Eurodesk is an information network aimed at young people and youth organisations. The network operates in 34 European countries. National and regional coordinators share information to help young people learn about mobility opportunities in Europe including studying, working and volunteering abroad.

The Eurodesk network provides a reliable source for youth organisations to find information and updates from the European Commission, with a guarantee that this information is relevant to the youth field. The coordinators in each country offer a direct link to local knowledge about opportunities, projects, and living standards for young people, as well as offering guidance on European youth rights. Many countries also have national networks where organisations can share best practice, find partners for projects and arrange exchanges.

Eurodesk offers tailored advice for young people, enabling and encouraging them to ask questions about mobility opportunities and access support from the European network.

Eurodesk also supports the structured dialogue process, and works to engage young people in this process to make their voice heard among key decision makers in Europe.

Eurodesk supports and contributes to the European Youth Portal, a European Commission website which publishes articles, news and events for young people.  The site gives information around nine main themes, covers 33 countries and is available in 27 languages.

Visit the Eurodesk Ireland website for more information about the network and how you can get involved.

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Eurodesk Ireland
Eurodesk IrelandTuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 4:50am
The European Space Camp 2018 has been launched!

The European Space Camp is a summer camp taking place from 9th to 16th August 2018 in Andøya Rocket Range, Norway.
The Camp will be held in English and is addressed to highschool students, aged 17-20, interested preferably in Space and Rocket Physics, and having a background in physics and mathematics.
The participants will spend a week doing technical experiments involved in a rocket campaign, working as real rocket scientists, learning how to exploit knowledge they already possess, and broadening their understanding of applied science. Working in groups, they will have to use their creativity
and learn to cooperate. The programme includes hands-on activities related to the rocket launch, lectures and social activities.

Deadline: 1 April 2018.

Find out more: http://www.spacecamp.no
Eurodesk Ireland
Eurodesk IrelandMonday, March 12th, 2018 at 11:18pm
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communication has launched a survey to review the synergies among its networks.
The objective of the survey is to prepare a report with a comprehensive mapping of all EU networks, including basic features and communication activities.
The Eurodesk Network is included in this research. As a Eurodesk partner/multiplier/local relay/ambassador, please join the survey to help the European Commission in identifying the potential synergies among the different networks.
The survey should last approximately 25 minutes and is composed mainly of closed questions.
Please be aware that each time you close the survey without submitting all the responses you may not return to your responses and make further changes, but you will have to start over once you re-open it by clicking on the link.
The outcomes of the survey will be a series of recommendations for strengthening the collective communication and outreach impact of EU networks.

Deadline to take the survey Friday 16 March 2018

The survey is available here: http://bit.ly/2p4oP06
Eurodesk Ireland
Eurodesk IrelandMonday, March 12th, 2018 at 4:31am
Survey: Should we build an App for International Youth Projects?
The 'European Platform on Learning Mobility' is planning a web App that guides through the different steps of organising an international youth project (preparation, delivery, follow-up).
This App would ask different questions and give tips to make international youth project as good as possible. Users would be able to note down their ideas collaboratively (by different members in their team) on a project page and, at the end of the process, they could extract their notes from the App to use them e.g. in a funding application. The App would also give the possibility to ask questions and get replies from experienced organisers.
The aim is to raise the quality of international youth projects.
The web App would be accessible from any screen (smartphone, tablet, PC) and potentially in different languages.

Before investing resources on this App, the European Platform on Learning Mobility has launched a short questionnaire, only 3 questions, to ask feedback from potential users.

The Survey is available will be open until 20 March 2018.
Eurodesk Ireland
Eurodesk IrelandSunday, March 11th, 2018 at 11:14pm
15-18 May 2018: Expert Seminar “From good to better”, Lille, France
Together with the French National Agency of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme, the European Platform on Learning Mobility (EPLM) is inviting practitioners, researchers and decision makers from the Member States of the European Union and of the Council of Europe, as well as technicians and app developers to join an expert seminar on the quality framework of learning mobility projects in the youth field.
Specifically, the seminar, will address two tools that the European Platform on Learning Mobility (EPLM) is developing to support quality in learning mobility projects: a handbook on quality of youth mobility projects (featuring a presentation of quality principles, indicators and examples of good practice) and a practical web-based application targeting youth workers for self-assessment of quality in mobility projects in the youth field.

Participants will be able to:
- Share the many dimensions of quality in projects, exchanging practices and resources, learning from others and gaining inspiration from alternative approaches to improve your own;
- Provide your expertise in relation to the quality tool development, which will be spread to stakeholders all over Europe in 2019 to support quality in learning mobility;
- Receive updates on the newest policy proposals, as well as research results relating to the field and a chance to ‘meet the researchers’;
- Build a stronger network across the sectors (policy/practice/research), widening your contacts and working relationships, for you to be able to deliver stronger and better learning mobility projects in the field of youth.

Deadline to apply: 25 March 2018, 23:59 CET.

Find out more: https://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/lm-expert-seminar-2018
Eurodesk Ireland
Eurodesk IrelandFriday, March 9th, 2018 at 1:54am
The European Commission has launched the #SaferInternet4EU Awards!
The aim is to reward and celebrate excellence and best practice in the European safer/better Internet field from organisations, teachers and youth.
Awards are open in three categories:
- A best practice competition for organisations
- A best practice competition for teachers
- A best practice competition for youth

All best practices should focus on issues related to the sphere of Better Internet for Kids (BIK), tackling topics such as fake news, cyberbullying, connected toys & privacy concerns, grooming, exposure to harmful or disturbing content, or cyber hygiene aspects (i.e. password security, cyber security and so on).

Practices, resources, programmes or campaigns should have been created/launched in the
last two years (after 1st March 2016) and can be submitted in any of the EU languages.

Applicants must be operating (in the case of organisations) or citizens or residents (in the case of individuals) in at least one of the countries beneficiaries of the Better Internet Programme, under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), i.e. EU28, Iceland and Norway.
For the youth category, applicants must be between 13 and 19 years old.

Deadline: 15 May 2018.

Find out ore: http://bit.ly/2oRlSQD