8 Days in Paradise: 8 Reasons to Go to Agrigento before Agora Catania

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Fun, friend­ship & future of AEGEE: if you care about these three things, then don’t hes­i­tate and apply for the AEGEE Project Lab, pre-event for Ago­ra Cata­nia. Dur­ing this three-day event you can devel­op your own ideas for great events and projects in the sun­shine, and togeth­er with the oth­er par­tic­i­pants you will find out with the help of some awe­some AEGEE train­ers how to max­imise the suc­cess of your very own next event. And all this in Sici­ly, only 120 kilo­me­tres to the Ago­ra loca­tion among famous and beau­ti­ful Unesco world her­itage sites. Togeth­er with the Ago­ra Cata­nia you will have eight days in par­adise. Dead­line: 10th of August. Here is all you need to know!

Reason number 1: the topic

The top­ic of the AEGEE Project Lab tack­les some­thing that AEGEE urgent­ly needs: more project devel­op­ment and bet­ter event organ­is­ing. The Project Lab is a mix­ture of brain­storm­ing and train­ing. There is space for 22 par­tic­i­pants who will come up with their own project ideas, whether it will be a local arts fes­ti­val or a Euro­pean-wide project about the future of Euro­pean inte­gra­tion. Actu­al­ly, in the moti­va­tion let­ter every appli­cant can describe an idea for a new project!

Reason number 2: the programme

There will be sev­er­al ses­sions dur­ing which train­ers and par­tic­i­pants will help devel­op­ing ideas and give advice how to max­imise the suc­cess of the ini­tia­tives. The train­ers will also tell which projects worked well in AEGEE and which were less suc­cess­ful. More­over, they will show you use­ful tools and tech­niques — in short: togeth­er you will devel­op the suc­cess for­mu­la for great projects.

Reason number 3: it’s a lot of fun

Are you scared a bit because of all the work­shops? There will be a lot of ses­sions indeed because this event real­ly wants to help you. How­ev­er, there are no events in AEGEE which are more fun than train­ings. You will laugh a lot and have ab incred­i­bly great time. It’s com­plete­ly inspi­ra­tional. And: here will be plen­ty of wine, fun, sight­see­ing and also par­ties!

Reason number 4: the location

Agri­gen­to is one of the most famous spots of Italy. The amaz­ing tem­ples of Agri­gen­to are a Unesco World Her­itage site, the Mediter­ranean Sea is just around the cor­ner, and tem­per­a­tures well above 20 degrees. The pro­gramme wil take place in the amaz­ing Farm Cul­tur­al Park in Favara, which is some­thing like the MOMA of Italy – it’s also ded­i­cat­ed to invent­ing new ways of think­ing, liv­ing and being. Per­fect!

Reason number 5: the trainers

You have already met the train­ers at many AEGEE events!

Réka Sala­m­on has been Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Europe in the past 12 months. In 2013 the mem­ber of AEGEE-Aachen and AEGEE-Debre­cen coor­di­nat­ed the brand new project Europe on Track, which won the Charle­magne Youth Prize, and now is ready for its 5th edi­tion. Dur­ing count­less months in Brus­sels Réka Sala­m­on gained unmatched knowl­edge about the cur­rent polit­i­cal agen­das and project man­age­ment!

Philipp Blum has been a mem­ber of the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty Coor­di­na­tion Team for the past two years. The for­mer Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Aachen also has lots of project expe­ri­ence: recent­ly he start­ed the project Europe At Eye Lev­el, which makes Europe more tan­gi­ble with the help of video reports. Recent­ly he also helped reviv­ing AEGEE-Ham­burg and is also board mem­ber over there.

Damien Lat­acz is best known for being Pres­i­dent of the Medi­a­tion Com­mis­sion, but orga­nized count­less events in his anten­na. Dur­ing his lab-work, the for­mer Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Aachen finds time to read books to emerge his knowl­edge — dur­ing his free time, he learns a lot of new skills too. An unstop­pable brain, eager to share his knowl­edge and zen!

Olivi­er Genkin man­aged the AEGEE-Europe Project “Europe and You”, as Speak­er of the Inter­na­tion­al Pol­i­tics Work­ing Group he and his team orga­nized one inter­na­tion­al event per month, he found­ed AEGEE-Mannheim and AEGEE-Frank­furt, became hon­orary mem­ber of AEGEE-Europe and is one of the most inspir­ing peo­ple ever in AEGEE.

Gun­nar Erth was the Projects Direc­tor in the CD and was involved in sev­er­al Euro­pean projects. The hon­orary mem­ber of AEGEE-Europe was one of the AEGEE-Acad­e­my founders and orga­nized many Euro­pean train­ings, among them a Projects School. In 2011 he cre­at­ed the AEGEE Gold­en Times mag­a­zine.

Reason number 6: AEGEE-Agrigento

AEGEE-Agri­gen­to might be one of the small­er locals, but it’s great in spir­it. The anten­na in the south of Sici­ly was found­ed in May 2009, became anten­na a few months lat­er and has kept that sta­tus ever since. Actu­al­ly, AEGEE-Agri­gen­to organ­ised already a lot of events! The most promi­nent mem­ber is Clau­dio Gen­naro, best known from the Juridi­cal Com­mis­sion and the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty Coor­di­na­tion Team. Pres­i­dent is Mario Lupar­el­lo, who works hard with his team to give you the best pos­si­ble time!

Reason number 7: It’s easy to go to the Agora

From Agri­gen­to to Cata­nia it’s just 120 kilo­me­tres – that’s two hours by bus! Also if you are think­ing how to get to Agri­gen­to — no wor­ries! There are reg­u­lar bus­es and blablacars from near­by air­ports. Prices start at 10 EUR! Don’t hes­i­tate to apply even if you don’t go to Ago­ra, we would love to see every­one who is will­ing to share his or her ideas!

Reason number 8: best value for money

The fee of 45 Euro includes accom­mo­da­tion for three nights, break­fasts, lunch­es, din­ners, all the cours­es about project cre­ation and man­age­ment, a cul­tur­al pro­gram with vis­it­ing ancient sites and the cosy towns Agri­gen­to and Favara, social pro­gram and par­ties.

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