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

Eurodyssey – The short version

Who can participate?


The programme is for young people, aged between 18 and 30 years, from an AER member region which takes part in Eurodyssey.




Minimum 3 months, maximum 7 months (including language course).



Depending on the laws in force in the Region, trainees under the scheme have the status of either :

  • Trainee undergoing occupational training, or
  • Employee.


Practical work placement

During work experience with the business or organisation, the trainee holds a post defined before the start of the placement. The trainee is subject to the same working hours and regulations as those applied to other employees.


Language course


Most Regions arrange for trainees to go on a language course when they first arrive. This may either be an intensive course lasting 3 to 4 weeks before the actual work experience with the firm, or may be spread over a longer period in parallel with the work experience.




Trainees will either receive a grant or be paid a wage depending on how the Eurodyssey programme is run in the Region concerned.

In view of the time before payment comes through in some cases, trainees are advised to take enough money with them to cover their needs for the first month of the placement.


Social security cover


Trainees are covered by the social security system of the Host Region throughout their stay in the European Union. An insurance policy covering repatriation and civil liability is taken out and financed for each trainee by the Eurodyssey Secretariat and AER.

Before leaving to work abroad, it is up to each trainee to obtain information from their Region regarding the procedure for reintegrating the social security scheme at the end of his/her work placement.




On arrival, the trainee will be housed in one of the following (depending on availability):

  • Young workers’ hostel,
  • Student’s residence,
  • Flat, or
  • With a family.


Supervision of trainees abroad


During their stay abroad, trainees are supervised and assisted by a representative in dealing with all problems arising both at work and outside. Most Regions organise visits, excursions and events designed to help the trainees assimilate and appreciate the culture of the Host Region.


Work placement report


In the month following the end of the work placement, trainees must submit a report to their region. The work placement certificate is issued subject to reception of this report.