Ready for the Land of Fire?
Soon there will be held the General Assembly and a training course “Mainstreaming Gender Issues in organizing youth exchanges and training courses on international level – Road to Gender Equality!” that are co-organized by the member organization Bridge to the Future. The preparations have started already 3 months ago and now there are only few steps to go. In this interview two of the members of the organizing team Orkhan and Dobrawa will briefly tell how have gone the preparations and what can we expect in Baku.
Dobrawa Antoszkiewicz is the VIP of YEU in Bridge to the Future whose main role is to help out with organizing the mentioned events.
Orkhan Abbasov is the international coordinator of Bridge to the Future whose role is to design, develop and implement several diverse projects on local, national and international level. According to him all those experiences have empowered him with skills and knowledge to work with international organizations such as the European Commission, UN bodies, Youth in Action and European Youth Foundation.
Their tasks for the upcoming events are to prepare the handbook and training materials for the participants, find proper facilities, coordinate the arrivals and departures, arrange visas and provide technical support. Furthermore, to organize sightseeing in the area of Baku and night activities.
How are the preparations going?
The preparation process is going well so far. We are working hard to make it as successful as possible. Just recently we have been visiting different hotels in order to locate facilities for the event and identify cultural and recreational activities for participants during participants’ free time.
Where are we staying finally then?
We will stay in a four star hotel called “Olimpic Hotel”. It is in the countryside of Baku in Novkhani district. Novkhani is located on the seaside of Caspian Sea. It is situated 30 km from city center. The hotel has a gym, bowling, disco halls and amazing view to Caspian Sea.
Have there been any obstacles?
We have faced some obstacles related to finding proper accommodation for a decent price but finally we managed to do so. There were also some last minute issues with legal regulations related to obtaining visas for foreign visitors. Foreigners coming to Azerbaijan are no longer allowed to obtain a visa at the border or airport. However, with the help of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and National Assembly of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, we managed to solve the problem for our participants.
What can we expect in Azerbaijan?
We are eager to host all participants in the Land of Fire. We would like to introduce you to a miraculous country of Azerbaijan with its abundant natural resources, centuries-old culture, rich history and hospitable people, whose lifestyle presents an unique and dynamic combination of the traditions and ceremonies of different cultures and civilizations. The Azerbaijani people are both friendly and hospitable. Ancient foundations, a large area and population all make Baku one of the oldest and largest cities in the East. In Baku, Azerbaijan’s largest population center, you will encounter both modern and historical architecture. The city is a crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures. We are doing our most to make your free time in Baku as interesting as possible.
What it means for you personally and for your org to organize the GA and TC in Azerbaijan?
This is the first time a member organization is hosting the General Assembly. Thanks for YEU International for providing us this opportunity. It is a great honor and at the same times a big responsibility for us. It is a great experience and opportunity for our organization to take this responsibility. It will allow us to present Azerbaijan to many participants for the first time.
Regarding the training then our organization has huge experience in organizing international youth activities more. This experience motivates us also in this event. Selected topic is very important in Azerbaijan now and interesting not only to us but for the authorities as well.
Interviewed by Triin Adamson
Project Manager & Newsmail Editor