative of Erasmus+ Youth in Action for the European networking of local youth work.