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Social Circles

Participants discuss current issues that matter to them and develop a better understanding of each other’s viewpoints in small group discussions.

Age of participation: 
18 - 30
Who is it for: Young People
Length of the course: 
12 days
Weekly commitment: 
2.5 hours

Online facilitated dialogue activities offer opportunities for young people to connect together in safe online spaces. Participants build meaningful relationships across borders and cultures, and practise important employability skills such as; critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, team-work and media literacy.

Social Circles offers young people short dialogue exchange opportunities, bringing together young people from various backgrounds, interested to participate in a series of online small group discussions about key issues that matter to youth in the world today.

The activity has a duration of 12 days, including 2 online live group meetings, activities and assignments. The live online sessions are led by trained online dialogue facilitators and take 2-hours each. Participants will get to know each other and discuss the theme of the Social Circle of the month.

Participation is free of charge and you does not require prior experience with Virtual Exchange. Eligible individuals that want to take part can apply independently. They can apply to join as many topical Social Circles as they want, or just try it once to get a taste of Virtual Exchange.

Social Circles is a great activity to pilot Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange and can serve as an introduction to other Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange activities. 



2020 Topics and Dates

  • "What does solidarity mean in the current global crisis?" 

April 6- 17

Live sessions: 10 & 17 April 2020 

Application deadline: 26 March 2020

Language(s): English, French, Arabic


  • "What is the role of youth in taking action against climate change?”

June 1-12  

Live sessions: 5 & 12 June

Application deadline: 17 May 2020

Language(s): English, French, Arabic


  • "How to balance local culture and globalization?”

August 3 - 14 

Live sessions: 7 & 14 August 2020

Application deadline: 19 July 2020

Language(s): English, French, Arabic



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