The Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative was launched in 2018, with the aim to offer young people the opportunity to engage in intercultural learning experiences online, and came to an end in December 2020. We are delighted to announce that during this time, also thanks to the active engagement of the UNIMED network, the initiative reached over 30.000 people who have taken part in a variety of Virtual Exchange activities: online dialogues. Virtual Exchange courses, collaborative projects, etc. The impact on participants has been overwhelmingly positive, with reports showing they have become more curious about each other and more empathic, and they have developed their digital and intercultural communication skills.
A report on the impact of the initiative will be released during February, containing the highlights of the initiative and an analysis of its results. In the meantime, you can read some Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange stories here
Since its launch in 2018, #ErasmusVirtual has provided much-valued opportunities to young people, educators, & youth workers.
Key findings demonstrate its effectiveness in shifting attitudes & building skills, such as media literacy.
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Even if the pilot came to an end, and with it the opportunities offered for free thanks to the financial support of the European Commission, the good news is that Virtual Exchange will be a fundamental component of the upcoming Erasmus programme, which will last from 2021 to 2027. So: stay tuned to keep on collaborating through Virtual Exchange!