Late registration opens for Debate Exchange 2023

If you want to join our annual networking and training event for debate organisation staff, volunteers ,and coaches interested in supporting and developing their local debate programmes in the long term, do not wait to register.

Dear international debate community,

IDEA is now opening late registrations for prospective participants of the 2023 IDEA Debate Exchange in Bratislava, Slovakia, from August 27th (arrival day) to September 1st (departure day). Five fully-funded spots are open, with partial or complete travel reimbursement.  Please read on and, if interested, do not hesitate to apply.

IDEA Debate Exchange is an event for debate organisation staffers, volunteers and coaches interested in supporting and developing their local debate programmes in the long term. All participants must be at least 18 years old by the event's start (August 28th). 

The event is co-funded by the European Union and is open to residents of the EU, North Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Norway, Iceland, Ukraine, Albania and Liechtenstein. 

This event will focus on exchanging debate practices, innovations, capacity building, and general networking. The event will feature workshops on fundraising options, grant application writing, project management, capacity building, and event and activity organisation, as well as those focusing on non-formal teaching skills, key debate concepts, and debate club management. Additional workshops offered by participating IDEA member representatives will cover many relevant topics, ranging from tabbing debate tournaments and lesson planning to collaborative debate and peer-to-peer learning through assisted teamwork. Debate Exchange also uses the open space format, with event participants suggesting and taking up different topics for discussions during the event. 

Prospective participants need to register by August 14th. Registrations by participants from countries with active IDEA member organisations will be cross-checked with the relevant member organisation. IDEA will notify selected participants as soon as possible. 

Participation at the event is fully funded and includes full board hotel accommodation and workshop participation. Participants can offer to deliver a workshop at the event.

Individuals can receive travel reimbursements up to the sums listed below. To receive a travel cost reimbursement, selected participants will be required to provide all relevant invoices and travel tickets. 

Travel distance    Standard travel*   Green travel**
10 – 99 km                 23 EUR                        /
100 – 499 km             180 EUR                 210 EUR
500 – 1999 km           275 EUR                 320 EUR
2000 – 2999 km         360 EUR                 410 EUR
3000 – 3999 km         530 EUR                 610 EUR

Please use the official Erasmus+ calculator ( to determine the distance between your starting point and Bratislava, Slovakia. We encourage anyone who can to travel by train or bus.

Costs will be calculated on the basis of real costs incurred, and the above costs are the maximum amounts eligible.

*Standard travel stands for traveling by plane or traveling by car alone. If any part of your travel that you are requesting reimbursement for qualifies as standard travel, your complete journey is considered standard travel (ex. if you travel by train and plane, your journey is considered as standard travel). 
**Green travel covers cycling, carpooling, canoeing, traveling by bus or by train.

We are looking forward to meeting you. If you cannot make it to this event, keep an eye out - in addition to the annual IDEA Debate Exchange, we host a range of events for adults and young people throughout the year. 


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