Text and pictures by Barbara Sterkl
Rural Youth Austria (Landjugend Österreich) is a member of EUROPEA Austria.
Who are we?
Landjugend is Austria’s largest rural youth organization with almost 90,000 members. We have positioned ourselves as a modern youth organization which is aware of its agricultural roots. The personal development of young people takes centre stage.
How are we organized?
We have 1,200 groups which operate on a national, provincial, district and local level. The groups are led by voluntary officials. In addition, we are served by salaried consultants.
Young & International
The international sector is focused on international trainings/internships in agriculture to European and oversea countries. We are cooperating with 10 partner organizations all around the world.
Landjugend has been applying for Leonardo and now Erasmus+ funding for 18 years. Our E+ projects are currently acting with about 300 students from all over Austria. The students are attending agricultural schools (vocational and higher schools). The internship is a compulsory part of their education.
Landjugend has been a part of the network IFYE (international farmers youth exchange) for many years. We are cooperating with around 12 partner organizations all over the world.
Other parts of the international sector are international exchanges, youth weeks and excursions.
Interested in more? Landjugend Österreich