Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges


At Catfarm, we are proud to host Youth Exchanges every year. Our picturesque and sustainable eco-village provides the perfect setting for young people to immerse themselves in a unique, hands-on learning experience.

Our Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges bring young people together and provide them with an opportunity to make connections, network, share and exchange knowledge, skills and cultures. We support the participants in building a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them by presenting them with an alternative way of living in a community and in connection with nature. We use art, mindfulness and non-formal education methods to improve various key competencies such as a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression, and many others.

We believe in taking responsibility for the energy we use, the food we eat, the waste we create, the well being of those around us as well as of the generations that will come after. Through offering experiences, education and understanding we inspire youth to shape the world they wish to create. For the better and brighter!



Please read everything carefully <3

  • Two participants sleep in a three-person tent
  • Two indoor showers
  • Two compost toilets outside and a toilet inside (only for pee or if you are on medication).
  • One small kitchen and one professional kitchen (we only cook vegan food!!!)
  • The hangar, indoor communal space where we also eat
  • Wooden terrasse with shade where we eat together and host some of the outdoor workshops
  • 3G coverage on the farm, and wifi available
  • One indoor workshop area
  • A meditation tippi
  • Bakery and supermarket nearby


  • Sleeping bag, pillow, bath towel, swimming suit, beach towel. We give extra blankets if it’s cold.


We encourage all participants to choose the greenest and most affordable means of travel. Please follow these guidelines:

Preferred Modes of Transport:

  • Train or Bus: Opt for these unless your journey exceeds 1000km or over 24 hours.

    We also accept receipts from car-sharing alternatives like Blablacar.

  • Avoid Uber or Taxi: Use these only if absolutely necessary. Avoid first class seats unless they are cheaper.

  • No Hotel Stays: We do not cover hotel accommodation costs.


Travel Dates: Travel only on the designated project arrival and departure days.

Arrival Time: Ensure you arrive in Montpellier before 5 PM to have enough time to reach Catfarm independently.

Travel Budget: The travel budget is up to €275.

How is life in the Catfarm different?

We are aiming to reduce our impact on the planet.

Water and electricity: at the Catfarm every water drop and power watt matters! Our farm is powered by solar energy and our water comes from a natural source. We have built our own electricity and water systems so we know exactly where our resources come from and how much they last. You will also be challenged to change your perception of water and electricity as a given and learn to value them! Only charge devices during daytime!

Recycling/Upcycling: reducing consumption is only one of the steps into lowering our impact on the environment. We also need to make sure we are using everything to its full potential before throwing it in the bin. We use waste to build things that make our community prettier and more functional. For those things that really do not have any further use, they are properly separated and sent to recycling centers.

Food: we could not try to reduce our impact on the environment without reducing the burden on animals. For that reason,the community meals that we prepare are vegan, we try to use the food waste from the market and from bio-shops as much as possible and we try to buy as much bio food as we can.  At the farm, you will learn that there’s plenty more to food than steak and chips, and that lettuce and tomato are not the only vegetables in the world!

Self-hygiene: we only use biodegradable soaps. Please don’t take any non-biodegradable soaps with you to the farm since they can damage our septic system!

Toilets: when we say everything is used to its full potential, we mean EVERYTHING. Including poop! At the farm, we have a compost toilet where you can deposit your lovely poop so it becomes delicious compost for the plants!

We kindly ask you to use the compost toilet on the Catfarm and we understand that for some people this is a big step. But it’s part of the experience. DO NOT use the compost toilet IF you are on any medication, birth control, antibiotics etc.

In this case, you can use the inside flushing toilet. About toilet paper: you can throw toilet paper inside the compost toilets, but when you use the flushing toilet, please throw the toilet paper in the bin and not inside the toilet.

Community living: if we want to look after the world we live in, why not start with our own community? The Catfarm is a co-creation from all the people who have lived here, including you! If you have any nice idea about a creation or a cooperation, we would love to listen to you and eventually decide together how to make it real! 

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Make sure you read all the information  from above. For more specific information about the projects check out the Facebook event page.


Bring an outfit! There is a story that connects all the activities. A thematic acts as a glue for the entire exchange and helps the participants to bond together. We love to dress up and decorate the entire farm according to a theme.


Participant requirements
  • Interested in the off-grid alternative way of living and staying in a tent
  • Punctuality and attendance to all activities
  • Aged between 18-30
  • Open for vegan meals, community work, and activities like sharing circles, meditations and open mics.
  •  Willing to open up and share their vulnerability with others
  • Motivated to disseminate project results and get involved in future follow up projects
  •  Being able to understand and communicate in English;

Check out some moments of our previous Youth Exchanges