Who are we

We believe that the road to a successful and wholesome adult life begins with awareness and understanding of oneself, the world and others.

About us

The goal of OTZI is social work in the field of youth development, which includes organization of different events and projects, as well as other supportive activities.

Social support institutions in Latvia ensure basic needs of children and teenagers – to be able to survive and make a living. But it is also important to inspire and educate the new generation, to help them grow into independently thinking and creative individuals, thus opening new horizons in life. It is important for them to believe in their own abilities and talents, which in the future will improve the economic, political and social environments of Latvia.
Life has many different aspects and school and family don’t provide enough education about everything. In our opinion, it is very important for the new generation to learn about different opportunities and industries, and to give them a chance to talk to successful and smart people.

“For first practice, first job, first career. For consciousness, responsibility and results!” — OTZI

Veronika Kima-Zeile

I am a half Korean born in Riga, a patriot of Latvia, a cook, an advocate for active lifestyle and healthy nutrition, active golf supporter and possibly the only independent caddy person in the whole Latvian community.

I am and IT professional with IT Bachelor’s and MBA Master’s degrees, as well as a certified Pilates and yoga trainer. All of the above is reflected in my perception of life and my style of cooking and exercise (i.e. yoga and Pilates). Yes, I like diversity, I like to experiment, I adore movement and change, and I stand for support, help and giving to others!

I started my professional growth in 2006 in IT industry as a programmer and tester, then as a functional system analyst and project manager, then as a department manager and, finally, as an independent consultant and entrepreneur. Mostly I worked in (and later managed) international projects (in cooperation with Norway and Sweden), as well as the largest government contract projects (ERAF). Now I continue working in the IT industry, simultaneously developing projects in other areas, as well as coaching Pilates and yoga individually.

    Activities and projects:

  • Excursions to specialists in various fields and specific companies (IT, technology, health, beauty, agriculture, media, fitness, etc.),
  • Creative and educational activities / workshops (culinary, physical activities, teaching skiing, acting, etc.),
  • Collaborating with social workers,
  • Charity event organization,
  • Financial support of other projects and activities.

    Project goals:

  • professional growth of teenagers and children,
  • personal development,
  • broadening of outlook on life, reaching happiness,
  • confidence, courage, creativity, curiosity, activity, critical thinking, responsibility, willingness to develop and grow as a person,
  • empathy, respect for self and others, positive relationships,
  • development of individual talents,
  • understanding of various work environments/industries and hobbies.

Dana Bjork

I am a patriot of Latvia, an actress, a producer, a teacher and an animal lover, born and raised in a bilingual family in Jelgava.

I truly value honesty and humanity. “To overcome yourself as you are and create yourself into what you are supposed to be – that is the essence of humanity. To be or not to be humane – depends only on you” – this Confucius quote inspires me to constantly work on myself. I stand for being truly natural, I stand for personality. I stand for support, help and giving to others.

I am the director and an actress of the Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre. Besides theatre I also take part in film projects, and produce national and international cultural events. I also express my inner calling by teaching acting in Latvian universities and personally. In addition, I am a board member of the “Skatuves Mākslas Producentu fonds” (Stage Arts Producer Fund), a managing director for the music group “ElectroFolk”, and an owner of the idea and a project manager of the new theatre festival in Kuldiga “Theatre ir everywhere”. I constantly try to develop and improve myself both in theory and practice in different areas of life: professional development, healthy nutrition and lifestyle. One of my more recent hobbies is equestrian sport.