Our motto: EXPLORE MUNDI – SCIRE TE IPSUM
In 2013, the Culture Association “Alternate Reality” was founded by a group of enthusiasts, experts in the field of organizing social and cultural projects, with the aim of promoting social integration and personal development of the local society, especially children and young people with disabilities.
We want to support the active participation of young people in various areas of public life, to promote personal development and democratic citizenship, volunteering and youth mobility; develop critical thinking, promote sports and a healthy lifestyle, support the development of the abilities and potential of various social and ethnic groups of young people and young people with disabilities, using various methods such as sports, music, theater, dancing, painting, organizing social events.
To achieve our goals, we work with families, local authorities, orphans, public associations and city administrations, high schools and universities, and we develop joint and independent projects. “Alternative reality” implements both international and local projects at the national level.
Since 2017, we have been engaged in international projects on youth awards within the framework of the Erasmus + program. Since then, we have coordinated two double youth exchanges in Latvia and Ukraine, and also participated as partners in another 3 international exchanges in Greece, Ukraine, and Crete.
Alternate Reality realizes domestic cultural and social projects for youth and children, such as culture festivals and social community actions, involving youngsters as volunteers in each phase of organization.
Alternate Reality is a sender and a host organization for youngsters to help them to improve their competences; become aware of socially relevant topics/thematic areas, discover new cultures, habits and life-styles, strengthen values like solidarity, democracy, friendship and so on.
ERASMUS + PROJECTS
We have experience as organizing, coordinating, sending and hosting organzation in Youth exchanges projects supported by Erasmus+ Program by European Union.
We coordinated and hosted 2 projects in Latvia about culture and eco-friendly lifestyle in Latvia, and sent our youngsters to 2 projects to Ukraine.
Alternate Reality aims at:
Our idea is to develop our city youth community, to grow young persons as strong personalities with good social and entrepreneurship skills and to have good experience, comfort and fun from this process.
We are relatively young youth non-governmental organization, but we are very interesting in participation in Erasmus + programme such as Youth Exchanges and Training courses.
Our all experiences in coordinating and hosting youth projects are as follows;
Based on our experiences; we can say that as a coordinator, we have been actively involved in all stages of youth exchanges and training courses: planning, defining roles and responsibilities of project partners, meetings, preparation, logistics, communication between all partners involved, arranging project timetables, as well as promotion of projects and dissemination of their results through our Internet pages and by organizing informative sessions for the local youth for better visibility.
Our all experiences as a sender are as follows;
Based on our experiences; we can say that as a sender organization, we have been actively involved in all stages of youth exchanges and training courses: Communication with the Partners during the all stages of project, Promotion of the project, Selection of suitable participants according to the partner profile, Planning and implementation of the preparation activities (before the departure), Preparation of the participants and their travel plan and tasks, Management of administrative procedures and all technical and organizational aspects, Management of the flows of participants, Management of the relationship with foreign partners and with participants, Planning and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities,- Planning and implementation of the follow up activities, and Disseminating the results and work towards better visibility.
Our PIF document: AltReality-PIF
More about our actual and upcoming projects of Erasmus+ please read here – BLOG
We are proud to inform that Latvian National Agency (Agency for International Programs for Youth) is approved our Application for
European Solidarity Quality Label for volunteering, traineeships and jobs .
Quality Label No: 2018-1-LV02-ESC52-00244
We are taking part in organization and also organize by ourselves multi-culture and social festivals, helping people to get actively involved in all organizational process of the project, making people more active in social life, especially youngsters and students with fewer opportunities.
Our open space festival-carnival “Count of May”, based on XV century Riga culture tradition was started from 2013, and it is the biggest spring carnival in Baltic states, and every year a thousands of people are participating in carnival program as well as in organizational and stuff support based on volunteers. More about annual festival “Count of May” in Riga read here.
One of our social projects – integration project for kids from Latvian orphanages “Mandarinu Zeme” (MandarinLand). Started from 2013 and continuing every year, we are organizing interactive Christmas events for children
Project is organized by volunteers and active citizens. Every year more then 300 children from Latvian orphanages participates in it, play interactive team games based on communication and social integration, get sweet presents from Santa and a lot of tangerines. What is more important – these children get love from our volunteers and good feeling about people around them. Our goal in this project – is to make kids believe in real miracles and love.
More about project “Mandarinu Zeme” is here.
T30 CLUB – creative place for creative people
We created our own place for realization of creative ideas and projects. T30 Club is a place for meetings of all our volunteers and young teams, also it is a place for creating events for children and adults in very fairy tale atmosphere.
We create thematic events and birthdays for children and adults, trying to not only make fun, but in the same time introduce our guests with important values – self-improving and getting higher self-esteem, team-building, helping each other.
We do believe in miracles and want to share it with others.
SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN
More then 3 years we oranize a summer camp “The Order of Golden Dragon” for children form 8 till 14 y.o. – adventure camp for young brave knights and amazones. Adventures and tournaments, medieval atmosphere and legends about brave knigths like king Arthur – we help children due playing games to get new knowledges in European history and introduce them such European values, as trust, responsibility, love, respect, team working and tolerance to all who is different in any way.
By organizing this camp we provide participation in this camp for children from Latvian orphanages and social risks groups.
Feedbacks suggested that participation improved children’s skills, confidence and self-esteem.