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Official Newsletter of NGO "European Youth Parliament - Ukraine"
Summer issue 2011
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  1. 1. EYP www.eyp-ua.org www.eypej.org igeon column "Face control" by Ania SUPRUNENKO ...2 column "EYP abroad" by Lyuba DVORETSKA ...3 "EYP anniversary" by Nata TARASEVYCH ...4 "GA" by Tetiana KORNIICHUK ...5 column "Department is speaking" by Illya SYMONENKO ...6 column "EYParerents" by Lyuba DVORETSKA ...7 column "EYP-UA pathway" by Nata TARASEVYCH ...8-9" CHE as thne first EYP experience" by Vitaliy BONDARUK 10-11 "In the next issue" ...12 Editinglayout by Zhenia MELEKHOVETS SUMMER issue
  2. 2. FACE OLCONTR Anna Maria Pashi, Cyprus Supru nen ko, U krain e W hen did Anna: depends, averagely mood up? once on 2 weeks you Pashi: each time we see meet? Ania: hat , cocktail and each other online we chat Ania: Ukrainian NS 2011 Ukrainian behind :) Pashi: March 2011 Pashi: My Awesomeness Does she have a boyfriend? Favourite food What was your first Anna: kinda Ania: souvlaki (Cypriot impression about Pashi: always national) her? Pashi: chees salad Anna: snobbish British Is she looking for randomly came into Favorite color Ukraine one? Anna: sure, Ukrainian Ania: white Pashi: funny stupid Pashi: rainbow one! Volunteer :) Pashi: always How often do you Favorite actor communicate? What bring’s her Ania Penelopa Kruz Pashi Bred Pitt What are things you like most about her? Ania: confidence, sense of humor, support Pashi: how conservative she is, dancing, smile What are things you don’t like about her? Ania: memory, secrets :) Pashi: she smells, she is fat :)2
  3. 3. EYP B RO A D Location: Latvia (no surprise here))) Year of founding: 2004 President: KristapsOzoliņš Average age of members: 18 РУБРИКА ПЕРША First stop – EYP- LATVIA (BTW, don’t try to find logic of the destination choice and order:) But, if after the 4th article you’ll manage to find it, you are guaranteed to receive my per- sonal admiration and reword) Going to Latvia you need to make sure that you have warm clothes and serious attitude. Well, necessity of warm clothes is just logical due to geographical position of the country and the fact that regional sessions of EYP LV usually happen in autumn and spring. And serious attitude is a “must have” because that’s how they do it in Latvia. Of course, it depends on a person, but generally, at the session you are expected to work hard, and onlyA if you manage that, and have some time left and find someone just like you, ONLY than you party. But, I guarantee that if you A find the right people in EYP Latvia – you’ll definitely enjoy both working and partying parts. fter several EYP sessions people usually start At first sight it may seem that everything is quite complicat- noticing that actually, it’s really a small world ed in Latvian EYP. Especially if first you have a look at their or- and Europe starts to seem like a big village ganizational structure… Because there’s not just EYP there, but – same people commutating from session to Latvian University Organization “Tellus”, so the line at which session. No complains here, as it gives more “Tellus” stops and EYP starts is quite blurry for a foreigner. opportunities to see your friends. But, there’s often one ex- However, no one actually expects you to understand that. The ception in this situation. Once you go the session of your main thing is that somehow, Latvian EYPers understand that, friends’ native country, it suddenly becomes foreign and and furthermore, they manage to make it work. complicated, and the friends you thought you knew so well At second sight it gets better:) Session plan is usually sea- act completely different from what you got used to. You think sonal – with 3-4 Regional Sessions in autumn, spring and some- it’s strange? Then think of yourself during Ukrainian Nation- times winter, and culmination of EYP-year – National Selection als or Regionals. Any resemblance? Exactly! Somehow, being Conference, that usually takes place in summer (But still, you at the session at your own country always makes you play by better take at least one semi-warm jacket and sleeping bag with the unspoken rules of your NC, and when you go somewhere you. Just in case:)). System is somewhat similar to the Interrail- else you just do what you want. concept we have in Ukrainian EYP, but more regular. (See, you We all need to understand that no matter how united can always find something common and work with that). we are in our diversity, we are different and every national If you were Latvian EYPer, you would absolutely have to be committee has its own ways of “running business” and at NSC, because that’s not only the event of the year, but also the organizing sessions. Pecularities of some NCs are widly only session from which you can get selected to International known - punctuality and timing of EYP Germany; relaxed, Sessions, International Forums, and even some other countries’ but still passionate way of doing everything of EYP Spain or National Sessions. Keep that in mind if someday you’ll become traditionally serious debating style of EYP GB. Pecularities a Latvian citizen. of some NCs may still be not that clear, but believe me, they So, my dear readers, my main advice for you is to apply, go, definitely have them! and experience it all for yourselves. My only hope is that all They say “When in Rome, do as Romans do” and to make this stuff I wrote and will write in future will help you at least at it easier for all of you to follow this advice and feel confident some point. Surely, EYP-Ukraine is our favourite one, but there’s and comfortable at the session of any country, from now on always a place in our heart for other countries as well. Europe is we’ll be exploring EYP all over Europe and beyond. So, brace bigger than it seems, but a lot closer to us than you may think. yourself for a long journey. Columnist: Lyubov Dvoretskaja 3 3
  4. 4. РУБРИКА ПЕРША Author Nata Tarasevych The 11th Anniversary of EYP-Ukraine W e all love Birthdays, thats a sure thing!.. Especially when it comes to Birthday of our beloved organisation. Organised by Kristina Chelmakina and Lyubov Dvoretska, this evening was truly special foreveryone present. Around 35 active EYPers had a chance to experience EYP bright memories. They brought to us specialpresentations prepared. One video even included greeting of our foreign EYP friends which indeed was a greatpleasant surprise for us (btw you may watch video here). The celebration was really memorable due to the eveningwarm atmosphere, congratulations from honourable Ms President, huge deliosious Birthday cake with 11 candles,making wishes and a lot more. Having the opportunity to own our separate hall for the evening, we continued withEYP style crazy dances and some karaoke songs (who told you need to have a voice to sing? :) We are all looking forward to sweet summer time when well have another Birthday to celebrate!:) 4 4
  5. 5. T РУБРИКА ПЕРША he only thing better than meeting cool new Author people is meeting cool new people interested Tetiana in EYP. That is why the GA that took place in Korniichuk Kiev on the 1st of October was so much fun. Almost 50 young people gathered in Lyceumof International relations N51 to spend a few unforgettablehours with EYP. The organisers did a great job – everythingwas held on a very high level, what made a good impressionon participants. Newcomers, who formed nearly half ofthe present people, were pleased to find themselves amongso many active and initiative fellows. Some were pleasantlysurprised to meet our Nigerian-Ternopil community onthe event, who made the whole way to Kiev from Ternopilexclusively to attend the GA. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere created by organizers.”Iaroslava Stukalov, newcomer The agenda of the event included both fun and seriousparts. And by fun, of course, we mean teambuilding, thatcasted away all the fears of our new members about EYP beingboring. Serious part included traditional EYP presentation,slide-show of summer EYP events and the Schengen visaseminar. But the highlight of the event was the incrediblesuper-micro-mini-session that allowed all the participants tofeel for a moment what it is like to be a delegate. For only anhour and a half we managed to play traditional teambuildinggames, brainstorm on the topics and hold actual mini-debates. Some participants were a little bit nervous aboutspeaking in public, others were glad to have an opportunityto express their point of view. With no doubt, everyone wassatisfied with this new experience. “The mini-session was great. It really inspired me totake part in a real EYP session.” Anna Pustovit, newcomer The event didn’t end there. Afterwards we all went to thepub nearby to have so-called happy hour! We were glad tospend additional time together. Some more games and talksgave a real boost to a friend-making process. Sincere smileson faces and deep interest in people’s eyes were the bestreward for the organisers! “We are glad to see new people getting into EYP. Thatinspires and motivates us to work further with biggereffort.” Kristina Chelmakina, Board member of EYP-Ukraine 5 5
  6. 6. The De РУБРИКА ПЕРША partme Is Spea nt king: F R When it comes to planning a trip abroad, there are two main is how you will present yourself as they will be funding people they will see as issues that can arise: visa restrictions, and the ubiquitous lack the best ones. of funds. If you’re going to an EYP-session (or any conference/ seminar/etc.) abroad, the first is usually not a problem if you apply b) Fundraise for yourself. Even if you can’t get any financial help from on time with a proper invitation and it’s just going to be a matter of time the organizers, there are many options on how to fundraise for your trip to theand nerves at the embassy. But it’s the second thing that keeps most of us away event yourself. The process can be somewhat long and technical, but to cover it from taking these opportunities. Fortunately for myself, I went to briefly – there are a few main ways to go here. a lot of cool events in my university years for free, both EYP and Looking for funds at your university. Universities often support their others – in Europe and around the world. students to go to international events. It boosts their prestige and allows them to use it for whatever PR-purposes they need. And blatantly speaking – universities When a student, there’s usually not a lot of money to be often have bigger funds than there are in their budgets and some will be inter- spared and of course the first option that comes up – ask ested to support their students if they see that it will be helpful for them in the your parents! But when it comes to going to an event future. There are quite a lot of people, who have been able to secure funding from abroad, it can really put a big strain on the family budget their universities, but it very much depends on your relations with the univer- and even if they are able to pay, the chances are – you’re sity’s officials and also the university’s own policy. For example KNEU seems to either putting them in an uncomfortable position or be quite supportive of their students, but try to get the same out of Mogylyanka! you yourself will have to forego travel abroad for quite a while, while the family finances recover. Thus, c) Asking a foundation of a grant office to support. A number of non- the best option is to find a way to go there for free. governmental or charitable foundations offer support to youth to attend various And since the visa is usually free and the participa- international events. But their availability is very limited and often you have to tion fee - minimal (if you have financial issues, I per- apply in advance. You would be at a better advantage if you’re connected to a sonally wouldn’t recommend going anywhere that has certain organization with good monetary support. For example FLEX alumni, a high participation fee; there are tons of other awe- who studied in US high schools for a year can apply for small travel grants from some opportunities in the world that are free!), the their program. main problem is to pay for your travel, which with high airplane ticket prices can be in the hundreds d) Asking airplane companies for tickets. As the main article of expens- of euros depending on the destination. es is usually the airplane tickets, you can always try to ask the respective airplane company to give you a ticket for free. In essence – it’s really simple for them to do Basically, there are two main ways to go to an event and most of them are not flying 100% full anyway. The problem is of course that for free: if they start to support every person, who wants to go to a conference – sooner or later everyone will be flying for free. Thus a lot of airlines’ business models a) Find an event that reimburses your travel prohibit such travel support. Swissair is one and KLM is another if I remember costs. This may sound like Captain Obvious, but in- correctly. But there are many others, who can potentially support you if you re- deed a lot of people overlook the sheer possibilities of ally pitch out your cause. I don’t know many people, who’ve been able to secure doing more research in this area and focusing on these their travel this way, in fact only few have tried and I see how one can possibly opportunities. In fact, there are many events in the get quite lucky here. world that would welcome you and pay for all your expenses to get there. Hey – some will even pay for e) Fundraising from private businesses. Usually this is the way most you to take the taxi to the airport in Ukraine on your people fundraise for their travel to a conference abroad. However when doing way there and back! The trick is to find them, but this you should always remember that the company you’re approaching will nev- if you google around and better – ask your friends, er do it just for you, every company is oriented at making profit in the end and who may know or even gone to such events before, it’s they will seek to get some benefits out of it. It may be getting extra advertising, not that hard. When it comes to EYP, there are also a better public image, etc., but whenever you approach a company you should a few sessions that offer travel reimbursements – and understand their needs and try to “sell” them their support of your attendance to likewise they’re great opportunities that you should al- a particular conference and highlight their benefits out of it. Usually their reason ways try to take advantage of. The biggest difficulty when to support you would be to later showcase how much the company supports the applying for such an event would be to prove to the organizers community and add to their statistics on “social responsibility”. But even when that you’re worthy to be taken as a participant and in case the it comes to this getting support for travel is very hard. Blatantly speaking – why travel reimbursement is for a select few – also to get it. From would a company give thousands of hryvna to a student to go hang out at a con- my personal experience I’d say stressing that you’re from a ference, when it can donate it to a more pressing cause? The best option here is poor country and such is not the best option. The organiz- to approach companies that you, your relatives or your friends have connections ers already know that your country is not the richest in the with. They will be much more eager to support you, even for the simple reason world and what’s more important – 90% of other people that you’re not a stranger to them. Even if you don’t know any companies like are focusing on this. What’s better is to mention concretely that – ask around and you will get some leads that will allow you to start the but precisely that you are experiencing strong financial dif- conversation with them much better. ficulties and to focus on why you want to go there, how you will benefit from the event, enrich others and why you Overall getting funding to go to a conference or an event abroad will most likely are the best choice. Because the people, who are going to be be a long and tedious process with many setbacks on the way. You will want to selecting whom to give support and whom to give a “sorry, quit and be ready to forget about it all. But if you try hard, you will surely perse- but you’re rejected” letter, will perceive that everyone has vere in the end. And with more and more experience you’ll surely become great big issues anyway and it’s practically impossible for them to at finding support for attending awesome events worldwide. Good luck! assess the differences. Thus what will make all the difference 6
  7. 7. РУБРИКА ПЕРШАEYPARENTSH ave you ever thought how many people are involved in EYP? Probably you did, at least once. At every session there are organisers, chairs, board, journalists, delegates, sometimes jury members, guests… Besides,we have national committees, head office in Berlin, andwe’re working on making the number of involved people Lyudmila Ivanovna, Nata’seven bigger every month. mother. She is not just a However, there’s one category of people who are loving mother trying toconstantly involved in EYP, but somehow we always exclude support her child; she is athem when counting. Can you guess who are we talking about? real EYPer herself. She knows the way EYPWe’ll give you some clues. Those people are the first ones to session goes better than some delegates and she’s always nearexperience your fundraising skills; those people are the ones when she’s needed, like a real organizer. All-night resolutionto help you pack your suitcase when there are only 3 hours printing, early morning newspaper sorting, GA – she’s there.left before your flight; they are the ones to figure out how to But that’s EYP part. Being a pationate mother, she also takesbring you back home when you overslept and missed your care of feeding and putting to bed at least for an hour sleepflight (that’s a kind of extreme situation, but let’s be honest, those overenthusiastic kids who organized all this mess calledwe had those kind of stories in EYP); they are the ones to an “EYP session”. We are amazed and so proud that Europeanwhom you are afraid to show some of the session photos Youth Parliament Ukraine has not only great members, butand they definitely are the ones to whom you are proudly also great parents of aforementioned members.showing your name signed in a resolution. Figured it out Of course, we all have different parents and they show theiralready? Yes, exactly! Those people are your PARENTS. And care, support and appreciation of what we do in EYP differently.since the moment you started doing EYP, they received the But please, have mercy on them! Being an EYParent is a hardhonor of being EYParents. job. Imagine yourself in 20 years, sending your own kid to his You may think that there’s nothing special in being a parent first EYP session. Scary, ha?))) So, keep in mind that whateverof an EYPer. But in fact, help and support of our parents is happens , your parents love you, worry about you and expectsomething that gives us an opportunity to experience EYP. And you to come home at least several times a year.when no one else can help, they become our allies. Author’s note: If you have any funny or interesting story Want a real-life story? We’ll give you one. Sure you’ve about your EYParents – don’t hesitate to contact me and tellheard of Nata Tarasevych, our fabulous Board member on your story. OUR EYParents deserve to be famous)))International activities. She is one of the most involved peoplein EYP in Ukraine. Though, you probably haven’t heard of Columnist: Lyubov Dvoretskaja 7 7
  8. 8. РУБРИКА ПЕРША Norway holi MER EYP ys WHAT: Norway -UA WHERE: Trondheim, Norway WHEN: 14-16 September with da WHO: Uchenna Chiedozie Egbete (chair), SUM Germany WHAT: International Forum of EYP-Germany WHERE: Weimar, Germany WHEN: August 28 – September 3 WHO: Uchenna Chiedozie Egbete (chair), Tamara Kuripko, Oleksandra Gordienko, Olena Gordiienko, France WHAT: 67th International Session Spain WHERE: Grenoble, France WHEN: 15-24 July WHO: Kateryna Opanasyuk (chair), WHAT: The 2nd International Fo- Oleksandra Gipsh, Lyubov Dvoretska, Vo- rum of EYP-Spain (Iberian Forum’11) lodymyr Soldatenko, Olga Popovych (del- WHERE: Girona, Spain egates) WHEN: 4-11 August WHO: Maria Shcherbak (delegate) http://eyp-ua.org/news/isgrenoble/ 8 8
  9. 9. РУБРИКА ПЕРША WHAT: National Selection of EYP-Po- land WHERE: Warsaw, Poland Poland WHEN: 7-11 September WHO: Oksana Korchak (chair) WHAT: 18-th Regional Session of EYP Poland WHERE: Rzeszów, Poland WHAT: Joint School Ses- WHEN: 6-10 July sion WHO: Dmytro Honcharenko (vice- WHERE: Kyiv, Ukraine president), Mariia Kononenko (delegate) WHEN: 25-28 September WHO: loots of people http://eyp-ua.org/news/rzeszow_report/ http://eyp-ua.org/news/jss/ UkraineHungary WHAT: Chernihiv Regional Session WHAT: 1st Summer Forum of EYP- WHERE: Chernihiv, UkraineHungary WHEN: 24-28 August WHERE: Győr, Hungary WHO: loooots of people WHEN: 16-19 June WHO: Olga Spytsia (delegate) http://eyp-ua.org/news/che/http://eyp-ua.org/news/danube_cruise/ Georgia WHAT: 3rd International forum of EYP-Georgia WHERE: Batumi, Georgia WHEN: 12-16 August WHO: Evheniia Melekhovets (edi- tor), Anna Lachykhina (chair), Lyubov Dvoretska, Yegor Vlasenko (journalists), Cyprus Roksolana Pidlasa, Ruslan Azarov, Na- taliia Vorobey, Chrystyna Kyrylych, Yurii Kyrylych, Vadym Kyselev, Oksana Maiba, and Olena Grygor’eva (delegates). WHAT: 4th National Selection Conference of EYP-Cyprus http://eyp-ua.org/news/bif11/ WHERE: Paralimni, Cyprus WHEN: August 31 – September 4 9 WHO: Anna Suprunenko (chair) http://eyp-ua.org/news/cyprus/ 9
  10. 10. A view of the newcomer:Chernihiv Regional Sessionas the first EYP experience. A t the end of summer from 25th till 28th of August in the city of Chernihiv, which is on Author: the very North of Ukraine, I happened to Valentyn Bondaruk spend four most memorable days of summer side by side with wonderful people. Chernihiv is a place where the Regional Session of EYP-Ukraine took place. “Changing the World – Challenging Youth” – under this slogan in the city with more than 1300 year history 95 young people from 13 countries of Europe gathered to discuss urgent problems of nuclear energy future, youth employment, education and culture, human rights and others. However, I realised the guests of the city were motivated not only by discussing the above mentioned topics. For those who have never participated in EYP events the words like “session”, “assembly”, “delegate”, “committee”, “voting procedure” may not seem to be entertaining. Going from Kyiv to Chernihiv I couldn’t even imagine how false my expectations towards EYP session were – I expected it to be boring and extremely serious, and it turned out to be completely different. All my prejudices disappeared already during the first day of the session. Before the official part of the session we experienced teambuilding, the aim of which was to form efficient group communication. At first sight it may seem hilarious when adult people act as children - run, jump and play foolish games. The great importance of this session stage is that it helps the team to create spirit and to develop confidence and trust in each other. Teambuilding took place on a territory of a childrens camp. The atmosphere of this 10 10
  11. 11. day was emphasized by extreme feelings: the night in a In the evening the Eurovillage took place. Turkish sweets,tent, the lack of warm shower and the romantic starry Swedish crisp bread with paste made of cheese and shrimps,night above. The great evening in the camp included the Georgian lavash, Moldovan wine, Portuguese Port wine and ofcommittee presentations followed by an awesome open course Ukrainian “salo” … the tables were full of delicious food. Eair party. The informal meeting offered the delegates a The staggering folk dance performed by the Georgians, thelot of opportunities to get to know each other - amateur fascinating playing the guitar by Bruno from Portugal and manyperformances, dances, hot dogs ... - all of these influenced more great performances – all that offered us a great opportunity Hthe spirit. to plunge into the diverse cultural environment, and feel their Next morning all the participants left for Chernihiv authenticity. Isn’t it a striking illustration of “unity in diversity” –city itself where the Opening Ceremony of the session took the motto under which Europe has united?place. The morning was extremely stressful yet amazing in The time of work flew fast, so having finished our resolutions C CHEits own way:) We woke up and had a light breakfast served we left for the city centre where at one of the best local pubsat once. After changing into formal clothes (still in the the Farewell party was held. The theme was “Back to School”,camp) and a short transfer to the city, the delegates arrived therefore the dances of the delegates wearing uniform remindedat the Chernihiv City Hall, where they were welcomed of a school disco. It is doubtful whether this bar has ever receivedby organisers, representatives of local authorities and visitors in such quantity, but with no hesitations they would lovesession partners. After the Opening Ceremony there was to have us there again:)!a city-quest which turned out to be loads of fun. To cope Not quite "school" questions were discussed the next day.with the tasks one had to be really creative, smart and The next day it was the time for the General Assembly heldsociable. Most of us were visiting Chernihiv for the first in accordance with the parliamentary procedure where eachtime. It’s interesting that the city impressed not only with committee submits its resolution for consideration and defends it.its architecture and sightseeing places, but also with its The meeting room of Chernihiv City Hall was a witness of hotspecial atmosphere of tranquil quietness. Even policemen debates of European youth. It was very pleasant to note that inwere always in a good mood - they allowed one of the spite of criticism and sharp questions the benevolence and deepcommittees to fulfill their challenge and took a picture respect were integral parts of the discussion. After the Closingwith them. Ceremony the most difficult thing for me was to accept the fact In the afternoon it was just the right time for the that it’s the time to say good bye. I was just running aroundofficial part to start. Everyone had his own point of view, with a camera trying to take pictures of everything. I wanted tobut the experience gained from discussions can scarcely save everything on the memory stick, but even 4 Gb were notbe overestimated. Each of us made every possible effort enough. Four days staying in Chernihiv introduced to me to lotsto deliver his own ideas and at the same time to consider of interesting outstanding young people and largely changed myopinions of others. To find a decision that would be outlook. And even my future plans. Four lovely days that withoutaccepted by everyone is not an easy task, but substantial a doubt became a cherry on a cake named ‘Summer 2011’.criticism and tolerance to the proposed views allowed usto find a starting point and to develop it in our resolution. 11 11
  12. 12. In next issue: Some "Retro" from Ania Lachykhina, "EYPolemics" by Nastia Ianovitskaja - Smoking in EYP Nata Tarasevych and Roksolana Piech for "Face control", Another "EYParent" by Dvoretskaja Lyuba, "EYP abroad" - Poland this time, Language difference by Zhenia Melekhovets, "Department is Speaking" - Human Resourses And many more various articles! In this issue:Articles by Ania Suprunenko, Nata Tarasevych, Lyuba Dvoretskaja, Valentyn Bondaruk, Illya Symonenko, Tetiana Korniichuk. Editing, layout design - Zhenia Melekhovets12