The first Summer University is behind
The idea of establishment of AEGEE-Yerevan came from the Summer University Project in 2010, and at that time already there was a plan to organize one in Yerevan.
The real preparation stage started from January 2011 with periodic project team meetings and ideas.
The aim of the Summer University was to bring young people from Armenia and Europe closer, do discuss cultural differences and explore each others’ culture.
The participants came out to be from many different European countries such as the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovaki, Austria, Italy and Finland.
Yerevan was very active with many festivals going on at the period of our Summer University. We were having Golden Apricot International Film Festival in frames of which many concerts and cultural events were organized and the participants had the opportunity to attend some of them.
The first day after the arrival started with AEGEE presentation, city tour and character party.
During the next days the participants had tours to some of the beautiful places of Armenia-Lake Sevan, they saw the only preserved pagan temple Garni and Geghard Monastery. The tours followed also by Etchmiajin-the religious center of Armenia as well as Zvartnots.
One of the important events in frames of the project was the Armenian National evening with typical Armenian food, music and dances.
The next one was the European Cultural Evening which was an open event at the Youth Foundation of Armenia hall. Each participant made a presentation of their country, presented national food and drinks.
Our participants learnt to dance Armenian national dances, eat traditional Armenian Salad :D, and try to remember and pronounce some Armenian words…But this is not the case for Attila Minisán, a great duduk player from Hungary…Few more days in Armenia and he would already speak Armenian :)
Our friend, Sebastiano Perale from AEGEE-Venezia says, “AEGEE-Yerevan has organized a very good Summer University. But considering the fact that AEGEE-Yerevan was born yesterday, I think they have organized an excellent Summer University!! The programme was
full but not tiring, the places were interesting and diverse, the lodging was perfect and the organizers were very helpful and always at our disposal. They never let anybody get lost in town, anytime a group split in two parts, in both parts there was at least one organizer.
The fun part was a little missing, but it was so hot that we chilled out enjoying Armenian food and beer. At the moment, I am really missing Armenia and all organizers and participants there!!”
The most and extreme part of the SU was the 2 days trip to Tatev-one of the most amazing places in Armenia where is located the worlds’ longest ropeway.
On the way to Tatev we visited the Areni Wine Factory and Noravank Monastery. It was already late evening when we arrived to Tatev and quickly set the tents where we were going to spend all the night.
The multicultural night was very interesting with fire and guitar, nice songs and games. But after the heavy rain everyone ran to the tents and got wet in the morning :D hopefully nobody caught cold after this crazy experience!
During the Summer university we did the most different and the first Eastern Partnership team meeting in the bus from Yerevan to Tatev in the 40C temperature, which was very productive.
The last day as always was not the best one because of saying bye but with the big hope to see each other soon somewhere in Europe.
And sure the our doors are always open for the visits of all AEGEE people!
Looking forward to our next Summer University with even more crazy programme.
So again we would like to thank our supporters, the Youth Foundation of Armenia, Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, Astarak Kat Company, Hayastan All-Armenia Fund, Tour Info Magazine and Sima Tours Travel Agency.