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.
- EOM Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 28.09.2016 to 03.10.2016 Youth Election Observation Mission to the municipal elections in Bosnia And Herzegovina, 2 October 2016
- AEGEE Ideas Factory / Planning Meeting León
Location: León, Spain Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 07.09.2016 to 11.09.2016 Here is your chance to get involved in the AEGEE Ideas Factory / Planning Meeting 2016 that happens every 3 years and gives space for AEGEEans to come together to assess and analyze our thematic activities and find solutions to the current challenges AEGEE and Europe are facing.
- The AEGEE-Valletta Summer Event - Reloaded
Location: Malta Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 05.09.2016 to 12.09.2016 AEGEE-Valletta is proud to present this year's Summer Event, designed entirely to blow your minds! Following in last year's footsteps, we are inviting 100 other friends from all the corners of Europe for an amazing summer event!
- Health4Youth, Health4AEGEE Health4Me!
Location: Maastricht Type: TRAINING COURSE Date: from 31.08.2016 to 03.09.2016 A very healthy and inspirational weekend, to share with each other knowledge and best practices on different health issues - from diets, through relaxing and sleep, to sport. Also, we will brainstorm on future initiatives and record a funny aerobic video. Sounds like fun? It will definitely be fun!
- The Fellowship of the Golden Ring
Location: Moscow + The Golden Ring of Russia Type: AEGEE MEETING Date: from 28.08.2016 to 05.09.2016 In the pursuit of greatness follow the path through the unknown lands full of adventures, unexpected discoveries, mysterious meetings and serious challenges. The path which will reveal you the secrets of endless energy and power. Will you dare to follow it?