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Reaching adulthood this year? Why not travel around Europe for free?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAny youngster in Latvia who turns 18 before 31 December 2019 is invited to apply for EU initiative DiscoverEU, which offers the opportunity to travel around all of Europe free of charge, as reported by Agency for International Programs for Youth (JSPA).

«This is the fourth time when the DiscoverEU initiative is implemented in Europe. With financial assistance from the European Commission youngsters will be able to not only travel freely around Europe but also learn to plan and organize travel independently,» says Dita Usāre, JSPA International Cooperation and Support Office manager.

«The youngsters who have travelled around Europe with DiscoverEU admit it was an unforgettable experience, in which it was possible to learn about the diversity of other countries’ culture and traditions, improve their knowledge and skill communicating in a foreign language, as well as meet people from all over Europe,» says Usāre.

DiscoverEU covers travel costs for youngsters. Catering and accommodation costs are for youngsters to cover on their own.

It is possible to apply for participation at European Youth Portal from 7th to 28th November.

To apply, youngsters have to be born between 1 January 2001 and 31 December, be an EU citizen, be prepared to become DiscoverEU ambassador and provide their personal data and other information about their travel plans. Candidate also have to answer five questions about Europe’s culture and variety, as well as EU youth initiatives.

JSPA reminds that disabled youngsters are also invited to apply. They will be provided with additional support in their travels.

Applications will be reviewed by a special commission. It is planned that the youngsters approved for participation will be contacted in the middle of January 2020.

Since the first instance of DiscoverEU, which took place in June 2018, travel tickets have been provided to nearly 50 000 youngsters from all over Europe. 192 youngsters from Latvia have received support from DiscoverEU. In this year’s programme, 76 youngsters from Latvia will be able to travel around Europe. Youngsters who will receive the option to travel around Europe will be able to implement their travel plans from 1 April 2020 to 31 October 2020. The total travel length will have to last from one to 30 days.


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