Activities in 2016/2017 – survey
Results from questionnaire
- 8% of participants were international students.
- Around 50% were from Asia, but there were also students from America, Europe and Africa.
- The number of participants that were doing full study programs was quite equal to the number of those doing short term study programs.
- Activities that had more than 10 participants were: board game nights, trips, dinners, traditional celebrations (Easter, Iftar), open talks about culture and the international student camp.
- 100% of participants said they had met new people in the activities, 96% answered that they would recommend these activities to their friends, 80% said that they had the opportunity to meet Latvians in these events. As for if the activities had a good impact on student’s experience in Latvia, 94% answered that these activities provided a healthy way to have a good time in Latvia and make friends.
These activities are relevant for international students despite the duration of their study program.
Students choose activities that allow them to interact and experience cultural differences.
International students are more eager to participate in international-thought activities than locals, but locals are already willing to be-friend international students and that was achieved during this EVS program.
Some testimonies of participants:
- “These events was a very good chance to meet new people and build friendships.”
- “Ana and Diana showed an extraordinary level of proficiency and hospitality, while bringing together people of different countries, religions and nations. Would love to repeat some of the events some time.”
- “Ana and Diana made opportunities for international students. I could join many events and make new friends and find new cultures. It was super nice experience.”
This report was created based on the results of the questionnaire applied to 49 participants of the activities developed as part of the ERASMUS+ projects “Welcome for internationals II: Integrating Internationals” and “Welcome for internationals 3: Connecting Students, Connecting Worlds”.
Student New Year camp`17
MONDAY 7th March
Italian Culture, Live music, Free italian food & espresso
TUESDAY 8th March
Disscution: Why God doesn’t reveal himself clearly?, Live music. Free italian food & espresso
WEDNESDAY 9th March
Movie night “La vita è bella”, Discution: Why God allows suffering, Free Italian food & espresso
THURSDAY 10th March
Live music, Discussion: Who will be saved?, Free Italian food & espresso
Come and join every evening
Mārstaļu street 10
Event is supported by
Camp “Born to live”:
Who am I? Where am I going? Why am I going? Am I going somewhere at all?
We often run somwhere, thinking only about our work, studies and social activities. But in which moment can we “pause” and find answers to these important questions?
Camp “Born to live” is a great chance to spend the weekend finding out more about your identity. Trough lectures we will be helped to do this by Indulis Paičs, pastor of Riga Luther church.
Also you will have a chance to hear different seminars, like “Destiny” and “Astrology explored”, to express yourself creatively in marbling workshop (painting on the surface of water), talk in discussion groups and take part in outdoor activities, in which you will be able to practically live out what you have heard in lectures.
The camp will be from March 18-20 in Jēkabpils, Ābeļu secondary school. Cost: 17 euros.
Depression. Meeting with Joseph Bastin.
Lecture and discussion, opportunity to ask questions. Lector Joseph Bastin with several year personal experience of depression wil help those who are struggling with this problem or want to support others.
Lecture in English with translation into Latvian.
Feel free to bring some snacks!
Time: February 18, 6 p.m.
Location: University of Latvia, Department of Economics and Management (Aspazijas bulvaris 5), auditorium 308.
Organized by Jauniešu Pastorālā māja (Youth Pastoral house) and LKSB (IFES Latvia).
More information: 26394426 (Diāna).
Wednesday, December 16, 18:30
Youth Center Marstalu iela 10, Riga
It’s Christmas time!!! So LKSB is organising the Christmas Party for international and local students. It’s an opportunity to spend some time together, with good food, games, gifts, Christmas music, alot of pictures and other sorprises. Everything is for free 😉 This event is financed by ERASMUS+
What to bring:
– a present to exchange for the gifts game (price not more than 3 euro)
– some food to share with others
– Rudolph the Reindeer
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/719637634840415/
Student winter camp
The greatest sliding of the year is coming! From 29 December to 1 January in Cēsis you will have a chance to experience the “Slide of the year” with more than hundred students from all over Latvia.
We will be listening to interesting speeches, going on a small winter hike that will allow you to experience God differently then you probably are used to, will be making a sliding competition and, after all, celebrating a great New Year with dancing, fireworks and joy above all.
The participation fee is 30 euros, but if money is the only obstacle for you to attend the camp – then you don’t have any obstacles to go to the “Slide of the year”!
Open mic night
Wednesday, 25th november 19:00
Youth center Marstalu iela 10, Riga Old town
Are you an international student in Riga and want to spend some time with other internationals? Do you play any instrument or sing or dance or have any other special talent???
Well! The stage and microphone are yours! Come and share with your talent!
For a logistic reason, please send a messagge describing what are you going to perform and how many minutes do you need until 24 november 15:00
There will be italian food and snacks and drinks and other surprises, all this for FREE!
You are very welcome to enjoy with us!
This event is organised by Erasmus+ and LKSB
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675851999222607/
Public debate: has science buried god?
Has science overcame what the religions of the world are saying? Can religion help to explain the world? Can believing in God make people better? Can religion and science work together?
For the first time John Lennox, Oxford University math proffesor, is visiting Latvia. He is an author of several books and has attended many high level debates about the relationship between God and science. This time together with prof. John Lennox the debate will be joined by prof. Mārcis Auziņš, who was the rector of University of Latvia for the last 8 years.
The discussion will be in english with translation into latvian. There will also be a chance to ask questions to participants of panel discussion.
Discussion will be lead by Mārtiņš Vaivars, co-founder of debate organisation “QUO tu domā?”
Watch the event record here:
18.00 – 20.00
University of Latvia
The Great Hall
Raiņa boulevard 19, Riga
Follow the latest information https://www.facebook.com/LennoxAuzins