Create an opportunity for young artistic talents to work on collaborative projects in an international setting. Give them a chance to share their experiences and to deepen their linguistic and intercultural skills during an international youth exchange.
To set up such a cultural youth exchange, find partner organizations in France and Germany. The youth meeting will allow the young participants to get to know each other while being creative and working together on a cultural and artistic project. Whether the participants are experienced or entirely new to the particular discipline, does not matter.
During the cultural exchange program, the participants take part in workshops, where they can exchange ideas with their peers and get involved in discussions about interculturality or their individual perceptions and interpretations of art for example. First and foremost, the projects should be conceived in such a way that they promote teamwork between the young people involved. It is a chance to develop their artistic sensibilities while working creatively together.
The youth meeting can take different shapes: the young people can stay in a youth hostel, in guest families or meet at a third location. While the projects should be between 4 and 21 days long, it is entirely up to you and your partner organizations to work out the pedagogic concepts for your project.
There is the option for this cultural community experience to end with a presentation, a concert or an exposition of whatever has been created by the participants involved in the project.
Knowledge of either French or German is not necessary to participate in the youth meetings. We recommend that linguistic animation activities be integrated into your program which will allow the participants to learn while having fun and working together.
At all times, France
Advantages of the program
While participating on a collaborative project with young people from France and Germany, the participants can discuss different approaches for their cultural and artistic activities. They learn how to work together on a project that demands teamwork in terms of exchanging ideas and using their talents.
Given the different activities, it will become apparent that despite language constraints, successful communication remains possible while working together and overcoming cultural differences and expressing yourself artistically.
The FGYO offers assistance for these activities by providing allowances for travel, program and accommodation costs. Moreover, it is possible to apply for further funding in order to integrate our linguistic animation program into your project.
How to sign up
If you are organizing a youth meeting at your partner organization’s location, it is the visiting organization that must apply for the financial support. In case you are meeting at a third location, then it is the organization based in the country where the youth meeting is going to happen which oversees the application for funding.
To receive a FGYO grant, your French or German partner organization needs to send two copies of your application to the national federation to which they are affiliated.
If they are not affiliated to a federation, the application forms can be sent directly to the FGYO’s Berlin Office.
Franco-German Youth Office
Extracurricular exchange - Culture