9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation
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New National Youth Program 2022 – 2024 is currently in a drafting phase, therefore no information is available about the planned intercontinental youth work cooperation.
There is no national body responsible for international youth and expert exchanges, including with countries outside of Europe.
Last National Youth Programme 2014 – 2017 envisioned participation of youth, youth sector stakeholders, and youth relevant institutions in the drawing up of youth policies on the levels of the EU, Council of Europe and the UN, as well as further stimulation of youth mobility on the European and global levels.
Programs that enable intercontinental youth exchange are by non-profit associations such as:
- Rotary District 1913 Croatia
Within the framework of Rotary International and Rotary District 1913 Croatia, a Rotary Youth Exchange program was established. The Rotary youth exchange program is intended for young people from 15 to 25 years of age. Young people learn about all aspects of life in another country and about different cultures.
The AFS high school student exchange program is a program of informal education and intercultural learning. The aim of intercultural learning is to erase stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination between different countries, cultures and religions. During the exchange program, the student attends a state or private high school where classes are held in the language of the host country. The AFS exchange program is recommended by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia.
AIESEC in Croatia is a part of the largest global youth network (AIESEC as international organization) that enables young people to develop their leadership potential through volunteer and professional internships around the world, as well as many other projects that enable them to gain valuable experience for further professional development.
The AIESEC program offers international practices, but also includes the possibility of volunteering in the civil society organizations, attending various trainings and conferences, and participating in projects implemented in Croatia.
There are three types of AIESEC programs:
- Global Volunteer - a program of international volunteer internships in 125 countries around the world that offer a multicultural experience
- Global Talent - professional internship program for young people in companies around the world
- Global Teacher - an internship program that provides young people with the opportunity to improve their knowledge of a foreign language by teaching abroad.
There is no available information about development cooperation activities organized by top level authority, targeting explicitly young people.
CROSOL (Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization of civil society, which is active in the area of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid. The platform goals are:
- building and strengthening the capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) for providing international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to be the link between the ministry that is responsible for international development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and the CSOs projects of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to participate and influence the improvement, shaping, implementation, and evaluation of the policies of the Republic of Croatia, the European Union and other international bodies in the area of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to deliberate and improve international development cooperation of the CSOs in and outside of Croatia on values, principles, methods, and standards of actions
- to articulate and affirm activist initiatives and civil society organizations from southeast Europe toward the EU in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to promote education for development and international solidarity
- to promote international development cooperation and solidarity
The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) is an on-line database intended to provide the youth sector with a single access point to reliable knowledge and information about young people's situation across Europe. EKCYP aims at enhancing knowledge transfers between the fields of research, policy and practice through the collection and dissemination of information about youth policy, research and practice in Europe and beyond. The data is collected by national correspondents for each country, and for Croatia that is the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Centre for Youth and Gender Studies.