The Young Europeans’ Seminar at a glance
The Young Europeans’ Seminar (YES) aims to contribute to the development of young global citizens through learning and volunteering together in a spirit of international friendship. The YES is a yearly massive intercultural get-together for about 500 European exchange students at the end of their school year, all put together by a team of over 100 YFU volunteers.
The YES is a unique opportunity to reunite with old friends from all over Europe and make new ones, while creating a bridge between the exchange year and the return home. It’s a fun learning experience where students explore what it means to be a citizen of the world through a diverse range of interactive learning activities. The international team of volunteers work very hard to create a unique spirit and an amazingly motivational experience for everyone at the YES.
The YES 2018
The YES 2018 will take place in Werbellinsee (Germany) from 25 to 29 June 2018. It is organised by EEE-YFU together with YFU France, YFU Germany, YFU Turkey, and YFU Serbia.
“Time for peace. Act now!” is the topic of the YES 2018. This year, it is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and therefore, we would like to explore and discuss the role that young people play in shaping peaceful societies, within and outside the European borders.
What can we learn from the past? How can we build and maintain peace starting today? What is our role as young change-makers? How can we deal with the conflicts within Europe and at its borders? In this growing interconnected world, how do conflicts which are happening elsewhere affect our society?
The YES 2018 wants to give participants the chance to question their views, and develop critical thinking around the meaning and impact of conflicts and peace in our daily lives. It will encourage the participants to make use of their unique experiences and insights of exchange students to act as peace ambassadors.