Following Salty Footprints. Erasmus+ International Exchange for young people aged 15-25 years from: Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK and Sweden (26-28 at request). Discover Denmark from the board of Vega Gamleby while helping with the worldwide plastic reasearch of the seas. Learn to sail a traditional Tall Ship, make international friends, challenge yourself to try new things and join the global movement against plastic pollution. This unforgettable adventure will stay with you for a long time afterwards. Additional fees may apply due to the necessity of becoming a member of a partner organisation of your country (up to EUR 25-30). IMPORTANT: Vega Gamleby is a vegetarian ship and all meals on board will be vegetarian.
About the Journey
Join the Following Salty Footprints international exchange. Spend two weeks discovering Denmark from board of a Tall Ship. Visit big cities and remote places. Help the global research into plastic pollution. Join over 130 Windseekers who’ve already sailed for sustainability and whose actions have made a difference. Be a climate ambassador, a citizen of Europe, a sailor and an adventurer. Be a Windseeker!
Sustainability and sailing are closely related. In this journey you will have the opportunity to do plastic research of the sea with the marine biologist from By the Ocean we Unite organization. You will fish microplastics 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 cleanups, awareness campaigns and visiting places with good environmental practices in place.
The cultural exchange will be facilitated by the mentors on board. They will invite you to share your traditions and cuisine, participate in games and challenges and help you to feel good in the group. You will live and work with people from different nationalities, learning by experiencing. By the end of the journey you will be surprised by how much you’ve learned without realizing. You will get a confirmation of your new skills and competences in the form of an official YouthPass certificate.
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 (voluntarily) 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!
Copenhagen, Denmark’s clean, modern capital will win you over with its many districts, each with its distinctive character. Copenhagen has an abundance of water and many parks, so rent a bicycle and explore the city! You’ll find architecture old and new, lovely waterfronts and squares, fountains, and of course the friendly inhabitants of the city. Copenhagen has a lot of great restaurants and bars, and in the summer plays host to several festivals. In the winter, its museums are worth a visit.
Sponsorship and costs
The youngster price (age 15-25) is EUR 995,- per trainee, instead of the normal price of EUR 1,620.
Windseekers from France, the Netherlands and Sweden need to become members of their countries' Sail Training Associations for a small fee (usually up to EUR 30).
Participants of this journey can enter the Windseeker Dinghy Programme for free. Click here to learn how to raise money for your journey.
Possible reimbursement of your travel costs to- and from the ports, pending a financial support from the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. Reimbursement up to a certain amount (based on the country of origin and tickets costs, according to the rules of the Erasmus+ Program).
The reimbursement will take place several months after the journey.
Dates: 19 July 2020 - 2 August 2020
For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
Participating countries: Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK and Sweden
Windseekers joining: maximum 36
No sailing experience required!
Official language on board: English
Price includes: accommodation and meals, excludes drinks at the bar
Price excludes transportation costs to-and from the ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers
Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
Need to take with you on board: sleeping bag, pillowcase, sheets and towels
Windseekers from the Netherlands need to become members of STAN
French Windseekers need to become member of Les Amis des Grands Voiliers
Windseekers from Sweden need to become members of STAS
Windseekers from Denmark need to become members of DSTA
Windseekers from Belgium need to become members of STAB
In order to meet its statutory obligation to provide a guarantee, Windseeker makes use of the guarantee scheme provided by VZR Garant. You can check that this is the case by visiting VZR Garant’s website and verifying that the organization is listed as a participant. VZR Garant’s guarantee applies within the limits of its Guarantee Scheme (which can be found on VZR Garant’s website. The Guarantee Scheme specifies the exact journey offering to which VZR Garant’s guarantee applies and what the guarantee entails. If services are not provided due to the financial insolvency of Windseeker you can contact VZR Garant, which has its offices at Torenallee 20, 5617 BC Eindhoven, Netherlands, by sending an email to email@example.com or calling +31 (0)85 13 07 630.
Lieven (23) Belgium
"Setting sails: always fantastic."
Piotr (22) Poland
"Worked together with different nationalities for a week was a life changing, hilarious experience."
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