What is my personal role in Europe? What should be Europe for me? What can I do for Europe? Maybe I need another Europe? At the same time, the concepts “Europe” and “European Union” are often identified, therefore the organizers emphasize that they include in the concept “Europe” not only the EU member states, but indeed all European states.
Borders between Europe
The boundaries between Europe and Asia are blurred, and it is this fact that is the subject of discussion. Within three weeks, project participants have the opportunity to form their own opinion, change it, or strengthen their position. Do they feel like a full-fledged part of the continent or does it seem to them that they are isolated? Particularly interesting are discussions on this issue, when young people from Russia or Turkey formulate their attitude towards Europe. If only because many project participants are aware of the state borders, due to the current visa regime, much more pronounced than, for example, among residents of Germany. But the organizers think not only globally, but also regionally. Especially important for them in this respect is the venue for the EuroCamp: Saxony-Anhalt Federal Land. Every year, summer camp tents are set up in a new city. Thus, the participants get acquainted not only with their European neighbors, but also with the beauty and history of this Federal Land in the former East Germany, which has already become an inseparable part of Germany.
Wolfgang Meier has been the EuroCamp Project Manager since its inception. Speaking about the origins of the idea of a summer camp, he is only guessing. In 1992, almost immediately after the unification of Germany, the first EuroCamp was organized. The goal from the very beginning was to bring Europe to Saxony-Anhalt, a region at that time not familiar to most. Not only so that, according to Mayer, “isolated socialism” (East-) German youth could enjoy the international atmosphere, but also in Europe there is an understanding that Germany is not limited to just Berlin.
Olga Kochubey took part in the project for the first time in 2007 and since then comes every time. She liked the atmosphere of the international camp so much that now she is a member of the organizing team. In addition, EuroCamp inspired her to actively participate in social life and in her homeland. After her first Eurocamp she works with double strength in the youth club of the German House of the Republic of Tatarstan (Kazan) and founded the program of the Russian-German exchange. And another participant of the project, Karina Galiyeva, speaks about Eurocamp with delight: “It was unforgettable. Memories of this very best and amazing summer of my life will always be with me. For sure!” Muscovite Gulnaz Sibgatullina arrived this year in the camp for the first time. She, as a student of the linguistic department, is attracted primarily by the linguistic aspect, since the main language of EuroCamp is German, its “first and most beloved foreign language”. Olga also enriched her language reserve in the camp: "Now I can say" Hello "," Good afternoon "," Thank you "and" Please "in at least 10 European languages."
Eurocamp promotes communication and the emergence of friendships. Playful and casual form is designed to help young people to discuss about Europe without any embarrassment. In the simulation game, they take part in the “Euroconference”, in which they represent their country as its president and acquaint listeners with their positions and ideas. This year the topic of discussion will be "Lost Youth" - the phenomenon when young people leave their homeland to find work abroad. At the end of a tiring day of discussion, the “deputies” sign the final document, which perpetuates the demands of a more equitable Europe. Then for further success glasses of champagne are raised. You can be sure of one thing: nobody will be bored in EuroCamp!