Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange (EVE) was a pilot project run by the European Commission from 2018 to 2020 and in which UNIMED had the honour to partner.
EVE provided an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning experiences online through a range of activities. EVE expanded the scope of the Erasmus+ programme through online collaborative learning activities known as Virtual Exchanges (VE) and training programmes. Virtual Exchange is defined as technology-enabled people-to-people educational programming, facilitated and sustained over a period of time.
Working with youth organisations and universities, the project was open to any young person aged 18-30 residing in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean, with a target of 25,000 participants engaged by December 2020.
This Final Impact Report 2020 brings together results from the three years of the project and evaluates the impact of EVE in terms of attitudinal change, perceived improvement in 21st century skills and in global competences, activation, which includes building meaningful relationships, becoming interested in further intercultural experiences through VE or study abroad.
The main findings show the success of this pilot initiative on all those aspects. Experiences were evaluated very positively by exchange participants.
The factor that most contributed to their positive evaluations were the encounters with peers across Europe and Southern Mediterranean and engaging with a diversity of perspectives and experiences.
The facilitator community was key to the success of the EVE initiative. They were instrumental in assuring the quality of exchanges and creating safe spaces for participants to engage deeply also with divisive issues.
Given the value of VE during COVID-19, the final recommendations strongly encourage the EC to continue to invest in VE and to promote strong messaging around its core values and principles, and provide clear guidelines to implementers on the methodology.
Do not miss the full Report HERE