Youth & Body Image Workshop

Today’s society portrays a very twisted image of beauty for men and women of all ages. When adolescents view these images, they get torn between their own actual body image and their perceived body image. As a result, boys and girls often develop psychological and physical problems at various degree, yet all connected to the conflict between their inside and outside.

In order to shed light on body image perception, distortion and satisfaction, the International Department of the University of Balikesir, Turkey, will host a youth exchange workshop from the 24th to the 31st of May, 2015. Inviting participants from Germany, Latvia, United Kingdom, Poland, Czech Republic and Romania, the project aims to achieve an intercultural perspective of body image issues, taking into account other critical factors such as gender and social background.

The main activities of the project will be:

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Overview of the project activities
  • Introduction of sending EU organizations
  • City tour
  • Expectations and concerns
  • Workshops by and for young adults:
    • Exploration of body image dissatisfaction
    • Cultural roots of beauty and ideal body images
    • Practices to change body appearances
    • Impact of the media and beauty industry on body image
    • Beauty inside/out
  • Habits for a healthy Beauty
  • Presentation of videos by national groups
  • Sightseeing
  • Intercultural evenings
  • Exhibition of photographs and videos of project activities
  • Evaluation of the outcomes & project
For more information please visit the Project Blog.