Social Circles

Social Circles offers young people from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean the opportunity to have a short but meaningful Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange experience. Through online facilitated dialogue, participants will engage in constructive communication with peers from different cultures and countries over a specific topic of their mutual interest.

 

Sign up today for a special Social Circles around the theme ‘solidarity in global crisis’. 

The new topic for April’s round of Social Circles will be a unique opportunity to connect youth from across countries to reflect on current global events and impact on people’s lives; socialize safely in distance; explore how different communities are responding; discuss the role of media, governments, scientists, and grassroots responses. During these facilitated dialogue sessions, you will take ownership of the conversations in an environment supportive for feelings, where a sense of community and solidarity can be fostered. Some of the questions they will be discussing are:

 What parts of your lives are interrupted and what goes on as usual? What are some of the ways communities are showing solidarity? What are the ways communities are being disruptive?  What do you think about the efficacy of international response and cooperation? Do you have access to credible news? What lessons can be drawn from the way the world has responded to the crises?

Apply today to exchange ideas during these exceptional times with peers from various places in the world.

‘Social Circles: What does solidarity mean in the current global crisis?’

  • 4 – 14 May 2020
  • Live sessions: 8 and 15 May 2020 
  • Application deadline: 19 April 2020
  • Language(s): English, French, Arabic

Please apply here >

How it works

Social Circles are short dialogue exchange opportunities, bringing together young people from various backgrounds, interested to participate in a series of online small group discussions about key issues that matter to youth in the world today.

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Weekly time investment: 2,5 hours 

This activity takes two weeks in total, including 2 online live group meetings, activities and assignments. The live online sessions are led by trained online dialogue facilitators and take 2-hours each. Here participants will get to know each other and discuss the theme of the Social Circle.

This opportunity is open to all individuals aged 18-30 currently residing in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean.  Participation is free of charge and you don’t need prior experience with Virtual Exchange. Eligible individuals that want to take part can apply independently. They can apply to join as many topical Social Circles as they want, or just try it once to get a taste of virtual exchange. Social Circles, therefore, is a great activity to pilot Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange and can serve as an introduction to other Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange activities. 

Apply for one of the Social Circles on the topic you want to learn more about together with youth from all over Europe and the Southern Mediterranean. Join the conversation!

Topics and Dates

 

“What does solidarity mean in the current global crisis?”

  • 4 – 14 May 2020
  • Live sessions: 8 and 15 May 2020 
  • Application deadline: 19 April 2020
  • Language(s): English, French, Arabic

Please apply here >

 

“‘What is the role of youth in taking action against climate change?”

  • 1-12 June 2020
  • Live sessions: 5 & 12 June
  • Application deadline: 17 May 2020
  • Language(s): English, French, Arabic

Please apply here >

 

“How to balance local culture and globalization?”

  • 3 – 14 August 2020
  • Live sessions: 7 & 14 August 2020
  • Application deadline: 19 July 2020
  • Language(s): English, French, Arabic

Please apply here >

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

‘Social Circles’ 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.

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Questions?

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