Who is the group leader in youth exchanges?

Youth exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects, using non-formal education through activities such as workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more. 

Each youth exchange is composed of different national teams, and each national team has at least 5 participants. In our projects, these participants are 4 young people from 18 to 30 years old and 1 group leader who must be at least 18 years old and without a maximum age limit.

A group leader role is to support her/his national team’s participants before, during and after the youth exchange, through the following actions:

Before the youth exchange

  • Participate in the Advance Planning Visit, if scheduled.

  • Lead the preparatory meetings with the participants.

  • Ensure the delivery of the task-related preparations, if planned.

  • Be updated about the travel plan of the participants.

DURING THE youth exchange

  • Liaise between the participants and the coordination team.

  • Be responsible about the team’s participation, attendance and deliveries.

  • Guide and evaluate the participants’ learning process through reflection groups.

  • Ensure the team is active in the dissemination and communication process about the project online.

After the youth exchange

  • Ensure that one follow up activity (article, workshop, video, etc.) is organised in the following month targeting the local community.

  • Consult the coordinator to validate the travel itineraries of the participants.

  • Fill out the travel costs’ reimbursement form with the participants travel expenses.

In case the group leader is also responsible of the travel and financial ASPects