W.I.N.E.: Water Isn’t Nutri­tious Enough” was the best-rat­ed of all AEGEE Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties in 2017. AEGEE-Tori­no host­ed this mar­vel­lous event last year and invites you now for the sequel: W.I.N.E. 2018. 26 lucky par­tic­i­pants will have the chance to learn every­thing about wine and have a great time from 24th of July to 7th of August. Last year’s main orga­niz­er Edoar­do Car­rera and this year’s main host Pedro Gabriel Cas­tro dos San­tos tell you more about it.

Edoar­do Car­rera

Gold­en Times: Your SU was the best in 2017. Why and how did you man­age it?
Edoar­do Car­rera: It was a real chal­lenge for us all. To be reward­ed as orga­niz­er of the best Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty in 2017 was the result of a lot of work and many sac­ri­fices we made over the year. The great result and a high-qual­i­ty event comes from a sim­ple four-ingre­di­ent recipe:

  1. Clear vision of our goal: cre­at­ing a life­time expe­ri­ence and leav­ing a mark in the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty project
  2. The knowl­edge and exper­tise we got from train­ers at the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty Project School and for­mer orga­niz­ers
  3. The spe­cial rela­tion­ship we built between orga­niz­ers and par­tic­i­pants, which made all chal­lenges dur­ing the event eas­i­er. We bond­ed as a fam­i­ly
  4. Tak­ing care of our par­tic­i­pants: being avail­able for any need and make them feel spe­cial as they tru­ly are.
Pedro Gabriel Cas­tro dos San­tos

GT: What is the main top­ic of your SU in 2018?
Pedro Gabriel Cas­tro dos San­tos: Wine cul­ture and the way of life in Pied­mont are the focus­es of our upcom­ing Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty. The very first edi­tion of “Water Isn’t Nutri­tious Enough”, back in 2016, marked a turn­ing point in the time­line of SUs orga­nized by our anten­na: the top­ics were nar­rowed down and more exten­sive­ly exploit­ed. What had start­ed as an uncer­tain bet revealed itself as a great suc­cess. Ever since our orga­niz­ing teams have been able to bring more qual­i­ty and con­tent to the par­tic­i­pants than ever.

GT: What is your suc­cess for­mu­la?
Pedro Gabriel: The for­mu­la is sim­ple: the finest vine­yards in Italy, the plain region sur­round­ed by the Alps and a cul­ture whose ori­gins are spread all over Europe.

Last year’s SU in Tori­no was spec­tac­u­lar.

GT: SU means Sum­mer and Uni­ver­si­ty. What is the Uni­ver­si­ty aspect and what is in the tuition part?
Pedro Gabriel: At each new edi­tion, the W.I.N.E. team brings Sum­mer and Uni­ver­si­ty clos­er to each oth­er. Our anten­na tru­ly believes that it is pos­si­ble to launch an event at which one can­not split its activ­i­ties into Sum­mer and Uni­ver­si­ty. It is not easy though: our con­tent per­son­nel are strug­gling to cre­ate a con­tin­u­ous flow of enter­tain­ment and edu­ca­tion — even linked to the social pro­gram. We don’t want to spoil future sur­pris­es, but we can give one hint: get ready to build up your knowl­edge by hear­ing from som­me­liers dur­ing wine tast­ings, vis­it­ing vine­yards, learn­ing how to cook as an Ital­ian, and much more. In addi­tion, our coop­er­a­tion with the Euro­pean Cit­i­zen­ship Work­ing Group will bring even more qual­i­ty con­tent and exper­tise.

GT: Let’s talk about the Sum­mer part of your SU. What are the three main pro­gram high­lights in this area? Which cities and land­marks will you vis­it?
Pedro Gabriel: The main goal for W.I.N.E. 2018 is: offer­ing unique expe­ri­ences, which will leave hap­py mem­o­ries for life. Our team wants to pro­vide an exclu­sive oppor­tu­ni­ty to deeply live Pied­mont and its wine cul­ture. We can high­light three brand-new activ­i­ties with respect to the edi­tion of last year:

  • A les­son on oenol­o­gy dur­ing which our par­tic­i­pants will be able to learn the basics of Ital­ian wine by an expert on the field and, at the end, get a cer­tifi­cate.
  • Stay­ing overnight in the Ital­ian Alps where the group can take a bath in lakes, hike along the moun­tains and watch the stars at night.
  • And vis­it­ing Super­ga, which is one of the high­est points in Turin, and enjoy­ing the most icon­ic view of the city.

Besides, our par­tic­i­pants will vis­it the main points of wine pro­duc­tion in the region – the cities of Asti, Baro­lo and Calu­so — and taste some of their vin­tages.

It’s all about WINE!

GT: What else will you improve in your SU com­pared to 2017?
Pedro Gabriel: The orga­ni­za­tion of W.I.N.E. 2017 is a ref­er­ence for our cur­rent team. At the end of last year, the for­mer group assessed the main strengths and flaws regard­ing the orga­ni­za­tion from a participant’s point of view. This way the cur­rent orga­niz­ing team aims to repeat the good points and change the bad ones. In addi­tion, our orga­niz­ers are tai­lor­ing some activ­i­ties and farewell time to bring an even stronger emo­tion­al involve­ment dur­ing the event, so our par­tic­i­pants will nev­er for­get this sum­mer.

GT: Can you say a cou­ple of words about your anten­na: what does it make it spe­cial?
Pedro Gabriel: Every anten­na has its own unique­ness that makes it spe­cial. Some have very expe­ri­enced train­ers, oth­ers throw amaz­ing par­ties. There is the one that orga­nizes epic TSUs year after year, and that one which orga­nized an incred­i­ble and mem­o­rable Ago­ra in 2016. All kinds of them. AEGEE-Tori­no has its own charm as well: I guess the group has an out­stand­ing bal­ance between enter­tain­ment and work. Very few anten­nae in Europe man­age to achieve their goals in such a hap­py and light way as we do.

Anoth­er impres­sion from last year

GT: Where can inter­est­ed peo­ple find out more about your SU?
Pedro Gabriel: Who­ev­er is inter­est­ed in our event or sim­ply wants to find out more details about our orga­ni­za­tion can find us on social media! On Face­book every week we post news about activ­i­ties and impor­tant infor­ma­tion in our page WINE — Water Isn’t Nutri­tious Enough and on Insta­gram we always keep the fol­low­ers of @wine.aegeetorino inside the orga­ni­za­tion of the event! In addi­tion, more info can be found on our web­site www.aegeetorino.com/summer-university.

GT: Any­thing you would like to add?
Pedro Gabriel: About forty peo­ple from four dif­fer­ent nation­al­i­ties work­ing for eight months – that’s W.I.N.E 2018. AEGEE-Tori­no has nev­er seen such a great team work­ing for a com­mon goal: cre­at­ing a unique expe­ri­ence whose mem­o­ries will last for long. Beyond a remark for our anten­na, we want W.I.N.E. 2018 to be a turn­ing point for the whole Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty Project. Don’t think twice: apply for it!

Don’t for­get to apply, so you can be part of the sto­ry!