How to become a participant
Norec finances exchanges, but we are not in charge of recruiting participants. The partner organisations must take care of this themselves. If you would like to be a participant, you can read about current projects on our website and contact our partners directly when they advertise externally.
As a Norec exchange participant, you will attend compulsory trainings both before and after your exchange.
During the trainings you will meet participants from a number of other organisations, companies, professions and countries. The trainings are designed to encourage active participation and make use of a variety of teaching methods.
By the end of the preparatory training you will be able to:
By the end of homecoming training you will be able to:
Rights and duties
The following is covered by Norec, through your partner:
Your contract is called participant agreement and shall as a minimum include:
Roles and responsibilities
Here is a quick overview of who is responsible for what before, during and after the exchange.
Host partner's responsibilities
Home partner's responsibilities
The work of Norec is based on equity, solidarity and reciprocity. At the core of these values lie our ethical principles. Participants, partners and employees are all ambassadors of Norec and shall act in accordance with these ethical principles in their work and in their relation to others.
We are culturally sensitive
We familiarise ourselves with local laws, culture, moral codes and traditions, and show respect in these matters through our behavior.
We respect human dignity
We show respect, through our behavior, to all individuals, regardless of race, gender, religion, colour, national or ethnic origin, language, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, political conviction, or any other distinguishing feature. We do not accept any form of harassment, abuse, discrimination, or any form of reprehensible conduct.
We are accountable
We consider the environmental consequences of our activities. We do not use our position to obtain benefits for others or ourselves. We have zero tolerance for corruption and other financial irregularities, and we report unacceptable circumstances or behavior.
What do you do if things are difficult?
Male sure to report if you experience any of the following:
This is the proper order of contact:
Participants: The individuals being exchanged.
Participant agreement: The contract between the participant and the home partner. This agreement shall observe the labour laws and regulations of the home/host country, and is valid for the entire exchange period.
Host partner: The organisation receiving you, where you will work during your exchange.
Home partner: The organisation sending you. In most cases, this is your formal employer during your exchange.
Partners: The organisations, institutions or companies exchanging participants.
Partnership: The collaboration between the partners in the exchange projects. The goals, plans and budget for this collaboration are found in a Collaboration agreement document, approved by Norec.
Emergency plan: The partners are responsible for preparing an Emergency plan for every participant. This plan describes procedures in case of emergencies, essential contact details and information about your insurance.
Reciprocity: Norec's core value. It means that everyone involved in an exchange both contributes and benefits.