Founded in 1994, AEGEE-Tartu is a very active antenna which organised the Network Meeting entitled “The City of Good Thoughts” in November this year; moreover, it was ranked as the 3rd and 10th best Summer University in the recent years. AEGEE-Tartu also organised a Network Meeting in 2013, and it will be the host of the European School I in April 2016 along with a surprise for its next Summer University and many other plans. AEGEE-Tartu is the Local of the Month of November. So, we had a little talk with Kristin Moppel, the President of AEGEE-Tartu, to tell us about their motivation and plans behind all of these.
Kristin: AEGEE-Tartu does not consist of typical Estonians. We are not quiet or sitting in the corner, hoping for someone else to take the lead. We might have kept the typical Estonian sarcastic sense of humour, but that is so deep in the roots, you cannot get rid of it. AEGEE-Tartu has always been active, but like every other antenna, it has had its ups and downs. Recently, the positive aspects have escalated through the roof: we have been ranked as the 3rd and 10th Summer University in recent years, we have organised two successful Network Meetings and we have a lot of active members with great plans for the future of our local! AEGEE-Tartu is motivated and eager to be known all over Europe to become a wanted destination for AEGEE events.
How many years has it been an AEGEE antenna? How many active members does it have?
AEGEE-Tartu was founded in 1994, so we have already been around for a while, but this doesn’t mean we are old and tired. We have around 20 members who are active all year, but depending on the period, there are about 10 more members who are active.
The overall impression was really good, the participants were happy and never hungry (that is always a good sign). The organisers and trainers were in a good spirit, so it was a very motivating and fun Network Meeting!
Did you encounter any challenges while organising the event? How did you manage to overcome them?
We are so proud that the organising process went very smoothly. We did not encounter any serious problems, but there are always little things to improve.
Our future plans are very exciting. We can officially say that we are hosting the European School I next year in April. We have a surprise for the SU next year considering that we will organise it with a very awesome antenna (we will announce it soon!). Furthermore, we have some plans for different projects in Tartu for international AEGEE members. In our daily local life we are creating new traditions, for example a monthly cultural night introducing the country’s traditions and cuisine (last month we had Poland, after the holidays we will have Albania). 2016 will be even more awesome than 2015! The members of AEGEE-Tartu are always aiming higher and proving we can do anything, so you’ll never know, maybe even an EPM or Agora in the future [she winks, ed.]
We don’t have a Twin Antenna, but we are open to all proposals. As we are from Estonia and we don’t get to see the sun as much as we want, we would love our Twin Antenna to be from somewhere warmer [she smiles ed.]. The most important thing is that the antenna would be interested in educating themselves and accept our crazy sense of humour.
Written by Gabriela Geană, AEGEE-București