Wake up before September ends 🍁
On the last Monday of September CGE team as usual gathered to have a talk about upcoming projects, recent trips, application writing, administrative issues and many other organisationally important decisions. This time our meeting joined newly EVS volunteer Frederico and an intern from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt Nodir. More people – more fun, CGE believes. Especially, with looming deadlines 😲… Have a nice week, Erfurt!
On one of the last weekends of August CGE crew (Ondra Holan & Mikaela Petrakieva – the , Marina Bykova) together with friend EVSer from the EJBW, Sonya Pyshneva, and couple of other nice fellows, Haytham Atef & Tornike KaTchiuri, made a biking trip to one of the most fantastic places around Erfurt – Drei Gleichen 🏰.
The name for the area “Drei Gleichen” is said to come from an old tale: in the middle of a May night of the year 1231 a lightning ⚡️ kindled all three castles at once and they were seen like blazing torches from far away in the whole country. However, some historians have another, quite dull explanation: they believe that one of the three castles, the “Burg Gleichen”, gave the area its name.
The biking tour 🚲 started from the Erfurt Main Railway Station (Hbf), went through Steigerwald forest 🌳, several towns 🏠 (Bischleben, Ingersleben, Neudietendorf, Apfelstädt) and then directly to Drei Gleichen area. We hiked with our bikes to the top of the hill to enter an almost thousand years old fortress Burg Gleichen. Ramshackle walls welcomed us inside and let enjoy a snack over the bird-view of Schloßleite. Overall we estimated to cover 45 km distance.
We came home that day, tired but happy, with more than five hundred pictures 📸 made on the way. It’s possible to can check them here by clinking on the link (bit.ly/EVSbikingtour).
If you are interested in joining us on such lovely bizarre trip or you have your own idea of how to spend time with international folks in Erfurt, write us an e-mail ✉️ on: email@example.com. We look forward to your responses! 😉
Photos: Marina Bykova, Tornike KaTchiuri
Stadt im Dialog 2
After the successful study visits in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany last July, Stadt im Dialog 2 is now on its final phase.
Participants and experts from Russia and Germany flew in to Russia’s second biggest city and cultural center, St. Petersburg, to present their own projects, which will be realised in Russia.
On day 1, Oleg Pachenkov, one of the project coordinators from the Center for Independent Social Research , gave an overview of what to expect and what to accomplish in this 5-day event. Furthermore, the participants have shared their reflections on the study visit in Germany particularly on P2P learning. Aside from their reflections, they have also presented their initial project ideas that they want to work on. After the presentations, the group was divided into two and visited two different sites in St. Petersburg separately. The two places aforementioned were pre-selected to be the site where their projects will be materialised.
Stadt im Dialog 2 is a project organised by Culture Goes Europe Erfurt e.V. and CISR. And it’s funded by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In the globalised world we live in now getting back to national states and choosing populist leaders are mistakes we can not afford. That is why we need to ask the question: «Quo vadis, Europe?». This project addresses the need to prepare youth leaders of tomorrow by providing platform for getting comprehensive understanding of European and world affairs, learning tools and acquiring competences that could be used to deal with local challenges.
The second part of «Quo vadis, Europe?» will take place in Dnipro, Ukraine. This time the topics will include:
🙌🏼 Leadership in Civil Society & Youth Initiatives
💼 Social Entrepreneurship
📊 Business Planning & Public Performance
🗓 Dates: 19th-26th October, 2017
🌍 Place: Dnipro, Ukraine
🤝 Partners: Youth NGO MIKS Ukraine (Ukraine), Academy of innovation (Russia)
💰 Funding & Support: Stiftung EVZ (Meet up: Deutsch-Ukrainische Jugendbegegnungen Німецько-Українські зустрічі), Robert Bosch Stiftung, Auswärtiges Amt, Thüringer Ministerium für Bildung, Jugend und Sport.