How to Find Erasmus Partner: 9 Key Tips for You
You’ve have the greatest Erasmus project proposal ever, with every single detail planned out… Yet, something is still missing. What? Your Erasmus partners! No worries: we are here for you, with a new set of tips about how to find Erasmus partner that perfectly suits your project goals.
Knowing where you are going is the first step to getting there
When looking for Erasmus partners, one of the most common mistakes is to start without having a clear idea about what we want.
Acting hastily will allow us to find a partner in no time. However, it doesn’t guarantee us that it will be the most suitable for what we want to achieve. Are we really ready to take this risk? If not, a good idea is taking a minute to think about the key themes of our project and find an answer to the following questions:
- What areas should our Erasmus partner have experience or expertise in?
- Which kind of organizations (NGOs, schools, juvenile associations, institutions etc.) will better suit our needs?
- Will a small or large organisation suit you the best?
- Are there specific countries and/or regions that we particularly want to connect with?
Answering the previous questions will help us not only to clarify what kind of partner we are looking for, but also to write down the perfect “want ad” to find it.
Sometimes, the solution is closer than you think
Before using any other channel and/or tool, it is worth checking our own networks. They are likely the most reliable source of information and contacts at our disposal. Thus, let’s think about other organization operating in our field: have they been involved in international projects? Perhaps they could they put us in touch with their partners? It is always worth to check it out: in fact, even if the partner can’t join the exact project that we are planning, they may be able to recommend other organisations active in the same field and/or country.
How to find Erasmus partner? Harness the power of the internet!
If we can’t find the partner(s) that you are looking for through our own networks (or want to search through other channels, too) a good starting point is the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform.
Here we can find a list of the projects that the European Commission funded under Erasmus+ in the field of education, training, youth and sports. Browse the list by entering keywords relevant to your project to find contact details of an organisation or a project that interests you.
Each project information is organized around 3 tabs: “Project Details”, “Partners” and “Results”. In the first two tabs we can find the contact details of the coordinator and the partners.
Different needs require different tools
In addition to the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform, the EU offers other institutional tools. They are customized for different kind of organizations and/or field of activity (schools, organizations working in the field of adult education, youth organizations, VET organizations).
- Schools can find project partners through the “Strategic Partnership search” section of the School Education Gateway. Additionally, they can register with eTwinning to communicate, collaborate and develop projects with other schools interest in similar fields.
- Adult Education organisations can browse for partners or create their own listings through the EPALE partner search section.
- Youth organisations can look for project partners through OTLAS – the partner finding tool on the SALTO youth website.
- Vocational Education and Training organisations can use the VET Mobility charter to link with other VET organisations, and develop projects that involve VET learner and staff mobility. The charter is therefore a partnership-building tool, and offers the function of searching by country.
Don’t forget social networks when wondering how to find Erasmus partner!
Social networks (especially Facebook and Linkedin) are a powerful partnership search tool. If our organization has its own Facebook and/or Linkedin page, use it to publish a “want ad”. Such ad should describe the kind of partner you are looking for and ask your followers for recommendations.
In addition to this, a key strategy is to join Facebook and/or Linkedin groups dedicated to Erasmus+ partnership. Here we listed some of the most used ones.
- Erasmus+ Partner Search
- Erasmus+ Partner Search – II
- Erasmus+ Partner Search – III
- Erasmus+ Partnerships Platform
- Erasmus+ Partnerships
- Erasmus+ Project Partner Finding Forum For KA1/KA2
- Erasmus Plus Partner Finding
- Erasmus+ EU (Coordinators and Partners)
- Projects Partner Search
- Erasmus+ KA1-KA2, School education, Youth, VET and Adult Partnership Platform
- U Projects Partner Search
- ERASMUS+ – EU Projects Partner Search
- ERASMUS PLUS PARTNER FINDING
- ERASMUS PLUS : EU Funds for Education, Culture, AudioVisual, Media, Youth & Sport
- Erasmus+ Cooperation
- Erasmus Plus
- Erasmusplus International KA1 Courses
- Erasmus plus: vocational placements for students & training courses for teachers and education staff
A big variety of NGOs worldwide are often open for collaboration on social projects. Just try contacting them directly through their websites. You can find some cool NGOs listed here:
If you can’t find the right partner(s) online, do not despair!
In this case, we may apply for the National Erasmus+ Offices and/or the Erasmus+ National Agencies. They will give us additional and customized tips about where to find partners and what criteria to use in the process of selection. Besides, these agencies have the contacts of the representatives of the other countries, and can put us into contact with potential project partner.
We can also take a look to the upcoming EU Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA), aimed at strengthening cooperation across Europe. In particular, a key tip is to attend the TCA Contact Seminars. They are intended specifically for finding partners and developing project ideas.
Don’t forget to sign up on our partners list!
To get our partnership offers, don’t forget to fill the dedicate sign up form on the Active Youth website. You can also check our Erasmus PIF and all the projects that we have implemented. Because our past record speaks louder than words.
So, what are you waiting for?
Let’s build new partnership and sustainable networks!
Let’s build a better Europe, united in diversity!