Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Cultural Encounters

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The Big Climate Movement

This autumn, the flagship Virtual Exchange course ‘Cultural Encounters’  will focus on key debates around climate change. As young people mobilize around one of humanity’s biggest questions, this course asks: what is the impact of climate change on the planet, political action and the movement of people?  Participants will get access to an original lecture series with audiovisual materials from expert academics and practitioners. In addition, participants will meet online in their intercultural dialogue groups to discuss the themes and engage in interactive skill-building activities.

Dates Oct 12 - Dec 11 2020

Duration 9 weeks

Language English

Application deadline Sep 28 2020

Weekly time investment
-> 2-4 hours weekly preparation and assignments -> 2 hours online group sessions -> Video-project assignment & optional further readings

The conversation about climate is a conversation about movement. Scientists point to the slow but steady upward movement of the planet’s temperature. Activists demand movement and change from governments and policy makers. Unprecedented global youth movements have emerged and shifted public discourse. New and more extreme climatic events are forcibly displacing people from their homes or livelihoods, and depleted natural resources threaten stability and peace. Still, beliefs and behaviors about climate are often unmoving.

From 12 October – 11 December 2020, youth from all over Europe and the Southern Mediterranean region will learn with, and from, each other through Virtual Exchange. Stimulated by video lectures and audio-visual materials, participants will exchange ideas and perspectives in their intercultural, online group sessions. With the guidance of certified dialogue facilitators, they will meet weekly to discuss the themes of the course and engage in interactive assignments building 21st-century skills and bringing their online experience to their offline realities. 

Participants develop transversal skills such as self-esteem, curiosity and cross-cultural communication skills and will be awarded Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange digital Badges highlighting the skills achieved.


This course is open and free of charge to anyone between 18- 30 years old who is a national of or resident in one of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Project countries.

The application process is closed. 

Partnership Enquiries

Interactive Open Online Courses provide youth with the opportunity to learn both with and from their peers across cultural contexts and national boundaries. The facilitated online meetings are organized around relevant skill-building activities and discussing dynamic content provided by expert academics and practitioners.

If you are interested in offering this course to your students, volunteers in your organisation, or other eligible participants, please contact us. We are happy to offer more information and discuss possible partnership arrangements.

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More about our courses

Interactive Open Online Courses provide youth with the opportunity to learn both with and from their peers across cultural contexts and national boundaries in facilitated online meetings alongside relevant skill-building activities and dynamic content provided by expert academics and practitioners. These courses combine the deep impact of intercultural exchange with the broad reach of online learning to allow more young people to have meaningful intercultural learning experiences as part of their formal or non-formal education. Interactive Open Online Courses are part of Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange. This project provides an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning.

An innovative learning experience

Participants in the interactive courses are provided with the opportunity to:

  • Engage with youth from different countries, cultures and backgrounds in a virtual classroom;
  • Discuss topical themes on technological innovations, social identity and culture;
  • Learn from expert content and materials;
  • Improve language and communication skills;
  • Build 21st-century skills that improve employability, including the ability to work in a virtual and intercultural environment;
  • Gain an Erasmus+ digital badge and become an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange alumni.
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Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

This Interactive Open Online Course is part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project and as such produced under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, financed by the Union’s budget. The opinions expressed are those of the Sharing Perspectives Foundation, our partners and participants only and do not represent the European Commission’s official position.

©2020 European Union and EACEA. All rights reserved. Certain parts are licensed under conditions to the EU and EACEA.

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Hub

Course manual

Here you find essential information about the curriculum, assignments and how to earn your badge.

Check out the course manual

Video and Content

 Review the weekly resources in preparation for your online session here.

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Online meeting room

Click here to login to the Exchange Portal. Here you will find the meeting room for your weekly group sessions.

Login to the room


Weekly Preparation Assignment

Prior to your online group meeting each week, review the week’s resources and then respond to at least one material with a comment, observation or question.

Submit here

Weekly Reflection Journal

At the end of each online session, you are invited to write 1 paragraph that reflects and records your experience of the day’s session. You will be directed to fill in a short online form answering the themed question of the week. The submission will be acknowledged by the course team but will not be accessible to fellow participants.

Submit here

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