Erasmus Days mini-fair: Time to Move

Europe Direct Brno at Jiri Mahen Library

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Organisation:

Europe Direct Brno at Jiri Mahen Library

Country:

Czech Republic

About organisation:

Europe Direct Brno is part of European information network designated by the EuropeanCommission with a target group of all citizens and residents of the EU. The main objective isto disseminate information from the EU institutions in the member states. We organise awide range of activities, such as public events and programmes for all age groups(festivals, seminars, lectures, debates on different topics mostly related to the priorities ofthe European Commission). We provide information about the EU e.g. work or studyopportunities abroad, travel, rights of EU citizens/residents and benefits of the EU membership etc.Our information point is open to the public in the Jiri Mahen Library where we offerinformation and consultation services and a wide range of publications.

Contact person:

Aneta Mudavanhu

Title of the project

Erasmus Days mini-fair: Time to Move

Start date:

October 11, 2023

End date:

October 11, 2023

Source of funding:

Europe Direct grant from the European Commission

Objectives:

In cooperation with Mendel University's International Relations Office and ESN MENDELU, we organized a mini-fair on the occasion of Erasmus Days at the MENDELU Campus near building X in Brno, Czech Republic, that took place outdoors from 11 am to 2:30 pm. The project provided a free opportunity for youth to learn about apportunities abroad and was accessible to everyone. The event took place at the yard of a public university that is open to public, therefore it was open to any passers-by interested in the event. We also made sure that the location is barrier-free and accessible to everyone.At the information stand, we provided information on trips, internships and student mobility within the EU. We prepared an interactive quiz about the EU where all visitors could test their knowledge. For correct answers, they received Eurodesk promotional materials. The most successful participants received a travel diary. Colleagues from ESN MENDELU set up a DJ booth, so the event also had a musical undertone, which attracted more people. As a result, there were around 100 active visitors learning about the opportunities abroad, participating in the quiz, or just relaxing in the chill-out area on our beanbag chairs and reading the Eurodesk brochures and publications while meeting with like-minded young people and exchanging experiences and ideas.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

We are aware that in the Czech Republic we are dealing with low self-esteem of young people regarding applications for opportunities abroad compared to the other member states which is usually the main factor that reduces the number of Erasmus+ mobility applicants/participants from the Czech Republic. Therefore, this event fulfilled the aim of the Eurodesk mission – to motivate young people to believe in their skills that leads them to be active participants of Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps programs. Since the event was organised by our information centre Europe Direct we were able to answer questions about the opportunities abroad and other relevant information needed. We inspired local communities during the event and had a positive impact on youth development through helping young people discover and seize the numerous opportunities Europe has to offer. Chill-out area with beanbag chairs was available at the event where participants could participate in the quiz competition, read Eurodesk publication or browse Eurodesk Opportunity Finder thanks to free wifi and the QR codes with links to Eurodesk website and other websites with Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps opportunities that we provided in order to save paper. We also had a laptop on hand, so that we could browse the Eurodesk opportunities online and find suitable ones for the visitors according to their needs. The information was provided both in Czech and in English for visitors who don't speak Czech.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

The project brought young people together and enriched them with insights into the opportunities abroad through Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps, DiscoverEU and other EU projects. It was an effort to motivate and inspire them to travel abroad through one of the mentioned projects for internship, volunteering or to participate in the DiscoverEU competition as well as encourage them to experience the world and be active citizens.The event was very positively rated by the visitors - students and professors alike. It spread information about opportunities and created friendships among participants. We believe that thanks to our event we made young people think out of our region and ispired them to take the step outside of their comfort zone and travel, explore and make a use of one of the many opportunities that are on offer.While promoting DiscoverEU to the 18 year olds present they told us they were going to apply, we also heard positive feedback from the participants that they didn't hear about these opportunities before and now feel motivated to participate in them.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

The main purpose of the project was to introduce all the opportunities that Eurodesk promotes to the participants, such as Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and DiscoverEU projects. Eurodesk was labelled as one of the main partners of the event. Eurodesk Time to Move logo was presented on all of the leaflets, posters, promotion materials, social media posts before during and after the event, in an article on our website and other sources. Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps opportunities and Eurodesk were presented also in brochures that were available on site. The promotion was done in Czech and in English.

How it respected the green principles:

We used only ecological materials, environment friendly ways of promotion - that is digital invitations and online campaigns with limited use of paper. We had leaflet with printed QR codes that participants of the event used to scan and access the Eurodesk website and other websites with Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and DiscoverEU oppportunities. This way we avoided excess use and waste of paper. The event was organized in cooperation with Mendel University that adhers to strict environmental standards as it is some of the faculties' main research area (Faculty of AgriSciences, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Horticulture and Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies). All of the organizations involved support green policies and use recycle-suitable materials and don't use any plastics that are not reusable. We cleaned the area after the event and made sure not to leave any waste behind. The event was kept local and we made sure the location is accessible by public transport. The event was held during the day outdoors, therefore no electric energy was needed.

In cooperation with Mendel University’s International Relations Office and ESN MENDELU, we organized a mini-fair on the occasion of Erasmus Days at the MENDELU Campus near building X in Brno, Czech Republic, that took place outdoors from 11 am to 2:30 pm.

The project provided a free opportunity for youth to learn about apportunities abroad and was accessible to everyone. The event took place at the yard of a public university that is open to public, therefore it was open to any passers-by interested in the event. We also made sure that the location is barrier-free and accessible to everyone.

At the information stand, we provided information on trips, internships and student mobility within the EU. We prepared an interactive quiz about the EU where all visitors could test their knowledge. For correct answers, they received Eurodesk promotional materials. The most successful participants received a travel diary. Colleagues from ESN MENDELU set up a DJ booth, so the event also had a musical undertone, which attracted more people. As a result, there were around 100 active visitors learning about the opportunities abroad, participating in the quiz, or just relaxing in the chill-out area on our beanbag chairs and reading the Eurodesk brochures and publications while meeting with like-minded young people and exchanging experiences and ideas.