Baltic Resarch, Round2. Erasmus+ International Exchange for young people aged 15-25 years from: Denmark, 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! Participate in Dinghy to raise money for your journey and learn new things about yourself. 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? Join a sailing adventure with sustainability theme and explore the coast of Sweden. Spend your time living and sailing with people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions. Explore the similarities and celebrate the differences between you. Try the best foods from other countries 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!
No budget? No worries! The Windseeker Dinghy will help you get on board. The program, much more than just a fundraising training, is part of your preparation and included in the Exchanges. Raise money for your journey, supported by an experienced coach. Learn new things about yourself and gain life skills. It is also a great way to connect with other trainees. Let us know at booking if you’d like to take part. It's a good idea, really. Regardless of financial reasons. Join Dinghy and get going!
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
Participants of this journey are enrolled into the Windseeker Dinghy Program for free in order to raise money for their own journey.
The subsidized price for this journey is EUR 995,- per trainee, instead of the regular price of EUR 1,780.
Windseekers from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden need to become members of their countries' Sail Training Associations for a small fee (usually up to EUR 30).
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 (according to the rules of the Erasmus+ Program). Maximum possible reimbursement: the Netherlands 275; Denmark: 275; Ireland 275; Sweden 20.
The reimbursement will take place several months after the journey and is conditional on Erasmus+ grant (to be confirmed).
Dates: 3 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
Participating countries: Denmark, Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden
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 ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers. Windseeker can help to arrange traveling together with other trainees from your country
Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
Need to take with you on board: pillowcase, bedsheets and towels
Windseekers from the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden need to become members of their countries’ Sail Training Associations
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.
Max (17) Germany
"The wind increased and when we took down some sails, I felt the adrenalin rush through my body"
Mark Quirijn (24) Netherlands
"It has been a wonderful experience. And I have found two incredible friends."
Ida (19) Finland
"The best moment was when we crossed the finish line and everybody celebrated together. The tone was simply unforgettable!"
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