AEGEE’s most impor­tant train­ing event returns to Enschede! Four years after the last Euro­pean School 1 (ES1) was orga­nized in this city, the Ago­ra host of spring 2017 invites you again to this mag­nif­i­cent train­ing, which takes place from 13th to 20th of May 2018. 25 peo­ple will have the chance to learn every­thing about anten­na and project man­age­ment from some of the best train­ers in the net­work. The dead­line is approach­ing — you can only apply until 28th of Feb­ru­ary. Don’t miss this chance! The Gold­en Times inter­viewed the ES1 Com­mit­tee of AEGEE-Enschede: Rik Smale, Timo Haar­man, Teun Kok, Patrick Roze­ma, Mar­ti­jn van Dorp and Suzanne de Vette.

Gold­en Times: What will the par­tic­i­pants learn at the ES1?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: The Euro­pean School 1 is an one week long intense train­ing event full of inter­ac­tive work­shops, dis­cus­sions, case work and, of course, social pro­gramme. Dur­ing a week the 25 par­tic­i­pants will devel­op skills, acquire knowl­edge and prac­tice tasks rel­e­vant to their work in their locals or AEGEE bod­ies, but also rel­e­vant to project man­age­ment in youth work.

Gold­en Times: So it is a very hands-on event?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: Yes. You don’t just hear about how to improve your local, but you’ll also imple­ment it right away since the main focus of this train­ing is anten­na man­age­ment. But this is not all you learn! You will also get to know more enthu­si­as­tic AEGEEans from a lot of dif­fer­ent coun­tries. The organ­is­ers in Enschede will make sure that you’ll have a place to sleep, that you can get around in the city dur­ing this amaz­ing week and will pro­vide you food — do you remem­ber those amaz­ing meat­balls?

The ES1 Com­mit­tee of AEGEE-Enschede

Gold­en Times: What’s the ide­al par­tic­i­pant?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: The par­tic­i­pants should be inquis­i­tive, eager to learn and enthu­si­as­tic about meet­ing oth­er peo­ple. It is suit­able for all moti­vat­ed but less expe­ri­enced AEGEEans who decid­ed to take an active role in their local boards and change the cur­rent sta­tus of their anten­na to a super­ac­tive one!

Gold­en Times: Why does AEGEE-Enschede host the Euro­pean School 1?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: The Euro­pean School 1 has been suc­cess­ful­ly orga­nized by the AEGEE-Acad­e­my since 1999! If it keeps com­ing back there must be a rea­son, right? AEGEE-Enschede has a lot of good expe­ri­ences with orga­niz­ing Euro­pean Schools before, and always likes to orga­nize a well-struc­tured, seri­ous train­ing event!

Gold­en Times: How was the ES1 that your anten­na orga­nized four years ago?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: In 2014 AEGEE-Enschede organ­ised the last Euro­pean School 1. Back then 24 par­tic­i­pants from all over Europe, from Rus­sia to Eng­land and from Cyprus to Fin­land came to Enschede to par­tic­i­pate in the train­ing. The par­tic­i­pants also joined a can­tus and vis­it­ed our mem­bers for a din­ner togeth­er.

Par­tic­i­pants and train­ers of the ES1 Enschede in 2014.

Gold­en Times: What are you prepar­ing this year in terms of local organ­i­sa­tion and social pro­gramme of the Euro­pean School 1?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: As local organ­is­ers, we are arrang­ing every­thing besides the train­ing itself. The train­ing will be orga­nized by the train­ers and the AEGEE-Acad­e­my. Aside from the accom­mo­da­tion, cater­ing, trans­port in Enschede and cof­fee breaks, we are arrang­ing a social pro­gramme. A typ­i­cal bar night in our own bar Aste­r­i­on, a can­tus, which is a singing and beer fes­tiv­i­ty, and a pub crawl are among oth­ers part of the social pro­gramme.

Gold­en Times: How much is the fee and what’s in it?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: The fee will be 100 Euro; visa par­tic­i­pants pay 5 Euros less. This fee will cov­er the trans­port with­in Enschede, three meals per day, cof­fee breaks, accom­mo­da­tion, work­shop mate­r­i­al and the social pro­gramme.

The ES1 will be full of great work­shops, just like in 2014.

Gold­en Times: Where can poten­tial par­tic­i­pants find out more about the event?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: Check our Face­book page, the Face­book event and at the sign up form.

Gold­en Times: Any­thing you would like to add?
ES1 Com­mit­tee: The only thing we wish for this event are a lot of moti­vat­ed AEGEEans will­ing to par­tic­i­pate in all the cool stuff, both the social pro­gramme as well the mate­r­i­al which our train­ers will pre­pare for them, in order to analyse their inner self and rock their upcom­ing board years!

Par­tic­i­pants and train­ers of the ES1 Enschede in 2014.