U.S. Embassy Vilnius and LAKMA are organizing a week-long DEMOCRACY CAMP in Lithuania for teenagers from the U.S., Poland and Lithuania.
 
The camp aims to promote cross-cultural dialog through the shared camp experience; foster democratic values through discussion of human rights, media literacy, and inclusion of ethnic minorities, refugees and partner nations in this dialog; promote the English language as a tool to create inclusion by providing an intensive experience where English is used by students and teachers in a natural manner to discover new ideas and articulate their own ideas.
 
Time: July 17–23, 2017 (arrival 17th, departure 23rd)
Place: Dvarčėnų Dvaras, Alytus region www.dvarcenudvaras.lt
Age of students: 14–15 years. In Lithuania – students who have finished grade 7 or 8.
 
The camp is FREE OF CHARGE for both students and teachers. All costs will be covered, including transportation (Vilnius Bus Station – Dvarčėnai), accommodation, meals, and educational supplies. The Camp is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Vilnius and organized by LAKMA with support from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences.
 
Participating schools:                                                                                 
US – Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, host of the Global Teen Summit
Poland – Gimnazjum im. Noblistów Polskich in Świdniku, host of the Holocaust Memorial Week
Lithuania – 6 schools from different regions (1 teacher and 6 students from each school) 
                                                                    
English teachers interested in working at the camp are invited to apply by June 12, 2017.
Please complete the online APPLICATION FORM:  https://goo.gl/pZ1hQi
 
The six teachers selected for the camp will be contacted on June 14, 2017. The list of students will have to be submitted by June 21, 2017 to LAKMA president Eglė Petronienė: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Selected teachers will be required to participate in a three-day preparatory workshop in Vilnius, June 26–28, 2017. All costs (travel, accommodation, and meals) will be covered.
                                                                                                         

WHO CAN APPLY?

 TEACHER profile:
* is a qualified teacher of English, with at least three years of experience of teaching teenagers
* (preferable) has experience using social media platforms (Facebook, Blogs, etc.)
* has permission of her/his school Principal to apply for the camp 
 
STUDENT profile:
* has sufficient knowledge of English (6+ years of studies)
* is interested in meeting peers from Lithuania, Poland and the U.S.
* has submitted to the teacher a written parental permission to participate at the camp
 

WHAT ARE THE COMMITMENTS?

 Selected TEACHERS are expected to:
* participate in a preparatory workshop, June 26–28, 2017 in Vilnius
* complete a home assignment before the preparatory workshop
* work in a team with other teachers of English, counselors and volunteers 
* organize educational activities for groups of students from ethnically-diverse backgrounds
* produce a written report about the camp to be posted on the school website / Facebook by September 15, 2017 (The International Day of Democracy)
make a presentation about the camp for the school community
* submit a written report in English to LAKMA president by September 15, 2017
 
Selected STUDENTS are expected to:
* participate in camp activities throughout the week
* contribute to the written report about the camp to be posted on the school website / Facebook
* contribute to the oral presentation about the camp for the school community
 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

 The TEACHERS will:
* be working in an English-only environment for a week
* be working together with colleagues from Lithuania, Poland and the U.S.
* receive a stipend of 180 EUR to cover the working hours at the camp
* gain motivation and inspiration for the upcoming school year
* develop their social media skills
* receive an educational certificate
                                                                                                   
The STUDENTS will:
* make new friends
* become better team players
* improve English skills through group activities
* meet interesting people, who have studied in the U.S. and guests from the U.S.
* live for a week in a beautiful environment, spend a lot of time outdoors and eat healthy food
* receive a certificate of participation

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