Solidarity Academy: Borderlands – Poland

Deadline: 5 August 2018
Open to: young (20-30 years old) journalists, reporters, activists, bloggers, analysts or writers from Visegrad Group, Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries
Venue: 17-25 of November 2018 in Gdanks, Poland


The borderland is not just a district near the line separating two countries or areas.  The idea of borderlands opens us to the widely defined problems of relation, conflicts, interferences etc. and can serve as starting point for discussions about the media and the way of telling stories. The project: ‘Solidarity Academy: Borderlands’ seeks to tackle these issues as its target group are young people (20-30 years old) with a broadly understood connection to the media. They are young journalists, scholars, analysts, writers, and bloggers who believe in intercultural dialogue of the youth as well as the importance of high quality and ethics of the media.

The region of Central-Eastern Europe shares a lot of common things. They are of various backgrounds: historical, cultural, social and political. The countries of the region also face similar challenges and struggle with similar, same or shared problems. Journalists and reporters play extremely important role in these societies. Many of these issues can be observed on the level of small local communities. Those communities resemble the whole societies in a way. Due to shared past, present and future local communities in V4, Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries also face similar problems and could benefit from good practices and implemented solutions. These regions (unlike many others) have been also historically shaped with numerous border changes and conflicts between the nations and ethnic groups. Therefore the case of borderlands is extremely relevant in the region.

At the workshops and lectures held during the Solidarity Academy (SA), 16 participants will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and improve their skills on such issues as borderlands on both local and global scale. Workshops and tasks that the participants deal with will be both theoretical and practical. The participants will have the opportunity to work in a big, international team, in smaller expert groups and individually under the supervision of a trainer. Major part of the SA program will be held in Gdansk (6 days). However a small part (2 days) is planned for field trips to Kaliningrad (Russia), Kartuzy (Poland), Szczecin (Poland) and Żuławy (Poland). The candidates are asked to pick a preferable site for a trip. Each group (consisting of 4 participants) will go to a different site. There participants will have the opportunity to conduct a fieldwork and check some tools and concepts developed during the workshops and their own definitions of the borderlands.

The working language of the project is English.


The Solidarity Academy team is looking for 16 active, aspiring and young (20-30 years old) journalists, reporters, activists, bloggers, analysts or writers from Visegrad Group, Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries who are willing to improve their editorial and journalism-related skills and engage themselves into the international networking process.


Organizers cover the costs of travel (up to 100 EUR) and the participants’ stay in Gdansk, trip to the project place (Kaliningrad/Kartuzy/Szczecin/Żuławy) and stay in that place.

Participants’ commitments

Applying to the Solidarity Academy – Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue applicants are expected to be aware of:

  • The project’s aim, main values and rules;
  • The project’s agenda (especially the fixed dates);
  • The costs of travel that participants will have to cover on their own (up to 100 EUR);
  • The full commitment and engagement into the implementation of the final project and other project tasks according to the agenda.

How to apply?

The application form is available here. Please insert a piece of your journalistic work (approximately 1000 – 5000 characters) to the application form.

For more information please visit the official website.