Taste&Share Fourth Edition

Which countries did we explore at our international event and what had they to share?


Young people become volunteers with full support under the European programme for the first time in Bulgaria.

This project includes 11 young people from Bulgaria who will do their volunteering service in Varna


2 Bulgarians Share Their Experience in Sicily during the Youth Exchange ‘CulturART’

Check out what Nenko and Seta have to say about their 9-days experience in Sicily!

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The European Gateway – Creating Better Conditions for International Professional Mobility of Youth

September 2016 was the official start of The European Gateway - a project, which aims to change the way both professionals and young people view, implement and experience international professional mobility for youth. Association FOR YOU, Bulgaria, joined 7 other partners from 4 European countries: France, Spain, Greece and Italy ( Uniser Italy, FRMFR Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Cemea AquitaineCOPAE Ilis, CFA Gustave Eiffel Bordeaux , Esmovia - Training and Mobility, Praktica, Training & Consulting). All of these organisations are established professionals in the fields of youth work, education, and business.


European training organisations have a number of good practices for the implementation of mobility for apprentices and trainees of continuous studies. However, many of them struggle with difficulties and reluctance when attempting to increase the number of participants and to attract young people to enrol in an international professional mobility.

Why We Chose to Engage with European Gateway?

Association FOR YOU is a bridge between young people and educational and professional institutions. This is why, it was a natural step for us to join European Gateway to share our experience and to contribute in the creation of a Pan-European framework that will facilitate youth professional mobility.


Over time, we at Association FOR YOU have worked with the youth in Varna and in the whole country helping in their personal and professional development, through the methods of non-formal education. We also provide support to young people in their search for volunteering, internship, and work opportunities and we have established strong partnerships with educational, business, and administrative institutions at local, national, and international level.


Our association actively supports young people in disadvantaged situation. We have a youth development center which applies Norwegian methods, and help youngsters from institutions, young people temporarily housed in crisis centers and centers of family type. We believe that European Gateway can give equal chance for professional realisation to trainees and apprentices from different backgrounds.



What are the Aims of European Gateway?

The aim of European Gateway is to motivate the trainee or the apprentice to engage actively and take the main role in the skill sharing process. The project also aims to create solutions for  the common issues for European countries such as unemployment, integration of youth in active work environment, better quality of the professional training, acquired by established professionals. This will increase geographically the quality of the labor through distribution of the best practices, knowledge and skills of each country.


Part of the participants from all partnering countries in the International techical comitee of The European Gateway

Who Will Benefit from European Gateway Method?


Members of the International Technicacl Comitee in session. 


How European Gateway Will Facilitate Professional Youth Mobility?

The project will also create common international framework, containing work code, methods of implementation, documentation guidelines, and shared knowledge base to help all the sides in the mobility to apply, enrol and work easier on an international level. This will happen in 4 stages, from September 2016 to June 2019:


  1. Production of European Gateway toolkit - an internet platform containing information for all actions that need to occur to implement a successful mobility. The toolkit  will include details about procedures, methods of selection,and  documentation kits for all participants  in the mobility - companies, educators, and trainees. The project also entails the introduction of LEFE- a quality label and certification for organisations and companies of sending and reception.

  2. Training for the companies and tutors, who will be brought to lead the experimentation.

  3. Experimentation and testing of the methods developed by the participants in the project. At this stage there will be conducted 40 mobilities for trainees and apprentices with duration of minimum 2 weeks in all of the partner countries. Each organisation, including Association FOR YOU,  will send 5 interns to a partner abroad, and will host 5  foreign interns during the project.

  4. Assessment, analysis, and valorisation of the project and its dissemination with national seminars and an international symposium.


We believe that European Gateway will create conditions for professional, cultural, and language adaptation and integration of young people and businesses in Europe. The project will also facilitate concrete and practical exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas on current and future professionals.

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