This is what Norec does

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The way an exchange works

Exchange through mutual, organisational  partnerships

The exchange takes place between businesses and organisations - partners - in Norway and countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. We also support exchanges between partners in Africa, Asia and Latin-America exclusively. 

The partners have to identify what kind of project they want to establish themselves, and with whom they want to cooperate. 

Those who are exchanged - participants - 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 Norec preparatory course is mandatory for all partners and participants. 

Exchange for mutual learning

During the exchange your Norec participants travel abroad to work with your partner organisation. At the same time, a participant from your partner comes to work in your organisation. 

Costs and investments

Norec 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 Norec 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.


Norec offers trainings for our partners and their participants. The purpose of the Norec- 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 Norec trainings that all participants are given an opportunity to learn from each other, share experiences and build networks across borders.

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9 projects

73 participants


7 projects

66 participants


2 projects

8 participants


3 projects

7 participants


2 projects


4 projects

38 participants


5 projects

15 participants


2 projects

8 participants


14 projects

34 participants


18 projects

128 participants


9 projects

85 participants


13 projects

116 participants


3 projects

42 participants

Myanmar (Burma)

2 projects


18 projects

103 participants


2 projects

8 participants


24 projects

123 participants


6 projects

59 participants

South Africa

8 projects

20 participants


12 projects

69 participants


17 projects

97 participants


5 projects

11 participants


6 projects

53 participants


7 projects

49 participants

Why go on a Norec 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 a Norec 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 1231 projects and 9654 participants have been on exchange through Norec.