We are extremely proud of the alumni who have represented our National Committee at International Sessions as officials. Ms. Ia tserodze was one of the International Chairpersons at Leipzig 2015- 80th International Session of European Youth Parliament. Her inspiring point of view about EYP is, for indeed, worth reading.
“ EYP taught me that no thought can ever be ideal, so we might as well say what we think is worth fighting for.
I remember being asked to describe my vision for the future of the European Union in one sentence. If you similarly inquired now, seven years later, my response would remain unaltered: “My vision rests within the hope that one day I get to answer the same question as a citizen of the EU.”
EYP, to me, is not about change — it’s about expansion. It did not change my vision, but taught me how to be assertive and confident in it. EYP formed my dreams into lucid, attainable goal. It taught me how to cherish my European values, but also showed me how core values are not necessarily European, but human. It taught me how to turn an impasse into an asset. It taught me that it is better to fail at originality than succeed at imitation.
And it convinced me that I have every right in the world to not settle for the ordinary. “
The landmark series of Georgian #EYPimpact continues with Ms. Tina Dolbaia who served as the Vice President of EYP Georgia and led the team of Human Resources in 2015-16. Check out how she shares her “rewarding addiction” to EYP with us!
” I joined EYP in 2012 and it is quite fair to say that from then on, for the consecutive 4 years, I became addicted to it. However, EYP turned out to be a very rewarding addiction as in exchange for many tiresome days spent on planning, organising, analysing or editing I acquired valuable knowledge and experience that fostered my professional and academic growth both within and outside of this organisation. Though, what I value the most is strong, lifelong friendships that I managed to build and that put a big, nostalgic smile on my face every time I think of EYP.”
#EYPimpact is all about what alumni absorb from being a part of the organisation, which changes lives in different ways. Mr. Giorgi Gugenishvili, who was a board member of EYP Georgia in 2014-15, talks how EYP builds individual worth and at the same time develops skills to work in groups. He also explains how these two great values secure each other’s success altogether.
“EYP has given me enough lessons to last a lifetime, but the main takeaway for me has to be the reaches and limits of my self-dependence. It simultaneously has helped me gain enough confidence to take on the world alone and has taught me how a group of hard-working, like-minded people can maximise not only your level of productivity but also the amount of fun you can have even with seemingly mundane tasks. You can do it all yourself, but you don’t have to.”
It is rational to continue the series of throwbacks with a memory of how EYP Georgia was granted an opportunity to host 86th International Session of European Youth Parliament in our beautiful country of Georgia. We asked our Ex-President, Ms. Mariam Demetrashvili, who lead the National Committee of EYP Georgia in 2015-2016, to recollect how the planning of such a large-scale event embarked on back in February of 2016.
Read what she has to share with us:
“It certainly is gratifying to be able to observe the process of Tbilisi 2017’s preparation. Especially since the session was officially granted to the National Committee of EYP Georgia during my presidency. Recalling the time, when our Board was selflessly working on the bid, which we later on submitted to the International Office, definitely brings back some of the best memories. It truly started with a will to once again challenge ourselves and eventually transformed into the most prominent experience. It is without doubt, a tremendous success, which proves how far the National Committee of EYP Georgia has come.
With 4 more months to go, it is safe to say that Tbilisi 2017 will be a spectacular event!”
We asked an experienced alumna, Mariam Chaduneli, who served as Vice President of EYP Georgia in 2014-15, to tell us a little bit about the impact EYP had on her life. Here is what she shared with us:
“After meeting and working with so many bright, skillful and open-minded individuals I told myself, these are the people you’ll have to compete with on a labour market, so you better be really good if you don’t want to be unemployed.
On a more serious note, I’m genuinely grateful to EYP for giving me an opportunity to visit places, discuss things and meet people I would have never met otherwise, because those places, conversations and people shaped me into who I am today.”
Let’s have our first EYP throwback to 9th National Selection Conference, which was held in one of the oldest and prettiest cities of Georgia, Kutaisi, in August of 2015. The session was a part of the project BASES: Building A Strong European Society of the International Office in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office. BASES aimed at enhancing dialogue and mutual understanding as well as broadening the cooperation among civil society in the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
There were number of sessions, training and other events organised within the project by different National Committees of the EaP countries. EYP Georgia is thankful to BASES for the opportunities it gave to Georgian youngsters both on national and international scales.
Get updated and stay tuned for more posts about EYP anniversary!
For those, who are actively involved in European Youth Parliament, congratulations! as we are celebrating 30th anniversary of our beloved organisation. International office of EYP is celebrating this event with recollecting the memories of one of the first members through hashtags EYPthrowback as well as showing the impact EYP had on its participants through EYPimpact.
Tbilisi 2017 is joining the celebration and we are proud to introduce you an experienced alumnus Giorgi Tabagari, who became one of the first members of EYP Georgia and was representing our National Committee when Georgian National Committee got recognised during the General Assembly of the 57th International Session of EYP in Prague in 2008.
We asked Giorgi to share his experience and show the impact EYP had on his personal growth and career.
“It’s rather hard to squeeze almost 10 years, dozens of sessions and tons of memories in few sentences. Basically, EYP built me up as a person. Determined my professional interests and to a large degree, formed my social circle. First and foremost, EYP boosted my European identity, broadened my horizons and thanks to this experience, I am way more international today. EYP gave me a huge opportunity in life and I’m happy I embraced it to the fullest. For that, I will be eternally grateful for the organisation. “