This is how a number of jokes about cultural differences start in Greek – needless to say, the Greek is always the smart one! But I am not going to talk to you about cultural differences in this post; quite the contrary, I’d like to tell you about something that brings us all together.
Back in 2007 I was an overenthusiastic 20-year-old with a huge crush on everything that had to do with the UK. So when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance! One week in my Erasmus year, I had already met more people than in 20 years of a lifetime – and they came from all over the world! You can still spot them on my facebook today, using my nationality rather than my name: “Hey Greek”! And the reply goes “Hey Brit/French/German/whatever”! Best thing is you can now have your own experience, somewhere across Europe!
Erasmus+ is the new European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and it replaces several existing EU and international programmes. This is also the first time that support is offered for sports.
The aim of the programme is to increase the quality and relevance of qualifications and skills, and in this context it will provide grants for more than 4 million people to study, train, work or volunteer abroad in 2014-2020. You can be one of them!
Who can participate?
All EU member states and acceding countries , but also countries from all over the world, can participate, so go online and check how you can be a part of this as well. Even if you have received an Erasmus fund before, you can still apply for different levels of education (if you participated as an undergraduate student, you can still participate doing your PhD!) or for different actions (doing an internship or volunteering, instead of studying). Are you still reading this?! Open another tab and go search for the experience that will change your life!