Elizabete Madarāja, Alise Hirša, Kristaps Kartenbeks

Five 2nd year BSP students of the Department of Asian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Latvia - Elizabete Madarāja, Alise Hirša, Daniels Pavlovičs, Kristaps Kartenbeks and Anna Afanasjeva - volunteer in the association “Creative Union for Youth TREPES” and have successfully created their own project “Oriented On Orientalism or OOO ", which is the Solidarity Project of the European Solidarity Corps".

Elizabete Madarāja talks about the long-term project.

We live in a global world full of different cultures, so an important goal of the project is to develop tolerance for each other, solidarity in a multicultural environment and cultural exchange. With our project, we want to cooperate with immigrants who need help to integrate faster into our culture and public life.

The main activities offered by the project are: Latvian language learning and emotional support groups for immigrants, focusing on 3rd world nationals, as well as organization of celebrations of various national and cultural celebrations, to which a larger part of the society, including ethnic Latvians, would be invited. That way  we are getting to know each other as well as the different cultures these people represent.

With this project, we want to ensure that Latvian citizens have a broader knowledge and understanding of different Asian and Eastern cultures, thus, creating a tolerant and stereotype-free society. In turn, immigrants would be provided with an easier integration process and more convenient and faster learning of the Latvian language, based on an individual approach.

Progress of the project and information about the events will be available by following Facebook page of the organization "Creative Association for Youth TREPES", as well as on Facebook and Instagram profiles of the participants.

The project [Oriented On Orientalism] was financed with the support of European Commission’s European Solidarity Corps administered in Latvia by the Agency for International Programs for Youth. The publication reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in.