Common Europe Foundation, the parent foundation of Eastbook.eu, once again organises a study visit for young people from Eastern Europe – Study Tours to Poland (STP). The participants of the programme came to Warsaw today. For a week and a half they will be learning about the functioning of Polish institutions, touring around Poland, and having fun.
Students from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine will be staying in the UFO hostel, also known as an all-night graffiti shop. The place of accommodation itself was a huge attraction to our participants.
For the next days the participants will meet officials, councillors, third sector workers, politicians and a horse-breeder in Janow Podlaski. Interesting people, meetings and facts, helping to answer but one question – the core of our STP programme: “What can we change in our city or country?”
We spent our first day on setting the formal matters. However, we found some time to visit Wilanow: we saw the royal palace, Poster Museum and the Temple of Divine Providence. After that, we devoted ourselves to a light-hearted social evening, so that the next day we could start working hard as a well-integrated group.
STP was launched in 2004 and is part of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s “Region in Transition – RITA” Program, conducted since 2000 by the Education for Democracy Foundation. The Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe from Wrocław has been the STP coordinator since 2007. The “Borussia” Foundation from Olsztyn coordinates STP for students. The study visit from 17 to 29 April 2012 is conducted by Common Europe Foundation, the parent foundation of our portal Eastbook.eu.
Translated by: Marta Lityńska