Youth Exchange "Bath Academy"


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Presentation of good practice project - Youth Exchange "Bath Academy" implemented in 2004 in Lithuania by Centre for Creative Expression in partnership with 6 other partners.

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Youth Exchange "Bath Academy"

  1. 1. Project example through essential quality criteria of the youth exchange Active Non-formalparticipation learning Laimonas Ragauskas Contact Making Seminar “European Rural Youth”Intercultural European 10-15 04 2012, Finland learning Dimension
  2. 2. Bath Academy orYoung Europeans in a Bath
  3. 3. Near Kuršėnai, N.W. Lithuania
  4. 4. It started with “Feasibility visit” • Meeting of partners • Agreement on aims, objectives, prelimin ary programme of the exchange • Introduction to environment, where exchange will be held
  5. 5. The aim of the project• To learn about each other cultures through exploration of bathing cultures in 7 European countries
  6. 6. Day I (09/15) Day II (09/16) Day III (09/17) Day IV (09/18) Day V (09/19) Day VI (09/20) Arrival day Rub along day National day of National day of Wild, Wild West of National day of Austria Estonia Lithuania… GermanyArrival to the Palace Getting to know to Bath (sauna) culture. Street exercises in Excursion to National Preparation for each other Kuršėnai market. park of Ţemaitija building a Sauna. Presentation of the Lecture about history Ass benches Orvydai farmstead program of Baths workshopArrival to the Palace Team building Continuation of Presentation of street Folk dances & songs Building a Sauna. exercises lecture exercises Traditional Lithuanian Procedures in self Renovating works in Bath Assembly bath built Sauna. the Palace Ice breaking “First time” – first National Austrian National Estonian Open evening National German Opening evening Bath evening evening evening Day VII (09/21) Day VIII (09/22) Day IX (09/23) Day X (09/24) Day XI (09/25) Day XII (09/26) Vilnius + National National day of Italy National day of Presentation day Farewell day day of Poland SpainDeparture to Vilnius Free time Spanish intro. Preparation for Final Bath Departure ofFree time in Vilnius Monica show presentation of the Assembly – participants Flamenco project Evaluation of the workshop entire projectFree time in Vilnius Italian games Bowling in Šiauliai Presentation of the Preparation for Departure to the Bath Academy cafe Hill of Crosses/Free project farewell party Palace time National Polish Bath in the Palace. National Spanish The presentation Farewell party evening National Italian evening and food party evening
  7. 7. Active participation of young people (preparation phase)Participants were implementers of the project – Keeping contacts with partners – Organising programme – Solving technical questions – Exiling ghosts from the Palace
  8. 8. Active participation of young people (during youth exchange)• Leading workshops• Organising cultural evenings• Active participation in the programme (e.g. building a temporary bath, creating spaces for workshops)• Adjustment of programme according to needs• Evaluation and writing final report
  9. 9. Learning and Personal achievements• Skills of working in international teams• Communication and cooperation skills• Foreign language(s) skills
  10. 10. Learning and Personal achievements• Bathing skills (using different procedures)• Learning to do a massage and to prepare tools for using in bath (e.g. ass-benches)
  11. 11. Learning and Personal achievements• Tolerance and respect to others (getting to know to at least 7 different cultures)
  12. 12. Intercultural Learning • Street exercises in the market • Discussions about Baths in the world • Intercultural evenings • Language learning • Interactive excursions
  13. 13. European dimension• Participants from 7 European countries• Bath culture exists in various European countries in various forms and takes different role in societies• Support from the European programme• Project was based on European values: tolerance for diversity, equal opportunities for participation in the project, decisions taken by common agreement.
  14. 14. Involvement of local community • Direct contacts (e.g. market) • Local participants • Presentation of the project • Media (national and regional TVs, newspapers and etc.)
  15. 15. Strongest parts of the project• Original and attractive idea• Feasibility visit• A lot of responsibility for national groups and participants• Flexible, active and responsible team of group leaders• Many countries and little groups (balanced according to geography and sex)
  16. 16. Challenges• Rejection of application• Change of time and partners• Not enough resources to try different types of baths• Poor premises (toilets, cold)• A lot of bureaucracy• Weather :)
  17. 17. Host organisation of Bath AcademyKūrybinės Raiškos Centras(Centre for Creative Expression)V.Kudirkos 33LT-81147 KuršėnaiLithuaniaEmail: website: