Our organisation took part in Youth Exchange in Lithuania 15-23.8.2016. Participants from Italy, Belgium, Ukraine, Slovakia, Netherland, Finland and Lithuania met in Vilnius and spent an unforgetable week in Antaliepte’s Innovator’s Valley.
Social Innovation Laboratory and Antalieptė Valley is a unique project in the Baltic States and most of the Europe. The whole nature park and its infrastructure with many still unused buildings is perfect experiments place for social ideas testing and implementation.
At the moment Antalieptė Valley, as social business, provide following services: Experiential walking tours in nature o Infrastructure for social innovators job tourism, meetings, camps; Education in the apiary and selling honey. In order to organize and deliver
those services the National Institute of Social Integration involves local community. We believe that this is a very positive example of operation that is worth to spread to other European countries. The accommodation was in the former monastery of the village.
During the youth exchange the participants shared information of ecological innovations in their countries, participated in design workshops, created furniture out of old materials, participated in BiZZ conference and met with nature of Lithuania in hiking.
Every country arranges own national evening with food, drinks, music and dancing.
We have got new friends from other countries, ideas for future projects and unforgetable experience in Lithuania.