Prague – 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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The shortcut to sustainability /the-shortcut-to-sustainability/ Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:43:54 +0000 /?p=2505 In our post from Berlin, we introduced the three most frequently cited obstacles encountered by young people on the road to sustainability—lack of information, time, and money. So now that we have identified the main problems, let’s take a look at the current efforts of young people, and some possible solutions they are offering.

First, looking at the answers to the question “How sustainable do you think you live?”, we can see that young people are generally willing to make some efforts. Most of them, however, do not go beyond the regular, basic examples of sustainability, which closely mirror their concerns identified in our previous post. David (24, Management) says, “I try to save energy, I recycle, and use public transportation.”

Then how do these people imagine a society in which their efforts are better supported? What new initiatives do they expect and from whom? One way to go about this, is by focusing on the community aspect of this shared responsibility we have towards our environment and future generations, says Jana (26, Immigration specialist). “In my village we have a waste collection point in the central square, where everybody brings their recyclables.”

Furthermore, sustainability need not always be more expensive, claims Petr (29, working in Sales & Marketing). “The ecological option can also be the economical one by using less, you waste less. For example we have to pay for the collection of non-separated waste. The more you separate, the less you pay.”

Also the business world should not be overlooked, as many young people cite an apparent lack of contributions from this side of society as reason for not seeing the benefit of changing their own behaviour. Ingel (26, Swedish): “The government should give subsidies to companies that are trying to be more sustainable. We need to enlist the free market in this effort, by giving them the right incentives.”

But of course, as Eva (25, Statistics) rightly points out, “the separation of waste works so well, because of constant promotion by the government, and because it is so easy to do.” Repeating this success story for other sustainability issues, such as overconsumption or intensive car use, would be much more difficult—if not impossible—without additional support measures, including a combination of fines and rewards, or even re-organising our cities to enable more sustainable choices. Finally, we need to “educate, educate, educate”, as Daniel (21, Law) puts it. “You can get grown-ups to recycle, but they will still buy too much stuff in plastic bags.” But more on this crucial role for education in a next post.

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