Preparing for the European journey of a lifetime!

The Start of Europe on Track: Training weekend in Brussels and Network meeting in Leiden


Europe on Track is almost ready to go! During the past weekend the travelers of the project finally met each other in person and had a preparation event in Brussels. It was great for them to share ideas about the project. On Sunday they already gained input from students during the Network Meeting (NWM) in Leiden. With so many great ideas, people and enthusiasm on board, you better brace yourselves for a great European adventure!

You can follow everything the teams’ experience on the tracks on and on for personal background stories.

Training weekend in Brussels

After many meetings on Skype, countless Facebook chats and emails, the travelers of Europe on Track finally met each other in person, last weekend in Brussels, in the headquarters of AEGEE-Europe (also known as the CD – Comite Directeur – house). During the past 3 days they discussed about the themes of the project, finalised the presentations and prepared nice surprises for each stop.

The CD house in Brussels is one of the best places to gain inspiration about Europe, where people of different nationalities come and go all the time, as if the house would be the homebase of a big European family. In Brussels, the teams also got acquainted with some of the hosts of the stops along the road: Kostas from Aachen, Holger from Berlin and Nicola from Napoli! We got to know about European Ice Bears in Germany, great democratic initiatives in Berlin (like Democracy International who they will visit there) and the best place to get Italian pizza in Napoli.

At the moment, the travelers are preparing for the press conference in the European Parliament. During this official kick-off of the project, the final documentary of Europe on Track 2012 will be shown for the first time. In addition, the travelers and organizers of this year’s edition will introduce themselves and the topics they’ll be working on: European Elections, Youth participation, Youth unemployment, Youth mobility and Europtimism. After the press conference, Team Red will immediately leave by train to Orleans. Team Blue will leave on Thursday morning to Aachen.

Network Meeting Leiden

On Sunday, the travellers and Reka had the first possibility to reveal the fresh new edition of Europe on Track. The team jumped on the train to NWM Leiden where more than 30 participants expected the presentation. The moment was very symbolic – participants enjoyed the only presentation done by all six travellers and the coordination team.

The updated version of Europe on Track’s topics were under the spotlight. In 2012 the ambassadors asked young people how they imagine Europe in 2020. This year, they will get deeper in the issues which actually matter to the young generation – youth mobility and Europe. Six travelers presented in Leiden each of the topics – youth mobility, youth participation, Europtimism, the European elections and youth unemployment and asked participants to draw up the questions that they would ask to young people across Europe.

NWM participants came up also with ideas which kind of street actions should travellers organise together with locals to boost the project visibility. Their curiosity went further, asking travelers what are their expectations and ideas to make the most of their journey.

Excitement, high expectations and exploring what really matters for young Europeans nowadays is what the travellers are up to in their journey of a lifetime. Follow the journey with them!



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