Causeway is divided into three project types; Contact Exchanges, Youth Exchanges and Special Projects. Different rules apply for each type so please check the specifications carefully!
Contact exchanges are an opportunity to build initial contact and cooperation between groups of young people, with the hope of establishing a longer term working relationship leading to a full Causeway project. They can last from three to five days and involve six to 30 young people per group.
Youth exchanges bring together groups of six to thirty young people and their youth workers/leaders for periods of five to 21 days, excluding travel time. The emphasis is on skills development in a non-formal atmosphere. Advance planning visits between the partners can also be funded.
Special projects are designed to promote innovation and good practice in the youth sector. They are for youth workers/leaders and youth organisations, groups or clubs as well as for young people. Special projects can incorporate training events, job shadowing and seminars but must always incorporate discussion/activities from which young British and Irish people will benefit.
In Contact and Youth Exchanges, the hosting partner applies for funding and distributes it to the sending partner. Hosting partners receive funds for activity costs and per diem allowances for the young people and youth workers/leaders taking part. They also receive a contribution towards the sending partner’s travel costs. For Special Projects, organisations receive up to 75% of their costs to a maximum grant of £15,000 sterling or their current euro equivalent. See www.causewayyouth.org for full funding details.
Taking part in a Causeway project teaches the importance of working in a team, helps young people explore the issue of identity, and promotes understanding of diversity. As there is no language barrier and comparatively short travel distances between the participating countries, strong relationships can be built up quickly. The different project types allow organisations to take a graduated approach to international cooperation, by perhaps starting off with a Contact Exchange and building to a Youth Exchange or Special Project.