What would it look like if you broke out of your daily routine?
What is important to you in your life?
What does your personal relationship with social media and technologies look like?

“I want to break free” is meant to be an opportunity for you to break out of your everyday lives, punch your routines and engage in new experiences and exchange with others. By saying good-bye to our digital devices for a week, we aim to increase everyone’s presence and give you and us the opportunity to see things from a different perspective, to give creativity free rein and to focus better on ourselves, the group and the topic. First of all, we will reflect together on our usage behaviour concerning digital devices, the internet and social networks. The focus is directed away from digital devices and towards freedom, well-being and connection with oneself, others and nature. With non-formal learning methods, we focus on individual needs and learning goals of everyone and support the development of competences.


… to spend a week with 40 young people from 5 different countries?
… to reflect on your attitude on technologies and social media?
… to disconnect yourself from technologies and your daily life for 6 days?
… to experience a digital detox and reconnect with the real world?
… to develop your competences through non-formal learning?
… to be a part of a cultural exchange and get in touch with languages and customs from other countries?


… live in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Lithuania or Spain
… are between 18 and 25 years old
… have a basic level of English in order to participate in the programme

The Erasmus+ EUROPEAN YOUTH EXCHANGE takes place in the EUROPAHAUS in Neumarkt in der Steiermark, AUSTRIA from 23rd to 31st of August 2019. Together we will participate in team building activities, games and workshops connected to the topic and leisure time activities. The whole program is accompanied by a supported reflection process. We will spend the week in a medieval castle where we will be accommodated in shared dormitories with shared bathrooms.

All costs for meals and accommodation during the Youth Exchange are covered by Erasmus+: Youth in Action and JEF. There will be no participation fee for group leaders and participants! Travel costs are going to be reimbursed up to a maximum of 275 Euro per person, depending on the distance between home town and Neumarkt in der Steiermark.

You can apply by filling in the following ONLINE FORM, which is available until 15th of July 2019. In order to apply you need to be between 18 to 25 years old, have a basic level of English to participate in the program and to live in one of the five partner countries of the Erasmus+ project (AUT, BUL, CRO, DEN, LIT, ESP)! The selection of participants is based on the individual agreements with the partner organisations, JEF Styria reserves the right to refuse applications for any reason.

Don’t hesitate to contact Elisa (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) or Marion (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) if you have any questions.

This project is funded by Erasmus+: Youth in Action and Land Steiermark - Bildung und Gesellschaft.