Section 1: Getting Started

This is an extract from the CYEC Youth Exchange Starter Pack. You can download a full copy of the pack here and you can download the section you are currently viewing from the bottom of this page.

Getting started

This pack will introduce you to the idea of Commonwealth youth exchange, tell you what’s involved and help to get you started with the initial stages of thinking about, planning and organising an exchange.

Exchanges are hard work and if they are going to be done properly they do take time – but they are perhaps the richest and most rewarding youth work project you’ll ever undertake as a group.

This pack will tell you the ways in which CYEC can help your group as you undertake your exchange. And the point is, it is your exchange. Your group will plan it, organise it, do it, share it and celebrate your achievements with your local community. Every exchange is unique because it belongs to your group and your overseas friends and it reflects your shared interests, ideas, needs and wishes.

CYEC has produced publications, toolkits and other resources to help you get the most out of your exchange.

This pack is only a start. If you are really serious about doing an exchange you should also obtain a copy of Contact! A Handbook for North-South Youth Exchange. This has been written as a comprehensive aid to helping groups plan, project manage and deliver an international exchange project and we recommend that you buy a copy as early as possible in your planning. It will be a good investment and will stop you ‘re-inventing the wheel’.

If you decide to take things further, please feel free to contact us to discuss your plans or queries in more detail.

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