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    Job shadowing with Loesje…

    Job shadowing in Berlin…

    Well, what is this “Job shadowing”?  It’s a perfect opportunity, a wonderful experience which is unfortunately unknown to most of us. It’s a part of the Youth in Action program and thanks to this you can work (follow as a shadow) in some NGO during 7-21 days, see how they work, learn the “know how” of their successful existence, be a part of it. The travel costs are covered 70%, accommodation and food are provided. Plus you have some pocket money. Isn’t it too great an opportunity to miss out on?

    To do your job shadowing in Loesje e.V. in Berlin is another thing, it’s another story J You’re working with an international group of wonderful people with huge experience and desire to help you, to encourage you and just to spend their precious time with you. From the beginning you’re in a creative and hard working process trying to do the same work in another, more creative, new and effective way. Even having lunch there is something: everyday someone is cooking for all some new things, so all together can enjoy it and chat with each other and exchange their positive mood.

    If you’re doing your job shadowing in Berlin, you can say you’re very lucky and not at the same time, because you have so many things to do and to see after the working day and on weekends,  that a short time of stay is not enough ;) You can do all you want, find whatever you want and wherever you want: enjoy the huge parks, just walking there, have a rest, visit the museums, expositions, doing a walking tour in the city, find nice festivals, concerts, pubs, clubs, café, restaurants, etc, etc... and even more.

    So, when are you going to experience it?

    Milena Gasparyan and Hranush Shahnazaryan, Loesje Armenia

    This project was funded by: 

  • This Saturday a Loesje member in Berlin took on the challenge of spreading as many Loesje posters possible in one day, and succeded to spread 702! Anyone want to take on the challenge? For more details, check out: 

    http://sf0.org/kattapa/Counting/

  • The Recycled Creativity festival kicked off for the 4th year with a big Recycling and Repair day at the lovely wagon park Lohmühle, last Saturday the 15th of September. This week the festival continues in other venues, to end next Saturday with a race - on water - with vehicles made out of upcycled trash! Drop by if you can. More info at www.recycledcreativity.info

  • The latest international poster series you can find here: www.loesje.org/posters

    Print them, hang them up or translate them to your own language!

     

     

  • "Whatever happened in the summercamp stays in the summercamp?" If your curiosity is too big or if you want remember all the crazy stuffs that happened in only 10 days, it is time for you to read our Summercamp 2012 article! 

     

     

     


    It all started with a bunch of lovely-happy-crazy people meeting up in the most unexpected venue of Belgium: Tronle. If Tronle doesn't sound super exciting to you, it is probably because you have never been to the Gite Le Baty. Surrounded by cows and hills, the Gite was ready to welcome creative and playful spirits with: a piano, outdoor tables, a boule/kubb playground, a bar full of Belgian beers and bar-pretenders and even a secret hidden toilet for all the secret hidden thingies (quickly named the Hobbit). To set our international team in a Belgian mood, a big Smurfs-quizz was organized by Loesje Belgium and we must admit that it was quite useful for the rest of our stay in a country with 3 official languages and way more french fries sauces.

    But this was JUST the beginning of the camp and nobody could even IMAGINE what happened in the next days! All together, we started to build the School of Freedom, where everybody was free to give and attend different workshops. They were various and numerous. For example, the participants could enter the matrix while ignoring the weather, talk to cows and eat wild plants from the green meadows around, participate in the Loesje Olympics in stop motion or simply speak Russian during the Belgian beer tasting workshop. It was also a big opportunity to talk about Loesje's future and how we want to shape it together.     

    Each of the summer camp days were different and unpredictable but some regular features gave our residents the illusion of a daily routine. Wake-up service, provided by various creatures and monsters, poured some coffee and tea in our beds every morning. On the breakfast table, the Daily A4 was lazily waiting to make its first gossip/quote victims. A changing team of international cooks prepared the finest dishes, never forgetting the pince of smurfs or racoons. And after the daily cleaning announcer screamed in the middle of the dinner, it was time to get ready to party! No matter who you were (maybe a dragon or Captain Cutlery), where you were (could have been in the forest or in the VIP tent)and with who you were (why not Bicycle Repair Man or the Queen), parties had no limits, no rules and hardly any end.  

    Thanks to all the participants for this great adventure! And remember that the Summer Camp is not over, the feelings, pictures, songs, and quotes will last forever in our heart...

    Well... at least until the next one! See you all very soon again old campers and newcomers!

  • Loesje International Annual Report 2011 is up! Click here to read it and get a summary of our activities in 2011 and our plans for 2012.

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    On Monday, Loesje's Imagination hosted a lecture by Professor Shoaib Nabi Ahmad about Education and Arts, more specifically about his work and research on Socially Responsive Communication Design.

     

    Designers rarely have the power or independence to be entirely resposible in terms of the designs they delvier to the market or industry. Nevertheless, Professor Shoaib Ahmad considers that everyone should take responsability for their creations in a conscious way. So, he teaches his students how to respond to ethical issues by design.

    Here you can watch a small video about the project Colors Notebook done in collaboration with 52 students from the School of Architecture and Design at the American University of Sharjah. These notebooks address on many levels the subject of Identity in a multi-cultural, multi-diversed, multi-lingual society.

     

    After an interesting presentation by the Professor, all the participants engaged in a discussion about the state of Arts education and its importance for a well-balanced society.

  • Loesje was the past week in Maastricht, the Netherlands for the 26th Caretakers of the Environment International Conference. Between other interesting activities, students from different countries joined for a creative writing workshop with great results! Check our Poster Archive.

     

    Caretakers of the Environment International  is an international organization which aims to promote sustainable development education for youth. They believe that the best way to promote a sustainable development education for youth is through having students meet and work together. So, they organize annual international conferences that act as a platform for teachers and students to exchange concerns, ideas, strategies, actions and projects in the field of environmental education.

  • This year, Loesje was for the first time taking part in one of the biggest art project in Berlin: 48 Hours Neu Kölln.

    Flats, gardens, bars and streets of Neu Kölln turned to an open, free and huge art playground. For a weekend, art and culture are the center of the city life blowing a cretive and playful atmosphere in this area of Berlin.

    In the Kleinegartenkolonie Hand in Hand (small plot of gardens), you could find a small garden where people were reading in the tree small Loesje posters.

    Walking around in the pleasant Sunday sunny weather, visitors could discover some posters in German and in English on the topic of this year edition "End Station: Paradise". They also enjoyed a small acoustic concert by Natalie and Safaa.In all the small gardens, different art installations and performances were happening, visitors were walking around freely enjoying the first bit of a creative summer. 

    Thanks to: Rita and Thorsten for their beautiful garden, Kristin for her help, Natalie and Safaa for the music and the organizing team of 48Stunden Neu Kölln.  

             

  • The June poster series are ready to stick in the sunny streets of your city. Maybe also in your room and why not give them away to your neighboors as well. Have fun and be creative!

    For the last series and all the other Loesje posters, click right here => http://www.loesje.org/posterarchive/lastseries