Association “Unique Projects” organises various events, trainings and educational activities and projects. It includes local initiatives and events in Lithuania. We also implement youth exchange and youth workers mobility projects by Erasmus+ programme and activities by other project programmes in Lithuania.
We also take part as partners in international projects of Erasmus+ and other programmes. “Unique Projects” doesn’t organise projects which take part abroad, where the participants are having their mobilities, but act in them as partner organisation.
Information about upcoming events and activities can be found in several ways:
- In our website’s Blog page, News category;
- We announce news and information about upcoming events in our Facebook account www.facebook.com/uniqueprojectseu;
- By ordering a newsletter at “Receive information about our events and Erasmus+ projects” or “Leave contacts”;
You can find information about international projects and their registration in our website’s page “Projects”.
Every young person can become a member of our organisation and contribute to creation, planning and implementation of new ideas, increasing the opportunies for young people. You can contact us via Facebook (www.facebook.com/uniqueprojectseu) or write us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with more information.
„Unique Projects“ nariai gaus naujienas apie projektus, renginius ir kitas organizuojamas veiklas, galės prisidėti prie asociacijos vykdomų veiklų ir jų organizavimo.
For membership in organisation 70 eur annual membership fee is applied. Membership fee is collected for organisation and implementation of association's activities, events and other initiatives. Also, for covering administration and website maintenance costs.
If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us, everything is possible, every member is important and valuable.
According to statutes of association "Unique Projects", any individual person aged 13 to 29 years can become a member of organisation.
“Erasmus+” is 2021-2027 EU programme (previous financing period 2014 – 2020) for education, training, youth and sport support in Europe.
Youth exchange is meeting of groups of young people (13-30 years old) from at least two different countries for joint activities on a chosen important topic (such as youth unemployment, healthy lifestyles, European citizenship, entrepreneurship and other topics relevant to young people). By using non-formal education methods young people learn from each other and discover cultural similarities and differences.
During the exchange, the competencies of young people are improved by applying non-formal education methods: working in groups, through sports activities, creative workshops, applying role-plays or simulations, etc.
In a youth exchange young people are involved in activities throughout the project, it is that the young person participates not only in the implementation of youth exchanges (mobility), but also in the stages of preparation, dissemination and evaluation of results, actively contributes to the implementation of the set goals.
Youth exchange is based on the principles of non-formal education. Youth Exchanges may include one other theoretical lecture, a meeting with professionals in their field, but no formal training, lectures or lessons are conducted during the exchange.
Youth workers mobility projects are open to adults only, but their age is not limited 18+.
These projects also take place through non-formal education methods, but the daily activities program includes a more intensive schedule related to the project theme and may include more theoretical lectures.
Erasmus + is open to many individuals and organizations. Eligibility criteria vary by action and country.
For example, youth action projects can involve students, pupils, the ones who are not studying or working, youth workers, teachers, volunteers, members of organizations, and so on.
Individuals can use many opportunities funded by the Erasmus + program, although in most cases you will have to contact the organisation which is taking part in the project (for example: in the case of our proposed projects, you will have to contact us - Unique Projects).
Dalyvių amžius ir profilis „Erasmus+“ projektuose priklauso nuo projekto veiksmo ir vykdomo projekto tipo.
In youth action (field) youth exchange projects can involve people between the age from 13 to 30 years. However, the age limit may be limited by the project's organization (for example: due to the relevance of the project topic to a specific age group of young people). At least 1 group leader over the age of 18 is always involved in a youth exchange (the age of the group leader is not limited).
In youth action (field) youth workers mobility projects are open to people who take part in youth work (members of youth organizations, teachers, lecturers, volunteers) who are over 18 years old.
The hosting organisation (project's organisers) can also arrange a pre-planning visit meeting, which is intended to meet the representatives of all participating countries before the project (usually ~ 1 month before the start of the project and lasts 1-3 days). This meeting is intended to get acquainted with the representatives of all countries (1-2 people from each participating country), to discuss the activities of the future project, the preparation of the participants, and to see the venue of the upcoming mobility.
Overall project's duration in youth field can be from 3 to 24 months. Please pay attention, that all this overall project's duration involvement of young people is expected (not only taking part in main mobility).
Youth exchange mobility (meeting of young people) can last 5 - 21 days, excluding travel time. Usually it lasts 7 - 10 days.
Youth workers mobility can last from 2 days to 2 months, excluding travel time. Usually it lasts 5 - 10 days.
In youth field „Erasmus+” programme covers accommodation, nutrition and implementation costs of activities for participants. Travelling costs are compensated up to certain limit, according to distance calculator, depending on the distance of participants travel to the activity place.
Receiving organisation, after informing participants and partners in advance, may collect participation fee in order to improve project’s quality.
Maybe. According to Erasmus+ programme (youth field) guidelines, our Lithuanian organization can send to projects Lithuanian participants either individuals who live in Lithuania. If you are a foreigner living in Lithuania, there is a possibility, however, you should ask us about individual case. If you are a foreigner living abroad, you wouldn't be able to go to the project abroad via our organisation - in such case you should ask same profile organisation from your country.
Also, you can freely participate in our organisation's events in Lithuania, not related to Erasmus+ programme.
Yes. However, you should keep in mind, that in such case your travel costs will not be covered by Erasmus+ programme. To receive travel grant you should travel from the same country as sending organisation ("Unique Projects").
Fill in the form in our webpage to our announced upcoming Project by pressing "Register to the project". The most important question in the survey is "Why is it you, who should participate in this project?" - here show your willingness and motivation. In couple weeks you will receive an answer if you got in. If not, do not give up and try again, these projects is an opportunity which should not be missed!
If you want to take part in the project, it is not necessary to become organisation’s member. However, you can always become one, if you want to get to known deeper with organisation and implementation of projects and take part freely in other “Unique Projects” activities (more details in question “How can you become a member of “Unique Projects”?”)
This is a great opportunity to get to known to other cultures and find new friends from all over the Europe, to widen viewpoint, to grow as a personality, to learn new things, to improve English or other foreign language skills and by all this to increase chances to find a job!
Mobilumo projektas susidaro ne vien iš paties mobilumo (jaunimo mainų, jaunimo darbuotojų mobilumo). Pats projekto įgyvendinimas, kelionė, yra labai smagi ir įdomi, bet nepamirškite, kad siekiant, jog projektas būtų kokybiškas, kiekvienas dalyvis turi atsakingai jam pasiruošti (o vėliau, po mobilumo, projektą viešinti ir dalintis savo žiniomis).
Kiekviename projekte yra panašių pasiruošimo veiklų – tai pasiruošimas tarpkultūriniam vakarui, kurio metu kiekviena šalis pristato savo tradicijas, patiekalus, kultūrines įdomybes, ruošiami šokiai, veiklos, klausimynai ar kt. Taip pat pristatymai, susiję su projekto tematika (pvz.: apie sveikatos, nedarbo, užterštumo ir kt. situacijas savo arba kitoje šalyje). Tokiu atveju dalyviai ieško informacijos, domisi, ruošia, kaip pristatys surinktą informaciją kitiems dalyviams.
Siekiama, kad dalyviai kuo labiau įsitrauktų į projekto įgyvendinimą, taip pat ir vestų dalį projekto veiklų – tai gali būti tiek komandos formavimo ar apšilimo žaidimai, tiek sudėtingesnės veiklos, diskusijų vedimas. Žinoma, šios pasiruošimo veiklos būna skirtingos priklausomai nuo projekto, į kurį vyksite. Detalią informaciją apie veiklas ir reikalingą pasiruošimą iš anksto pateikia projekto organizatoriai, „Unique Projects“ taip pat perduoda šią informaciją, konsultuoja, skatina ir padeda dalyviams pasiruošti, pateikia pavyzdžių, rekomendacijų.
Patys dalyviai turėtų rodyti iniciatyvą ruošdamiesi veiklos, domėtis ir peržiūrėti jiems siunčiamą informaciją, atsakingai įsitraukti į pasiruošimą veikloms ir jokiu būdu nepalikti pasiruošimo paskutinei dienai prieš mobilumą ar net mobilumo metu.
Pasiruošimo etapas yra toks pat svarbus kaip ir mobilumas, į kurį vyksite, ir trunka ilgiau nei pats mobilumas. Kuo atsakingiau ir kokybiškiau projekto temai ir veikloms pasiruoš kiekvienas dalyvis, tuo kokybiškesnis bus projektas – projekto sėkmė yra bendras visų projekte dalyvaujančių asmenų rezultatas.
In some cases, organisers of the project take care of participants transportation from their arrival to accommodation place and main venue.
In all other cases, participants take care of their own transfer, but we always provide all necessary information, how to do it.
Not all projects 100% fulfill expectations of participants. It depends both on the expectations level, both on organizations who arrange projects. Organisers of the projects, countries and cultures are different. Unfortunately, association „Unique Projects“ cannot ensure, that project in which you will take part, will fulfil all your wishes.
Situations you should immediately inform our organization about:
- programme or activities not taking place and/or does not suit provided activity table completely;
- you are forced to do unacceptable works which are not related to the programme;
- nutrition is not provided for you either you are forced to buy food on your own expenses;
- you experienced disrespectful behaviour or bullying from other participants or organisers, etc.
Don’t forget to take care for your own safety during the time of the travel and activities. If it is Youth Exchange, group leader will additionally take care of you. In case of theft or accident in the project’s activities place, you should get to project’s organisers (receiving organisation, to which you have come, not “Unique Projects”). In cases which took place outside of project’s activities place, it’s your own responsibility.
Most common inconveniences, not worth complaining about:
- accommodation place is far from the city centre;
- panic how to get to the exact place of Project's activities;
- food is not always delicious;
- middle sized room for 4-8 people (two floor bed);
- if you are experienced in project’s topic, you might not here something new in the project. But it doesn’t mean that project is of low quality. Vice versa, project’s quality can increase if you share and exchange your knowledge with other participants, if you would give something yourself to this project. That’s why it is called “exchange”. And by helping others to learn, you learn yourself and might discover unexpected things.
Every participant, going to Project abroad must have a health insurance.
Firstly, don't forget to send all your original travel tickets to project's organisers, so that they would be able to appropriately calculate and reimburse your travel costs. You cna send etickets by email, but backward travel tickets originals in paper, boarding cards (not on mobile app, but the paper ones if you have such) MUST be sent by regular / registered mail.
Usually during the activities of exchange is discussed, how each of you will disseminate project and its results. It may include sharing information via social media, websites (both personal, organisation, university's / school's, etc.) about the things you learnt and knowledge you gained. It may be some kind of events, trainings, creative workshops, meetings and discussions, related to project's topic and gained information. Don't forget, that the project lasts longer than the mobility itself (exchange), the activities which you will implement after the mobility, during visibility and dissemination of results period, is equally important as taking part in the mobility.
During every travel / trip abroad it is recommended to purchase travel / health insurance. It can be purchased in any insurance company either you can come to Patient Funds and take European health insurance card FREE OF CHARGE. This card is valid in all EU (plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein) for a longer time.
The group leader is the person who mainly helps to communicate with the group during the project.
We will go through the parts of the project and name the role of the group leader in each of them:
Preparation for the exchange: in this part, participants prepare for the project activities, prepare presentations, perform information analysis, prepare to lead a game or discussion. Representatives of our organization provide more specific information, provide guidance, help prepare, give ideas and examples, and as a group leader, as a person who communicates within the group, helps to ensure that activities are prepared - verbally, reminds about tasks (however, we would like to stress, that all participants are responsible for preparing for project activities, it is not the responsibility of leader alone).
On the way to exchange: group leader travels together with the project team (often everyone travels together to the exchange). The leader helps participants not to get lost during the trip (eg. to find the boarding gate at the airport) and informs us or the project organizer if there are any changes (eg. delayed plane and that you will arrive at the project later).
During exchange: project's coordinators or facilitators come to the leader when they want to send any information to the group (eg. activity / lunch time has changed). The information is told to the leader and the leader communicates to the group. Or when you want to get some information from the group (for example, during reflections, the project leader may ask participants how they feel because the participants are more likely to trust their leader open about their thoughts). If there are any problems and it is not possible to contact one of the participants directly (eg. the participant's phone is broken, and family members can no longer call), then the group leader is approached and asked to help to get in contact with participant.
Po mainų: after exchange, group leader receives a link to his / her e-mail box, where he / she has to fill in the questionnaire about the project (it will take about 5-10 minutes to fill in the questionnaire). Also, like other participants, they carry out dissemination and visibility activities for project results - sharing their knowledge and experience with other young people in their environment, educational institution or workplace. Reminds of these activities and their importance to other participants in the national group.