9th YOUTH competition: “I’ve been abroad... So who am I now?”

Thank you for all your submission! The 9th "Europeans involved" Erasmus+ competition in 2017 was all about "I’ve been abroad... So who am I now?"

Youre all on your own, so youre definitely independent, but also sometimes unsure of yourself. But thats normal, and its part of the process. If Ive learned anything over the last few weeks, its that,” writes user Rikeaufreisen, describing her EVS stay in France. People who’ve gone abroad on an EVS placement, spent an Erasmus term away or done a youth exchange return home to find that they’ve changed. And it’s not just their general situation that changes, it’s the little things, too. Submit your personal entry to this writing competition and tell us who you were before you went away, and who you are now.

When you decided to go abroad, you dared to explore new and uncharted territory. What were you like when you left? What did you bring back with you? What were your expectations on day 1?

What did you get out of your project? What did you experience, learn or feel? How has this impacted on your life? Has it changed the way you feel about your country? Do you approach things differently today? What are your expectations of the future? Who you are today?


Rating phase:  

Between 1 May and 10 September 2017 you could upload your text on youthreporter.eu. Now your friends, family and other users of the site can read and rate it. The submissions can be rated until 10 October.

You can see all submissions here: Competition submissions 2017

An independent jury will select the winning texts in October 2017, after which the winners will be announced.


The total prize money is 2,500 EUR.


1st prize: EUR 800

1st runner-up: EUR 700

2nd runner-up: EUR 600

3rd runner-up: EUR 400      


Writing competition

Short stories, essays, reports – there’s no limits to what you want to write. Register at youthreporter.eu or log in if you already have a profile. Then click on MYOUTHREPORTER, select “I’ve been abroad... So who am I now?” and upload your competition entry by 10 September 2017.

The text should be written by you personally in English or in German and be between 400 and 4,000 characters (including blanks).

It doesn’t matter if your text is brand-new or if you’ve published it before. However, we can’t accept texts that have been submitted to previous competitions on youthreporter.eu.

The competition is open to young people from anywhere in Europe aged 13 to 30. If you are (or have been) abroad with Erasmus+ Youth in Action or if you’ve completed a youth exchange, an EVS placement or another project, you are warmly invited to participate. School pupils and university students who have gone on an exchange are also welcome.

The deadline for submissions was 10 September 2017.


We love all of your text and are looking forward to an exciting rating phase!

If you have any questions or comments, just get in touch at redaktion@youthreporter.eu.