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Information about Mental Health Without Borders as an organization and further details about the Youth Exchange programme.

Mental Health Without Borders is an Erasmus+ funded youth exchange programme. The first edition ran in April 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. The second edition will take place in June 2023 in Gdańsk, Poland. 

If you are from one of the participant countries you can apply in that country group. If you are residing in a participant country, you can also apply to that country group. You must be residing in a participant country during the time of the exchange (ex. You are an exchange student from Spain that is living in Finland. You can apply to the Finland country group even if Spain isn’t a participant country). Proof of residence/study in the participant country may be required.

Selected participants are responsible for the purchase of their tickets with support from their organizations/informal groups and the MHWB core team.

We encourage the use of green travel, which includes trains, buses and ride sharing. The main arrival points in Gdansk are the Gdansk Central Train Station (Gdańsk Główny), Gdańsk Główny Bus Station or the Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport.

The venue is easily accessible by public transportation and the taxi app Bolt and Uber.

The entire group will be staying at the Gdański Dom Turystyczny in Gdańsk, Poland.

Yes, the schedule is very flexible. The present schedule is a general guideline and can change at any moment. Check the schedule regularly for updates. As the programme start date gets closer, the schedule is due to change. This is because accepted participants will contribute to the planning of activities and the final schedule.

Young people are actively involved in all stages (planning, preparation, implementation and follow-up) of the Mental Health Without Borders project. Therefore, the schedule is designed by the participants and can be modified during the youth exchange. Participants also have the possibility to fill up the open space and free time portions of the week as they see fit. 

The participants have the opportunity to arrive one day earlier and depart one day after the end of the youth exchange. Accommodation and meal expenses for extra days unfortunately cannot be reimbursed under Erasmus+ rules.

You may bring food, drinks, music, modern or traditional, that you want to share with others during the intercultural and other evenings. Bringing different games to be used during informal moments is welcomed! A more detailed list will be shared before the start of the exchange.

You may also bring your computer or laptop. 

Travel insurance is not mandatory and is the responsibility of each participant. MHWB is not responsible for ensuring you have proper insurance. However, it is highly suggested.

Please bring your European Health Insurance Card with you if you have it.

Youth Exchanges bring together groups of young people from two or more countries, providing them with an opportunity to meet, discuss, and confront various themes, while learning about each other’s countries and cultures.

The exchanges are open to all European young people, regardless of their background, education, or socio-economic status. Participants must be between 13 and 30 years old as well as a resident/citizen of one of the Erasmus+ Partner or Programme countries.

Youth Exchanges are intended to contribute to the personal development of the young participants as well as encourage and promote the personal and social education of young people, reinforcing their feeling of being European citizens.

The Erasmus+ Programme is the European Union’s programme which supports, through lifelong learning, the educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training, youth and sport, in Europe and beyond, thereby contributing to sustainable growth, quality jobs and social cohesion, to driving innovation, and to strengthening European identity and active citizenship. 

No. Accepted participants do not have to pay a participation fee. Yay!

The Erasmus+ grant covers travel (up to the agreed upon travel cap), accommodation and meals for the duration of the youth exchange. 

The MWHB team and participants adhere to a strict non-discrimination policy. Accessibility is our top priority and we have designed our project in line with Erasmus+ Quality Standards including clearly identifying the needs of the young participants. As a result, there are many ways we support participants with fewer opportunities or special needs.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Language support
  • Financial support
  • Emotional support
  • Collaboration with organizations that work with participants without prior Erasmus+ experience
  • Closely following local accessibility legislation 

While we can anticipate and plan for almost all special requests, we can only ensure full support to our participants through a personalized needs analysis. Please reach out to the MWHB team directly so we could discuss this with you!

Youth Exchanges are particularly suitable for inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities:

  • Group mobility offers international mobility experience in the safety of a group;
  • The short duration of Youth Exchanges makes the involvement of young people with fewer opportunities appropriate;
  • Involvement of local participants facilitates first participation in European projects.

When you send us your data, you give us the right to process it for the sole purpose of the particular youth exchange you have applied for. We will only share this with the project partners and in case you are selected, it will be shared with the National Agency.  We provide selected participants with an appropriate privacy notice concerning the processing of their personal data before they are entered into the Erasmus+ systems.

You can find the programme guidelines here.

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