MitOst is an international non-profit NGO that promotes cultural exchange and strengthens active citizenship in Europe and its neighbouring regions, with a focus on Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. As a part of a dynamic European network, it has 1.400 members in 40 countries as well as with various partners. MitOst organizes international programs and projects and serves as a platform for new forms of social engagement. It provides cross-border concepts, competencies and contacts for active citizenship and international cultural exchange.



One of MitOst’ longtime programs in the field of active citizenship is the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg – a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and MitOst. The Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg encourages young people from more than 30 countries of Central, Eastern and South East Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia to engage actively with their societies on the basis of democratic values. Cooperation programs are held in the regional languages or English. The Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg promotes acquisition of voluntary project management skills and supports young activists during the implementation of their own projects. Trough different trainings, project work and guidance through mentorship, the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg supports the participants to think critically, to develop their potentials, to act responsible and to make changes in their societies.
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Activities of the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg and MitOst in Russia

Together with regional partners the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg implements several cooperation programs in Russia. All programs qualify and support young people to implement their own project ideas for a better society:


“Civic Engagement Every Day”

“Civic Engagement Every Day”│ “Гражданская активность каждый день“  started in 2006 and is conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Youth Policy and Mass Communications of the Perm Region and the Civic Engagement Institute.

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“From Idea to Action”

“From Idea to Action” │”От идеи к действию” aims at participants from the Siberian region and started 2009 in cooperation with the Russian-German Youth Organization „Jugendblick“ (Tomsk),  Youth Organization „Hobbyzentrum Tomsk“, Regional Center for German Language and Culture at the Polytechnic University of Tomsk and GIZ Germany.


“Bridge it!”

Bridge it! aims at participants from the Baltic Sea region and started in 2012 in cooperation with the German-Russian Exchange St. Petersburg and the Latvian NGO “Orbita”.

Joint Civic Education

Participants from Russia are also involved in the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg cooperation program in the Caucasus region – Joint Civic Education

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