Living Summer School | Free Annual Para-Academic Course on Territorial Innovation

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We at Smokinya are happy to share with you an exciting opportunity abroad. The Living Summer School (LSS) is a free annual informal education program that brings together young people to lead multidisciplinary experiments in territorial innovation in response to the urgent need for swift, effective action to address socioenvironmental issues within realistic social models.

The LSS is an Erasmus-certified informal training program and collaborates with a European Consortium of partners to devise its yearly curriculum. It is also a member of the New European Bauhaus’ Transformation of Places of Learning and of the LINA Architectural Platform & Community.

The program is held in Kortrijk, Belgium and through collaboration with local partners, students design and implement sustainable initiatives in the urban and rural areas of Southwest Flanders with the goal of nurturing a territorial mindset as a catalyst for innovation.

The program employs collaborative and experiential learning methods to promote a sense of shared responsibility. Every year, research is conducted on multifaceted social and climate challenges faced by local partners, including NGOs, policymakers, and private companies. Participants are then encouraged to work in teams to address these geography-specific challenges in collaboration with local communities and partners. The outcomes of the co-creation process are shared with local decision and policymakers.

Who is it for?

This program strongly believes that the planning and transformation of our territories should be an inclusive and multidisciplinary process that transcends existing professional boundaries and constraints. Students and professionals from various fields, including architecture, urban planning, design, real estate, graphic design, political studies, geography, history, art, and more, are invited to participate in this experience.

Informal Education

At the LSS, young people from different backgrounds experiment and learn together. The focus on social & environmental themes is essential: they want to actively engage young practitioners to work with this kind of challenge as designers, as entrepreneurs, as social activists, … and to give them the opportunity to see things from different perspectives and practices. Their unique educational approach combines specific use cases with a mix of hands-on competences and lectures tied within a programme that closely follows the structure of a design sprint. It stimulates interaction and cooperation, allowing for very unique insights to emerge.


The LSS is Free for all participants. As an ERASMUS + program, they also guarantee students residing in Europe help in covering their travel costs to and from Kortrijk.

Mentorship, Partnerships & Collaboration

The LSS offers its participants a highly collaborative experience. Students work in teams and in close collaboration with partners: local experts who co-create with students responses to complex and systematic challenges they are being confronted with. Partners are selected every year to help them create territorial briefs thanks to their first-hand experiences and knowledge.

Students also get daily lectures from local and international experts on various topics, as well as hands-on workshops to facilitate their creative process.

During the LSS students are are accompanied and mentored by the resident team which comprises of experts in art, design, social impact and entrepreneurship as well as participants from the previous LSS edition.

LSS, through collaboration, focuses on two main takeaways:
Providing participants with soft and hard skills outside academic institutions,
Providing our partners with outside-the-box visions of the future.

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Smokinya Foundation operates thanks to hundreds of volunteering hours per month and donations.
We ask a contribution of 20 EUR /40 leva/ from all confirmed applicants.
Your donation covers some of our administrative and organisational expenses and supports Smokinya Foundation’s dream to establish youth-run international volunteering and training centre. In case the suggested donation amount is excessive for you, fill in the application form and contact us.

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By applying to this course you take responsibility and risks. Inform yourself about the regulation and potential risks. Smokinya Foundation cannot be held liable for any of the potential risks, and this post is only for informative and popularising purposes.

This program is co-funded by the Erasmus+ / European Solidarity Corps program of the European Union.

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Living Summer School | Free Annual Para-Academic Course on Territorial Innovation