The length of the exchange period is 4 weeks, starting in May for all the candidates.
It has been followed, since 1988, by an evaluation meeting and since 1992 also by a seminar in June, to which all professionals of the HOPE Exchange Programme are invited. Each year these meetings are organized in a different country by its national delegation of HOPE. During the evaluation meeting each professional is requested to contribute to a national presentation of his/her experiences abroad.
The host organisations must send in an outline of the individual exchange programme of the professional before the training starts.
A final report has to be drawn up at the end of the training by both the participant and the host organisation. Having completed their training the professionals receive a certificate for having participated in a European Exchange Programme.
The national co-ordinator is also responsible for the organisation of a social programme for professionals coming to the country.
This allows them to exchange ideas and experiences with other candidates in the host country. In addition, hosts will be asked to consider a social programme for their visitors recognising that some will be more independent than others.