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Exchange at Sea

Set course for your international exchange aboard a traditional Tall Ship in European waters. Go where few have gone before. Mingle with fellow shipmates from all over Europe, polish up your Sail Training skills and explore new shores together. No matter your experience, no matter your budget. Step into the mix of international, like-minded young trainees and embark on a great adventure!

These sailing adventures are co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. This means that the price of the journeys themselves is subsidized, and much lower per day than an average journey. Your travel costs to and from the ship will be reimbursed up to a specified amount, depending on which country you are traveling from. You will receive the reimbursement within a year after the journey took place.

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Experience living in your own ‘miniature EU’ society on board. Learn to cooperate with people of different backgrounds, discovering the similarities and using the differences to your advantage. Practice communication, learn how to work in a team and make friends with people you would never have met otherwise.

Windseeker mentors will invite you to share your country's traditions and cuisine, participate in games and challenges and help you to feel good in the group. Afterwards you will receive a confirmation of your new skills and competences in the form of an official Youth Pass certificate from the Erasmus+ programme.

Sail into the Mix

Sailing a traditional Tall Ship is a great adventure! The experienced crew will coach you along until soon you will be setting the sails without their help. You will learn to navigate using sea charts, steer (what a rush!), climb the masts if you dare and look out for any obstacles on the horizon. Working in shifts you will sail day and night. You will also help with cooking, cleaning and maintenance: everything needed to keep the ship sailing and the crew happy!

Sustainability and sailing are closely related. On board you will have the opportunity to do plastic research of the sea with the marine biologist from The Ocean Movement. You will fish micro plastics from the water, measure and analyse them, and send the data to a global database. You will also organise and participate in local actions, such as beach clean-ups, awareness campaigns and visiting places with good environmental practices in place.

Exchange@Sea: Making International Friends

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