Anne Sorge-Farner

International conference promotes recognition of international youth work

How can international youth exchanges be given greater visibility and their significance for young people and society communicated more effectively? Public relations and lobbying offer opportunities, as well as the professional development of international exchange does. An international conference will be held in Berlin on 23 October to highlight both aspects. Register now!

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International conference
International mobilities as a place of learning – Recognising the potential for individuals and society

When: 23 October 2017, 9 am to 9 pm
Venue: Representation office of Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Strasse, Berlin
Partnership: The conference is hosted by IJAB - International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany and takes place in cooperation with Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS and YOUTH for Europe. It is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Erasmus+ Youth in Action and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

International exchanges work. On a personal level, they help participants to develop key competences while teaching them tolerance and an acceptance of different cultures. Enabling young people to experience mobility is crucial when it comes to making our world a more open, diverse place and combating marginalisation and xenophobia. However, international exchanges – a form of non-formal education – often fail to receive the recognition they deserve, given their vital contribution to society. How can international youth exchanges be given greater visibility and their significance communicated more effectively? What should be done to give greater recognition to international youth work as a nonformal place of learning?

Participants will discuss national and international good practices and identify how targeted PR and lobbying can help to improve matters. The educational quality and professionalism of international exchanges play a strong role in this regard. Education practitioners will present instruments and highlight current developments in the field.

The conference languages are English and German. Some workshops will be held in English only. Simultaneous interpretation will be offered during the plenary sessions.

Target group

European and international youth work experts; education desk officers; civil society representatives; representatives of social partners, the formal education sector (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder, Pädagogischer Austauschdienst PAD, universities and schools), federal and state governments, and local authorities; and education and youth policy stakeholders.


To register, please use the online registration form and register until 18 September 2017. Should we receive more applications than we can accommodate, after the deadline a selection will be made based on applicants’ stated reasons for attending and their qualification in regard to the subject matter of the conference. In case of questions please contact Anne Sorge-Farner,


There will be no charge for accommodation and food. Travel expenses will be reimbursed less a participation fee of EUR 15. Attendees are required to book economy fares on the lowest-cost mode of transport (APEX airfares, 2nd class train tickets). Other forms of transportation and fare options must be approved in advance. Should you find it difficult to fund your travel to and from the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us!


9:00 am Arrival, registration, networking

9:30 am Welcome session
Kristina König, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Albert Klein-Reinhardt, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Manfred von Hebel, JUGEND für Europa

9:45 am Keynote address
Professor John Erpenbeck: Knowledge ≠ competence. Embarking on a new understanding of education.

10:30 am Discussion round
Education. Competences. Values: International youth exchanges as a diverse place of learning.

11:15 am Coffee break

11:30 am Panel I:
Social recognition of international youth exchanges

Parallel specialist panels incl. discussion with practitioners
1. Lobbying strategies: Engaging in dialogue with politicians and decision-makers
2. Visibility of youth work
3. Social media as a PR tool for international youth work
4. (Political) significance of international youth exchanges

1:30 pm Lunch break

2:30 pm Panel II:
Recognition of skills acquired in non-formal and informal settings

Parallel specialist panels incl. discussion with practitioners
1. Competence balancing instruments in Germany – Developing these instruments in a heterogenous environment
2. Gamification as an educational element of international youth exchanges
3. Competence-oriented HR development and the German Qualifications Framework
4. Youthpass as a quality development instrument outside of Erasmus+ Youth in Action

4:30 pm Concluding address
Anne Sorge-Farner, IJAB
Barbara Menke, Arbeit und Leben
Manfred von Hebel, JUGEND für Europa

5:00 pm Coffee break

5:30 pm Panel discussion followed by a reception
“From personal privilege to universal opportunity. International youth exchanges for all young

9 pm End of conference

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