International events are the heart of AEGEE’s activities. Our Identity reflects five different means: Intercultural exchange, personal development and non-formal education, thematic projects, policy and advocacy and forum for discussion. During conferences, exchanges, trainings and many other events, students have the opportunity to meet and to exchange their opinions, ideas, and impressions on various topics. These events are organised by AEGEE locals, Working Groups, or projects, often based on a cooperation among these bodies.
Agora and European Planning Meeting
The Agora and European Planning Meeting are AEGEE’s biggest events. The Agora is the General Assembly of the association, held twice a year, in spring and in autumn, gathering 600-1000 students for four days. It is one of the most important events in AEGEE. Apart from being the venue where the board of directors of the organisation, the Comité Directeur (CD) are elected every spring, it is also a life-changing experience for the participants, the young Europeans who are gathering in one place to build the future of the organisation and together. The main discussions and decisions take place during the plenary meetings. The participants of the Agora also join workshops, prytania (to discuss changes to the statutes of the organisation), progress meetings about ongoing projects, and other programmes.
The European Planning Meeting (EPM) gathers together around 300 experienced AEGEE members in order to draft the Action Agenda for the upcoming year. Besides working on the preparation of AEGEE’s Action Agenda, participants take part in workshops, panel discussions and round table discussions related to the general topic chosen for the event.
European Schools and Training Events
Non-formal education is an integral part of AEGEE. Most of AEGEE’s training events are organised by the Academy, often in cooperation with other AEGEE bodies who are experts in certain fields such as committees of project teams. These training events are called European Schools. The events focus on a certain theme or topic, for example including Project Management, Public Relations, Fund Raising, and others. During these events, participants get a chance to understand the workings of NGOs operate, at the same time developing their skills. Diverse training methods, which include lectures, workshops and case work, create the perfect environment for fast knowledge absorption among the trainees. The following events are examples of AEGEE’s regularly organised training programmes.
European School 1
European School 2
- Stimulate development of ideas to achieve AEGEE’s aims
- Motivate and prepare people to take responsibility at the European level of AEGEE
The training lasts 10 days. The participants though, start the pre-case of the ES2 already couple of weeks before the event. Divided into smaller groups they work together on special assignments, which are the basis for further examination during the event itself. If you want to professionally be active at the European level, the best place to start is the European School 2.
Fundraising European School
IT European School
Public Relations European School
- designing a PR strategy for an AEGEE branch and for a project
- strategic partners of an NGO on local level
- building an image and corporate identity,
- human resources and public relations management
- types of media and media relations
- presentation techniques
- making powerpoint presentations
- creating promotion materials
- designing webpages
Public Relations European School 2
- communication in cross-cultural environments
- building public relations campaigns
- media relations and advertising
- branding and corporate identity
- a wide range of topics on types of media
Summer University Project School
Training for Trainers
A Network Meeting is an event organised by a member of the Network Commission in co-operation with an AEGEE local. The event consists of discussions and training sessions about different topics connected to the work of AEGEE, and topics of interest for young europeans. Every AEGEE member can join one of the up to 11 Network Meetings organised every six months all over Europe. A Network Meeting is the place where new AEGEE members can learn about youth work from experienced AEGEE members. It is also an ideal possibility for AEGEE members to discuss common problems and develop a cooperation for organising future events. It is also a great opportunity to meet old friends from the association. The program of the Network Meeting is designed by one of the Network Commissioners. During a Network Meeting, several types of activities are conducted: workshops on e.g. project management, public relations, fund raising, presentation skills, NGOs, the European level of AEGEE, making movies, presentations of past and upcoming projects in the Network, discussions concerning current youth issues e.g. youth unemployment, students’ mobility, Higher and Non-Formal Education.
- Whatever Floats Your Rainboat!
Location: Amsterdam Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 23.01.2017 to 27.01.2017 Discover Amsterdam in the Dutchest way possible during this winterwonderful event! Cruise our canals, ride a bike through the city and take a try at ice-skating. Through this event you will get to know more about LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transsexual and more) in Europe.
- WinUp: It's Snow Time- Deluxe edition
Location: Skopje, Bansko, Sofia Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 30.12.2016 to 05.01.2017 All-inclusive Balkan Deluxe Tour: two capitals and the best Balkan ski centre! Celebrate the New Year Eve together with 30 other adventurers in Skopje. Visit Sofia and ski on Pirin Mountain. No sleeping bags or mattresses, Hiking, skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, swimming, SPA, sightseeing…
- NYE: Dutch Up Your Bucketlist
Location: Utrecht Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 29.12.2016 to 03.01.2017 Did you always want to cross some things of your bucketlist? Together with the adventurous members of AEGEE-Utrecht and together with more likeminded aegeans you will discover beautiful Utrecht during winter time and celebrate new years eve with us in adventure style. Come join us! If you dare....
- NYE - Be the bravest in Budapest!
Location: Budapest Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 29.12.2016 to 03.01.2017 Join our New Year's Event and we will help you reach your breaking point! What can we offer? The beautiful historic view during the days and daring parties during the nights! After all, Budapest is most famous of its playful nightlife, relaxing spas and our deadly pálinka.
- Improve your skills!
Location: one night in Bergamo and 4 nights in a cottage in Adamello mountains Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 28.12.2016 to 02.01.2017 Are you a master of skiing or snowboarding? Would you like to reach the top of the challenge? It’s your next goal pass NYE with Aegee Friends in a cottage surrounded by the Alps fairytale landscape?If you proudly reply “YES!!” read carefull and don’t hesistate to apply for our NYE 2017!