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Being a Norec participant

  • How to become a participant
  • Training
  • Rights and duties
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Ethical principles
  • Challenges
  • Terminology

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. 

Preparatory training

By the end of the preparatory training you will be able to:

  • see the world from multiple perspectives
  • reflect upon your own position in a global society
  • be prepared for engagement as global citizens and agents of change
  • identify personal and professional challenges related to living in another cultural context, and...
  • ... identify and use specific tools and approaches to prevent, minimise or overcome these challenges

Homecoming training

By the end of homecoming training you will be able to:

  • identify and express new learning and experiences
  • assess and process successes and failures
  • describe challenges related to homecoming and reintegration and...
  • ... develop strategies to prevent, minimise or overcome these challenges
  • analyse how your own project and experiences may be understood in a global development context
  • plan how the experience may be used to increase impact as agents of change when returning home

Rights and duties
The following is covered by Norec, through your partner:

  • Housing, including gas, electricity, water etc. 
  • Travel and health insurance for the whole period, including the trainings.
  • Monthly allowance determined by living costs in your home and host countries. Allowance may be taxable, either in your home or host country.
  • Travel costs to and from your home country, and to and from the trainings.
  • Participants activities, depending on your partner's needs.
  • Departure/set up contribution that may cover passport, visa, necessary vaccinations, work permits, necessary clothing and other equipment, etc. 


Your contract
Your contract is called participant agreement and shall as a minimum include:

  • The duration of your employment
  • A decription of you activities, duties, responsibilities both during and after the exchange
  • Tax deduction should be specified, if possible
  • The size of your monthly allowance, how it will be paid and in which currency
  • Working conditions during the exchange, including working hours, public holidays, contractual holidays etc. 

Roles and responsibilities

Here is a quick overview of who is responsible for what before, during and after the exchange.

Participant's responsibilities

  • Identify mutual expectations with both home partner and host partner before and during the exchange
  • Clarify the reporting routines and try to get an idea of what your work will be like before you leave
  • Actively participate in the trainings provided
  • Remember that you represent both your home/host partner and Norec during your exchange
  • Follow Norec's ethical principles


Host partner's responsibilities

  • Preparation and guidance during the exchange
  • Provide safe and reasonable housing
  • Providing participants with a security brief
  • Providing participants with an emergency plan, including all necessary contact details
  • Pay the allowance


Home partner's responsibilities

  • Recruit participants
  • Make a Participant Agreement
  • Make sure participants are prepared before they leave
  • For some: Organise homecoming seminar
  • Make sure participants get to do their follow-up work


Norec's role

  • Funding
  • Advise home and host partners
  • Training of both partners and participants
  • Home and host partners report to Norec

Ethical principles
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:

  • Observe any breach of the ethical principles
  • Suspect violations of any laws and regulations
  • Experience other difficulties


This is the proper order of contact:

  1. Your host partner.
  2. Your home partner
  3. Norec. If the problem is of great concern, and the situation has not improved after communicating with your partners, please contact the Norec programme adviser of your project directly. 
  4. If any of this proves to be difficult, or if you wish to report anonymously, you can use an external whistle-blowing channel. You can read more about how to report here


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.

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