Summer University 2016

 

Balkanize your summer from Danube to Vardar

Organized by AEGEE-Novi Sad & AEGEE-Skopje

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What did you do last summer? We don’t know! But that doesn’t matter because we know what you will do this year!!! Are you ready to BALKANIZE YOUR SUMMER ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE BALKANS? What that means? – enjoy the greatest hospitality of Balkan people, listen to the catchy traditional Balkan music and dance until the morning hours, fall in love with its nature and beautiful people! We present you our special TSU, that will leave you with best memories ever! You will be left breathless by the Balkan spirit, discovering the beautiful landscapes, rich culture and history, as well as the amazing nightlife.
You will visit the beautiful city of Novi Sad! From the imposing fortress on the opposite bank to the churches representing numerous denominations throughout the old town's exceedingly pleasant pedestrian zone and Zmaj-Jova street to several unheralded but noteworthy museums and art galleries, Novi Sad has much to boast about. And within easy driving, or cycling, distance there the monasteries of Fruška Gora and the inviting Salaši tourist farms. During the summer months, people pack the Štrand, one of the Danube's finest beaches, and a series of street festivals and other events keep the good vibes going well into the autumn. You will indulge in the splendors of the ‘White City’, Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the greatest urban whole of the Balkan Peninsula. Situated at the place where the Sava joins the Danube, this amazing city offers you something you have always wanted: amazing experience, great insight of the Balkan lifestyle, sleepless night outs with lots of unforgettable memories. Grandiose coffee houses, quirky sidewalk ice-creameries and conventional ‘kafanas’ all find rightful place along Knez Mihailova, a lively pedestrian boulevard flanked by historical buildings all the way to the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel, crown of the city. Deeper in Belgrade's bowels are museums guarding the cultural, religious and military heritage of the country. You will feel like home, learn to dance kolo, sing the unique traditional songs and cook the most delicious food you have ever tasted. And it doesn’t stop here.
We move south, in a city that with its modesty will easily get into your hearts. Skopje, the city that never sleeps will offer you a whale of time! You will learn about the mystique history, the colorful folklore, the unspoiled natural beauties, the never ending parties and the hospitality of the locals, which will make you come back again. You will visit the biggest Bazaar preserved on the Balkan today, the Old Turkish Bazaar and climb up the fortress Kale, to feel the historical spirit and the panorama of Skopje. Skopje is the mixture of traditional and modern, urban and unspoiled, suitable for every taste. You will take a deep breath from the pick of the Mountain Vodno, where you will meet one of the biggest Christian symbols: the Millennium Cross, and will enjoy the mesmerizing nature, while watching the whole city under yourself. You will be astonished by the vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful Canyon Matka, which is easily Macedonia’s most distinguishable landmark – and an artificial wonder that you simply have to see to believe. And when you think that your journey could never get any better- you are wrong!
Next stop: Ohrid. The immortal city, the Macedonian pearl, the city of 365 churches, kingdom of light and water, a repository of ancient ruins from Macedonia’s earlier kingdoms waits for you. Ohrid’s major attractions are all located within a remarkably concentrated and eminently walkable area, among and above the narrow streets of the Old Town lined with restaurants and cafés perfectly suited for relaxing in the cool summer evenings. Ohrid’s many café bars and nightclubs also make for a vibrant nightlife. As for the lake itself, it is so large and so deep that one might mistake it for a small sea. Meet the beautiful city with its more beautiful lake which were accepted as Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Do yourself a favor and be a part of this amazing journey. Ziveli for the time of your life! :)

General Information:

From: Tuesday, July 12th
To: Tuesday, July 26th
Starts in: Novi Sad
Ends in: Ohrid
Type: Travelling Summer University info_outline
Thematic categories: History and Local Culture / Arts, Creativity and Cooking
Fee: 196€ info_outline
35 Friends
Accomodation: Hostel, Appartment and Gym
Confirmation: Pay 50% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 40€
Used for: Aqua Park Novi Sad, Matka Canyon and St. Naum monastery
Alternative: Strand beach, Struga
Language: English
Special equipment needed:
Suited for disabled people: No

Theme:

Music, Culture and History of Balkans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCiaTfZDDQQ

Contact:

Phone: +38978468882

Our ideal participant:

    The ideal participant is enthusiastic, creative and with lots of energy. Great team player and a positive person. Someone who loves Balkan folklore and it is not afraid to try Rakija. Someone who can dance like nobody's watching and won’t take no for an answer. If you think you can survive the awesomeness of this adventure with few hours of sleep, you are the ideal participant!

Activities:

    • Balkan culture workshops
    • Youth mobility workshop
    • Europtimism workshop
    • Thematic parties
    • Sightseeing
    • Cruising on the Danube and Sava
    • Sports - especially beach games and swimming
    • Visit Mountain Vodno
    • Visit St.Naum
    • Treasure hunt
    • Dancing traditional dances
    • European night
    • Aqua parc
    • Visit Sremski Karlovci

Course Information:

Course:
Timetable:
Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Active members from AEGEE-Novi Sad and AEGEE-Skopje
Equipment:
Supported by University: No

Join the Summer University and visit:

Novi Sad

Novi Sad (Serbian Cyrillic: Нови Сад) is the second largest city in Serbia, located on the banks of the Danube river. Today, Novi Sad is the second cultural center in Serbia (besides Belgrade). The city has several museums and galleries. It is located on 1,225th kilometers from the Danube flow,making numerous islands, inlets and sandbanks. Novi Sad was always a multi ethnic town. Serbs have always made the majority of its population, but there were others, too: Germans, Hungarians, Croats, Slovaks, Ruthenias, Greeks, Tzintzars, Jews, Armenians, Romanians, Roma people and others.
Every year in the summer and especially during the annual EXIT music festival, the city becomes true youth capital, filled with young, energetic people from all over Europe! The most recognized structure in Novi Sad is Petrovaradin Fortress. There is also a National Park of Fruška Gora mountain nearby. If you are in this area you should not miss to visit ‘Slashi’ - with their authentic appearance remind us of past, romantic times of rural hamlets of the Panonia!

Belgrade

Belgrade (Serbian Cyrillic: Београд), the capital of Serbia, is a colorful mixture of the East and West. It lies on two international waterways, at the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube which surround it on three sides. Belgrade has the population of around 1.7 million. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has since ancient times been an important crossing of the ways where the roads of eastern and western Europe meet. Because of its position, it has rightly been called "Gateway to the Balkans" and the "Door to Central Europe". Also it is called city of youth, because more than 40% of its population is between 15 and 44 years old. It is also a city of night life, famous because of its night clubs, boat clubs and kafanas. Belgrade is city of culture, passion and energy. City that never sleeps, full of beautiful sites, delicious food, good music and welcoming Belgraders. Come, experience it and love it!

Skopje

Welcome to Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, a city located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, at the crossroad of vital communications, a city with a 2000 years old tradition.
We would encourage you to take a walk along the beautiful quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, to stroll along the narrow streets of the Old Bazaar, which is the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today, to climb up the Upper Town (the "Kale"), in order to feel the spirit of the 1500 years' old fortress and enjoy the panorama of Skopje. We would also invite you to feel the treasures of Skopje and to visit the Islamic monument the Daut Pasha Hamam.
Skopje is internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa. Despite the turbulent history of the Balkans, Skopje has blossomed into a thriving, stimulating city to explore, defining itself as superb tourist destination.
You can also enjoy the tasty Macedonian cuisine and delicious Macedonian wine.
During the time of your stay in Skopje, you will feel the hospitality of its citizens whenever and wherever you are.

Ohrid

Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country with over 42,000 inhabitants as of 2002. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem (of the Balkans)".The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. It is located southwest of Skopje, west of Resen and Bitola. In 1979 and in 1980, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In fact, Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are both Cultural and Natural sites.
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