Next year will be another exciting year in the Europe House Marienberg. We are already deep in the planning’s for 2011 and a lot of European projects are under way. As you might expect there will be especially in the first half of the year many projects with German youngsters who will attend European seminars to get acquainted with the European Union: presentations, discussions, simulation games, talk with experts, workshops and many more things will be available to discover the European reality.
Besides this area of work we will continue with our international work. No matter if a German-Polish or a German Hungarian seminar bi-national youth seminars will be on the schedule again. Meeting people from other countries is still the most effective way to build Europe from the basis.
The highlights of the year will be again the multinational youth gatherings with four to six countries coming for one week to the Europe House to experience intercultural learning and explore European issues. We will start again in April with the so called international spring gathering where we will ask the questions whether the EU is around us 24 hours a day and how this is affecting us on a daily basis.
This start-up is followed by the traditional international editor’s seminar in the Europe week at the beginning of May. The product will be a European online newspaper produced by the participants here in Bad Marienberg, ready to be read from everybody in Europe by the end of the gathering.
Also in May the Europe House will take part in a huge European project organised by the Polish Robert Schuman foundation situated in Warsaw. One of the two busses with youngsters from Southeast Europe will have a stop in Bad Marienberg while travelling through Europe discussion further EU enlargement to the Balkans. This project will be realised together with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung a German political foundation as well as with the GD Enlargement of the European Commission.
Two more multinational youth gatherings in May will bring youngsters together incl. young citizens from Turkey. Here we will also focus on the European Year of Volunteering. Involved will be hopefully the EU youth programme Youth in Action.
The first half of 2011 will be closed with the international prizewinner gathering bringing up to 30 national winners of the competition “Europe at School” together in Bad Marienberg. From Cyprus to Finland, from Ireland to Slovakia this group will really be a huge European family.
You see we have a lot to offer and we expect all of you to be active and engaged to realise interesting, funny and exciting projects in the coming six month. If you’re interested to join please feel free to contact us any time! We are looking forward to welcome you here personally - See you soon!