17 participants, 6 trainers, 6 main organizers, 9 days, many guests and helpers. From the 17th till the 25th of May 2014, the AEGEE-Academy, together with AEGEE-Enschede had organized one of the most important trainings in our association – “European School 1” aka ES1.
Two years after the Agora in Enschede, AEGEE was back to the University of Twente, where participants gained new skills and knowledge, getting ready to become future leaders. Leadership, Project Management, Human Resources and Fundraising; those were just a few of the sessions that took place during the training. Along with the sessions, the participants were working on different Case Study tasks, that helped them to put the newly-aquired knowledge into practice right away. Moreover, thanks to the local organizers, a lovely social programme followed each hard working day.
Among the guests of the event were representatives from the AEGEE-Academy board, the board of FATF (Foundation AEGEE Trust Fund ed.) and trainers from the Dutch National Youth Council. The event would not have been the same without Urša Svetelj (AEGEE-Ljubljana), Training Manager of the ES1 2014. Urša was ensuring the smooth process from the very first preparations on, being a bridge between the trainers and organizers involved in this ES.
It is somehow hard to describe European School 1 with just few words, but the feedback received from the participants speaks for itself. Nevertheless, this event would not have been that successful without their strong motivation, commitment and endless energy.
“You rocked! The best AEGEE event I’ve been to from trainers’, participants and organisational aspects. Good job!”
“Awesome! Inspiring! enriching! a great time! great people!”
“You guys are awesome and especially the organizers. Please pass my thanks because without them this event would not be as amazing as it was.”
“I am extremely happy to having been here!! ES1 changed my life and it will define my future! Thank you very much for selecting me cause I really had to be here! And thank you for making this event so awesome and useful!!! Looking forward to meeting you all again somewhere in Europe! I really admire you for what you are doing! Keep up improving the world!!! ;) And good luck with everything!”
“I am very thankful this happened to me. And I thank you for realizing it. I find everything I want to find in my life in AEGEE. Thank you for making this true.
“Organizers and trainers, I must say a huuuuuuge thanks for the hard work. I learned a LOT and had awesome time while doing it :) Thank youuuuu all! :)”
“I will suggest my local Antenna members apply for ES.”
“European School 1” is already over, but more AEGEE trainings will follow! Stay tuned and keep the AEGEE energy alive!
Written by Elena Antova, AEGEE-Academy