Europe for young people – ‘ Time to Move’ 2015

Ever had a fleeting daydream of travellng to Holland, France or maybe moving through the continent along the route of the Danube on an Inter-rail pass? Ever wondered about working for a year in Italy to learn the language and immerse yourself in their culture? Ever thought about studying in a German University , or placing yourself at the centre of the political or business world in the EU?

Ever wondered, but never thought too seriously because it seemed a bit unrealistic and a bit of a dream? Well maybe now is the time to ask some questions and wonder no more as there is actually a lot of help and support available to help young people pursue any or all of those dreams.

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There is support right through the year at any of the many Eurodesk offices around the country. But if you would like information this week, then we have the perfect event for you. Time to Move is a 2 week event happening at the moment. It began on 21 Sept and will continue until 04 October.

At its centre is a Eurodesk event being held on September 25th in the Carmelite Community Centre in Dublin. The event will be a chance to find out about volunteer opportunities. There will be a chance to meet and speak with young people who have participated in European Voluntary Services (EVS). There will also be plenty of staff from Youth Information Centres, Eurodesk and Europe Direct information Centres and Spunout the youth information website to answer questions you might have.

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If you can’t make the event on the 25th, there are different competitions happening in conjunction ‘Time To Move’ which you can find out about on their website http://timetomove.info/

For the rest of the year Eurodesk doesn’t go away and is available for any queries right through the year. 2015 is Eurodesk’s 25th Anniversary and their 20th year in Ireland. Crosscare’s information team in Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire and Clondalkin are all part of the Eurodesk family and happy to help with any questions about travelling to Europe, whether that is for leisure, to work or to study.

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If volunteering is your thing, Crosscare will also be launching their ‘Rough Guide to EVS’ very soon too, which we will be sharing here, so watch this space.

Europe has a lot to offer Irish young people but not many people know how best to access those opportunities. Maybe now is the, ‘Time to Move?’ and time to change those dreams of traveling into reality.

Time to Move? Finding out more about European opportunities!

There are plenty of educational, employment and personal opportunities right by our doorstep, if only we knew how to access it all. Europe offers young people opportunities beyond that which they can normally access in Ireland. Maybe now is the time to explore what Europe has to offer.

Time To Move?

The ‘Time to Move?’ campaign is an information week to inform young people about the Eurodesk network, and the opportunities it can connect you with. During the week 13th – 19th October a series of promotional events will happen.

As part of the campaign there is an Instagram photo competition, a writing competition and a public speaking competition, each with its own set of prizes.  To enter the competition people can upload entries to Instagram with the hashtag #eurodesk_timetomove, or upload to their facebook page.   There are 2 first prizes of 22 day continuous InterRail Global Pass. The writing competition gives people a chance to have their work placed on the European Youth Portal. Finally in Ireland there is a ‘Soapbox’ public speaking competition inviting young people to speak about the subject ‘The Internet does more harm than good’, with a first prize of €1000 and a trip to Brussels.

Across Europe there will be a number of promotional events taking place to promote the Eurodesk network as the video below explains.

So, what is Eurodesk?

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The Eurodesk network of youth information offices aims to connect young people with youth information professionals in 1200 offices across Europe. In Co Wicklow the Eurodesk Network can be accessed through the YouthSpin office in Bray, or online at http://www.eurodesk.ie

So basically, if you are thinking, of traveling to Europe for pleasure, for educational or work purposes, or are interested in getting involved with the European Voluntary Service, then Eurodesk can help you with all of that.

Tell me more about the European Voluntary Service (EVS)

EVS allows people to take part in long or short term voluntary experience in another European country. Participants can get help here in Ireland before they even decide where they might want to go. Eurodesk can link people up ‘Sending agencies’ who will support participants with training and preparation long before they are ready to travel, including help with language issues. EVS will then fund up to 90% of travel costs, they will supply a monthly allowance, and people on short term experiences claiming social welfare, can have their payment protected under their 2 week ‘holiday payment‘.  EVS will help organise that. All of that is of course secondary to the experience of a lifetime, working in another country on a project of your choice, learning all about the culture and life of that country.

Not just for ‘Time to Move’ week!!

Watch out for events happening near you, or maybe enter one of the competitions but don’t feel that if you are reading this at any other time of the year that you have missed the boat. Eurodesk operates all year long, as does YouthSpin. Pop into your local youth information office and ask about Europe. Maybe its time to become an Irish-European?