Networking and exchanges between qualified youth workers from different countries are aimed at supporting the development of quality in youth work in Switzerland.

What is youth work?

Youth work is participatory, inclusive and easily accessible. It comprises out-of-school non-formal and informal learning activities that are geared to the young people’s needs. The young people participate voluntarily in these youth work activities.

What are mobility projects for youth workers?

In cooperation with partners from other countries, organisations and people actively involved in the youth work sphere organise international seminars or networking opportunities for youth workers. The purpose of these is to develop the quality of youth work. This project format is addressed exclusively at qualified and/or experienced persons supporting young people as youth workers.

Possible forms of projects are:

  • Training courses improve the skills of youth workers and contribute to the development of quality in youth work.
  • Contact seminars enable the participating youth workers to find partners for transnational projects and to develop new project ideas without obligation.
  • Seminars offer the participants, on the basis of theoretical contributions, a platform for discussions on topics that are relevant to youth work. 
  • Study visits give the participants the opportunity to gain an insight into a particular topic in youth work through an organised programme of studies. Various projects and organisations are visited in the process.
  • Job shadowing and observation visits offer the possibility, through a short period of time spent with a partner organisation in another country, of gaining an insight into the working methods and environment of the organisation visited.

What are the formal criteria for a mobility project for youth workers?

  • Participants: qualified and/or experienced persons supporting young people as youth workers. The participants must reside in the country of one of the participating organisations. Altogether, a maximum of 50 people (including leaders and moderators) can take part in a project.
  • Duration: The duration is at least 2 days, maximum 2 months (not including travel days). The total duration of the project, including preparation and follow-up evaluation is 3 to 24 months.
  • Location: The mobility project for youth workers must take place in Switzerland (Incoming project) or in the country of one of the participating organisations (Outgoing project). In Switzerland, projects can be multilateral, abroad only bilateral.

You will find the qualitative funding criteria on the page submit an application.

How are mobility project for youth workers funded by Movetia?

  • Travel allowance: from 400 to 1000CHF per person for international trips depending on the destination, CHF 50 per person for domestic travel.
  • Organisation allowance: 125CHF per person 
  • Subsistence allowance: from 65 to 93 CHF per day and per person depending on the destination.
  • Special needs: Effective eligible costs, max 12'000CHF. 

These flat rates are valid for projects approved from 2023 onwards. For the detailed list and explanation of the contributions, please see the Overview of Grants. Funding for projects approved before 2023 are listed here.