SUPS Tartu – full of surprises!

From 16th to 19th of February AEGEE-Tartu had an incredible opportunity to organize Summer University Project School in our lovely hometown. Andrea, the president of AEGEE-Tartu, was happy to share her impressions with us:

16 aegeeans from all over the Europe came to Estonia to get know-how for organizing a Summer University. Through rainy days, intense workshops and long parties, we all – participants, trainers and organizers – shared our experiences, developed and felt the amazing AEGEE spirit float among us.

The aim of the training was to cover topics starting from participant’s management and public speaking to promoting the event and fundraising. And it wasn’t only about the knowledge – real practical skills were delivered to the enthusiastic future organizers. This would have been impossible without our trainers Mayri Tiido, Gerardo Garcia Diaz and Ralitsa Mihhailova – from the character building exercises to case studies about (seriously) everything supported with masterpieces on flip-charts and cute energizers they kept all participants on their toes.

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Every day we started at 9 am with the workshops and went on until 7-8 pm planning our own events, learning about managing conflicts and how to use time wisely. The evenings were spent having fun at the sauna night, discovering Tartu during the pub crawl and sharing cultures at the European Night. Although some parties got wild, we managed to pull ourselves together for the next day to take in all the information and knowledge (and an extra large cup of coffee).

Tartuunians purpose in the event was to organize the accommodation, rooms for trainings, all the meals and needed materials plus social part of SUPS. For me it was the first time to be a main organizer to an international event and boy, I got to learn a proper way to organize an event. It sometimes seemed that I even didn’t know what I need to do to bring the event to life. Fortunately, I had experienced people around me. The most important thing that I knew already from the start but what got even clearer was that the key to success is the team you have with you. I want to thank the whole team of 7 people – Hanna, Margus, Valter, Katrina, Kätlin, Mihkel, Merilin – for making it real, always helping out, always being there. The second thing I learned was that AEGEE-Tartu has a privilege to have Mayri and Gerardo in a reachable distance as they are truly inspiring trainers and awesome people! In addition, all the participants were amazingly driven and cool.

Even though the all concept was thought through, the unexpected was bound to happen. There was a visit to the hospital, some things got stolen (but also found!) and we had our little errors due to communication, but it all worked out eventually. I really appreciate the calmness we operated with – again thanks to my team, trainers and participants for trusting us. It meant the world to me.

All in all, the event was (in my modest opinion) a success! I would love to do something like this again here in Tartu and hope that even more people are able to be a part of it.

HRTC – Unleash Unknown Talents! in AEGEE-Passau

By: Maria Olmann

 

From 12th to 15th January I was lucky enough to be a participant of a regional training course on human resources delivered by two trainers, Andrea Schmelz and Svenja van der Tol, from AEGEE Human Resources Commitee (HRC).

This was my first european event in AEGEE and also my first time travelling all alone, so naturally I was really nervous and excited about the whole thing. It took two planes, a bus and a train to get to Passau, which is a lovely city in Germany that shares a boarder with Austria. I made the mistake of thinking „Oh, my plane leaves at 5 in the morning, so I’ll just save on cab money and take the last bus to the airport and hang out there for .. 5 hours.“ I came to quickly regret that decision as pulling all-nighters and feeling completely ok the next day is clearly a thing in the past for me. My „hangout time“ and whole journey was full of barely 20-minute nap-teases which only made me even sleepier.

When I arrived as one of the first people, I strongly considered skipping the city tour for early birds for a good 3-hour nap, which thankfully I didn’t, because the tour was amazing (and holy god how slippery, after the rain froze!) I got plenty of beautiful pictures of the city and saw the famous place where the three rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz become one.

 

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The organizers greeted us with colorful muffins and really cute welcome bags full of useful stuff. We had Bavarian themed dinner which was delicious even for a vegetarian-ish person like me and the amazing cooking continued throughout the event. We then played some get-to-know games and visited a student pub.

The next day started off with intense and really inspiring HR trainings, we had a lot of discussions in a big group but were also divided into working groups for case studies. Each working group was given a fictional AEGEE antenna with some HR trouble and we tried to help them with our new HR knowledge after each session. My AEGEE-Kartoffelpuffer team was really thorough with great teamwork and many different ideas, I really enjoyed working on the case studies with my group.

Second night we had European Night and read the gossip box which was already kinda full, as one participant pretty much adopted it and was encouraging everyone to contribute to it. So my first European Night rocked, we had impromptu snow fights in the middle of it and everyone was awesome.

After a long day of trainings by the best trainers and an interesting guest speaker from a successful start-up, we had a 2000’s themed party together with Erasmus students. Needless to say it was amazing dancing with these lovely participants and organizers, many of who took the time to look stunning in their themed outfits. The next day I had to leave earlier than the programme ended, but I received so many nice letters, goodbyes and plans to meet again, I was ecstatic, motivated and deeply sad to leave at the same time. Passau, you were truly so much more than expected ❤.

 

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10 tips on cheap travelling

On October 12th Maret spoke about how to travel cheap. Here are some useful tips you should pay attention to:

 

1. To buy plane tickets, try different websites. The most popular ones are Momondo and Skyscanner, but you can also buy a license (10€/3months) to Azuon. Quite similar to the previous one is Kiwi.com which is for free, but has less opportunities. Even when you have found a good offer, definitely check if the airline company offers cheaper tickets on their website.

2. Always check if there are any extra fees aka if you want to pay more for insurance, baggage or seating (especially when using cheaper flights).

3. BEFORE buying plane tickets, search out all the other opportunities of transportation and their prices, because plane tickets in your destination country could be much cheaper than bus/train tickets. To find transportation in different countries, try https://www.rome2rio.com/. It shows how to get from point A to point B. Although, it doesn’t pay off in terms of longer distances, it is still an excellent way to find and compare different means of land transportation. ALWAYS check where and what time buses/trains etc leave. Hoping you will somehow manage to catch a bus, for instance, you can end up in a taxi paying an expensive bill.

4. FLIXBUS is a smart way of travelling in Europe by bus. You can see where the cheap buses go from https://www.flixbus.com/bus-routes#/map. Sometimes it is more reasonable to fly to your destination and then take a bus.

5. Night buses save your money. During the bus ride, you can sleep and you don’t have to pay for accommodation.

6. SleepingInAirports is a good website for getting information about opportunities of spending a night at an airport. Look at their tips: http://www.sleepinginairports.net/tips.htm.

7. Collect special offers to your e-mail. When it’s time for travelling, you will have a stack of good offers on hand. It is mostly useful with AirBaltic, LuxExpress and Ecolines.

8. Get your priorities straight! If you really want to travel, you can spare enough money for travelling by changing your everyday activities and habits. For example, you don’t have to eat out as much, you can cook your own meals.

9. If you travel more than once a year, it is useful to get a travel insurance for the whole year.

10. Last, but not least: when travelling with a hand luggage, it is useful to buy Vana Tallinn from the airport. It does not work if you are changing flights in between and want to get on the next plane with the same drink. You can alternatively buy 0,1l drinks, so with the other liquids in your baggage it would fit in 1l bag.

 

THE MAIN RULE OF CHEAP TRAVELLING: If you want to find the best deals and avoid unpredictable costs during your trip, spare some time for thorough groundwork!

Network Meeting – what kind of an animal is that?

What is the Network Meeting (NWM)?

NWM is a four-day event, which brings together AEGEE-members from all over Europe. As it’s just four days, it’s usually very intense. During the daytime, there are sessions, which are really useful and inspiring. The aim is to develop ourselves, our local antennas, our networks, AEGEE-Europe and last but not least the society in general – because that’s what we work for in AEGEE 😉 Well… and after the sessions the program doesn’t end. During the night time participants have looots of fun as it’s partyyy time! That’s the time to get to know better who are the AEGEEans from other cities and countries. It’s time to just enjoy their international and joyful company. Although participants usually don’t get enough sleep, they don’t mind. Because they know that in a few days they are far away from those amazing people and now is the time to enjoy the NWM at it’s fullest. This autumn two of our members went to Network Meeting. Let’s see how it was…

Anett’s adventures in Manchester, United Kingdom
The aim of Manchester’s Network Meeting was to draw attention to Brexit, analyse if and how this affects AEGEE as an organisation; get to know more about European Bodies and to talk about civic education and its importance. Sessions and workshops were very informative, interesting and mostly done in groups so that people would discuss more and share ideas. The event took place in a lovely English countryside in a hostel which was just ours to enjoy and there was no Wi-Fi so in my opinion it was perfect. We had over 20 young and brilliant minds from all over Europe, whose passion and enthusiasm are the initiatives to make a difference. My whole view of AEGEE changed completely and I’m overwhelmed by all the new information and my opportunities within our organisation. I think the most important thing I learned was that communication is the key to success and it’s important to make my voice heard. It was my first foreign AEGEE event and I’m beyond grateful to have been a part of this amazing adventure of  ideas, sharing, laughter and memories.


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Maret’s adventures in Cagliari, Italy

If I have to name 3 most memorable things from the NWM they would be inspiring people hospitality by AEGEE-Cagliari and good weather.

At our NWM we had several members who have been or still are leading AEGEE-Europe. They weren’t superior or distant – they were just like us. It made me realize that all of us can make a change, if we only know our possibilities! And during the sessions these were the things we got to know better. We can take an initiative to educate the people at our locals but as well we can collaborate with other 200 antennas from our network and make a change in Europe! If you know what’s the problem that needs to be solved in the society and you have some enthusiasm to make the change then most probably AEGEE will give you the necessary tools and support.

Also it was unique how AEGEE-Cagliari took care of us! We had a really nice hostel, plenty of goood food (even seafood :O It was delicious!), and a lot of alcohoool! Basically, I didn’t spend any money during the NWM and I know that our fee could only cover one night in the hostel, so they must have done a good fundraising!

And the weather!!! If you’re from Estonia and scared of the cold, 23 degrees in November is a dream! Even if you spend a day indoors, it’s still nice to look out of the window and see a nice Mediterranean city on the hill and sun shining out there!

And last but not least I would love to mention AEGEE-people and their spirit! It’s awesome! I’m glad I got a chance to meet those people, to share our experiences and to have this really fun time together! And most awesome thing is that I know that I will meet (at least some of) those people again in my life!

 

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Check out where the next NWM-s are going to take place:

Events

https://www.facebook.com/Network.Commission.AEGEE/?fref=ts

http://intranet.aegee.org/event/european_events/future

Don’t miss your chance to take part in one of the great events that AEGEE is offering you!

 

Meie enda Local Training Course

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Laupäev

Jõudsin LTC algusele natuke hiljem. Teised olid juba end sisse elanud ning mina kui uus liige tundsin alguses end pisut kohmetult. Sellel hetkel kui ma koolitusele saabusin oli liikmete ülesandeks AEGEE ajatelje kronoloogilisse järjestusse paigutamine. Kõik tundus ülimalt segane. Poleks arvanudki, et AEGEE on olnud nii paljude tudengiürituste algataja.
Peale AEGEE ajalooga tutvumist vaatasime AEGEE ametlikku skeemi. Okei, see oli kõige segasem ning raskesti mõistetavam osa terve koolituse jooksul. Tegime gruppides AEGEE struktuuri ning lõpuks sain enam-vähem aru kuidas AEGEE toimib. Peale keeruliste süsteemidega tutvumist olid kõigi energiavarud juba nullis ning seejärel suundusime lõunale Pahadesse Poistesse.

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Pärast lõunat jätkus koolitus pisut rahulikumas meeleolus. Nimelt arutlesime AEGEE temaatika ning väärtuste üle. Võrdlesime AEGEE ja enda isiklikke väärtusi ning samastasime neid. Tegelikult on AEGEE väärtused väga sarnased inimesega, kes soovib siia maailma oma panuse anda.
Samuti arutlesime võimaluste üle, mida AEGEE võiks laiendada või muuta. Meie grupp leidis, et tööandjad võiksid noorteorganisatsioonidega tihedamalt koostööd teha. Tudengitel on sellisel juhul võimalik kergemini praktikatel ning tööpõlluga üldisemas plaanis tutvuda.
Seejärel algas ürituste korraldamise ning projekti kirjutamise osa. Kõigepealt rääkisid koolituse läbiviijad vajalikest punktidest, mis on ürituse korraldamisel eriti olulised. See jagunes nelja kronoloogilisse gruppi ning igas osas olid täitmist nõudvad punktid.
Pärast sisulist ülevaadet hakkasime ise projekti kirjutama. Meie mõtlesime, et korraldame Eneli juures saunaõhtu. Kirjutasime ürituse plaani üles ning pärast tutvustasime üksteisele oma projekte. Sattusime küsimuste rahe alla ning mõistsime, et meil on tegelikult päris palju puudujääke. Näiteks saatsime inimesed bussiga Raadile, aga tagasituleku peale me üldse ei mõelnud. Samas meie grupi korraldatud üritus viidi ainukesena läbi. Haha.

2Varem projekti kirjutamise või ürituse peale mõeldes on see väga keeruline tundunud. Kuidas kõike nii korraldada, et see ka töötaks? Ilmselt tulebki haarata paber ja pliiats ning ideed paberile seada.
Koolituse esimene päev lõpetati viktoriiniga, mille käigus pidi internetist otsima praktilist teavet AEGEE struktuuri, sümboolika jms kohta.
Õhtu lõppes meeleoluka koosviibimisega lokaalis Säde.

Pühapäev

Uus päev algas uue energiaga. Jää sulamine andis tunda nii olemises kui ka osalejate julguses oma arvamust avaldada.

Esimese teemana käsitlesime meeskonnatööd. Selleks pidime esmalt ruumisolevate toolide üle võitlema. Kuigi olukord muutus vahepeal juba võrdlemisi pingeliseks, jätkasime teema käsitlemist sõbralikult erinevaid graafikuid uurides. Määratlesime enda tavapärast käitumist konflikti olukordades, kirjeldasime unistuste meeskonda ning uurisime Tuckmani meeskonnatöömudelit.
Seejärel tutvusime võimalustega, mis AEGEEs olemine pakub. Tutvustati erinevat liiki koolitusi ja üritusi, mis on rohkem „just for fun“. Nimekiri oli pikk ja mitmekesine. Sain teadmise, et võimalusi jagub küll ja veel. Tuleb lihtsalt ise aktiivne olla ja neist kinni haarata!

1Pisut lühema koolituspäeva lõpetasime (kes vähem, kes rohkem) kunstipäraselt enda tuleviku sihte seades. Pidime joonistama enda tulevast teekonda AEGEES. Suurelt unistamine oli kohustuslik! Hiljem üksteise joonistusi vaadates oli märgata, et see tore harjutus sidus meie tulevikuplaane veelgi enam AEGEEga ning muutis võimalikuks ideid, mis seni tundusid kauged.
Sellises motiveeritud õhkkonnas tõmbasimegi otsad kokku. Tänasime oma suurepäraseid koolitajaid Mayrit ja Hannat ning läksime hetkeks omateed. Et siis uue hooga järgmistel AEGEE koosviibimistel kohtuda.

PS! Au ja kiitus ka Joosepile, kes selle vahva koolituse korraldas!

Autorid: Diana ja Maret

[Arhiivist] AEGEE-Tallinna korraldatud LTC: Summer Euphoria!

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LTC ehk Local Training Course on kohalik koolitus, mis on suunatud ainult ühe AEGEE haru liikmetele. Küll aga kutsus AEGEE-Tallinn juba teist korda ka tartlasi oma LTC-le. Seekord olid kohal Janely ja Maili ning koolitajana ka Hanna. 


Üritus algas reedel laheda suveteemalise peoga kesklinna hostelis, kus toimus tutvumine ja erinevad mängud. Laupäeval suundusime Tallinna Ülikooli, kus veetsime terve päeva erinevates Workshopides. Esmalt rääkis Miha Ilc, AEGEE-Euroopa Policy Officer seletas enda tööülesandeid ning rääkis EurOptimismist ehk andis väikese ülevaate EL populaarsusest ja usaldatavusest erinevates Euroopa riikides. 
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