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EFDN Exchanges

EFDN Staff Exchanges are uniquely designed to develop and challenge the everyday responsibilities of community programmes. The staff exchange programme provides a platform for staff to learn, share and develop new ideas to enable them to be at the forefront of delivering innovative programmes within their regions.

A Staff Exchange based on football is a unique experience for both the participants as well as the organisation and all people involved. The participants get together to exchange ideas and methodologies, to share best practices and experiences and – if applicable – to compose a small practice guide with inspiring projects and training methodologies to enhance the quality of sport-based social inclusion programs for youth in general and children with disabilities. Such a practice guide will enhance and diversify the quality of local projects for youth with special needs and disabilities.

In addition, the staff members share experiences regarding the involvement of young people in their communities. They execute many outdoor activities, play football, experience the city in which the Exchange is organised and learn about the life of young people from different countries and cultures.

The Exchange allows the participants to (further) develop individual competencies; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles through peer-learning; strengthen values like solidarity, democracy and friendship. Also, the participants learn more about an organisation’s overall capability when working well together and meanwhile expand their network, which may help them out in the future. The programme is also a chance to evaluate a staff member’s ability to integrate, to build relationships, and to find out whether he or she (truly) has potential for a leadership position.

The exchange programmes are organised in partnership with the National Erasmus Agencies.

Do you want to host a Staff Exchange? EFDN members can find more information here.


EFDN Youth & Staff exchanges allow EFDN members to provide groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects for short periods.  The Youth exchanges take place outside their conventional environment.  On an EFDN exchange programme, the participants can expect to be involved in activities such as workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more, while working towards shared themes of objectives.

Through the exchange programmes, in partnership with the National Erasmus Agencies, the Participants’ learning experiences are recognised through a Youth Pass qualification.