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Youth & Young Professionals Exchange Program: to Estonia

September 11 September 22 EDT

Are you ready to hear great news? Back to Our Roots camp is back for another year! Each youth exchange brings together 30 young people aged 18-30 of Estonian origin; 20 living abroad and 10 from Estonia. The main aim of the youth exchange is to introduce the Estonian culture and language to participants.  

This year’s camp dates are September 11 – 22. Deadline for application July 3rd.

Registration is now open for international candidates who are:

📍 18-30 years old;

📍 with Estonian roots;

📍 have lived at least 10 years abroad.

This year’s program will cover some of the most culturally & naturally richest places in Estonia. Travelling through the Eastern part of Estonia we will reach Setomaa – Tartu – Ida-Virumaa – Tallinn.

We promise you: new friendships, interesting historical facts about Estonia, and opportunities to check out beautiful Estonian nature, practice traditions, taste cuisine, visit interesting museums, centers of political life of Estonia and even meet fellow Roots-people from previous years, who have since moved to Estonia!

Application and further information: http://www.seiklejadorg/rahvuskaaslased.html

Each youth exchange brings together 30 young people aged 18-30 of Estonian origin; 20 living abroad and 10 from Estonia. The main aim of the youth exchange is to introduce the Estonian culture and language to participants.  

The programme includes: 

  • introducing the Estonian history and cultural heritage to young Estonians living abroad;
  • sharing Estonian success stories, good practices and planned future developments;
  • teaching participants the Estonian language in the non-formal learning environment;
  • providing information about work and study opportunities in Estonia;
  • introducing Estonian governance system;
  • creating the network for young people of Estonian origin that might support repatriation .

​Participants will have a chance to learn and practice Estonian in a casual learning environment. The programme consists of various activities organized in different parts of Estonia. Please be advised that last-minute changes to program activities may be deemed necessary due to coronavirus precautions.

The youth exchange programme is organized by youth organization Seiklejate Vennaskond, coordinated by Estonian Education and Youth Board and financed by the Compatriots Programme of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

Profile of participants:
  • Age 18 – 30;
  • Estonian roots, but living abroad for at least 10 years;
  • Motivation to learn and practice Estonian;
  • Willingness to participate in whole programme of youth exchange (participants need to choose to which exchange they apply for; they can participate only in one).

Costs related to participation:

If selected, participnat can expect that all costs within Estonia are covered 100%, including accommodation, food, local transport, visits and excursions. Travel costs (up to 300€ based on actual costs) will be reimbursed after the exchange. (Some exceptions (increase/decrease in funding limit depending on the overall travel budget and the distance of individual journey. For instance, as travel costs from neighbouring countries are under the limit and from more distant countries over the limit, it will be balanced to be fair to everyone.)

Travel visa (if needed) is the responsibility of each participant, but organizers are happy to provide assistance in getting the travel documents. Travel insurance is obligatory and is to be obtained by the participant. This cost will not be reimbursed.

Additional information and questions:

[email protected] – all questions are welcome!
Application form in English: (please fill the application form either in Estonian or English),

​Application deadline: 3rd of July.

Seiklejate Vennaskond (in Estonia)

View Organizer Website