Baltic Research Round 2. Erasmus+ International Exchange for young people aged 15-25 years from: Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden (26-28 at request). Sail vegetarian tall ship Vega Gamleby around Sweden with international participants. Learn to sail a traditional vessel, fish and analyse microplastic in the sea, make new friends and have an unforgettable holiday! Discover the beautiful coast of Sweden, its old ports and wild islands. Learn how to steer, trim the sails and navigate using sea charts. Join the games and challenges set up by your mentors, and most of all: enjoy the trip! 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
Are you looking for something special this summer? Do you want to do something fun yet meaningful? Would you like to make international friends, learn by experiencing, join a global research and have fun while doing this? Join a sailing adventure with sustainability theme and spend two weeks learning to sail a Tall Ship, discovering the coast of Sweden and finding solutions for plastic pollution!
Join your peers from 5 countries on an unforgettable holiday. Spend your time living and sailing with people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions. Explore the similarities and celebrate the differences between you. Speak English every day and learn to communicate your thoughts. Try the best foods from other countries, talk about your own funny customs and learn by experience that even differences can work in your favor.
Sailing is by its nature a sustainable activity. For example, we have to mind the limited fresh water supplies on board. In accordance with the theme this journey will take place on a vegetarian ship and we will plan the route so as to avoid using the engine as much as possible. You will actively join in monitoring the plastic levels in the sea with a biologist from By the Ocean we Unite. You will also organise local actions such as cleanups and awareness campaigns.
Of course Sail Training will be a big part of your adventure! Together with the other participants you will receive more responsibilities each day, until you are able to do most tasks on board by yourselves. Setting sails? Steering? Navigating? You won’t even notice when you’ve taken over the ship! The sense of satisfaction is difficult to explain but you will remember it for many years!
Swim, paddle and shop in this city rich with culture and history. Stockholm is located on Sweden’s south-central east coast, where the freshwater Lake Mälaren, Sweden’s third largest lake, flows into the Baltic Sea. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways. Another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces. Stockholm has become a modern, technologically advanced, and ethnically diverse city. Have fun while exploring this ‘Venice of the North’, on the water and the shores.
Malmo is a Swedish city dating back to the Middle Ages when it was an important Hanseatic trading port. It is famously connected to Copenhagen with an 8 kilometer bridge. The long history makes Malmo a nice city for a stroll. Visit the Malmo Castle, have a snack in the Lilla Torg square, relax in one of several parks and admire the gothic Sankt Petri Church.
Sponsorship and costs
Co-financed by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. The youngster price (age 15-25) is EUR 995,- per trainee, instead of the normal price of EUR 1,620.
Windseekers from 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. Learn how to raise money for your own journey at: windseeker.org/dinghy
The cost of your travel to- and from the ports will be reimbursed 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: 4 July 2020 - 18 July 2020
For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
Participating countries: Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Ireland, 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
Windseekers from Sweden need to become members of STAS
Windseekers from Denmark need to become members of DSTA
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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