9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation
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The National Agency for European Programs and Mobility promotes intercontinental youth work cooperation with the administration of the Erasmus+ Program actions like European Volunteer Service that provides opportunities for young people and youth staff to experience learning processes in intercontinental dimension. The Erasmus plus program is funded by the EU and provides opportunities for young people and youth workers. The Republic of North Macedonia is a Program Country within Erasmus plus, and has equal status as other EU countries as a beneficiary.
US Peace Corps provides opportunities for US citizens that contribute towards intercontinental youth work cooperation. US Peace Corps Mission is still active in North Macedonia. The program provides service opportunities for motivated change makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Target groups are general and support Civil Society Organizations and Educational Institutions. One of the focuses is youth. Main objectives of the program are:
- To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served.
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
The program is funded by the US government.
AIESEC International provides opportunities for young people all over the world to be part of intercontinental activities through their national antennas. AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. Main target group of AIESEC are young students willing to explore the world and acquire leadership skills and intercultural competences. AIESEC national antennas are mainly funded by the private business sector.
There is no available information about development cooperation activities organized by top level authority, targeting explicitly young people.