The AER Exchange programme
Connecting youth, regions, businesses and institutions

Regions – Conditions

AER membership is not mandatory at the moment of joining Eurodyssey

Non-member regions can contact the Presidency and the AER Secretariat, showing their interest in taking part in Eurodyssey. After one year operating in Eurodyssey, the region will be required to become a full AER member, in order to continue in the programme but will also benefit from other relevant AER services.



Formalising Eurodyssey membership

The region expresses its interest in participating in the programme and informs the AER Secretariat of the regional entity that will provide technical and administrative assistance during the membership period.

The candidate region may as well request to cooperate with a region from another country or ask the AER Secretariat to take on the role of the reference region.



Membership phase

A partnership is established between the region that is applying to the Eurodyssey programme and the reference region. This partnership concerns the exchange of technical and administrative know-how. This period of exchange should not exceed 60 days, starting on the day the candidate region informs the Secretariat of the name of the reference region.

Official membership will be formalised with the signing of a letter of commitment between the authorities of the candidate Region and the Eurodyssey President. The region that is applying to the programme declares its intention to conform with the prerequisites that are required for participating in the programme: adequate budget; the region must have technical and logistical capacities to participate in the programme; the region has developed partnerships with locals with a view to finding accommodation for the trainees; the region must organise traineeship activities and provide practical language training.

Beginning of the exchanges of young trainees with all the regions that participate in the Eurodyssey programme.




Reception of young trainees
  • Finding companies and working with them to define the details of their participation.
  • Looking for accommodation.
  • Organising and financing language training.
  • Dealing with the funding of the grant and the overall functioning of the programme.
  • Drawing up a work placement convention between the partners (Region, trainee, company).
  • Following up with the trainees and evaluating their traineeship.
  • Helping the trainees to discover the Region and its culture.


Dispatch of young trainees
  • Informing candidates about the programme.
  • Establishing a shortlist of trainees.
  • Declaring the trainees for insurance purposes.
  • Participating in the survey of former trainees.