The Informational Center for Supporting Young Economists “Certitudine” of Balti familiarizes the students from northern Moldova with the European program Erasmus+ and helps them benefit from its opportunities. Owing to this program, the young people can take part in experience exchange and go to training seminars in most of the EU member states, IPN reports.
“We usually form groups of about 20 students from Balti education institutions. We launched this seminars together with a public association of Causeni, invited a trainer who already implemented projects within Erasmus+ and instructed the trainers and volunteers of the association,” stated Eugen Graur, director of the Center “Certitudine”.
The Center has several own trainers who go to students and inform them about the European program. “We tell them how to register on the website, what resources are there on the portal salto-youth.net, how to subscribe to those magazines and what information they provide. We show them the program of events and advise them what to pay attention to when they look for opportunities,” stated Eugen Graur. A part of the young people who took part in the training seminars want afterward to become volunteers of the Center so as to find out more about the program.
“Erasmus+ is an EU program launched in 2014. It will last until 2020 and includes a number of key actions. The Center “Certitudine” informs the young people about the opportunities for private individuals from Key Action No. 1 – mobility of persons. The European Voluntary Service also offers opportunities. Within it, the young people can go to the EU to volunteer during one month to one year,” said Eugen Graur, noting that last year he went to Austria two times and to Turkey once within Erasmus+. A group of youths recently went to Hungary for a cultural exchange. By such examples, the volunteers of “Certitudine” make effort to motivate other young people to become involved. “In April there will be held an event to establish contacts in Poland and we call on the young people to take part.”
Ana Postoronca, one of the first beneficiaries of the training seminars, said that the Moldovan young people will definitely manage to study the experience of the EU countries close and to bring many good examples that can be implemented in Moldova too owing to the youth exchange financed through Erasmus+, the European Voluntary Service and other EU-funded opportunities.
Beneficiary Cristina Crudu said she would like to take part in a youth exchange at least one time as she wants to visit EU countries. For the purpose, she needs to make more effort and to study English so as to be able to learn more from the experience of the EU member states and at interpersonal communication level.
The information sessions will last until this October. The Center “Certitudine” carries out its activities within the Solidarity for the European Union Project that forms part of the apolitical awareness-raising campaign “Europe for You”. The project is possible owing to the generous support of the American people, provided through USAID within the Moldova Partnerships for Sustainable Civil Society Program that is implemented by FHI 360.