Initiate your Career

The Erasmus+ youth exchange “Initiate your career” unfolded between 8-17 September 2018 in Costinesti, Romania.

The youth exchange “Initiate your career” unfolded between 8-17 September 2018 in Costinesti, Romania. This project contributed to the increase of the employment opportunities for 36 young people from the 6 partner countries from CZ, HU, SK, BG, EL, RO through non-formal methods which actively involved the participants in improving their personal and professional competences in order to match with the labor market requirements.

What is Erasmus Plus?  

The ERASMUS Plus Programme is a European student exchange programme established in 1987 offering university students a possibility of studying or working abroad in another European country for a period of at least 3 months and maximum 12 months. The name of the project refers to Dutch Renaissance humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. He studied at diverse European universities and described the education as a chance for modern people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Since 2014 Erasmus and other programmes were included under The European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport ERASMUS+ .

Who will benefit?changing-lives

Apart from the students, the mobility offered by the Erasmus+ programme is dedicated for professors and universities’ staff as well. ERASMUS+ will allow:

>2 million higher education students;
>EU grants and training for about 4 million people and 125,000 institutions;
>500,000 young people will volunteer or participate in youth exchanges;
>650,000 vocational apprenticeships or traineeships abroad;
>200,000 Master’s degree loan scheme;
>25,000 joint master degree grants;
>800,000 educators and youth workers will acquire new teaching and learning methods abroad.

How to apply?map-erasmus

Organisations are invited to submit applications on-line to the National Agency in the relevant country or to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
The 2015 on-line application forms and related documents are currently being prepared and will be available on websites of either the National Agencies or the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency .
To assist you with the preparation of your project proposal, examples of the soon-to be released on-line forms are available here.
Individuals seeking to apply should contact their organisation, institution, or educational establishment.
I want to do Erasmus!

What should I do?map-3d

If you are interested in participating in Erasmus, contact the international relations office of your home university and ask about possibilities to go study abroad through the ERASMUS Programme. The students who had Erasmus experience can advise you and give tips.

The project The Black Sea and the Youth Policy was organized in one of the most popular summer resorts in the Romanian seaside named Costinesti. It is situated about 30 km far from Constanta, which is the biggest city near.

Costinesti has a population around 2.750 people.The village has a long tradition in Romanian tourism with beautiful beaches, with a famous shipwreck which attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Costinesti is also famous for his obelisk, which is a monument placed there since the ’70 s and represents a symbol for the tourists who come here.

    “Initiate your career

     KA1  Youth exchange

     08th – 17th June 2018

     Costinești, Romania


About the host organization

Y.E.S. is a non-governmental non-profit organization that aims to contribute to the development of the youths by inspiring them a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity, and tolerance. It promotes mobility within and beyond Europe, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the employability and inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background. Our mission is to promote and bring added value to participative education and active citizenship while developing solid partnerships with institutions, organizations, and individuals that have an activity corresponding to our values and objectives.

About the project

With the alarming youth unemployment rate across the European Union, the European Commission has made the youth employment a priority. European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, noted that ‘youth unemployment remains, and will remain, at the top of the European agenda’ at a conference on the topic in November 2013. “More than 4.2 million young people (aged 15-24 years) were unemployed in August in 2016 in the EU. High youth unemployment co-exists sometimes with increased difficulties in filling vacancies.” This points to the existence of labour market mismatches, due to inadequate skills, limited geographic mobility or inadequate wage conditions.

The so-called “lost generation” is represented by many young citizens struggling to develop necessary skills and experience – this results from the low level of key competences like learning to learn and sense of initiative and entrepreneurship which are replaced with the increased theoretical preparation to the detriment of the hands-on approach education needed both by the young people and the labour market.

The youth exchange “Initiate your career” aims to increase the employment opportunities for 36 young people from the 6 partner countries from CZ, HU, SK, BG, EL, RO (36 young participants, 12 of which are facing economic, geographic and social obstacles and 8 group leaders) by actively involving the participants in improving their personal and professional competences in order to match with the labor market requirements.

The objectives are:

-To increase the level of public speaking competences among the 36 young participants aged 18-24 (6 from each partner organization, two of which are facing economic, geographic and social obstacles).

-To sustain the development of key knowledge, abilities and attitudes with regards to the accession of the labor market.

-To create a framework for increasing the competences in regards personal branding.

Results and impact:

The participants will increase knowledge, competences and skills regarding entrepreneurship, by developing some key competences, such as learning to learn, interpersonal and intercultural competences, as well as cultural awareness and expression and others.

Profile of the participants

Each partner will select 6 young participants aged 18-24 motivated to develop competences which will help them get a future job (Slovakia and Romania will select 7 young people). Each partner will include two young participants that face fewer opportunities (economic, geographical and social obstacles) from rural and small urban areas and immigrants who wish to better integrate in their current community.

Each partner will provide one group leader who works in the organisation as a youth worker. 


Romania – Young Europe Society

Czech Republic – Youth for Youth, z.s.

Hungary – Ifjusagi Szolgaltatok Orszagos Szovetsege

Slovakia – YOUth Connect


Greece – Green Spirit

Accommodation and venue

The Youth Exchange will take place in the beautiful youth resort of Costinesti, at Vila Dumy, a 2-3 star pension. The pension is situated at 200 m away from the Black Sea. Check out on this website:

The address is Albatrosului Street, no. 55 Costinesti, Constanta County.

If you have any preference about room sharing please let us know in advance so we can accommodate your requests.

Costinesti center is the largest youth summer vacation. After several days spent in the tourist resort realizes another specific Costinesti: good mood. The youthful and refreshing way of life here can’t be found in other seaside resorts. Youth at the seaside resort, which started tourist brochures describe four decades ago as a tent camp with minimal design, now forms the major details of summer vacations.

The resort is situated in the south-eastern Romania, near the coastal strip, 10 m altitude above sea level and 28 km from Constanta.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation will be arranged for 4 persons/room, grouped by gender. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served at the same location every day. Each room has its own bathroom, modern furniture, and cable TV. There is a free Internet wireless connection available. There is also a limited wireless internet in the public area, the speed might be slow in comparison to your normal internet in your country. Please be prepared that you won’t get a proper internet access for the whole program. For more information about the hotel facilities and entertainment possibilities check the website.

How to get there

By Plane:

From Bucharest International Airport you can take a direct mini-van of 9 persons to Costinesti to the venue of the project. It costs approx. 20 Euro/person and they will give you a receipt. The journey takes 3 hours.


From Bucharest International Airport you can also take a direct bus (No. 780) to the train station the ride costs less than 2 Euro (return ticket) and it takes about 40 minutes.

There are several trains that run from Bucharest to Costinesti every day. To consult the schedule check: and write at Plecare: Bucuresti Nord and at Sosire: Costinesti. Ticket price: around 10-15 Euros and the journey takes about 3 hours.

By Bus:

There are regular buses and trains from Bucharest to Constanța every hour for about 10-15 Euros. They leave 400m away from the Train Station and they stop in Constanța at the Train Station. From Constanța TS you can take a direct Mini Bus to Costinesti for 1 Euro. They leave every half of hour. Total time of the journey about 3 hours.

Access by car:

Costinești is a resort located on the Black Sea Riviera connected with the rest of the country via the European road E87 and to Bucharest via highway A2.

Make sure you arrive and depart:

Arrival in Costinești on 08 June 2018

Departure from Costinești on 17 June 2018


Reimbursement of transport


Distance band

 Maximum amount to be reimbursed

Romania 100-499 km 180 EUR per participant
Czech Republic 500-1999 km 275 EUR per participant
Hungary 500-1999 km 275 EUR per participant
Slovakia 500-1999 km 275 EUR per participant
Bulgaria 100-499 km 180 EUR per participant
Greece 500-1999 km  275 EUR per participant


Examples of ineligible transportation: personal car/gas ticket, priority boarding, seat reservation, additional language, business class tickets, plane tickets on longer routes, plane tickets with stops for one night or more, taxi, rented cars, private transport companies, travel starting or ending in different country than the sending organization’s country, etc.

The sums that are not used by one participant will not be transferred to other participants who exceeded the travel budget/person.

For electronic ticket/receipt/invoice, the document has to be delivered in PDF format. If it’s on a website, it has to be saved as PDF or printed into PDF. Screenshots or forwarded emails are not accepted.

The participant has to consult with us before buying the ticket and obtain our written confirmation that we agree on the chosen transportation means and route before buying any travel tickets. We will only reimburse approved tickets.

Note: reimbursement will be done in EURO, regardless of the currency indicated on your ticket and receipt/invoice. If the ticket is bought in local currency, we will calculate your travel costs in EURO based on the exchange rates required by Erasmus+ program. Each country will be reimbursed in maximum 10 days after we obtain all the necessary transport documents from all the participants from that specific country and after the realization of the dissemination activities.

For each country, we will make one bank transfer to the bank account of the partner organization. The partner organization will further divide the money among participants in cash or by bank transfer.

❗In order to be reimbursed each participant has to have the following:

For Plane Transportation:

-Electronic ticket or invoice containing the dates, route, and price (pdf.)

-Bank extract with the amount written on the ticket – proof that money left the account towards the transport company (pdf.)

-All the boarding passes in the original or electronic version in pdf. (only for online check in).

For Online Tickets (bus and train):

-Electronic ticket or invoice containing the dates, route, and price (pdf.)

-Bank extract with the amount written on the ticket – proof that money left the account towards the transport company (pdf.)

For tickets bought with cash:

-ticket or invoice containing the dates, route, and price in the original.

❗The participant has to be on the project for the whole duration and has to attend all the sessions in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

❗Provide the organizer with the proof of the travel insurance and proof of the dissemination activities implemented by them.



The participants are required by Erasmus+ program to have a valid travel insurance that covers liability to third parties for the whole period of the projects including the travel days. Supplementary, we also recommend our participants to get the European health insurance card.

You are free to choose your insurance.


General Information

Weather conditions: According to the information provided from the metrological association in June the temperature will be between 23 – 30° C during the day, and between 14-20° C during the night. Please check for more updated information about the weather.

✰ Currency in Romania: is Romanian LEU (RON), 1 EURO is about 4.6 RON.

✰ Dress code: Casual comfortable sportswear, slippers or sneakers for indoor and comfortable shoes for outdoor activities. According to the meteorological release, we do not expect rain during our mobility but you never know, so you could pack a waterproof jacket just in case. We’re also close to the sea so maybe a swimsuit will be welcomed.

✰ Cultural nights: each country is expected to prepare a program to present their culture, to bring some typical local drinks and foods and prepare a cultural program like a presentation of local tradition, music, dance etc.

✰ Meals: we will provide you with three meals/day and two coffee breaks. The meals will take into account all the participants dietary aspects such as allergies, intolerance, and preferences. We will also have a vegetarian menu.


In case any of the participants will miss any deadline (for the application or for sending us travel documents) or a partner fails to confirm its participants by the deadline, we reserve the right to choose different participants from any of the partner countries for replacement.

07.05.2018 – Partner confirmation of final list of participants

10.05.2018 – All the transport tickets and insurances to be sent


Project team

 For any questions, contact:

Bogdan-Ilie Vîlcan – president of  Y.E.S. & project manager




Useful words in Romanian

Hello! ->  Bună!

Yes. -> Da.

No. -> Nu.

Please! -> Te rog!

Sorry! -> Îmi pare rău!

Excuse me, … -> Scuzați, …

Thank you! -> Mulțumesc!

You’re welcome. -> Cu plăcere.

Cheers! -> Noroc!

Good morning/afternoon! -> Bună dimineața/ziua!

Good evening! -> Bună seara!

Good night! -> Noapte bună!

Goodbye! -> La revedere!

Hello! What is your name? -> Bună! Care este numele tău?

My name is … -> Numele meu este …

Mă bucur să te cunosc! -> Pleased to meet you!

Where are you from? -> De unde ești?

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