This is what FK Norway does

The way an exchange works

Exchange through mutual, organisational  partnerships

The exchange takes place between Norwegian and foreign organisations or businesses.

Finding a partner for exchange in the foreign country will be your job.

We also support exchanges where both partner organisations are foreign.

Those who are exchanged are in most cases between 18 and 35 years of age.

You can recruit participants for exchange among existing staff or members, or outside your own organisation. The preparatory course is mandatory for all people going on exchange. 

Exchange for mutual learning

During the exchange your FK participants travel abroad to work with your partner organisation, while the foreign participants come to work in your organisation in Norway.

Costs and investments

FK Norway pays a moderate salary for participants. We also cover expenses for travel, stay, insurance and language course.

A dedicated member of your staff fills the role as our contact person and is in charge of participant follow-up and administrational tasks. The contact person also attends FK Norway courses and meetings.

We offer a small administration grant to all our partners. You should keep in mind that your organisation additionally needs to allocate personell resouces to project administration.

Training

FK- Norway offers trainings for our partners and their participants. The purpose of the FK- trainings is to make sure that all parties are prepared in the best way possible for creating fruitful exchange programs and successful partnerships.

The partners are given relevant tools for project management and knowledge on how to follow up participants, and we make sure that the participants are properly prepared and de- briefed before and after the exchange. It is important for all FK- Trainings that all participants are given an opportunity to learn from each other, share experiences and build networks across borders.

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Bangladesh

10 projects

72 participants

Bhutan

1 project

Brazil

10 projects

38 participants

Burundi

3 projects

17 participants

Cambodia

4 projects

33 participants

China

3 projects

10 participants

Colombia

7 projects

12 participants

Ethiopia

6 projects

39 participants

Guatemala

2 projects

2 participants

India

15 projects

72 participants

Kenya

25 projects

116 participants

Madagascar

14 projects

67 participants

Malawi

15 projects

135 participants

Mozambique

3 projects

39 participants

Myanmar (Burma)

4 projects

29 participants

Namibia

1 project

Nepal

22 projects

110 participants

Nicaragua

2 projects

2 participants

Norway

34 projects

128 participants

Rwanda

8 projects

57 participants

South Africa

13 projects

34 participants

Sudan

2 projects

Tanzania

20 projects

104 participants

Thailand

1 project

Uganda

20 projects

120 participants

Vietnam

7 projects

39 participants

Zambia

7 projects

63 participants

Zimbabwe

9 projects

59 participants

Why embark on an FK exchange?

Exchanges create development and growth. It broadens the perspectives and changes the attitudes of people and make businesses, institutions and organsiations more capable in achiving their goals. The exchanges are also a modern tool aiming to create mutual learning between Norway and various developing countries.  

  • 9 out of 10 businesses claim to have achieved increased technical skills through an FK exchange
  • Strengthen your intercultural communication skills
  • Build strong partnerships with associates in Asia, Africa or Latin-America
  • Motivate your staff and/or members
  • Broaden, diversify and globalise the skills and knowledge of your staff
  • Contribute to developing and sharings skills and knowledge in Norway and developing countries
  • Strengthen the management skills of your organisation

Since 2001 more than 1200 projects and 8997 participants have been on exchange through FK Norway.