The aim of Youth Exchanges is to get groups of young people from different countries together so they can explore their social and cultural differences and similarities. Youth Exchanges are targeted at young people between the age of 13 and 25. They receive the unique opportunity to experience significant mutual learning situations and to strengthen their feeling of being Europeans.
Each exchange must have a theme that is relevant to the daily experiences of the young people involved but also has a clear European dimension. Themes could cover numerous issues, such as young people in society, culture, sport, racism and xenophobia, local heritage, drugs, the environment, etc.
By participating in a youth exchange, young people go through a non-formal learning experience, which is recognized through a specific certificate called Youthpass.