Dear friends and partners of AIB,
When we look back at the headlines of 2018, we see that the added value of international cooperation is now being called into question more than ever: International relations, which until recently seemed immovably strong, are in danger of collapsing. But globalization is advancing. There are enough challenges that cannot be solved at the national level alone. The exchange of knowledge and cooperation between people across different border, continents, and cultures will become increasingly important.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad
We are therefore glad that with your support in 2018 we were again able to offer more than 500 young people, including for the first time students from Ghana / Africa, the opportunity to gather new experiences and insights in exchange with other people and cultures, which changed their world view and gave them new perspectives for their further personal and professional development.
We still feel committed to this task and would like to sincerely thank you for your support! We would like to share our joy with you and thank you for a successful year and the ongoing partnership with this little Christmas video.
We look forward to our continued cooperation with confidence and wish you a Merry Christmas and a good start into the coming year 2019!
Your AIB Team in Bonn
How an American experiences the Bonn Christmas Market
Texas A&M Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning student, José Bogran, was featured in Bonn’s local newspaper ‘General-Anzeiger Bonn’ this week! In the article, José talks about how he experienced the Bonn Christmas market from the little knick-knacks being sold, to the Germans’ love for Glühwein, and to all the delicious food and snacks, contrasting it to Christmas festivities in College Station, TX.
Check out the article (only in German) and a picture here!
If you were looking for a Winter Wonderland – here it is! The beautiful snowy landscape in the Eifel transformed our Loyola Marymount Film Students back into kids for a day. Going back to where it all started we hiked through the forest fighting one snowball fight after the other and making some new animal friends along the way. The students also participated in a mass at the small Chapel of St. Jost, reminiscing about the past semester, what they have learned and achieved during their time abroad. Thank you to Fr. Luis Proenca, who visited from LMU to say the mass! Ending with one last group photo we wish everyone a safe journey home, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
After exciting and challenging weeks of shooting, editing, and finalizing their documentary film projects, LMU Film students finally got to present their work at two screenings. On Thursday the Friends & Family Screening took place in the format of a little Film Festival right at AIB. Screening two films at the same time in Studios, all 24 short documentaries were shown surrounded by the smell of fresh popcorn and a real red carpet atmosphere.
That night an international film jury came together in order to select six films for the Final Screening in the Movie Theater Rex the next day. Celebrating a wonderful evening full of glamour and Christmas Spirit, after screening the six selected films, all of the remaining AIB Fall 2018 students went over to the Fiddler’s Pub. Not without awarding the audience’s favorite film, students, host families, and AIB staff had an amazing night together, celebrating a successful semester and the end of the year.
Friends & Family Screening at AIB:
Film Premiere & AIB Farewell:
At the beginning of last week, the Texas A&M Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning students as well as the PSU Landscape Architecture students completed their semester projects and presented their work in their final semester reviews.
To end the semester properly, AIB organized a little party to bid the students farewell and celebrate a successful semester.
We’d like to thank all students and faculty for a great semester and hope to see all of them back in Germany soon!