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Newsletter 2003-1

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Message from the President

Dear PTP Europe family,

The year 2003 has started in earnest with true winter weather like we have not seen anymore for many years. Entire Europe under a white snow blanket and sub-freezing temperatures for over a month with frozen ponds and small lakes were only in my memory from growing up in Switzerland. In addition splendid weather and top snow conditions on the slopes in the mountains as many of you might have seen during TV reports from the World Skiing Champion Ships 2003 in St. Moritz-Switzerland is just great! I hope that you all are enjoying a real winter again as much as I do.

May I remind all the Chapter Presidents once more, to please:

  • return the now overdue, completed chapter questionnaire to our European office in Berlin-Germany
  • pay the annual dues of EURO 2.00 per member (EURO 1.00 for PTPI and EURO 1.00 for PTPE) to our account by the End of March 2003 the very latest !

Only with your full compliance of these to administrative requirements are you considered as "members in good standing by PTPI and PTPE"! However, this in turn will enable all these members to fully participate in PTP activities and to receive all available benefits possible. Therefore, please do act now and we all do thank you very much for your kind cooperation.

For our Annual Event, the PTP Europe Conference 2003 with the Annual Meeting in Roman-Romania I want to encourage great participation. All relevant information is available on the internet as explained in this newsletter and it is being mailed to all chapters. Please do make sure that it will reach all our members soonest possible that they can make their definite plans as early as possible.

I want to draw your special attention to the exceptionally low Conference Fee of only EURO 80.00 per person for Early Bird registration until 31 March 2003!! This will surely allow so many more of our great members to attend this tremendously exiting event. Subsidies from the Conference Fund will be available again if duly completed applications are submitted on time.

Therefore, please do start your preparations and registration process now to avoid any problems and unnecessary hassles which might lead to heart breaking disappointments !

Enjoy the rest of real winter time in Europe while preparing for our main event. I am looking forward to see as many of you as possible in Roman-Romania with lovely spring weather at the end of May 2003 !!

All the very best, keep well and foremost do keep smiling.

Your President Ernst Honegger

European Annual Conference – Romania 2003

Please find the invitation for the European Conference attached with this newsletter or on the conference homepage: www.ptpe.org/roman2003. The local chapter has put together a very good job to make this event special. There is not only a very good program for the weekend, but also for the days before and/or after the weekend. We encourage all members to come to the event and to share the invitation with other members and of course also with non-members as well.

Dates  Program 
May 29 Young Generation Social Event: Vampire Costume Party
May 29  Day Tour: The Sights of Bucharest 
May 27-30  Transylvanian Treasures 
May 30 Day Excursion to Iasi
June 1-4 The Monasteries of Bucovina
May 28-29 or June 2-3 Exploring the Olt Valley
June 1 Day Excursion to Piatra Neamt
Before and/or after the conference Roman Homestay

PTPI  Updates

PTPI Europe Office

Since November last year the Berlin office has a new address. The office will shortly be staffed by anther staff member. In addition there is room for two interns.

For the moment, Mr Claus Radke works as intern in the office. He has set up the European Conference homepage and will assist the Conference Organising Committee.

People to People Homepages

The PTP homepages reflect the organisation and shows programs and chapters. On both the European (www.ptpe.org) and the International (www.ptpi.org) homepages have list of events and programs. Chapters may send information to the Berlin office and the information will be updated on both internet sites.

Office Internet Address

There is a new internet address for the European office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Messages sent to this address can be read by any one in the office.

The previously used address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will still be in use. Yet not between mid February and the end of March.

Annual Questionnaire

The questionnaire has been sent out to all chapter presidents early this year. We will compile are results and send out updated lists to each chapter as soon as we have the replies.

Conferences and Meetings Outside People to People

Within the European Office we have started monitoring other organisations similar to PTP. We will pass on invitations and ideas to chapter presidents and post it on the homepage.

New Contacts

On February 6, a PTPI meeting was held in London for members-at-large. Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Peter Whitby, met with the group, which plans to meet again to discuss possible programs.

Internship and European Voluntary Service

People to People will offer one internship position at Berlin office. The work will be to support the European chapters and program together with other staff in Berlin and Kansas City. Specifically the following areas are suggested:

  • Web-design - Assist the office and chapters with web design.
  • Program support - Assist the chapters with information about People to People programs.
  • Accounting - Assist the office in accounting matters.
  • PTPI Berlin - Assist the local PTP chapter with its programs.

More information is available at the PTPE homepage.

School and Classroom Program

School and Classroom Program invites primary, middle and secondary students of all countries to create artwork illustrating their cultures, communities or their interpretation of the theme .peace through understanding.. Murals will be exhibited in Washington D.C. November 7-11, 2003. The deadline to submit murals is October 20, 2003. One classroom and mural will be chosen to receive an award of US$50.

School and Classroom Program teachers can now receive postage assistance to mail Global Youth Murals to PTPI World Headquarters or to mail letters to their partner classrooms. Assistance is given in the form of international reply coupons for non-U.S. teachers and stamps for U.S. teachers. Teachers may apply for postage assistance by completing a simple form obtained from the program director. Please share the Global Youth Murals project and the opportunity for postage assistance with teachers as incentive to involve them in this fun project. To obtain mural guidelines or the form for postage assistance, contact Stacey Chance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Calendar of Events

Time 
Event 
Reference 
February 21
PTP Interlaken Annual Meeting 
Regina Wälti: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
February 24 
PTP Berlin Annual Meeting 
Brigitte Kasigkeit: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
February PTP 
Estonia visits PTP Zurich 
Ruta Pels: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
March 11
PTP Bern – Annual Meeting
Ernst Honegger: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
March 20
PTP Brussels – Annual Meeting
Denise Maurice: fax:+32 (0)2 345 6854
March 30
PTP Estonia 10 year anniversary
Ruta Pels: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
May 30 - June 1
PTP European Conference in Roman Romania
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
April 10
PTP International – Open House in Berlin
June 9-21
English language Festival, Tallinn
Tatyana Vydrina This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
June – August
PTP Ravenna Italian Culture and Language Program
Anna Maria Brunetto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
June 22
PTP Estonia - Receives guests from Delaware
Ruta Pels: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
June 22
PTP Berlin – Barbecue
Brigitte Kasigkeit: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
June 23 - July 6
PTP Estonia Summer Camp
Ruta Pels: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
June 23 – July 10
European Caravan of Youth Envoys
August 23
All PTP Swiss meeting – Bern
Otto Burri: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
October 9-11
PTP Board of Trustees meeting, Washington, DC
December 8-19
The Peace Camp Initiative
Marc Bright: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

English Language Festival, Tallinn Estonia

Tatyana Vydrina of PTP Estonia and "New Age" is offering an English language Festival in the framework of a day-camp. Participants are children aged 12-14 from Estonia. The aim is to practice and improve their English.

PTP Ravenna Italian Culture and Language Program

In the time after June 15th until the end of August PTP Ravenna organises a two week Italian Culture and Language Program. The program consists of intensive Italian courses (6 hours at day for 10 days) aimed at a fast learning of Italian, geared at individual needs. Homestay will be arranged for PTP members. The price is not set yet, but with ten participants it will be around 1.000 Euro. Questions: Anna Maria Brunetto ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

European Caravan of Youth Envoys

For the summer there will be a program for young People to People members throughout Europe. In total some 40 participants (20-30) years old will join the caravan. The participants are expected to actively share their experience of where they come from and to discuss with the other participants and the places where they come to.

  • What is cultural identity?
  • What are cultural differences?
  • What is Hungarian – Polish – German - - ?

Each local hosting chapter will organise the local program and ensure a dialogue with the local community.

  • How do youth get involved in the local community?
  • What are the main concerns locally and internationally?

In addition the program should offer a chance for the people to make new friends and have a good time.

Participants will be recruited from the PTP chapters and other NGOs throughout Europe.

Budapest – Gliwice – Berlin – Strasbourg – Switzerland – Wels - Budapest

PTP Peace Camp Initiative

The Peace Camp Initiative is a program designed to provide a peaceful, learning, open environment, wherein youth from around the world have an opportunity to interact with one another through lectures, workshops, and hands-on activities that will give the individual participants a realistic and constructive way to understand today’s global issues. The goal is to improve the student’s skill level and understanding of group development, planning, conflict resolution, inter-cultural communications, world issues, leadership skills and team building. The first Peace Camp will be held in Egypt December 8-19, 2003.

Invitations - External Organisations

European Youth Centre/Budapest

Training Course on Management of Non-Governmental Youth Organisations 03 – 14 June 2003.

Active members of International Youth Organisations (INGYOs), National Youth Councils (NYCs), other youth organisations or networks, governmental services and other partners, in particular those co-operating with the European Youth Centres or the European Youth Foundation, will be selected for this course.

  • be aged between 18 and 30 years
  • be actively involved in a youth organisation or governmental service, and in a position to take on managerial responsibilities within their organisation after the course;
  • be well informed about their organisation and prepared to explain its activities to the other participants;
  • be able to work in one of the two working languages of the course - English and French;

Applications should be sent to the European Youth Center in Budapest before April 1st.

Chapter Reports

Brussels (Daniel Schaubacher)

The chapter held its 32nd Annual Christmas and members have recently enjoyed concerts, movies, and other social and educational events. Ms. L. de Vries serves as Treasurer and recently shared slides of her visits to Egypt and cruises on the Nile, and Mrs. A. M. Degonhir recently shared her experiences in Argentina.

We are delighted to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Denise Maurice, who has served 33 years as Chairperson. Her leadership and tireless efforts have helped our organization immeasurably and we are fortunate to have her as a member of our PTPI family.

Lucerne

The chapter held its Annual meeting in January. 18 members attended the event. Miriam Casas-Troxler resigned after years of good and hard work for the chapter: thanks a lot Miriam for all things!! Anna Bühler will replace Miriam. After the meeting many participants joined up for a late night bowling.

Tallinn (Ruta Pels)

Christmas dinner and Winter Camp in Narva-Joesuu were nice, new young people came to us. The most important event for us was "Gold Foundation of Estonia Youth" awards. Marianna Drozdova, Alex Smulski and Slava Schneider (he helped a lot with Winter Camp) were nominated from Eesti People to People and received awards on January, 9 in opera theatre "Estonia", there were 70 awards for all Estonian NGOs.It was ball after official ceremony with many Estonians VIPs and youth, 10 our PTP young members participated in it.

Now we are discussing with PTP Zurich chapter our sister-chapter project and updating our webpage.

We are in the process to celebrate our 10th anniversary on March.

In addition the first PTPI International Student Chapter, the Estonia Youth Chapter, was just recently chartered. The chapter president, Alex Smulski and adult advisor, Ruta Pels, will lead this chapter in Tallinn, Estonia.

Interlaken (Regina Wälti and Ronnie Blakenay)

In mid-January, Chapter Interlaken held its Board Meeting, preparatory to our Annual Meeting. This year, the annual meeting will again be held at the end of February. Members are invited to the Artos Center in Interlaken. The Artos Center is a home for senior citizens, a nursing home, appartments for handicapped people, a ***hotel, a restaurant etc.

Our members Lea and Markus Hafner are managers of the Artos Center. They will guide us around the center, describing its history, programs and the unique approach to integrating seniors and the handicapped in a community living situation.

We are planning a Rumanian cultural night, in preparation for the European Conference. Interlaken is increasingly a multi-cultural city, and we hope to organize a cross cultural evening later this spring.