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Welcome for internationals II: Integrating Internationals
Start date: Jun 8, 2016, End date: Sep 7, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

EVS project "Welcome for internationals II: Integrating Internationals" is implemented under the EU program "Erasmus+: Youth in Action" for the period from June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017 with activities in the period from August 15, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Project involves one volunteer - Portuguese girl Ana Ferreira. Project is hosted and coordinated by Latvijas Kristīgā Studentu Brālība (Latvian Christian Student Fellowship) - LKSB (PIC 944926083), but sending organization is Activar - Associação de cooperação da Lousã (PIC 947731905).The aim of the project is to create an environment that helps international students in Riga, the capital of Latvia, to be integrated in local society, particularly with local students. This can be done by providing volunteer a chance to be in the staff worker team of the organization, to represent the interests of international students; creating an international team to work together with the common goal; organizing events where incoming students would feel free to express themselves and understand other cultures, worldviews and people; increasing local student curiosity about other cultures and helping the volunteer herself to integrate and develop different competences.The project idea came about because LKSB already has been hosting one EVS volunteer who has been working with international students and decided to make a next project to continue this work and improve it, by involving more local students and helping them overcome their barriers between them and foreign students.Project activities will focus on offer different kinds of support to international students, to help them “feel like home” in Latvia. For example, the volunteer together with local and foreign students will organise different city orientation activities, cultural events, workshops, lead discussion groups related to exploring Christian faith and other topics.Volunteer will also participate in student weekend events, trainings, seminars, where most of participants are Latvian students. She will involve international students in those activities, as well as present EVS and her culture, breaking barriers between local and international students.It is intended that as a result to this project the volunteer will have a wider vision of multicultural diversity, that LKSB will feel more capable to focus on work with internationals, accept different cultures and promoting their integration, that local Latvian students would become more open to including foreign students in their activities and helping them, and also international students would understand better other countries and cultures and feel more comfortable to be in a foreign environment. Hopefully, this project will be a catalyst to raise awareness about the importance of international student integration in the local society and that more people would realise how they can contribute to achieving this integration.
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