Do you know where Voronezh is? 250 kilo­me­tres east of Ukraine, 500 kilo­me­tres south of Moscow. What makes this city spe­cial? The Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty orga­nized by AEGEE-Voronezh was one of the top ten in the net­work in 2017. This year the anten­na joins forces with AEGEE-Ros­tov-na-Donu, AEGEE-Kharkiv and AEGEE-Odessa: “It was a big deci­sion for us! We are hap­py that we are doing it, because our his­to­ry, cul­ture and lan­guages are so con­nect­ed”, says AEGEE-Voronezh. The title of the Trav­el­ling Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty, which takes place from 14th to 28th of August, is “The Slav­ic FOURce”, the top­ic: explor­ing Slav­ic cul­ture and break­ing stereo­types about East­ern Europe. Find out more in this inter­view.

Gold­en Times: Your SU was one of the Top Ten SUs in 2017. Why, how did you man­age?
AEGEE-Voronezh: Our great team of orga­niz­ers had already worked togeth­er before the project. We also had col­lect­ed some feed­back from the pre­vi­ous Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty not only on a web­site, but also on paper dur­ing the last day of the event when the impres­sions were strong; this helped us not to repeat pos­si­ble mis­takes. As for the pro­gramme, we want­ed to spend more time out­side and added activ­i­ties and trips we’ve nev­er done before because our par­tic­i­pants usu­al­ly spent a lot of time sit­ting dur­ing the class­es. And the biggest secret — near the hos­tel there was a nice shawar­ma place — every­one loved it!

GT: What’s the main top­ic of your SU in 2018? And why did you choose it?
AEGEE-Voronezh: The main top­ic is the Slav­ic cul­ture. We are orga­niz­ing the SU with three oth­er anten­nae, and we all are the East­ern Slavs.

GT: SU means Sum­mer and Uni­ver­si­ty. What’s the Uni­ver­si­ty aspect, what is in the tuition part?
AEGEE-Voronezh: For so many years we focused on teach­ing lan­guage, but this year cul­ture comes first.

GT: Let’s talk about the Sum­mer part of your SU. What are the three main pro­gramme high­lights in this area? And which cities or land­marks will you vis­it?
AEGEE-Voronezh: For the rea­son that it is sum­mer, there is def­i­nite­ly going to be some beach time. Togeth­er we are going to cel­e­brate the Inde­pen­dence Day of Ukraine and vis­it cat­a­combs. Dur­ing the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty we are vis­it­ing Ros­tov-na-Donu, Tagan­rog, Azov, Voronezh, Kharkiv, Odessa and trav­el more than 1000 kilo­me­tres!

GT: What will you improve in your SU com­pared to 2017?
AEGEE-Voronezh: Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous SU we spent most of the time in Voronezh and we only left the city for a few days, but this year we decid­ed to vis­it not only more than one city, but more than one coun­try!

GT: Can you say a cou­ple of words about your anten­na: what makes it spe­cial?
AEGEE-Voronezh: Our anten­na was cre­at­ed on the 14th of Feb­ru­ary, we are not only spread­ing Euro­pean val­ues, but also love! It is always in the air. We are a nice group of good friends and we can work hard togeth­er, but love goes first.

GT: Will you orga­nize your event with anoth­er anten­na?
AEGEE-Voronezh: Yes, we are doing it togeth­er with AEGEE-Ros­tov-na-Donu, AEGEE-Kharkiv and AEGEE-Odessa. It was a big deci­sion for us and we are hap­py that we are doing it, because our his­to­ry, cul­ture and lan­guages are so con­nect­ed.

GT: Where can inter­est­ed peo­ple find out more about your SU?
AEGEE-Voronezh: Every­thing is on the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty web­site and this Face­book group.

GT: Any­thing you would like to add? You can give a mes­sage to poten­tial appli­cants here…
AEGEE-Voronezh: Join 20 brave super­heroes for an amaz­ing Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty, explore the rich Slav­ic cul­ture, cross the bor­ders and break the stereo­types. Let’s rock togeth­er!