We are very proud to say, that on behalf of all participants of the International Big Event and the AIB Charity Weekend we were granted a special honor from the city of Bonn.
As a recognition of the many AIB students who have volunteered in various projects and engaged themselves with local initiatives as part of the International Big Event, the city of Bonn has included a poster of one of our projects to the “Engagement Gallery” in the city hall.
The Engagement Gallery was initiated in 2012, by the agency for volunteers of the city of Bonn, to recognize the citizens who volunteer for charity. It is intended to strengthen commitment and to make it more visible. The volunteers as well as their motivation and their projects are introduced in form of a poster. New posters are added every year.
Our poster is now part of the Engagement Gallery! The poster shows one group of our students participating in the International Big Event in 2016. They cleaned up the neighborhood and removed graffiti and trash in the downtown area. The International Big Event has been taking place every spring since 2014, and is meant to provide an opportunity to engage our students in social projects and to team up with locals to get actively involved with charity.
In a beautiful ceremony in the town hall, a copy of the poster was handed to us by Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Lord Major of Bonn. It was a real honor to accept it on behalf of all our students! This year, the International Big Event and the charity weekend will take place on March 25. With the support of more than 70 students, we will make sure that the tradition continues.
Thank you for your continuing engagement and your fantastic support!
Howdy! Or should I say ALAAAAAAF for ‘tis the season of Karneval! My name is Kendrick Lim, and I am one of the Aggies studying abroad this semester (Spring ’17)! This is the first time that I have ever been to Europe, and so far, I do not regret my decision to travel over 5000 miles for an entire semester even one bit. Prior to arriving in Germany, I asked many past students who had participated in this program what their favorite thing about their study abroad experience was. Most of them answered “Karneval!” I learned that Karneval was a nation-wide festival that starts on November 11th at 11:11AM and lasts until Ash Wednesday! Although the various Karneval festivities were great, one of the biggest highlights of my weekend was participating in the LïKüRa Parade! We teamed up with Therapiezentrum Bonn to assist those with mobility limitations so that they could participate in the parade. I had no idea what I signed up for back in January when I first arrived in Bonn, but I’m glad that I did. The kids would yell “Kamelle” as you walked by, the adults would yell “Alaaf” when you passed them, and every single person at the parade had the biggest smile on their faces. I was fortunate enough to have participated in a Karneval parade where everyone cheers for you as you walk by. That in itself was already an amazing experience; to add on top of that though, I was able to give those who were not capable of walking in the parade a chance to be a part of it. That’s not something you get to do everyday or at all in a lifetime. I’m truly blessed to have been able to be a part of something as great as a Karneval parade, and I would not trade that experience for anything else! Alaaf Germany, Alaaf Karneval, und Alaaf everything that I’ve experienced so far!
After a short flight, the LMU theatre students arrived in the snow covered city of Moscow, Russia. Before their studies with the Moscow Art Theater commenced, the students took an afternoon bus tour of the city where they visited relevant sights to their studies as well as major attractions of the city. Some of the stops included Sparrow Point, Christ Savior Cathedral, and Novodevichy Cemetery and Convent where the founders of the Moscow Art Theatre were laid to rest.
In preparation of their three week excursion in Moscow, the LMU theatre students have spent their first few weeks in Bonn studying Stanislavsky acting techniques with one of the Moscow Art Theatre instructors, Ilja Bocharnikovs. The students permed in a showcase of their course work which included various concentration exercises, and short comedic scenes. The scenes contained performances of a sloth, penguins, spaghetti being cooked, and a parody of soap operas to name a few.
The TAMU Visualization students had the wonderful opportunity to spend their first night in Germany at a castle situated atop a hill in the middle of the small town of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg. Upon their arrival in Frankfurt, they loaded onto a bus and made the short trip to Ebernburg, where they enjoyed their first traditional German lunch. They then met with one of their professors for the spring semester and explored the castle grounds, searching for sounds that reminded them of home. That evening, they took a tour through the town led by one of the old “city guards,” where they learned about the centuries-old history of the castle and the surrounding villages of Bad Münster am Stein and Ebernburg. They finished the evening with a dinner at Alt-Ebernburg, the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the village.
The second day started out with an intercultural workshop with fun exercises to attune the students to living and studying abroad in a different culture. After the workshop they traveled to the next town to visit the “Puppet Theatre Art” museum. A guided tour gave the students the opportunity to see how these puppets were created, what kind of detail went into designing them and they also learned a bit about the history of Puppet Theater in Germany. Next up, the sunny, wintery weather was perfect for a walk along the River Nahe to a Brauhaus, where they ended their first successful trip.After lunch, the TAMU Visualization students made their way to Bonn. Now, the moment they had anxiously and excitedly awaited was finally here- they got to meet their host families for the first time. One by one, they were picked up by their host families and started off into their first weekend in Bonn.
All in all, the experience was an incredible first taste of German culture.