In Their Own Words: Portraits of Erasmus+ Beneficiaries


In a series of powerful video portraits of Erasmus+ beneficiaries, ICF Mostra has emphasised how the programme has strengthened employment and competitiveness throughout Europe.

To illustrate Erasmus+ programme’s positive results, the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) asked ICF Mostra to produce a series of 10 video portraits featuring real participants from education, training and youth programmes. Part of an ongoing project, ICF Mostra previously produced 11 videos, making a total of 21 Erasmus+ films to date.

In their own words, the beneficiaries describe their personal experience with the Erasmus+ programme. From a Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher in Poland to youths learning clownery in Tortona, Italy, these diverse video testimonials show how learning through mobility strengthens personal development and increases the likelihood of future employability.

In the 10 short videos, simple, concise content and an approachable, authentic tone trigger viewers’ curiosity and emotion. These films showcase not only the life-changing effects of the programme for beneficiaries, but also the concrete benefits of the Erasmus+ for businesses and the society.

Thanks to these videos, beneficiary Mina Jaf came to the attention of the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) in New York, NY. In April 2016, Mina will receive the WRC’s prestigious Voices of Courage award, which honours ‘resilient, resourceful refugee women and their ground-breaking work to help other refugees’.

The videos are optimised for the Erasmus+ website and social media networks, such as their Facebook page.


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