The past weekend couldn’t have provided us with better weather: The conditions were perfect for doing some volunteer outdoor work and participating in a marathon, which our AIB Spring 2019 students did with motivation, joy, and enthusiasm.
On Saturday morning we met at AIB, got some breakfast, split up in smaller groups, and headed out into seven different projects: This year we partnered up with the primary school OGS Servatiusschule, the day nursery Kita Wundertüte, the grüne Spielstadt Dransdorf of the Wissenschaftsladen, the retirement home Haus am Redoutenpark, the garden of Naturinsel Pennenfeld, the Naturfreunde Bonn, and the day nursery Kita Eifelstraße. Roughly 80 students worked together with our partners in gardening, painting, and renovating projects, doing good for social institutions and giving back to the communities they live in during their time abroad.
A big thank you goes out to all our partners this year, who are lovely people and made sure our students were provided with everything they needed during the day. The newspaper General Anzeiger also visited one of the projects, you can check out the article below.
If you are more of a visual type, please visit our YouTube channel and enjoy some impressions from the day.
On Sunday the great challenge and atmosphere attracted more than 10.000 people from all over the world to participate in the Bonn Marathon run. Seven AIB relay teams, eleven half-marathon and two marathon runners took the opportunity to be part of this unique event. Thousands of spectators came out on this sunny day to support and cheer for the runners. Aside from all the fun and in the light of the marathon as a part of the AIB Charity Weekend the students were also able to collect donations for the Marol Academy in South Sudan.
The Texas A&M Visualization students jumped on a train last Friday for a day-trip to Amsterdam. On arrival in Amsterdam, the students were greeted by warm spring temperatures inviting them to a sunny lunch along the Damrak. Fortified by the food, the group headed out for the Van Gogh Museum where everyone got the chance to roam through the museum at their own pace.
Undoubtedly though, the highlight of the day trip was the visit of the creative production studio ‘Ambassadors’. This is Sara W.’s account of the studio visit: “Asking questions about software specifics and current animation practices from industry professionals is always helpful to animation students, especially since so little of the industry is giving back to the knowledge pool. Touring the studio, we got to see their gear, render set-ups, work stations, sound rooms, miniature sets, work lounges, employee kitchen, work shop, and rooftop patio. Towards the end of the visit, some of the employees offered to review some of our work and we naturally jumped at the opportunity. It's such a treat to visit smaller studios who still feel close enough to students to be comfortable with. As we exited the building and started walking across the canal back towards the tram stop, I looked back and some employees were watching us leave from the third floor lobby window. I waved. They ALL waved back. It was nice.” And this is what Carter L. had to say about the studio visit: “Afterwards [after the Van Gogh museum] we visited the animation studio Ambassadors, where we were treated with a presentation of all their latest work. They then gave us an exciting tour of their entire studio and explained every step and element of their entire production pipeline. Some of the artists were even kind enough to meet with a few of us after the tour to look at and critique our portfolios and gave advice on how to pursue a professional career in the animation industry! Walking through a professional studio was an eye opening experience and gave all of us a resurgence of motivation to keep pushing ourselves and our work to the limit! Many of us left the studio with the hope and goal to one day work for a professional studio like Ambassadors. We were all incredibly thankful for AIB planning out this amazing day trip to Amsterdam and the studio tour!"
All in all it was a great day trip and many of the students opted to stay over the weekend and explore Amsterdam more on their own!
A huge thanks also from AIB to Ambassadors Studio for hosting us and giving our students such an exciting insight into your work!
The Landscape Architecture students from Penn State University had the unique possibility to participate in a garden-design competition at the Island Mainau in Constance and in Überlingen, where the “Landesgartenschau 2020” will take place. In the picturesque area of the famous Lake Constance, our students worked together with 27 German students from the University of Nürtingen designed 11 creative gardens within five days. It was a hard decision for the jury, but after long discussions they chose five projects, which will be built for the garden show next year, where more than 1 million visitors are expected. Here is how PSU student Frank M. experienced the workshop week:
“During the Design Charrette on Insel Mainau, I not only found a once in a lifetime opportunity to use my skills as a Landscape Architecture student, but also connected with German students who share a similar love for the design of the Landscape. The biggest challenge that my group members and I was concerned about was not a language barrier (thanks to their really good English!), but rather, the unique and immense task of designing our exhibition spaces. My biggest personal outcome was realizing how fast you can connect to like-minded people when a large design challenge like this is presented to you. This also holds true for my academic outcomes and it reminds me how important this collaboration is across people of vastly different cultures and mindsets.”
Trying to soak in as much of the European theatre culture as possible, LMU Theatre students found themselves in Zagreb this spring. For a whole week, they enjoyed various classes ranging from movement and voice to the production of masks during the day, and theater performances in the evenings. In the midst of the academic work, they were still able to make time for discovering the local foods and bars. Here is how LMU Theatre student Robert K. experienced the excursion:
“Croatia brought another facet to the acting process through body based experiences in class. The artists we worked with and watched tackled dark and difficult work with ease. Everyone we met was incredibly hospitable and wanted to show off their work and country. Zagreb is oozing with talented artists that understand the power and limitations of their art and body which strengthens their art.”
The LMU Science Program went to explore Germany’s vibrant capital Berlin, as well as the beautiful city of Dresden in mid-February.
To kick off the excursion, a bus tour through Berlin with all important sites was the perfect start after a long yet comfy train ride. Visiting the former concentration camp Sachsenhausen the following day was an impressive and reflective way of learning about the prosecution that the Nazi regime’s opponents had to undergo, and made the students more aware of Germany’s history – including the dark parts of it.
Since the program has a lot of Human Health & Sciences majors, a guided tour through the Charité Museum of Medical History was an absolute must and definitely one of the trip’s highlights. By learning how people had to suffer through surgeries and medical interventions without disinfectants, anesthesia or x-ray not too long ago, we were even more grateful for the medical standards we are presented with today.
The My Berlin Day was for the students to explore the capital on their own in small groups, and then present their freshly gained knowledge in the evening: a big success for everyone, with lovely presentations and lots of laughter.
Dresden was next on the list, and we took another train there the next day, after visiting the imposing home of the German parliament in Berlin: the Reichstag dome. Once arrived in Dresden and checked into our hotel, we made our way to the city center for a lovely group dinner right next to the famous Frauenkirche, which had been completely destroyed in World War II and impressively rebuilt in the 90s after the German reunification.
Going to the Semper opera to see “The Marriage of Figaro” was a culturally enlightening ending to a wonderful day.
After the city tour the next morning the students were perfectly educated about Dresden’s history, cultural life and architectural features, and ready to start their own weekend plans, most of them going to the capital of the Czech Republic: Prague. Three cities explored in less than a week – our students really are professional travelers!