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What is international exchange?

An international exchange provides individuals such as learners, young people, and staff, with the opportunity to go abroad and participate in different activities which enable them to share learning, experience different cultures and develop new skills.

Activities are different for learners and staff but can include:

  • studying
  • volunteering
  • job shadowing
  • attending a course

What we do

Taith’s role as a funding agency is to fund eligible organisations to enable people in Wales to study, volunteer, train and work all over the world.

Organisations should apply directly to Taith for funding on behalf of their participants and we encourage all eligible organisations to apply whether new to international exchanges or more experienced.

We provide support at each step of the process through webinars, face to face events and one to one support. Please contact us if you have any questions about the Taith programme and applying for funding

In addition to supporting applicants we also provide support to successful grant recipients on the day to day management of their Taith projects.

Activities and projects that can be funded through Taith are referred to as Pathways.  Funding is available through two different pathways. Please check the funding opportunities page for information on when each pathway will next open for applications.   

Please see the video below for an introduction to Taith and the funding pathways:

 

Pathway 1  
Mobility of participants 

The next call for Pathway 1 applications is open!

Pathway 1 supports the outward and inward mobility of individual participants or groups of participants.  Funding is available for learners, young people, and staff to undertake international exchanges, both short and long term which provide opportunities to share learning, experience different cultures and develop new skills.

Taith’s commitment to inclusion and accessibility 

Taith is committed to making international exchange more inclusive and accessible. Our refreshed strategy focuses on supporting people previously underrepresented in international exchange to access opportunities. This includes people from disadvantaged backgrounds, ethnic minority backgrounds, Disabled people and people with additional learning needs.

Organisations applying to Pathway 1 must demonstrate that they will provide opportunities to those who would be unlikely to experience an international mobility without Taith funding.  In order for Pathway 1 exchanges to provide the greatest impact, at least 25% of learners or young people participating in a project must be from underrepresented groups. Staff only mobilities are possible but must have clear and demonstrable impact on the learners they work with, in particular those from underrepresented groups.

Examples of previous Pathway 1 projects 

If you would like inspiration for how your organisation can get involved in Pathway 1 we have a collection of case studies from across all sectors on our Taith stories page , sharing stories from participants who have visited countries all over the world.

Schools in Wales have taken part in many international exchanges, including exchanges with SpainColombia and Singapore.

In the youth sector, Kokoro Arts who aim to provide artistic opportunities to young people in Wales, with a particular interest in working with minority communities to bring diversity and promote equality to the Welsh arts scene travelled to Cyprus to develop plans for a youth exchange over the summer in Latvia.

In Adult Education, staff from The National Centre for Learning Welsh visited Catalonia to learn about a language scheme that supports learners and discover new ideas and best practice.

Staff from Further Education colleges throughout Wales travelled to Barcelona as part of a ColegauCymru programme to create a framework for integrating international mobility opportunities into the new Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales qualification.

A research student from Cardiff Metropolitan University visited Malaysia to investigate how robots can be used to assist nurses to improve and enhance the care of patients in healthcare settings.

Pathway 2 
Partnerships and Strategic Collaboration 

This pathway is all about working collaboratively with international partners to tackle an issue or sector priority. Projects will focus on developing and implementing innovative practices in education through the creation of a project output, which will be shared across Wales and beyond.  Examples of projects that were funded in the 2022 Pathway 2 call are:  

Schools- Developing Community Focused Schools in Wales: Learning from and with community partners in Florida.  

Tackling the impact of poverty on attainment in order to achieve high standards and aspirations for all is the key priority for education in Wales. Central to the commitment to this, is the development of community focused schools. The project will create a set of Community Focused Schools Standards which will act as a practical resource to help schools implement and develop community focused school’s strategies. The standards will be developed through a partnership between school-based practitioners, including senior leaders, family engagement officers and community focused school managers in Wales and community school colleagues in Florida, drawing upon the technical expertise and assistance of the UCF Center for Community Schools in Orlando.  

Adult Education – Inclusive Public Places: Decisions, design & delivery in Sweden and Barcelona 

Chwarae Teg’s project will bring together evidence from existing literature and international best practice to create practical resources to support the creation of more inclusive public spaces in Wales. The key objectives are to produce evidence-based recommendations and tools to help key stakeholders who are involved in the decisions, design and delivery of public spaces to understand why inclusion should be a central consideration and be empowered to make changes in how they work, to deliver inclusive public spaces throughout Wales. ED&I considerations in public spaces have been prominent among international development projects for many years, it is not commonplace in Wales. Therefore, through working with expert international partners, visiting projects that have made a tangible different to people’s lives and gathering evidence from existing literature, we can ensure we develop solutions based on the strongest possible evidence of what works and create a more equal Wales. 

FE & VET- Online Learning Resource on Skills Competition, in collaboration with EuroSkills 

This project explores how skills competitions can be used to raise the standards of delivery in apprenticeships in Wales. It evaluates the benefits and drawbacks of taking part; the types of skills developed in the competitions and raises awareness of how providers can get involved. 

An online e-learning resource will be produced to allow practitioners, managers and employers to access information and research on the service industry (specifically hairdressing and care) and IT competitions and how entering skills competitions can boost literacy, numeracy and employability skills. The free online resource will consist of of short videos, case studies and information sheets that can be accessed by vocational educators across Wales, to enable them to see the benefits of taking part in competitive activities to their learners; themselves as practitioners; their organisation and their sector; it will also raise awareness of potential barriers and how to overcome these. 

Youth- Enhancing the Impact of the SHRN (School Health Research Network) Young People’s Health Reporting System, in collaboration with Canadian partners 

By directly asking for and considering young people’s self-identified protective factors around their housing, family & peer relationships, attitudes towards crime, and their feelings of personal safety, this project aims to capture data around the potential risks of becoming homeless, NEET (not in education, employment or training), of offending, misusing substances and the likelihood that they will need future long term health-funded interventions. 

The project will review what data is utilised by key agencies such as education, health, youth services and third sector projects to support early identification processes. Part of this review will include what indicators are used in successfully delivered projects in the UK and Canada and mechanisms of how they gather the data for these indicators. The aim of the review is to then create a pilot questionnaire that is completed in Pembrokeshire schools by adapting the SHRN questionnaire via a market research agency. 

Taith checklist

What is Taith?

We are a funding agency to fund eligible organisations to enable people in Wales to study, volunteer, train and work all over the world.

When to apply?

Taith has specific funding calls at certain times of the year when the window to apply for funding is open. We will publicise the dates for these on our website.

Who can apply?

Eligible organisations should apply directly to Taith for funding on behalf of their participants. Individuals are not eligible to apply directly.

Here to help

We provide support throughout the entire process with webinars, face to face events and one to one support.

Get in touch

You are welcome to get in touch at any time with questions about Taith and applying for funding: enquiries@taith.wales

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