AEGEE-Praha – AEGEE-Europe | European Students' Forum AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum) is a student organisation that promotes cooperation, communication and integration amongst young people in Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young people from all faculties and disciplines – today it counts 13 000 members, active in close to 200 university cities in 40 European countries, making it the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe. Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:38:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.12 Team blue: Stop 1, Prague, Czech Republic /team-blue-stop-1-prague-czech-republic/ Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:39:05 +0000 /?p=6379 By Hanna  Polishchuk

Prague is an intercultural, young city full of opportunities and contrasts. It is filled with the spirit of tourists and international students. As we discovered, it is not easy to find local people in the heart of the capital: you never know who you are going to meet! Italians, Polish, Spanish, German, Americans, Vietnamese, Russians, Latin Americans, Ukrainians, Dutch people…. And there is an explanation of this phenomena.

DSC_9566Architecture. Passing the streets of Prague, one cannot avoid his/her head moving around not to lose any attraction nor any interesting spot. Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with famous Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle together with the whole district near it and many other masterpieces hold you in a desire to stay in the city as long as possible. So sad we had to leave soon.

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Cuisine. Of course, as everyone already knows, there are no competitors to the real Czech beer, and we had the possibility to check it. In terms of food, we have to say that it was different from the usual food that we used to eat but it was also very tasty. We got those huge portions from the local organizers who fed us with different dishes of the national cuisine. So we were never hungry and always happy 🙂

Hospitality. If we had to select how hospitable was AEGEE-Praha to us on the scale from 1 to 5, they would get a 10! This local really took good care of us in terms of welcoming, feeding, hosting, showing the city and helping with preparations to the local sessions and everything else. We were happy that we got to know its members

Sessions. We had 15 participants during the session. People were quite active and willing to share their opinion. The mapping debate game as most interactive part was the most interesting for them. People were open in their answers and we heard very interesting and intelligent points. We hope everyone got tons of inspiration about AEGEE, Europe on Track project and active participation in future-changing activities!

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Team blue: Europe on Prague! /team-blue-europe-on-prague/ Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:24:33 +0000 /?p=6366 By Hanna  Polishchuk

 

The day began quite late for us, as we finally had the chance to get a normal sleep! After having a delicious breakfast made by Ksenia we went to see the city with Sasha. . It was very interesting to go back with her to the tour of the past, as she told us many interesting historical facts about beautiful Prague.

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The Old Town Square was full of people! However, it was really hard to find there Czech people, so the interviews were from Polish, German, Italian and Latin American tourists. People were easy-going and willing to be part of the project sharing their opinion with the rest of Europe. It was interesting to hear the honest answers to the provocative questions created by the EoT3 Project Team. Sometimes the answers even seemed like a cry from the depths!

DSC_9535Later on, we went to see the Prague Сastle, that impressed us with its gorgeous look, picturesque view, garden, cathedral and the interesting Presidential flag tradition that informs citizens whether their president is inside or outside the city. On our way to the castle we found a Czech student (finally!) who amplified our future documentary with his answers. Some people were too shy to give us the interview on video, some agreed to answer the short questions, and some were not willing to answer anything at all. Nevertheless, we managed to do a productive work, finishing one more day with a late night interview and a summary of the day at 3AM even though we had to wake up very early to catch the train to Warsaw!

The EoT session began in the evening at the Prague High School of Economics. Even though people were already tired after work and studies, they came to meet us and listen to what we prepared for them. Our main topic was “Where Does Europe End?” Apart from presenting our project and trying to strike a spark out of people, we asked them to define the borders of Europe themselves. Two teams were working on this task, discussing about whether to include certain countries in the European area.

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The biggest debates were about Russia, Turkey, and the U.K. Surprisingly to us, some very small countries were indicated with a very high precision, while others disappeared from the maps! After both groups presented their results, we compared their maps and showed the actual map of Europe. It caused more debates and suggestions from participants and the conclusion was that it is really hard to define borders and that they differ from one person’s perception to another and it is much easier without any borders at all.

This was our first stop and our first experience of this project. We sincerely hope AEGEE-Praha enjoyed it as much as we did, and that everyone who came learnt something new and asked questions to him\herself that were not arising before. We hope that our input in Prague will inspire young people to participate more in building our future European future together.

We also want to thank everyone for the participation, we enjoyed being with you all.

 

See you somewhere in Europe!

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 Team blue: The First Step Towards a Borderless Europe /team-blue-the-first-step-towards-a-borderless-europe/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:18:31 +0000 /?p=6357 By: Hanna Polishchuk

 

Early Wednesday was our departure day from Brussels and at the same time the first day of the trip. At the beginning, it felt uneasy but as we hopped on the first train with our InterRail passes, all the doubts dissolved. After the previous sleepless night, we got the chance to relax in the train until our next stop, which was Frankfurt am Main.

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The time passed very fast while we were in the next train heading to Dresden. One of our team members, Ksenia, found a big spacious room with a table that was usually for the mommies with babies. However, as there were not any moms with their little toddlers, we were allowed to use this place for the Europe on Track temporary headquarters. This room was the perfect place for teambuilding activities and discussions of our future mutual work and collaboration. We spent the time nicely together for the next four hours and suddenly approached Dresden. In our pursuit of the Wi-Fi, we were running from one side of the station to another, and at the end, the internet connection we found was so bad that we could not upload any picture!

The final train of that day was the best experience ever: fast, comfortable, with a good Wi-Fi signal and four sockets! We could not dream for more! This journey was so pleasant that we hardly noticed when we crossed the German-Czech border, it was indeed the experience of a borderless Europe! At some point we heard the train driver making an announcement in Czech and we realised that we were approaching Prague.

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When we left the train, we saw Karolina from AEGEE-Praha and Anichka from AEGEE-Kyiv, who came at the station to meet us. After a warm greeting and exchanging of our excitement, we went directly to our host’s home to leave the luggage. The apartment was just in the center of the city, and I have to say we all fell in love with this place! In the evening, we gathered for dinner and real Czech beer. Afterwards, we interviewed our first candidate. It was interesting to see how borderless Europe is for an Ukrainian living Czech Republic. We finished our day with a romantic city tour in charming Prague with Thomash and Sasha.
We are ready for more!

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