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Youth in Agrofood

WhatERASMUS+ Youth Exchange

Youth in Agrofood

DateApril 9th to 19th 2021
Arrival dateApril 19th 2021
Departure dateApril 19th 2021
Location:Vratnica, North Macedonia
Participants36 people from 6 countries

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In Case for questions contact or +49 (172) 862 8947

Event Summary

The project is an ERASMUS+ youth exchange that will be organized in Vratnica, North Macedonia during the period of April 2nd to 11th 2021, travel days included. 36 participants will gather from Macedonia, Germany, Serbia, Turkey, Kosovo and Spain. The main theme which we are going to address is “Youth in Agrofood", with the objective to motivate young unemployed people or motivated people to stay in or move to villages and start generating income through agrobusiness. We plan a hands-on approach with many activities related to the topic. 

Coordinating organisation

ThinkCamp is a non-profit cooperative based in Brandenburg, Germany. Our roots are with the Global Marshall Plan Initiative, the Club of Rome, the Rio Process 1992, New Work-New Culture from Prof. Frithjof Bergmann, the economy of the common goods, Basic Income and the idea of Eco-Social Entrepreneurship. 

ThinkCamp initiative was founded in March 2008 during the Global Marshall Plan "Save the World Now Conference" in Berlin. The objective was to create a global network of learning environments for sustainable development and to identify patterns for that. The idea of today's activities of UnaVision and UnaVersity emerged from the insights of the "Caravan of Change 2013", a learning journey passing through 18 European countries and the Project Based Learning activities during the years afterwards. UnaVersity provides a growing network of knowledge and collaboration driven by like-minded, experienced people. We see the importance and need of systems which are human centred and not based on standard curricula and influenced by special interest groups. The UnaVersity system works with an innovative system of supporting individuals and teams in attaining their individual learning objectives. The core function of UnaVersity is about collective learning to co-create and implement prototypes for good living in harmony with the surrounding community and our unique biosphere. Please contact us at

Host organisation

Centre for Education and Development (CED) invests in young people’s development through non-formal education, volunteerism and youth work fostering creative initiatives and mutual collaboration. We are non-governmental organization that works in region of Pollog since 2006. The organization has as a target group of young people aged 12 to 28 years, while for achieving its goals in youth activities includes teachers, parents, heads of leading institutions, Schools, Universities, Municipalities and many other organizations. Having in mind its mission, CED strives on investing in the youth population through non- formal education, youth work and volunteerism, aiming that all of these will encourage creative initiatives for building healthy and developed environment and coexistence between all the citizens.
Centre for Education and Development (CED) works on six strategic directions: Non- formal Education and Intercultural learning; Ecology; Culture; Institutional development; Sport and healthy lifestyle; Social Entrepreneurship and Employability. Their realization of is based on four core values: Youth work, Non- formal education, Cooperation and Equality.

About the project

There is a general concern that young people have distance themselves from agriculture which is main source of food production. In rural areas where the agriculture is providing the main income of many families the number of young people rapidly decreases. Young people are moving to the cities and as the UN World Health Organization predicts, “by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people” meaning that more young people than ever before are moving to cities and towns to find work, leaving few behind to work in rural areas. Having this in mind, it’s easier to understand why the number of young people living in rural areas and especially the number of young farmers is in decline.

Main objectives of the project

  • to engage unemployed young farmers or future farmers in a project about agriculture development and provide them time and space to discuss rural development in general, agriculture & food production, exchange best practice and identify opportunities for growth of our own villages, communities and rural regions. 
  • to train young farmers, give them skills and motivation to create job opportunities for themselves in agriculture sector by increasing their knowledge on how to become self-employed farmers;
  • to enable them develop their own viable agribusinesses for increase of agriculture production in their own communities and at the same time train them how to face with the wide range of socio– economic issues;
  • to work on development of at least 6 pilot agribusiness plans and to train youth in processing, marketing and consultancy in various areas of agricultural production;
  • to develop a brochure with developed pilot agribusiness with the aim to promote agriculture among young people; 
  • to allow youth coming from rural areas meeting each other, learn about cultures and through this promote European Diversity;
  • to teach youngsters on how agricultural food can be developed as a business. The participants will produce food from agricultural products and will place the product on the Tetovo market. Thus, they will learn how income can be generated through this kind of food production.

Participant's involvement

Participants will take part in various workshop that will allow them broaden their knowledge about rural development, agriculture, sustainable development, how to develop agribusiness and where to receive support for their business. Also, participants will have the chance to

  • interact with local farmers,
  • exchange good practice with them;
  • experience rural life by practical working in the fields and with agriculture, farming and will
  • learn how to make a small business (participants will prepare traditional food using agricultural products and at the Tetovo's market they will sell this to local people. This will be an example of how from this type of products you make a business and generate income. (Money will be donated)

We will use a range of non-formal and experiential learning methods, so the participants will have a lot of fun learning and interacting among themselves. Some visits to companies and natural places will be organized in order to make the experience enjoyable for each participant.
The project itself will establish base for future cooperation between the partners.

Partner Organisations

  1. THINKCAMP GEM EG- Germany
  2. CED - North Macedonia
  3. Udruga gluhih i nagluhih Nova Gradiska- Croatia
  4. YELLOW - Kosovo
  5. Kreatif Dusunce (Yaratici Dusunce) ve Egitim Dernegi- Turkey
  6. YOUTH BCN- Spain


We are looking for 5 participants + 1 group leader per country who:

  • Wish to learn about different aspects of employability
  • Are preferably unemployed or want to start something on their own
  • Motivated to involve themselves in the agriculture and rural development field
  • Wish to develop professionally and personally;
  • between 18 and 29 years old (the group leader maybe older)
  • speak and understand English
  • are willing to be an active participant for the entire duration of the exchange
  • motivated, open-minded, willing to cooperate and share from experience
  • possession of knowledge, experience and tools from previous work or projects about youth participation
  • open for reflect on their experiences related to the topic
  • desire to explore new ideas and promote agro entrepreneurship among their peers
  • motivation and capacity to disseminate the project result

How to apply

Fill the application form on this link:


Hostel Kitka in Vratnica North Macedonia
The hostel is rated with 9.7 on Booking. Kitka Hostel - Vratnica features a garden, BBQ facilities and terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free Wi-Fi. All units at the hostel are equipped with a seating area. At Kitka Hostel - Vratnica, every room comes with a shared bathroom with a shower.
A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.
Skopje is 42 km from Kitka Hostel - Vratnica, while Gostivar is 47 km away.
The participants will be accommodated in double, triple or quadruple rooms.
The hostel has fast Wi-Fi
Regarding food: breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 coffee breaks will be served at the hostel.


There is no participation fee. Food, accommodation and local travel costs during the activity program will be covered by the grant from the German National Agency of Erasmus+.

Rules for reimbursement

According to the rules of the German National Agency, travel reimbursements can only be made by bank transfer to the Partner Organization and based on real costs. The bank transfer will only be executed after: 

  • receiving all of the original documents (receipts, invoices, boarding passes and reimbursement claim) by post,
  • filling the form generated by the National Agency online evaluation through the Mobility Tool by the group leaders,
  • dissemination of results. up to the budget limit in Erasmus+ Programme.

Rules for travel cost

  1. Only the cheapest means of transportation will be accepted between the country of the Partner Organization and the venue. Before purchasing anything, please, send your travel plan to for confirmation;
  2. Only uninterrupted travel expenses incurred within the activity start and end dates can be accepted for reimbursement;
  3. The bank transfers costs cannot be covered by the project;
  4. In order to avoid unnecessary stress and problems (e.g., loss of documents by the post) please send us scanned copies of all documents by email to before sending those by post.
  5. All expenses must be converted to euros using the official exchange rate of the European Central Bank (ECB) on the date when the expense was paid. Link to ECB:
  6. In case the participant(s) fail(s) to engage in the activity’s daily program due to late arrival or early departure and not attending 100% of the sessions, the amount granted per participant per day will be deducted from the travel reimbursement. The maximum limit to be reimbursed for each participant is highlighted above and was calculated by the distance calculator of the European Commission. Thanks a lot for keeping in mind all of these!

Other Costs

If participants decide to arrive earlier or stay longer, all costs related to that will be supported by the participants themselves. Costs of the insurance are not eligible and will not be reimbursed! This means that each participant must support his/her own insurance that covers: travel insurance (including damage or loss of luggage) wherever relevant; accident and serious illness (including permanent or temporary incapacity); and death (including repatriation expenses), as defined in the ERASMUS+ Programme Guide.

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