About Us

YES to Sustainability (YTS) is a network of young people and youth workers whose aim is to bring together young people in ecovillages and sustainable projects in Europe. Our vision is to encourage young people to have a fun experience in community life, where they can slow down, hear the silence, grow awareness, be in balance and enjoy a place where they can start to trust themselves.

We do this by organizing Youth Exchanges and Mobility for Youth Workers such as training courses and seminars. These activities are fully funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ scheme, which means that young people can get closer to sustainability completely cost-free. We also offer support and mentoring to ecovillages, networks, sustainable projects and young people wanting to organize a Youth Exchange. Learn more about our support and mentoring here (link to mentoring page).

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Who We Are

We are a group of young people and youth workers interested in sustainability willing to share ecovillage lifestyles and low impact ways of living. Our work is done by young people, with young people and for young people. We come from a wide range of different countries and backgrounds, united by our vision.

Today we are a network of young people across Europe. Some of us are based in ecovillages or other sustainable communities, others are still exploring. We’re connected to the Global Ecovillage Network in Europe (GEN Europe), its youth branch NextGEN, and its national networks including RIE, RIVE, and many others.

What is a Youth Exchange?

A Youth Exchange is an activity funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ scheme. It offers the chance for young people to travel, gain skills, and meet others from around the world in a 5-21 day activity with all costs, including travel, covered.

YTS runs youth exchanges in ecovillages and sustainable projects to help young people get closer to nature, sustainable living, and themselves. We’ve run activities on leadership, permaculture, organic farming, rural youth, and much more. You can see examples and reports from past exchanges in our archive (link).
Youth exchanges are open to people aged 18-30 from eligible partner countries – each exchange is organised between associations in different countries, which can send a specific number of people. The youth exchanges have topics and the young people are supposed to engage not only in the idea of traveling abroad but also be interested in sustainable living and the topic itself. We want you to be empowered in the best way possible.
You might need to fill out a questionnaire or send some details about your personal background to participate and be selected for a youth exchange.

What is a Mobility for Youth Workers?

To support inspired young people we offer trainings (called mobility for youth workers) about sustainable youth exchanges or youth leaders for sustainability which are also funded by the ERASMUS+ programme. They will help you develop your own projects and share your experience with more youth. As venues we chose as well ecovillages, communities and sustainable projects which align with our vision.

In contrast to youth exchanges, trainings are without an age limit. Come join us!