Dreams Academy opens to the world

01 Mar 2011

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Dreams Academy Project has been selected as one of the top ten at “This is European Social Innovation” competition.

New Horizons - This prestigious competition throughout the Europe is organized by Euclide Network, Social Innovation Exchange, European Commission and Young foundation to support social responsibility projects and to create a leading model in the World.

In 2010, a total of 150 social responsibility projects from 23 country applied to “This is European Social Innovation – a call for inspiring stories”. One of the criteria of the competition was to award projects which could be a model for innovative attempts to solve social issues.

Dreams Academy project team went to Bilbao, Spain to meet and collaborate with the winning team. During this four days long visit, Dreams Academy project team met the institutions governing the contest as well as the winning team. In addition, project team had found a chance to visit Social Innovation Park which is an important place in its field in Europe.

Dreams Academy had also visited Bilbao City Council in order to discuss potential fields to cooperate.

Volunteers

Dreams Academy, by hosting volunteers from Turkey and various countries of the world, enables different cultures and perspectives involve the project.

Volunteers from various parts of the world stay in “Volunteers Home”. International Volunteers are planning to open English language training courses and other workshops under the project. In the near future the project is planning to reach even more new international volunteers.

Best Buddies

Dreams Academy Project became one of the representatives of the “Best Buddies” system which operates in various parts of the world since 1989.

Best Buddies is a network system where volunteer young people become friends with people with special needs.

Alternative Life Association (AYDER) is collaborating with Best Buddies system by providing its tremendous experience.

Dreams Academy Project is being implemented in collaboration with UNDP, Vodafone Turkey Foundation, AYDER and State Planning Organisation since 2008.

There are workshops on vocal, rythm, dance, movie, photograph, DJ, instrument, drawing and design in Dreams Academy.