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Making International Learning Exchange work for all young people in Wales

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“I felt that I was part of something special, which I
never felt before….I learned about respect, I learned
about loyalty. I learned about a lot of things which I
thought never really existed when I was a kid…if I
haven’t had gone, I would probably be dead or in jail. “

The Welsh Government’s decision to launch the International Learning Exchange (ILE) means that life-changing experiences enabled by Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) funding will not be lost to Wales.
First Minister Mark Drakeford highlighted the importance of non-formal education and learning as well as volunteering as vital, alongside studying and work placements, to broadening
horizons and expanding key skills. Volunteering for a local, non-profit organisation is particularly important as an alternative gateway for those who won’t pursue careers through higher education and is an essential foundation for ILEP to become an inclusive pan-Wales programme. For young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who find it difficult to achieve otherwise, the open nature of volunteering which values all levels of contribution and participation, provides a space for all to achieve. The opportunities are presented by learning through experience, building key outcomes like resilience, confidence and relationship skills.

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WCIA Policy Paper - ILEP [2.02 MB]