Every spring, the AIB students take action together to do good and to thank the Bonn community for their hospitality. Since 2014, AIB has hosted the International Big Events to provide students with the opportunity to engage in various projects which give back to the local community. The Big Event originates from Texas A&M University, our partner in College Station, and is the largest one-day student-run service project in the United States. Among others, projects include cleaning up the city, gardening projects with local school kids or volunteering in the supply center for refugee shelters. Our students love the interaction with the Bonn community and embrace the chance to meet new friends.
Dressed as dragons, bears, and crocodiles, our AIB students had the opportunity to take part in the traditional LiKüRa parade in Bonn, which falls on the Sunday of the Karneval festivities and runs through the towns of LImericht, KÜdinghoven, and RAmersdorf. But this wasn‘t just your ordinary parade experience - instead, they teamed up with Therapiezentrum Bonn and volunteered to assist disabled residents with mobility issues so that they, too, could participate in the parade.
Europe has recently opened its doors to an influx of refugees. Some of our AIB students had the opportunity to combine their academic studies with social engagement by working with these refugees. The video above was created by one of our film students documenting the personal experiences of several refugees, who offer their perspective and explain the challenges that they have faced during their time in Germany. By working with refugees, our students have carried their academic pursuits beyond the classroom, integrating their studies with the current issues of the community in which they live.
For another video made by one of our students about this topic, please click on the link below: