Intercultural Exchanges

The exchanges provide groups of young people from different countries with the opportunity to meet and get to know each other better.

The purpose of an exchange is to open an intercultural dialogue between all participants of different nationalities and cultures.

These meetings take place outside school, university or vocational training structures. The exchanges have an educational purpose and require involvement of young people at all stages of the project.

Watch the video of the exchange RurAlternative to put you in the mood exchanges!

Intercultural exchanges, for whom?

The exchanges are open to young people from 13 to 30 years old, living in Europe or in the neighborhood of Europe (Mediterranean, Balkans, Caucasus …). That said, each exchange has its specific age range which is indicated in the article.


It’s all year long and especially during the school holidays. Intercultural exchanges last between 6 days and 2 weeks on average.


Hors Pistes is a partner of organizations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Together, we imagine and organize a mobility project.

The group of young people who leave France (between 4 and 10 people in general) is accompanied by a “youth leader” who speaks English and whose mission is to ensure the smooth running of the trip of his group, to facilitate communication and everyone’s participation in the exchange. There is no age requirement to be a youth leader.

What activities are performed during an exchange?

The activities are educational, interactive, participatory.

They correspond to the theme of the exchange, which can relate to (links redirect to testimonies or archives of past exchanges): sustainable development, culture, inter-religious dialogue, sport, journalism, nature , theater, music, communication, human rights, “better living together”, citizenship, identity, etc.

In addition, each exchange allows for an intercultural experience.

How much does it cost to participate?

The amount of registration is 100 € for the neighboring countries of France, 120 € for the other countries of Europe and 140 € for the countries outside Europe like the region of the Caucasus, the Mediterranean or the Balkans.

Added to this is the annual membership to the association: 10 € minimum.

Expenses for international travel and stay (meals and accommodation) are covered.

The “youth leader” is exempt from the participation fee, it only pays membership fees. There may be a contribution to the transport costs if they exceed the package allocated by the European Commission. Tell us about your potential funding difficulties and look for ways to make your participation easier.

Registration and commitment

Contact us specifying your interest and the name of the project. We will send you the registration documents according to the available places.

Participating in an intercultural exchange involves attending pre-departure meetings and a return assessment.

Our intercultural exchange offers

See the Brochure of Hors-Pistes of August 2018 for an overview of SVE, exchanges and training or access blog posts in the “Intercultural Exchange” category.


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