Internationales Bildungs- und Begegnungswerk in Dortmund

45 youths from France, Poland, and Germany will meet in France this summer

45 youths from France, Poland, and Germany will meet in France this summer

Apply now and join us or the 17th International Youth Summit as part of the Regional Weimar Triangle

For more than 90 000 pupils in North Rhine-Westphalia, the final examination stress is about to start, no later than the easter break. Final Abitur tests, oral examinations, and then the final report card of one‘s school career. And then? 15 youths and young adults between 17 and 23 years are invited by the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia to  travel to France, to the 17th International Youth Summit as part of the Regional Weimar Triangle, from the 15th to the 20th of July 2018.

Youths and young adults from North Rhine-Westphalia who are interested may apply for one of the 15 sought-after places immediately. For one week, the 17- to 23-year-olds and their peers from Poland and France will work on a current European topic and explore the region Hauts-de-France. The highlight of the international youth encounters is a discussion with politicians from the three twinned regions Hauts-de-France (formerly Nord-Pas de Calais/France), Silesia (Poland), and North Rhine-Westphalia-

In workshops, during excursions, and meetings with politicians, the agenda features Europe: 100 years after the end of World War I, Mobility and Employment within Europe, and European values are important topics, also for the future. Which topic will be discussed in 2018 will be decided soon. Already guaranteed are exciting days in the former mining region around Lille.

Since 2001, the youth summits of the Regional Weimar Triangle gather 45 young people together – 15 each from the three regions. These youth encounters are meant to solidify and deepen the friendly relations between the regions. This year, the region Hauts-de-France is hosting the event. Participation in the youth summit is free of charge, excluding travel to the common starting point in Dortmund.

Interested youths between 17 and 23 years of age can already apply by sending a motivational letter, and a CV vial email to The International Association for Education and Exchange in Dortmund supervises and accompanies the youths from NRW on behalf of the state government. Further information can be found at

About the youth summits as part of the Regional Weimar Triangle

The Weimar Triangle, from which the youth summit emerged as a valued, and sustainable result, was founded in 1991 by the foreign ministers of France, Poland, and Germany to strengthen this European axis. Since 2001, the youth summit as part of the Regional Weimar Triangle is hosted each year by one of the three partner regions North Rhine-Westphalia, Silesia, and Hauts-de-France (prior to fusing with the region Picardie in 2016, this was the region Nord-Pas de Calais). The encounters create contacts between young people from the three further mining regions, which transcend boundaries. This year, France with the Conseil régional des Hauts-de-France is hosting the international youth encounter. Until now, about 700 youths have taken part in this youth exchange.