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9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Intercontinental youth work cooperation
  2. Development cooperation activities

Intercontinental youth work cooperation

Programs to support the presence of Spaniards in international organizations and the European Union:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación), through its agencies AECID (AECID) and Spanish Cooperation (Cooperación Española) finances the Coordinator of Development Organizations (Coordinadora de Organizaciones Para el Desarrollo).

Through this co-ordination you can find different organisations that carry out and promote international volunteering.


European Voluntary Service

Programme which is part of Erasmus +. Is a full-time volunteer service and offers the volunteer: accommodation, food, insurance, monthly allowance, language training, support and mentoring provided by the host organization. Allows all young people legally resident in Europe, aged between 17 and 30, to carry out an international voluntary service in an organisation or public body in Europe, Africa, Asia or South America for a period of 2 to 12 months. (Servicio Voluntario Europeo)


Development cooperation activities


INJUVE Volunteering Fields Program: (Programa Campos de Voluntariado del INJUVE):

Through the so-called Fields of Volunteering, the Youth Institute (INJUVE) offers annually to young people between 18 and 30 years the possibility to volunteer in projects in different countries of the world. The projects, which are carried out in countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, are of various types, including historical heritage rehabilitation, environmental, cultural/artistic and community action and social intervention, among others. The main objective of the program is to strengthen intercultural learning, personal development and the reinforcement of cooperative values.

The INJUVE coordinates the placements in international work fields with the Autonomous Regions through its youth agencies and foreign volunteer organizations participating in the program, although it is expected to stop exercising that competence in the near future.


The Autonomous Regions' Youth Cooperation Program:

Some Autonomous Regions are launching programs to promote the cooperation of young people in different sectors. Some of the existing programs are:


Asturian Youth Cooperation Program: (Programa Juventud Asturiana Cooperante):

Assembled by the Ministry of Presidency and Citizen Participation in the Principality of Asturias, its main objective is to involve the young people of Asturias (Principado de Asturias) in the reality of the cooperation and development, through professional training and improvement in the area of cooperation and development.

It offers a temporary stay in a cooperation project selected by the Asturian Agency for Cooperation Development. Young people between 22 and 31 years old, who are registered in the municipality of the Autonomous Community of the Principality of Asturias, at least 1 year prior to the publication of the call can participate. The budget of the program gathers 45,000€.


Extremadura Youth Cooperation Program: (Programa Jóvenes Cooperantes Extremeñ@s):

The Youth Institute of Extremadura (Instituto de la Juventud de Extremadura, IJEX), in collaboration with the Extremadura Agency for International Cooperation for the development of the Coucnil of Extremadura (Agencia Extremeña de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo de la Junta de Extremadura, AEXCID), carries out the program that aims to form and educate young people of Extremadura in international development cooperation. It is articulated through actions of awareness and of theoretical and practical training aimed at young people aged between 18 and 35. Through this program, the agency finances projects that allow the participation of young people in projects of international cooperation for development or the education for development that that is carried out out by organizations registered in the Register of Non-Governmental Organizations for development of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura. The programme has a budget of 200,000€.