The Hottest Deals of Summer 2015: SUs in Cagliari, Napoli & Zaragoza

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You don’t need to spend a lot of mon­ey in order to vis­it a great SU. Many Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties offer you a high qual­i­ty event for very lit­tle mon­ey. The Gold­en Times spoke with the organ­is­ers of AEGEE-Napoli, AEGEE-Cagliari and AEGEE-Zaragoza.

AEGEE-Napoli: “Past & Fasul — Through the Ages of time!”

Fee: 95 Euro, option­al costs: 40 Euro

Gregorio Tomasillo
Gre­go­rio Tomasil­lo

GT: What’s the title of your SU in 2015?
Gre­go­rio Tomasil­lo, AEGEE-Napoli: Our title is: “Past & Fasul — Through the Ages of time!” It isn’t the first case we use a play of words between Neapoli­tan and Eng­lish as title for an event. The dou­ble mean­ing comes from the term “past”, with both a tem­po­ral and a culi­nary sense to merge the huge his­tor­i­cal and gas­tro­nom­ic rich­ness of our land. And not only that! Because it’s like in Dean Martin’s song “That’s Amore”: “When the stars make you drool, just like past and fasul — that’s amore!”

GT: What’s the date of your SU?
Gre­go­rio: From 23rd of July to 4th of August. It’s the best peri­od to vis­it the south of Italy!

GT: Your SU is the cheap­est of all SUs. How do you man­age to do it for such a low price?
Gre­go­rio: It’s nev­er easy to com­bine a good pro­gramme and a cheap fee, but this is the chal­lenge for every organ­is­ing team. For us it wasn’t sim­ple, but also not that dif­fi­cult. The biggest suc­cess was to get free accom­mo­da­tion in a school — with beds! Also impor­tant are a small eco­nom­i­cal sup­port from Uni­ver­si­ty and the help by local asso­ci­a­tions and the munic­i­pal­i­ty. Nev­er­the­less, we could have cho­sen a high­er fee, but we have also to thank our two pre­vi­ous boards that filled our bank account with their work, so we are cov­ered in case of an emer­gency and can put all our efforts into organ­is­ing a great and cheap AEGEE event.

GT: What do you think about so many expen­sive SUs? Is this a bad devel­op­ment?
Gre­go­rio: Well, even though it is still cheap­er to trav­el with AEGEE than in a com­mon way, it is clear that the increase in prices will make it more dif­fi­cult. This can be improved. If you look at our fee, you notice that even if you add the option­al fee of 40 Euro, the whole price is 135 Euro, a bit less than 10 Euro per day! We showed every­body that it is pos­si­ble to go fair­ly under the AEGEE lim­it on the dai­ly fee, hop­ing oth­er locals will fol­low our exam­ple in the future, to cre­ate not only a fan­tas­tic SU, but also a very con­ve­nient one.

GT: What do your mem­bers say about the recent price increas­es of SUs?
Gre­go­rio: We love AEGEE. A lit­tle increase in price won’t stop us and our mem­bers, but our dream is to see great and cheap SUs to give every­body the chance to feel Europe as a home.

GT: Why should AEGEE mem­bers specif­i­cal­ly apply for your SU?
Gre­go­rio: You should apply because for the low­est fee you get a high-qual­i­ty pro­gramme and our usu­al crazi­ness. Some details? We will vis­it fan­tas­tic places from the nat­ur­al, his­tor­i­cal and artis­tic point of view. We offer a lot of non-for­mal his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­al activ­i­ties that will let peo­ple tru­ly feel like walk­ing into the past. There will be tons of typ­i­cal food and drinks …espe­cial­ly the true piz­za and Limon­cel­lo expe­ri­ence! In cook­ing work­shops our par­tic­i­pants will learn how to pre­pare them and feel like a true Neapoli­tan! Our SU is a typ­i­cal sum­mer in South­ern Italy – with hot weath­er, sea, beach­es and a boat trip. More­over, there will be a full load of fun with our activ­i­ties such as the trea­sure hunt in a for­mer roy­al hunt­ing park, the pho­to-con­test in the streets of the city and the sur­pris­ing eso­teric tour, which will show us a hid­den side of Napoli. Final­ly, you will enjoy a lot of crazy par­ties, start­ing from the the­mat­ic ones to the clubs on the beach­es.

GT: What’s the main top­ic and the three main the­mat­ic high­lights?
Gre­go­rio: The lead­ing thread will be time: we will bring our par­tic­i­pants back to the past, in order to dis­cov­er the dif­fer­ent dynas­ties and civ­i­liza­tions that ruled the south of Italy. This will stretch from the Greek col­o­niza­tion and the Roman empire to the trou­bled medieval times when Byzan­tines, Lon­go­b­ards, Nor­mans and Arabs bat­tled with­out break to gain con­trol of the region. Time-trav­el­ling along the cen­turies, we’ll see many oth­ers who took over — from the Aragons to the Angevins, until the Bour­bons in the XVIII cen­tu­ry became the last sov­er­eigns of the King­dom of the Two Sicilies, before the uni­fi­ca­tion of Italy and our cur­rent age. So the three main the­mat­ic high­lights are his­to­ry, with spe­cial atten­tion to the archi­tec­ture of dif­fer­ent ages, nature and gas­tron­o­my, all wrapped up by our genet­ic crazi­ness.

GT: What will be the social pro­gramme high­lights?
Gre­go­rio: The sea, beach­es, the fan­tas­tic boat trip in Amal­fi and the aquat­ic park will be extreme­ly enjoy­able dur­ing the day, but the social pro­gramme will sure­ly focus on par­ties, from the the­mat­ic ones with dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal ages to the beach clubs and the wild pool par­ty in the sav­age Fran­col­ise, sur­round­ed only by nature.

GT: Which cities or oth­er inter­est­ing places will you vis­it?
Gre­go­rio: Apart from Napoli and its beau­ties, such as the breath­tak­ing seafront and the wild “roy­al wood of Capodi­monte”, we will vis­it four Unesco her­itage sites: Pom­peii, the best pre­served Latin town; Napoli’s his­tor­i­cal cen­ter with a true Greek Ago­ra and build­ing from all ages; the Roy­al Palace of Caser­ta, which is the Ital­ian Ver­sailles with 1200 rooms and a huge park; and the gor­geous Amal­fi Coast with mar­vel­lous Amal­fi, Posi­tano and Sor­ren­to.

GT: How can inter­est­ed peo­ple find out more?
Gre­go­rio: To find out more join our Face­book event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1069195976431218/! We’ll be post­ing pic­tures and infos every day. Also check out the offi­cial SU page: http://www.projects.aegee.org/suct/su2015/show.php?su_id=NAP1. You are curi­ous to know what Past and Fasul taste like? Join our SU and find it out!

 

 

Cagliarifornia” by AEGEE-Cagliari

Fee: 110 Euro, option­al costs: 40 Euro

Valentina Atzori
Valenti­na Atzori

GT: What’s the date of your SU?
Valenti­na Atzori, Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Cagliari: 31st of July till 11th of August.

GT: Your SU is one of the cheap­est of all SUs. How do you man­age to do it for such a low price?
Valenti­na: Our SU costs 110 Euro. We want our par­tic­i­pants to feel that they don’t have to break into a bank to take part in our Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty, also because we know that Cagliari is not the eas­i­est place to reach for some AEGEEans. We have just nom­i­nat­ed a new Fund-rais­ing Respon­si­ble and we are sure he will do an amaz­ing job in help­ing us with cut­ting costs.

GT: What do you think about so many expen­sive SUs? Is this a bad devel­op­ment?
Valenti­na: I think it’s because a lot of them are Trav­el Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties, which sure­ly has an impact on the price. Also some anten­nae do strug­gle with find­ing and receiv­ing funds. I hope it won’t be a per­ma­nent trend though, we are all stu­dents and we have lit­tle mon­ey to spend! But I am sure every sin­gle Euro spend in the more expen­sive SUs will be more than worth it.

GT: What do your mem­bers say about the price increas­es of SUs?
Valenti­na: Some of them have approached me and made a com­ment about the prices, but they do under­stand that there are rea­sons behind it.

Cagliarifornia
Meet the crazy organ­is­ers!

GT: Why should AEGEE mem­bers specif­i­cal­ly apply for your SU?
Valenti­na: I think we have proven our­selves dur­ing Autumn Ago­ra Cagliari. We know how to man­age an event and we are kind of a crazy bunch. We have planned a lot of fun activ­i­ties and some sur­pris­es. Just apply and see!

GT: What’s the main top­ic and the three main the­mat­ic high­lights?
Valenti­na: Our main top­ic is His­to­ry and Local Cul­ture, we will be focus­ing on his­to­ry, art, cul­ture, envi­ron­ment and of course tra­di­tion­al food!

Tina Karin in the air
Vis­it the best beach­es of the Mediter­ranean Sea!

GT: What will be the social pro­gramme high­lights?
Valenti­na: Well, I don’t how much I can spoil — I hope our main orga­niz­er Mat­teo Sec­chi won’t kill me… but we are keep­ing a clas­sic ele­ment of our events: the famous “trea­sure hunt – pub crawl­ing”. I won’t say any­thing else, so stop ask­ing!

GT: Which cities or oth­er inter­est­ing places will you vis­it?
Valenti­na: We will vis­it Cagliari, the beau­ti­ful Poet­to, Pula, Vil­lasim­ius and many more amaz­ing places. Our island is incred­i­bly stun­ning in the sum­mer­time.

GT: How can inter­est­ed peo­ple find out more?
Valenti­na (laugh­ing): Just look at the pic­ture I sent! Wouldn’t you want to hang out with those beau­ti­ful faces? I promise you: we will give you the sum­mer of your life. Check out our pro­gramme here: http://www.projects.aegee.org/suct/su2015/show.php?su_id=CAG1. And check out our Face­book event!

 

 

Kingdom of Dragon vol.IV: platform 9 3/4” by AEGEE-Zaragoza

Fee: 120 Euro, option­al costs: 40 Euro

Alejandra Pérez Martínez
Ale­jan­dra Pérez Martínez

GT: What’s the title of your SU in 2015?
Ale­jan­dra Pérez Martínez, main organ­is­er, and Ander Guer­rero Ruiz, Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Zaragoza: King­dom of Drag­on vol.IV: plat­form 9 3/4

GT: What’s the date of your SU?
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: From the 5th August to the 16th August

GT: Your SU is one of the cheap­est of all SUs. How do you man­age to do it for such a low price?
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: Our Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty only costs 120 Euro. Our SU is a trav­el course of 11 days and we will trav­el around four dif­fer­ent cities of Aragón. Although the fee is so low, we will do a lot of activ­i­ties. The rest of the costs will be cov­ered by fund-rais­ing of AEGEE-Zaragoza, as it is typ­i­cal in our Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties.

GT: What do you think about so many expen­sive SUs? Is this a bad devel­op­ment?
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: Although we are get­ting con­cerned as well for the increase of the fees of the SUs, we also under­stand why anten­nae are charg­ing the max­i­mum fee per day. It is quite com­pli­cat­ed, for not say­ing impos­si­ble, at least in Zaragoza — like in many oth­er cities in many coun­tries — to cov­er the whole event just with the fee, even though we try to make it as cheap as pos­si­ble. The dura­tion of the SUs is also get­ting longer and the major­i­ty of the SUs are TSUs, which increas­es the prices. All of the anten­nae want to orga­nize the best SU, so, we believe that this leads to an increase of the fee. In Zaragoza we want to give the mem­bers all the pos­si­bil­i­ties, that is why this year we are orga­niz­ing two Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties: this SU course and also a TSU. Each one dif­fer­ent, but both will be epic!

Ander Ruiz
Ander Guer­rero Ruiz

GT: What do your mem­bers say about the price increas­es of SUs?
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: Last year, when fees were increased after many years, many mem­bers expressed their con­cern and some of them couldn’t attend an SU due to mon­e­tary rea­sons. Also, this has some reper­cus­sion for recruit­ing new mem­bers, because the major­i­ty of them are attract­ed by the low price of this event.

GT: Why should AEGEE mem­bers specif­i­cal­ly apply for your SU?
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: Because it will be the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty and one of the cheap­est SUs of all. Every­body knows that AEGEE-Zaragoza rocks in their events. It is one of the most active anten­nae, and we are putting all of our pas­sion and effort in it. We will do a lot of dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties, offer an awe­some social pro­gramme and, as well, the best orga­niz­ers. This SU is always a killing choice. What else do you need to be con­vinced?

GT: What’s the main top­ic and the three main the­mat­ic high­lights?
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: Cook­ing, cre­ativ­i­ty, arts and sports. We think these top­ics are very inter­est­ing and fun. We will do work­shops and activ­i­ties about it like kayak­ing, body paint­ing and many trips…

GT: What will be the social pro­gramme high­lights?
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: It is very impor­tant to have a good social pro­gramme in a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty, and of course, an epic Euro­pean Night for tast­ing the dif­fer­ent types of food and drinks. We are also plan­ning a work­shop about cock­tails, watch­ing the falling stars in the moun­tains of Albar­racín, organ­ise a pub crawl and a lot of fun in gen­er­al!

GT: Which cities or oth­er inter­est­ing places will you vis­it? .
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: We will vis­it Zaragoza, Alquezar, Bar­bas­tro and Albar­racin. Zaragoza is the cap­i­tal of the region, the fifth biggest city of Spain. A very his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­al city, where we will do a lot of activ­i­ties. The city is famous for its folk­lore, local gas­tron­o­my and land­marks such as the Basíli­ca del Pilar, La Seo Cathe­dral and the Aljafer­ía Palace. Alquezar, the sur­round­ing area to the South towards Bar­bas­tro in the direc­tion of the flat­ter Ebro basin, is part of the Somon­tano, an area known for its fine wines. There are more than 60 lime­stone caves with pre­his­toric cave paint­ings which made the region a Unesco World Her­itage Site. Bas­bas­tro is a city in the Somon­tano coun­ty, in the province of Huesca – with moun­tains, stone vil­lages, green coun­try­side, peaks and val­leys of untouched nat­ur­al beau­ty… It is one of the high­est ranges in the con­ti­nent. And last, but not least: , in the province of Teru­el, is a pic­turesque town sur­round­ed by stony hills. The town was declared a Mon­u­men­to Nacional. It has being vot­ed as one of the most beau­ti­ful vil­lages of Spain.

GT: How can inter­est­ed peo­ple find out more?
Ale­jan­dra and Ander: You can find more infor­ma­tion in our Face­book event: King­dom of Drag­on vol.IV: plat­form 9 ¾, on the web­page of the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties (http://projects.aegee.org/suct/su2015/show.php?su_id=ZAR1) or by con­tact­ing with us by e-mail: suzaragoza2015gmail.com. You can also write to the Face­book page of AEGEE-Zaragoza. It will be a fan­tas­tic Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty, with a lot of sur­pris­es and an amaz­ing the­mat­ic part. We are wait­ing for you!

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