Taking initiative for an inclusive society – from 2012-10-01 to 2013-07-31

With this EVS project, LGL aims to develop new means to approach the local LGBT youth community, combining our knowledge and experience with the volunteers’ fresh ideas and creative initiatives in order to develop new tools for overcoming homophobia and social exclusion both in Lithuania and Europe.

This project allows LGL to strenghten and develop international cooperation and encourages an active participation of young LGBT persons in the organization’s activities.

EVS volunteers have the chance to contact with international partners and participate in local and international projects. This will raise the volunteers’ awareness to activism on the European level and to the LGBT issues in Lithuania, in particular.

Our current volunteers are Ceren, from Turkey, and Joana, from Portugal. They are involved in administrative tasks and responsible for assistance on LGL’s international projects. They are also taking part in the preparations for Baltic Pride 2013, which will take place in Vilnius. Apart from that, both volunteers have time and space to develop their own projects in the frame of the EVS programme.


Name, surname: Joana Estrela Barbosa

Country of origin: Portugal

About the volunteer: Graduated in Design Communication at the Fine Arts School of the University of Porto, in 2012. I enjoy drawing comics about things people say and have a not so healthy predilection for watching “Wipeout UK”.



Name, surname: Ceren D. Baykotan

Country of origin: Turkey

About the volunteer: I graduated from the Department of English Linguistics at Hacettepe University in Ankara in 2007. During my undergraduate education at Hacettepe University, I received my associate’s degree in Foreign Trade from Anadolu University, Eskisehir in 2006 through distance learning. Furthering my education, I attended Sakarya University and received my master’s degree in the Department of International Relations in 2011. At the moment I am still a doctorate student at Sakarya University’s Department of International Relations. Academically, I am interested in gender studies.