Expansion project

Establishing DD Academy in Latvia and Lithuania

Expansion has always been a part of DD Academy’s plans for the future. Our first goal in that path is to open sustainable programs in our fellow Baltic states – Latvia and Lithuania.

The project “Expansion of DD Academy into the Baltic states” will take place from 31. March 2020 to 30. September 2021 and is necessary to improve DD Academy’s expansion capabilities.

The main target groups are DD Academy volunteers for whom we will provide training through the project and participants who will be participating in the new programs. 

Main final beneficiaries are NGOs of Baltic states, both directly (during the project DD Academy co-operates with approx. 15 NGOs) and indirectly (DD Academy alumni are active citizens). 

Main activities of the project are developing an expansion model for DD Academy and increasing Domus Dorpatensis’ leadership capabilities in three strategic domains: 

1) finding partners and sponsors;
2) creating a network;
3) communication. 

As a result of the project, Domus Dorpatensis has opened sustainable DD Academy programs in all three Baltic states. For this, partners have been involved and sponsors found (e.g. premises, transport, food), a network of local NGOs and active people has been established, and successful recruitment campaigns have been held in all three countries.


What we plan to do?

The goal of the project is to help us build capacity in parts that are directly related to our expansion activities. By analyzing our strengths and weaknesses we have determined three main sections where we need to grow.


Building effective channels for communication and strong messages that speak to our target group will help us spark interest.

Building our network

To help DD Academy expand we need to build a strong network of local organizations that help us in reaching participants. We will be working with local universities, student organizations and others related to youth work to help get our message out there.

Finding partners

Our partners have always supported us in keeping DD Academy going. During the project we will learn how to engage with partners and sponsors even better.


Kärt Lehis

Project manager

kart (at) ddacademy.net

Kärt leads the DD Academy Expansion team and is responsible for this project. She is the main contact for possible cooperation in Latvia and Lithuania.