News Overview 2014

Travel to Europe - Kick-Off in Berlin

Rendezvous in Berlin: a total of 150 students from Balkan countries kicked off their four-week trip through the European Union in Berlin. For many of them, this is their first opportunity to visit neighboring European countries and experience Europe.

The students are from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Although many of them can now travel to the EU without a visa, in most cases they don’t have the money. With its "Travel to Europe" program, the Robert Bosch Stiftung supports these young people who up until now have spent little or no time abroad. The participants receive health insurance, Interrail tickets, a daily allowance, and - in the case of the students from Kosovo - a Schengen visa free of charge for four weeks.

They all came to Berlin for the kick-off ceremony, spent time getting to know each other, took part in walking tours with so-called "Local Heroes", representatives of local non-governmental organizations and civically engaged Berliners, and experienced different - and not so well-known - facets of the capital. The students discussed the future of the Balkans in Europe with Dietmar Nietan, member of the Bundestag, talked with each other about different aspects of their upcoming journey and partied together to celebrate the start of this year's "Travel to Europe".

After two days in Berlin, the students began their four-week train trip through the EU in small groups. Until the end of August, the group travelled to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Italy, Barcelona, and Austria - also acting as small ambassadors from their countries along the way.