FAQ Twinning Programme
Does the program have to start with physically meeting the people from the other section?
You don’t have to meet at first. Skype is also a good way to start. Another opportunity to meet can be at an international seminar organised by JEF Europe or some national sections. You just need to coordinate (and let the JEF secretariat know you’re twinning partners in your application).
Do you give us a guarantee, that you find a good partner and it will be a working partnership?
It is no guarantee, it’s just a starting help. What you make out of it is then up to you ! That being said, we remain at your disposal if needed and if you have any difficulties we can support you.
On which grounds do you choose the twinning section?
You give a lot of criteria in the application form. Based on this we search for possible partners. Also we look into which cities y your city is formally twinned with. You can also take the initiative by consulting the part dedicated to the programme’s participants, presented further down this section of the website.
Do you have funds to reimburse meetings?
We are working on this, but at the moment we don’t have funding for reimbursement of twinning meetings.
Is the twinning program only for sections or also for individual people?
At the moment it is only for sections. But we are keen on collecting ideas to build up another project for individual JEFers.
Is it also possible to twin with more than one section?
It is definitely possible. It is not an exclusive relationship. You can twin with more than one section or two twinned sections can again apply together. However, it is worth keeping in mind that a twinning is supposed to be a bit more than a one-shot cooperation, for instance to co-organise an event. Twinning is meant to be an ongoing part of your activities, to make them more sustainable and more attractive to potential members. In short, start small and expand as you develop.
Can a section also specifically wish for a section out of a specific country?
Yes, it makes it also easier for us if you are able to be specific in your application form.
How can the national sections push the twinning programme around the local sections?
National sections can remind them from time to time about the programme, publish the feedbacks and the photos that are circulated via JEF Europe (see the “success stories” part of this website), and do a lot of promotion of the twinning which might already be happening in their section. Local Branches and International Officers should actively promote the concept. Some sections even have a deliberate aim to ensure all local branches have a ‘twin’ somewhere in JEF!