In the past years AEGEE-Toulouse had rather been silent in the loud and noisy net­work. This is chang­ing now: In 2017 the local, which was found­ed in 1986 and is one of the old­est in the entire net­work, is orga­niz­ing a Region­al Train­ing Course and a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty. Khaled Ashraf, Oscar Petre­nas, Johan­na Molo­toala and Marie Gombert gave an insight in the new strong AEGEE-Toulose and its events: “we would also be pleased to have with us AEGEEans from all over Europe!”

GT: Only one year ago, AEGEE-Toulouse was not a very vis­i­ble local and even down­grad­ed to Con­tact Anten­na. Now it is strong, moti­vat­ed and very active. How did you man­age this impres­sive turn­around?
AEGEE-Toulouse: For a few years, AEGEE-Toulouse has focused more on local actions such as wel­com­ing Eras­mus stu­dents, throw­ing par­ties, activ­i­ties and even a fes­ti­val. Since the begin­ning of the year, new mem­bers showed also inter­est in the Euro­pean events, so the all team helps to make Region­al Train­ing Course and the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty pos­si­ble!

GT: How many active mem­bers do you have now?
AEGEE-Toulouse: We have around 15 active mem­bers.

GT: You men­tioned the Region­al Train­ing Course that you will orga­nize in March. What moti­vat­ed you to organ­ise an RTC?
AEGEE-Toulouse: The big major­i­ty of our mem­bers has nev­er par­tic­i­pat­ed in a Euro­pean AEGEE event, orga­nized by any oth­er anten­na. We think this RTC is a good oppor­tu­ni­ty for our mem­bers to get to know more about AEGEE and to increase their inter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in future events!

GT: It’s a Region­al Train­ing Course, so mem­bers of which locals can actu­al­ly apply?
AEGEE-Toulouse: We expect to wel­come a lot of mem­bers from our net­work La Nave, which encom­pass­es Span­ish, Por­tuguese and some French anten­nae such as Toulouse, Lyon and Paris, but we would also be pleased to have with us AEGEEans from all over Europe!

Marie Gombert is the main organ­is­er of the RTC.

GT: What is the pro­gramme of the RTC?
AEGEE-Toulouse: The RTC that will take place in Toulouse on the 25th and 26th March. It will allow our par­tic­i­pants to dis­cov­er the beau­ti­ful city of Toulouse, try local spe­cial­ties, and also par­tic­i­pate in dif­fer­ent ses­sions about: his­to­ry, val­ues and actions of AEGEE; man­age­ment of an anten­na and how to orga­nize a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty; the advan­tages of inter­na­tion­al mobil­i­ty for the labour mar­ket; and the Eras­mus Stu­dent Fes­ti­val orga­nized every year by AEGEE-Toulouse — the third edi­tion will take place this Octo­ber.

GT: How many peo­ple can attend the RTC?
AEGEE-Toulouse: We have space for 30 par­tic­i­pants plus AEGEE-Toulouse mem­bers.

GT: Who will be the RTC train­ers?
AEGEE-Toulouse: We will have Lau­ra Perez, Sub­com­mie and mem­ber of AEGEE-León, Alber­to Arv from AEGEE-Madrid and Karim Ashraf from AEGEE-Toulouse. We hope the diver­si­ty of train­ers and par­tic­i­pants will enrich the work­shops and dis­cus­sions a lot!

GT: You will also organ­ise a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty this year, called “Call upon young Euro­peans”. It will take place from the 20th till 31st of August. What’s the main top­ic?
AEGEE-Toulouse: This Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty will deal with the euro opti­mism and Euro­pean cit­i­zen­ship. Do you feel Euro­pean? Do you feel you can be active in Europe? This Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty aims at answer­ing these ques­tions and at pro­mot­ing Euro­pean cul­ture through the dis­cov­ery of its cit­i­zen­ship. The idea of tack­ling these issues was born in response to Euro-skep­tic feel­ings and the increase of pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies on this con­ti­nent. It wants to encour­age con­fronta­tions, inter­ac­tions, exchanges but also debates between the par­tic­i­pants who rep­re­sents a dynam­ic, con­scious, respon­si­ble and inno­v­a­tive Euro­pean youth.

Lau­ra Perez will be train­er at the RTC.

GT: What are the main pro­gramme high­lights?
AEGEE-Toulouse: The par­tic­u­lar­i­ty of our SU is that It will include an Eras­mus + project, as a youth exchange. Eras­mus+ is a EU pro­gramme to sup­port edu­ca­tion, train­ing, youth and sport in Europe. So we need to offer a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty with a very rich and broad con­tent. The first five days will be in Toulouse where our par­tic­i­pants will fol­low a dai­ly train­ing orga­nized by the “Your Vision for Europe” project and the con­tri­bu­tion of exter­nal asso­ci­a­tions. And the six last days will take place in Barcelona. This peri­od will be more prac­ti­cal and cul­tur­al. We will dis­cov­er the city and con­tin­ue our reflec­tion around Euro­pean iden­ti­ty and Euro­pean cit­i­zens through the real­iza­tion of a movie. This video will be the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pro­mote Europe and AEGEE and moti­vate oth­er young peo­ple to play an active role.

GT: In what way will you coop­er­ate with the “Your vision for Europe” project?
AEGEE-Toulouse: They will ensure a large part of the con­tent and the train­ing in our SU. We are work­ing with “Your Vision for Europe”, because it is an active and dynam­ic group. We were look­ing for a group of expe­ri­enced train­ers to col­lab­o­rate with us and they were look­ing for an SU to work with in a clos­er way, so the match was per­fect. We are all involved in this project now, we share the same vision, we don’t want to orga­nize a touristy SU, but an SU as a train­ing with con­tent and where the par­tic­i­pants will be the main actors. “Your vision for Europe” will orga­nize work­shops, activ­i­ties, games and dis­cus­sions around our main top­ic, because they have a lot of expe­ri­ence and we like the way they pro­pose non-for­mal edu­ca­tion meth­ods to trans­mit knowl­edge and skills.

AEGEE-Toulouse organ­ised Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties right from the very first year. Back then in 1988 they also vis­it­ed the Air­bus fac­to­ry.

GT: You will organ­ise the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty with AEGEE-Lyon. Why?
AEGEE-Toulouse: Our main orga­niz­er Johan­na Molo­toala is actu­al­ly from AEGEE-Lyon, but she is now more involved in AEGEE-Toulouse. The idea of this SU came orig­i­nal­ly from AEGEE-Lyon, but it will be real­ized in Toulouse, because in our city she received the logis­ti­cal sup­port with more active, enthu­si­as­tic and moti­vat­ed mem­bers to real­ize this project. We con­sid­er it as real­ly impor­tant to help and sup­port each oth­er in the net­work. This coop­er­a­tion between two French anten­nae will try to make AEGEE in France more active. Togeth­er we are stronger! AEGEE-Toulouse is get­ting more and more active, that’s why it was nat­ur­al for us to sup­port and work with anoth­er anten­na to help it to orga­nize an SU. We def­i­nite­ly sup­port and encour­age the part­ner­ships and coop­er­a­tion between anten­nae to cre­ate, think, act and dream big­ger.

GT. How can inter­est­ed peo­ple find out more about the SU and RTC? Where can they apply for the RTC?
AEGEE-Toulouse: Peo­ple inter­est­ed in our SU can con­tact us at suaegeelyon@gmail.com, but you can soon also see more infor­ma­tion on the web­site of the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty. Peo­ple who want to apply for our RTC should do it through this link. And this is the Face­book event of the RTC: www.facebook.com/events/1888786851364700/.

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